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CRIMINAL DEFENSE AND FAMILY LAW

Ever since President Donald Trump’s administration began cracking down on immigrants, there has been an increased fear of deportation. This has led to an uptick in demand for assistance with immigration issues, but also in fraudulent immigration counseling services. The problem is particularly severe in places like Chicago, which is considered a sanctuary city and attracts a large number of immigrants. Immigration law is complex and difficult to navigate for even a trained practitioner, so it is not surprising that there has been an increase in immigration law scams and mistakes made by legitimate immigration service providers. Complicating the situation is...

Illinois Family Law Attorney

For many transgender and gender-nonconforming people, something most of us take for granted – showing identification such as a driver's license or passport when asked – can cause all sorts of problems.  When the gender on their ID does not match their current appearance, it can lead to suspicious looks, being denied entry and missing flights, or even becoming targets for humiliation, hostility or violence. Illinois is one of about half the states in the U.S. that allow transgender people to change the gender on their driver's license or state identification card with a letter from a health care provider. Still,...

Illinois Criminal Defense Lawyer

When juveniles get involved with gangs and crime, the consequences can ruin their lives forever. Fortunately, many are still young enough to be influenced in a positive manner and make lifestyle changes that can put them back on the road to a successful future. In Chicago, non-profit organizations such as BUILD Chicago (Broader Urban Involvement and Leadership Development) are working with children and young adults between the ages of 6 and 24, by offering everything from gang intervention to college and career services in an effort to fight crime. The experienced and seasoned Illinois criminal law attorneys at Wolfe & Stec, Ltd....

Illinois Cyber Crime Attorney

With the ever-increasing popularity of the internet, it is no wonder that there is a corresponding increase in the number of online-related crimes. There are multiple ways the internet can be used in a criminal fashion, ranging from identity theft to cyberstalking and harassment, and the repercussions can be serious. For example, individuals who were stalked, harassed and embarrassed on the internet have gone so far as to commit suicide, and children thinking they were going to meet up with a “friend’ met on the internet have been lured into dangerous situations by adults with sexual motives. Recently, in Chicago a...

Illinois Criminal Defense Attorney

How well are local police officers trained to deal with the life-and-death situations they encounter while enforcing the law?  The low flunk-out rate at the Chicago Police Academy may indicate that the training and selection process of new officers is just not good enough. Between July 2012 and April 2016, 97 percent of some 2,000 prospective officers who entered the academy graduated, and only three percent failed or dropped out. Two of Illinois' five other police academies reported similar graduation rates -- College of DuPage's Suburban Law Enforcement Academy and the Southwestern Illinois Police Academy in Belleville had graduation rates between...

Gun control is an explosively controversial topic that is the subject of endless debate in Congress and among individuals. Every time there is a mass shooting, more people call for gun control legislation, while others say that those laws will only keep guns out of the hands of law-abiding citizens. Those on both sides agree that gun control will have little direct impact on the flow of illegal guns that are used to commit crimes in Illinois. However, a recent study suggests that states with stricter gun laws do have lower rates of gun deaths. States with the most laws regarding...

Owning a gun is more dangerous than you think. People who own guns often do so because they think it helps keep them safer and less vulnerable to crime, but this and other assumptions were challenged by several recent studies. Assumption #1 Most Americans own a gun.  Actually, only a little more than one-fifth of Americans own guns, a percentage that has decreased over the last two decades.  While there are plenty of firearms owned by Americans, the fact is that around 3 percent of gun owners in the United States own over half of all our guns. These “super-owners,” own around 17...

Keeping people in prison is an expensive proposition, and one that is often of questionable value.  In 2010, the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) reported close to $1.2 billion in prison expenditures; the state also had $566.1 million in additional prison-related costs. This amounts to an average cost of almost $25,000 an inmate. Unfortunately, the problem keeps getting worse.  In recent years, Illinois’ prison population has soared from less than 10,000 inmates in the early 1970s to nearly 50,000, leading to prison overcrowding and deteriorating conditions. The experienced and seasoned Illinois criminal law attorneys at Wolfe & Stec, Ltd., believe that...

Our Justice System Can't Cope with Mental Illness

Do people with mental illnesses belong in jail? While most of the time the crimes they are accused of are petty ones, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 2 million people with mental illness are booked into jails each year. The Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) estimates that 16 percent of 48,000 individuals in the total DOC population have a mental health disorder. Unfortunately, jail only makes their conditions worse, since at least 83% of jailed inmates with a mental illness don't receive the treatment they need and wind up staying longer than prisoners without mental illness. Even after they...

DuPage County Divorce Lawyer

Did you know there is a day to give recognition to your ex-spouse? National Ex-Spouse Day is officially observed every year on April 14th. National Ex Spouse Day was created in 1987 by Reverend Ronald Coleman of Kansas City, Mo.  Considering that the United States divorce rate for first marriages is about 50 percent, there are lots of divorced people in a position to observe this day -- if they want to. You may question why there is such a “holiday” since divorce is often a painful and costly event you are likely to want to just put behind you. However, there are many...

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