In the News
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Governor Bruce Rauner (R) issued his first two pardons in the state of Illinois in early April, and there's still a considerable backlog for him to work his way through. His office rejected 57 out of the 59 clemency requests, and he's still facing thousands left behind by former Governor Pat Quinn. (Quinn reviewed nearly 5,000 petitions, granting about 1,800 of them and denying the rest.) Read more...
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Dozens of people were exonerated in 2014, including many in Chicago--and that's great news. While it's always better to avoid wrongful convictions, the point is that "prosecutors are much more willing to see identifying errors as a positive part of their job," said Michigan law professor Samuel Gross. Read more...
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Friday, September 5, 2014
Starting January 1, 2015, people with certain violent misdemeanor convictions can petition the court to have their criminal records sealed, thanks to a new law signed into effect last week by Governor Pat Quinn.
This law, which actually amends the Criminal Identification Act, still prevents sex crime-related misdemeanors from being sealed, as well as misdemeanors involving animal cruelty. In many other cases, though, there's a genuine chance of starting fresh. You can learn more about the amendment to the Criminal Identification Act here.Matt Fakhoury
Monday, July 21, 2014
This spring, legislators passed a bill that bars private employers from requiring applicants to disclose their criminal histories until they've been deemed "qualified" for a job -- and that's a boon for ex-offenders, who are often denied employment solely because of past convictions... read more.Matt Fakhoury
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation in early June, effectively giving a handful of Chicago adults a free pass on mistakes they made as minors. The new law automatically expunges juvenile arrest records in a limited number of cases, which can help young people move away from their past and toward a brighter future -- one that doesn't include a criminal record.
is a Chicago criminal defense attorney who handles expungements and sealings in the Greater Chicago area.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's mayor is throwing his support behind legislation that would automatically expunge certain juvenile arrest records.
The bill expunges any arrest for people under 18 who are never formally charged. The records would be erased once the person turns 18.
Friday, January 3, 2014
BLOOMINGTON - A new state law that makes it easier for low-level felony offenders to have their records sealed could stem the potential problems many people face after acquiring a criminal record.
As of Wednesday, people convicted of certain Class 3 and Class 4 felonies can file a petition with their circuit clerk’s office asking a judge to seal records of their convictions.
Monday, April 1, 2013
Despite a federal ruling that Illinois' concealed carry ban is unconstitutional, police, prosecutors and judges alike say they are disregarding the finding and continuing to enforce the law — at least for now.
Police say they continue to arrest those who violate the state's ban on carrying a gun in public, and prosecutors continue to charge them. Backing up the authorities — but perhaps creating more confusion — a state court ruled last week that the federal decision is not binding on Illinois courts and upheld the nation's last concealed carry ban as constitutional.
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Tuesday, March 12, 2013
A Chicago man found with a loaded gun in his car says felony weapons charges against him should be dropped because of a court ruling that tossed out Illinois' concealed carry ban.
Deafalla Haddad was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon after he was pulled over for speeding in November in Schiller Park and informed the officer he was carrying a loaded gun in a waistband holster.
His attorney, Matt Fakhoury, said the case should be dismissed because the law Haddad broke was found to be unconstitutional and because his actions would be legal in any other state.
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