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What Does the Term “Burden of Proof” Mean?

Posted on behalf of Donahue & Walsh, P.C. | February 24, 2021

What does “burden of proof” mean in a criminal case? In order for a guilty verdict to arise, prosecutors must prove the defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. This is called the “burden of proof”. If you hope to avoid a conviction, it is crucial to obtain experienced legal counsel. A seasoned criminal defense attorney…
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Illinois Driving Point System

Posted on behalf of Donahue & Walsh, P.C. | February 17, 2021

In Illinois, if you are convicted of three or more moving violations within a 12-month period, your driver’s license will be suspended or revoked. The severity of your consequence hinges on the severity of your traffic offenses. View a detailed list of Illinois traffic violations and the number of points associated with each violation here….
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What Is the Age of Consent in Illinois?

Posted on behalf of Donahue & Walsh, P.C. | February 9, 2021

In Illinois, the age of consent, which is the age an individual is old enough to engage in sexual activity according to law, is 17 years old. This means that in Illinois, if you are 16 years old or younger, you are not old enough to consent to sexual activity. If an individual engages in…
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President Biden Orders End to Private Prison Contracts

Posted on behalf of Donahue & Walsh, P.C. | February 3, 2021

President Biden has signed an executive order requiring the Justice Department to halt contracts with private prisons. The action was put forth along with three other executive orders, all aimed to address racial inequity. In initiating the order Biden aims to “stop corporations from profiting” off of the incarcerated. Biden states the order is solely…
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A Jail Sentence Proves More Dangerous Than Ever Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted on behalf of Donahue & Walsh, P.C. | January 26, 2021

The Marshall Project and the Associated Press have been tracking data pertaining to COVID-19 in United States prison since March. According to the report, there had been 10,544 COVID-19 cases in the Wisconsin prison system as of January 12. Nationally, there have been at least 2,144 COVID-19 related deaths in prisons. After examination of these…
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Chicago Sees Rise in Gun Violence During 2020 Year

Posted on behalf of Donahue & Walsh, P.C. | January 20, 2021

In 2020, there were 750 Chicago murders. This was a 50 percent increase when compared to numbers in 2019. There is speculation however, that increased gun violence could have been caused by stressors unique to the 2020 year. Stay-at-home order caused many to feel trapped, and as if they had limited ways to escape conflict….
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