Articles Tagged with Illinois Law

file000704919536At any given time, thousands of Illinois residents are unable to secure a good job or any job at all, as a result of past mistakes. Even if you have paid your debt to society as a result of a criminal conviction, you may be one of the thousands of Illinois residents who has been relegated to live in poverty, even if you are trying to set your life on the right path. The good news is, three bills recently signed into law by Governor Rauner may address and ameliorate this issue. Read on to see if you may benefit from these new laws, which take effect the first day of 2016. If you think you might benefit, contact us today and let us help you explore your options.

HB 3475

Beginning January 1, 2016, House Bill 3475 expands the list of those eligible to receive a Certificate of Good Conduct and a Certificate of Relief from Disability. If you can show the court that you have turned your life around with clear and convincing evidence, then the court may issue either of these certificates. Such a certificate will go a long way to help you obtain a professional license or other employment, if the crime you were convicted of is one of the included new crimes that allows you to receive either of these certificates. The Law Offices of David Freidberg can help you determine if you may be eligible for one of these certificates.

HB 3149

Beginning January 1, 2016, men and women who have been convicted of certain offenses and who have completed college, have a vocational certificate, or have finished some other educational or vocational training program can request the courts and police department to limit the number of persons allowed to access their old criminal records. In other words, you can ask to have your record sealed much sooner than the law currently allows. The Law Offices of David Freidberg can help you determine if you are eligible to have your record sealed early.

SB 844

The third and final new bill signed into law by Governor Rauner is SB 844. For those who have older convictions, SB 844 allows you to request that the court limit who can look at your old records three years after you complete your sentence (the current law requires you wait four years). Depending on the crime you were convicted of, this new law may even allow your records to be sealed two years after your sentence is complete. Call David Freidberg today and find out if  you are eligible to benefit from SB 844.

These bills will breathe new opportunity into the lives of over 1 million Illinois residents whose potential was previously squandered for lack of second chances. Now, people who have made mistakes, served their sentence, and been rehabilitated can move beyond their pasts and into their futures. Continue reading

A new bill introduced in the Illinois legislature would extend the statute of limitations in some rape cases. Senate Bill 2609 seeks to change when the statute of limitations in rape cases begins to run. Current law provides that the statute of limitations in rape cases begins to run on the date the alleged rape occurred, if the alleged victim reported it to police within three years. If you are being investigated for, or have been charged with, committing rape, contact an experienced sexual assault attorney immediately.  depressed-girl-1030147-m

Proposed Changes to Illinois Sexual Assault Statute of Limitations

If the new law is enacted, the statute of limitations would begin to run on the date the police processed DNA evidence from the rape kit. The new law is in response to a case in which the alleged victim submitted to a DNA rape kit. By the time the police processed it, the 10-year statute of limitations had expired, and the prosecution was unable to file charges against the alleged rapist. The bill’s sponsor argues that victims should not be denied justice due to police mistakes, whether caused by a lack of competency or a backlog of cases.

Effect of Statute of Limitations Extension in Illinois Rape Cases

If SB 2609 passes, it will likely have little effect on the prosecution of rape cases. The case that spurred on the new law is no doubt a one-time case of severe police ineptitude not likely to be repeated, even if the police do have a backlog of rape kits to process. Even though opponents of the law say it does not give the police incentive to process DNA rape kits, since they know charges can be filed no matter how much time has passed between the date the alleged rape occurred and the date they final process the kit, the embarrassment over this case should keep them honest.

Passage of SB 2609 will have no effect on how the Chicago Law Offices of David L. Freidberg, P.C., will defend against sex crimes cases. Rape kits and DNA evidence are not the bombshell evidence the prosecution and media would have you believe. The rape kit only confirms whether the alleged victim and alleged rapist had sexual intercourse. If the DNA results from the rape kit show that the alleged rapist did not have sex with the alleged victim, then the charges will be dropped. And if the DNA results show that the two did have sex? Well, that’s all it shows.

Evidence of sexual intercourse is just that – proof that two people had sex. It is not evidence that a rape occurred. If the sex was consensual and no protection was used, of course the rape kit would find the alleged rapist’s DNA on the alleged victim. If it shows scratches, abrasions or other marks on or inside the victim, that still is not evidence that a sexual assault occurred.

David L. Freidberg has an arsenal of forensic experts who can examine the results of a DNA rape kit to determine whether there’s any possibility that the sample was improperly tested or not large enough for an accurate result. They can also testify to any number of harmless, non-assault reasons why marks or abrasions on the victim could have occurred, either during consensual sex or during the victim’s normal daily activities. Continue reading

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