obstruction of justice

New crime of obstructing identification in Illinois

September 29, 2011
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When a police officer conducts a traffic stop on a person for a vehicle code violation, or detains him on suspicion of committing a crime, the officer has a right to ask the person to identify himself. If the person provides a false identity, such as giving a family member’s name, he can be arrested […]

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Can the victim make the State drop charges in a domestic battery case?

February 3, 2011
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Many people believe that if they are the victim of a domestic violence incident, they can choose whether to press charges. During the course of a domestic altercation, they call 911 wanting the police to show up and calm the situation. In many instances, they do not want the defendant to be arrested. But once […]

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What is obstruction of justice according to Illinois law?

July 27, 2010
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A charge for obstruction of justice is a serious criminal offense under Illinois state law. While the conduct that leads to a charge of obstructing justice can be considered trivial, such as providing a police officer a false name, the consequences are very serious. Obstruction of Justice is a Felony The statute defining the elements […]

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