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Chicago Arrest Warrants to be Executed

August 26th, 2014 at 7:00 am

arrest warrants, Chicago arrest warrants, Chicago criminal defense attorney, felony crimes, Cook County, electronic monitoringAccording to a news article by the Chicago Sun-Times, the Cook County sheriff’s office will be focusing its efforts on executing arrest warrants in Chicago. The media outlet reported that Cook County sheriff Tom Dart wants to ramp up efforts to catch individuals wanted on arrest warrants in connection with violent crimes that occurred in the city. It is law enforcement’s latest effort to address the problem of gun violence in Chicago.

Shift in Focus

In addition to executing arrest warrants in Chicago, the sheriff’s office is also said to be increasing its supervision of criminal defendants who have been released from prison and are currently on electronic monitoring. Previously, many sheriff’s officers were assigned to the area of south suburban Robbins to concentrate on reducing gun violence. Now, those efforts will be shifted to the city of Chicago. The office will be focused on Chicago warrants for a period of time in order to respond to recent crime trends. The sheriff’s officers who were deployed to Robbins reportedly made a difference, with crime in that area improving.

While sheriff’s officers being present in the city of Chicago is nothing new, the sheriff wants to ensure that the crime in the area is being responded to with the proper attention and resources. The sheriff’s decision comes in the wake of a violent holiday weekend, when 13 people were fatally shot and dozens more wounded over the Fourth of July. The violence in the city made national headlines.

Chicago Warrants

Although the sheriff’s office does not plan on sending its officers on patrol alongside Chicago police officers, it is planning on executing some of the warrants with Chicago Police Department teams, and will begin to do so more frequently. The Chicago Police Department has said it has been working closely with the Cook County sheriff’s office in its effort. So far, Governor Quinn’s offer to send Illinois State Police troopers to assist the sheriff’s office has gone unanswered. The governor made a similar offer last year after a shooting that left 13 people wounded, but that offer was also rejected by local government officials.

Criminal Law Attorney

With the increased police efforts aimed at making arrests within the city of Chicago, more individuals are likely to be arrested and charged with crimes. If you or someone you know has been charged with a crime in the city of Chicago, hiring an experienced Chicago criminal defense attorney is imperative. The defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Christopher M. Cosley have experience representing clients in various criminal matters, including felony crimes. Contact us today to discuss your case and protect your rights. We serve clients in Cook and DuPage counties as well as the surrounding areas.

Will Cook County Courtrooms Feature Cameras?

April 29th, 2014 at 12:33 pm

courtroom camera, Cook County courtrooms, justice system, courtroom camera in Cook CountyThe Cook County court system has been experiencing its fair share of problems lately. The latest issue facing Chief Judge Timothy Evans involves awaiting the Illinois Supreme Court’s decision on his request to allow the presence of cameras in the County’s courtrooms. He made that request over two years ago, and the Supreme Court has yet to provide its answer to his application.

Cook County Stands Alone

Cook County’s is the only application that the state’s high court has not approved among the counties who have applied for the permission. Cook County’s application was filed in January 2012, only a few days after the Supreme Court’s ruling that allowed audio and video recordings in courtrooms in certain circumstances.

While Cook County’s application has been pending, several cases were tried in the county that attracted public interest and probably would have produced requests for courtroom cameras. Such cases ranged from murder charges to alleged acts of terrorism.

Why has the Application not been Approved?

The Illinois Supreme Court has said it still needs to work out some issues with approving Cook County’s application as to how the program would function in the largest county in the state. The Court needs to decide whether cameras would be limited to one courtroom, a specific courthouse, or only used in criminal cases. A timetable has not been identified for the Illinois Supreme Court’s decision, but the Court intends to have a decision sooner rather than later.

Some of the Court’s reservation in making a decision may be attributable to the fact that not everyone in Cook County is on board with the application. Both the State’s Attorney’s Office and the Public Defender’s Office have concerns about the potential impact the cameras may have on testimony from victims and witnesses, especially those who fear they may be in danger because of their cooperation. In addition, there is the concern that allowing cameras will do nothing to help the public gain a better understanding of how the justice system works, but will give in to the media’s publicizing of scandalous cases.

While they realize that it is more than likely that cameras will eventually be allowed, they are hopeful that their concerns will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. Other counties’ circuit court judges who are participating in the program have approved every request from news outlets to have cameras at hearings, but judges who handle individual cases have later rejected the requests. The trial judges have the final say when making a decision regarding cameras in their courtrooms, and their decisions cannot be appealed.

Criminal Defense Attorney

Whether cameras will be allowed in Cook County courtrooms and under what circumstances remains to be seen. If you or someone you know has been charged with a crime, it is important to take steps to preserve your rights. You first step should be consulting with an experienced criminal defense attorney. Contact the Law Offices of Christopher M. Cosley today for a consultation if you are facing criminal charges in Cook County.

Illinois Age of Consent and What it Means

September 23rd, 2013 at 9:09 am

When teenagers begin to date, usually they meet at school and most often, they are the same age. As teens branch out however, meeting people from other schools, hanging out with people from work and meeting new people in the community, they sometimes date older men or women.

When a teenager under the age of 17 dates someone that is 17 or older in Illinois, the relationship can get complicated.

Statutory rape is any type of sexual intercourse that occurs between someone under the age of consent, which is 17 in Illinois, and someone that is a legal adult (18). Essentially what this means is that if someone under 17 and someone 18 or older in Illinois willingly have sex, charges can still be filed against the older person because the partner is a minor.

Although this law typically pertains to men and women that are significantly older than their underage significant other, it also technically applies even to high school students who may only be a couple months apart in age. In those few months in which one partner has reached the age of consent while the other has not, they are committing statutory rape when participating in sexual activities.

LucyMore often now than ever, high school students are having sex. It may be from peer pressure and it may also be attributed to the fact that kids are simply growing up faster than they used to, physically and mentally. If you are a teen or if you have a teen that may be considering having sex, be sure that he or she understands the seriousness of the activity.

Not only is sex a big deal mentally and physically, but also emotionally, and it could be legally too.  Most parents will not press charges against their son’s or daughter’s boyfriend or girlfriend if they are just a year older, but older people may get into more trouble. An underage person having sex, even with a significant other, who is much older, is putting that significant other at risk of getting in trouble with the law.

If you have been charged with statutory rape or any other form of rape, or perhaps you are considering charging someone else with rape, contact a criminal attorney in Rolling Meadows, Ill. for help. Attorney Chris Cosley will help you through the court process to get the outcome that you want today.

Man Kills Woman and Hides Body in Mother’s Home

September 18th, 2013 at 9:07 am

A case of murder with a bizarre twist was reported by the Chicago Tribune. It is alleged that Benjamin Esquivel murdered 49-year-old Burnadine Kinsey and hid her body in his mother’s home.

TheresaIt is alleged that after being intimate, Esquivel and Kinsey got into an argument, which ended with him stabbing her several times in the face, head and body. He then put her body, wrapped in sheets and a blanket, into a closet in the home that he shares with his mother. It is reported that Kinsey’s home was just three blocks away from Esquivel’s. His mother returned home and saw the body. She allegedly confronted her son about it and instead of calling law enforcement, she and her sister left the apartment.

Esquivel, who is 20 years old, called his friend Juan Ramos, 37, to ask what he should do with the body. They allegedly went to a nearby Home Depot to purchase tarps, duct tape, rubber gloves, and a soda. They returned to the apartment and wrapped the body in the tarps and tape. At that time, they returned the body to the same closet.

The two discussed places where they could hide the body and whether burning the body would be an option. Esquivel’s mother and her sister returned to the home several days later to discover that the body was still there. They called law enforcement to report the murder at that time.

Esquivel is being held on $1 million bond for murder and Ramos is being held on a bond of $250,000.00 for the concealment of a homicide. The family of the victim has expressed their outrage that Esquivel’s mother was not charged as well.

If you have been charged with a violent crime, you have the right to have your Illinois criminal defense attorney there with you from the time that you are taken to the police station for questioning.

New Travel Restrictions for Suspects of Violent Crimes

August 20th, 2013 at 8:00 am

passportIn 2012, a Chicago Tribune investigation uncovered a high number of criminal suspects flee the state of Illinois to avoid sentencing.   It is a problem that existed across all levels of law enforcement.

The Tribune found that police departments have allowed over 60 fugitives escape justice when they ran to Mexico.  When they submit extradition paperwork it often overwhelms the county officials who need to process these requests.  Of the fugitives in Mexico, at the time of their investigation, officials were only seeking the deportation of 12 suspects.

There is also an issue with the judges who held bond hearings.  They set low bonds for suspects who were being charged with crimes such as rape and murder.  They also were not required to confiscate passports from suspects with dual citizenship.  But now Illinois lawmakers have passed a law to limit these avenues for suspects to escape justice.

Now judges are required to restrict the travel or seize the passport of suspects accused of first degree murder and other violent crimes. “This closes a huge loophole that was brought to my attention by the Chicago Tribune,” said one of the law’s sponsors, state Senator Ira Silverstein, a Democrat from Chicago.

Another loophole was closed by lawmakers this August.  There was an exemption in Illinois which allowed family members to aid and harbor suspects without being charged with a crime.  This allowed families to provide a suspect with money, drive them to the airport and even keep information from the authorities.  Now, family members found to have aided or abetted suspects of crimes can be charged with a felony.

With these new laws in place, it puts a greater importance on the legal advice of an attorney with a background in representing suspects of violent crimes.  Don’t play with your fate by trying to run from your charges.  Contact an experienced criminal defense attorney in Cook county today.

Man who Spent over 20 Years in Prison Exonerated

August 17th, 2013 at 8:00 am

criminal record expunge 164664874 (2)Over 25 years ago, James Kluppelberg was convicted of setting a deadly fire in the Back of the Yards neighborhood.  The home that was burnt contained a woman and her five children.  Elva Lupercio, 28, and her children who ranged between 3 and 10 years old, died in their home on the 4400 block of South Hermitage Avenue. After reviewing the scene, investigators determined that the fire was an accident.

Four years after the incident, Kluppelberg was identified as the perpetrator by a man who was arrested for burglary.  They booked Kluppelberg and, shortly after, he confessed to the crime.  Sentenced to life in prison, he maintained that he was innocent of all wrongdoing.

Kluppelberg was exonerated in 2012 of this crime due to advances in fire sciences.  It was also revealed that his confession of guilt was coerced by officers who had beaten Kluppelberg so badly that he started to urinate blood.  The man who turned him in was found to be lying in order to receive leniency for his burglary conviction.  The police department also withheld information about a drunk woman who started another fire nearby the

Although Kluppelburg was granted his release in May, he struggled to regain his old life.  It was very difficult to find a job with six murder convictions on his record.  Kluppelburg has applied to over 400 jobs and the only one that responded to give him an interview, didn’t give him the job because of his record.  He is forced to live with the support of his son and daughter-in-law in northwest Indiana.

For 14 months, Kluppelburg struggled to keep it together.  Luckily he was able to secure a certificate of innocence by proving that he was falsely accused.  He will also be eligible to receive nearly $200,000 in compensation for the years he was incarcerated.  Having a record makes it difficult to live the life you would want but you may be able to get it sealed or expunged.  Seek the assistance of an experienced expungement attorney in Rolling Meadows today to see if your record can be erased.

Illinois State Police Receive Robbins Rape Kits Dating Back to ‘86

June 27th, 2013 at 8:06 am

The United States seems to have a great government and justice system, but it can only be kept that way if the people working for our country are kept in check just as any business would keep its employees in check. Recently, Illinois found that it had a bit of work to do to keep it’s law enforcement system running smoothly, when it was found that evidence from rape cases were not being submitted for testing in labs.

The Illinois State Police were sent 51 sexual assault kits from previous cases after they were found untested in the Robbins Police Department evidence room, according to Tom Dart, Cook County Sheriff.

LucyDart said, “The victims should know they will have their cases heard, and they will be treated like they should have been treated. My goal is to bring justice to these folks.”

He added that the untested kits date back as far as 1986 and they were found alongside guns that were supposed to be sent into the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to trace the ownership for cases as well.

This case, which began a few months ago was just the beginning of a national problem, spreading across the country to Denver, Col. as well as other areas of Illinois.

When the Downers Grove Police Department also found untested rape kits in their storage facility, Deputy Chief Kurt Bluder argued, “If every department sent in every piece of evidence to be examined we’d bring the system to its knees.”

Blunder also said that he thinks it best to first see where the case is headed before sending in the rape kits to be tested only when it is absolutely necessary.

The Denver Police Commander, Ronald Saunier, responded to the issue similarly, saying that many of the kits collected are merely for documentation of the incident and there is never an intention of sending those in for tests.

The CALL7 Investigators from the ABC Denver news station did a little research of their own on this incident and found that nearly 72 percent of the rape kits collected were never tested since 2007.

The Robbins Police Department is buckling down, so there is no chance that evidence will slip through the cracks now. If you have been accused of a crime, contact a great criminal attorney to help you fight the evidence. Contact an experienced Illinois criminal attorney for assistance now.  Christopher M. Cosley and attorneys at his office will fight for you in Rolling Meadows, Ill. today.

 

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The Right to an Attorney

May 19th, 2013 at 7:15 pm

Although nowadays we take the right to an attorney in a criminal trial for granted, most people don’t know that this right is only about 50 years old. What’s more, the right might never have come into effect without one man: Clarence Earl Gideon. LeeviClarence Earl Gideon was a poor drifter who was accused in a Florida court of felony theft. He had stolen a measly amount of money and a few bottles of beer and soda from a beer joint. Gideon could not afford the assistance of a lawyer and the state of Florida would not provide him with one. Gideon had to represent himself at his own trial and he lost the case. He was sentenced to five years in prison. Gideon did not give up, however. He studied the US legal system and decided that his constitutional rights had been violated. The Sixth Amendment states that “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right … to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.” Gideon wrote a petition to the Supreme Court of the United States which agreed to hear his appeal. Eventually, the Supreme Court decided that “a criminal defendant who cannot afford to hire a lawyer must be provided with a lawyer at no cost.” Gideon was later acquitted in another trial. In 1963, Robert F. Kennedy said that “If an obscure Florida convict named Clarence Earl Gideon had not sat down in prison with a pencil and paper to write a letter to the Supreme Court; and if the Supreme Court had not taken the trouble to look at the merits in that one crude petition among all the bundles of mail it must receive every day, the vast machinery of American law would have gone on functioning undisturbed.” If you are facing criminal charges, remember your rights. Contact a skilled criminal defense attorney in Chicago, Illinois today.

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Evanston Man Admits Guilt in Buying Stolen Merchandise

February 23rd, 2013 at 4:29 pm

LeeviA rare coin dealer has pleaded guilty to buying purportedly stolen valuables from undercover police officers who posed as criminals, the Chicago Tribune reported. James Coello, 47, pleaded guilty to “continuing a financial crimes enterprise” on February 6. His sentence includes 36 months of probation, 100 hours of community service and some fees and fines.

Although Coello originally had pleaded not guilty, the coin dealer changed his mind and made a plea bargain with the prosecution. “I don’t really know the many machinations of how this works. All I know is I paid a lawyer and he pretty much took care of everything,” Coello said. It is always important to discuss the details of your case with a criminal defense lawyer no matter what the charges are.

Coello was arrested in September after the undercover operation in which police sold him purportedly stolen merchandise such as jewelry, coins and watches. Furthermore, investigators found stolen property, which was reported stolen in recent burglaries, from Coello’s store.

The investigation into Coello’s activities had begun six months before his arrest when police learned that stolen valuables were being purchased at Coello’s store. The undercover officials said to Coello that the items they were selling were stolen. Coello also did not record the sales nor asked for identification from sellers.

If you have been charged with a similar crime, you need to talk to a criminal defense lawyer at once. Make sure your defense is in capable hands. Contact a skilled criminal defense attorney in Cook County at your earliest convenience.

Man Charged with Murder of Missing Woman

November 15th, 2012 at 6:01 pm

The 42 year old live-in-boyfriend of a missing Calumet City woman has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder and concealment of a homicide. Although the body of Gena Chiodo has not been located, police say there is enough evidence to support the charges against Donal Clark, a man who has a reported history of domestic violence.

According to the Chicago Tribune, friends of Chiodo, many of who reported seeing the victim with bruises on her arms and throat during her 18 month relationship with Clark,  became concerned when she didn’t show up for work or answer calls. The police were contacted and sent to the couple’s home. They found Clark at home, and he claimed he didn’t know where she was.

Police also found a bloody scene inside the home, leading to the first-degree murder charge. There was blood was splattered on the walls, a desk and a treadmill in a weight room on the first floor. The bathroom had a strong smell of bleach and police found blood around the toilet bowl. There was no shower curtain in the bathroom, but police did find one outside in the garbage, covered in blood. One bedroom had a blood soaked pillow; another bedroom had a shattered mirror. Police also found a pool of blood on a carpet inside the backdoor landing.

Bloodied lingerie and a shower curtain, a necklace, two cell phones with missing memory cards and picture frames, all broken, were recovered from the trash outside Chiodo’s house. Prosecutors report that Clark made incriminating statements while in custody. He allegedly told his brother he “woke up and she was in his arms covered in blood” and that he tried to give Chiodo mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. He also talked about telling police where the body is if he “could get a deal,”Clark is currently being held without bail.

If you are accused and arrested for a violent crime, you need to make sure all your rights are protected. Consult an experienced Cook County criminal defense attorney today to represent you.

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