High court rules warrants necessary to search cellphones

Though at one time a novelty, few people who reside in the Chicago area would dream of going anywhere without their cellphone. In addition to being a telephone, the device’s other capabilities make them a necessity for many. In fact, many would be lost without their phones because of all of the information they contain including schedules, contacts, photos, text messages and access to the Internet and email. …

Sex offender registration for juveniles reconsidered in Illinois

Most people are likely aware of the serious consequences associated with a conviction for a sex crime. The time spent behind bars as well as the requirement in most cases that the convicted person register as a sex offender may have an impact on that person’s life as long as they live. This is particularly true when the person forced to register is a juvenile. …

Ill. Supreme Court Strikes Down Eavesdropping Law

The Illinois Supreme Court struck down the state’s eavesdropping law, which was one of the harshest in the country. Before the court intervened, the statute prohibited anyone from recording conversations, even ones held in public, without the consent from the people being recorded, according to the Chicago Tribune. The Illinois Supreme Court found the statute’s scope to be too broad. …

University of Chicago Crime Lab Gets $1M

The University of Chicago Crime Lab received a $1 million grant that will be used to grow its policy work and study crime problems. With more resources to tackle the city’s crime problems, the Crime Lab will be able to keep up with the city legislators’ accelerated timetables, said the Chicago Tribune. So what types of research may the grant fund? …

When Can Police Impound Your Car?

While it may be inconvenient, police can impound your car for several reasons. Getting your car back after it’s been impounded is a costly legal process, but understanding why your car was impounded can help you avoid going through it again. So when can police impound your car? …