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Does the government have a crime database?

While people cannot be convicted for crimes they have not committed, a new government database will attempt to target where crimes might occur. Armed with this knowledge, the government may try to adopt policies  and take measures to prevent crimes from occurring.

The crime database is currently being compiled. When it is complete, it will likely include personal information about all people who have committed a crime. This undertaking will require a compilation of the thousands of information from the thousands of existing crime databases across the United States.

Many critics of the crime database fear that it will encroach on people’s future liberties. They believe that the government will unfairly target former criminals who may not be a real threat to causing a crime.

If  you or anyone you know has been arrested for criminal activity, contact the Champaign criminal defense attorneys of Bruno Law Offices at 217-328-6000.


The legal justification for the insanity defense

Many people are familiar with the insanity defense because it is commonly used in movies and television programs about law. However, most people are unfamiliar with why the insanity defense is an acceptable legal defense.

It is an acceptable legal defense because it gets to the heart of one of the principles for proving someone is guilty. For someone to be determined guilty, the prosecutors must prove that the defendant intended to commit the crime.

By definition, an insanity defense attempts to show that a person did not intend to commit a crime for various reasons related to a mental illness.

If you have been charged with a crime and believe you have an acceptable insanity defense plea, contact the Champaign criminal defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices at (217) 328-6000.


The various penalties for marijuana possession in Illinois

Under almost any circumstance, possession of marijuana is illegal in Illinois. For people convicted of marijuana possession, they face legal penalties that range depending on the amount of illegal substance in possession.

For instance, a person who is in possession of marijuana that weighs less than 2.5 grams could receive a Class C misdemeanor and face up to 30 days in jail and fines  up to $2500, according to the Illinois criminal penalty code.

If you have been charged with marijuana possession, contact the Champaign-Urbana marijuana possession defense attorneys of Bruno Law Offices at 217-328-6000.


The various punishments for hate crimes

Hate crimes are criminal acts against another individual based on that person’s race, religion, sexual orientation, skin color, or  disability. These acts can involve many types of criminal activity,  but commonly involve abuse or assault.

Punishment for hate crimes are usually extra punishments  added onto an original crime. For instance, if a person assaults someone because of the person’s national origin, that individual will receive a criminal punishment plus an additional punishment for the intent.

Hate crimes, and especially hate  speech, are a controversial topic in the criminal  system. While society generally frowns upon hate crimes and hate speech, some argue that people should not receive additional punishments for the crime. This discrepancy in opinions is reflected in state laws, which treat hate crimes in diverse ways.

If you or anyone you know has been charged with a hate crime, contact the Champaign and Urbana criminal defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices at 217-328-6000.


Champaign police receive grant for tracking sexual predators

The Champaign Police Department will receive a grant to take on child sexual predators. The grant for $496,732 will be provided by the Community Oriented  Policing Services (COPS).

Similar grants are being made throughout the nation, including some for nearby areas like Bloomington, Moline, Peoria, and Quincy. Some of the grant money will be employed toward computer forensic systems so that Champaign police can track sexual predators on the internet.

If you have been charged with being a sexual predator, contact the Champaign criminal defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices at 217-328-6000.


Police hand out 83 alcohol-related citations over two weekends

Police handed out 83 alcohol-related citations in the last two weekends, according to Illinois and Champaign police reports.

The citations included possession or purchase of alcohol by minors, unlawful use of identification, and possession of alcohol in public property.

If you have been charged with an alcohol-related crime, contact the Champaign criminal defense lawyers of Thomas A.  Bruno & Associates at 217-328-6000.


Man charged in sexual assault case

A man from Arizona was charged Sept. 16 with sexual molestation of a young girl a few years ago. The charges allege that Robert T. Jones had sex with a girl younger than 13 between January 1998 and December 2005.

When the charges were filed, Jones was in Arizona and was arrested there. He was then transported to Urbana to serve time in an Urbana jail until his trial begins.

If you or anyone you know has been charged with sexual assault, contact the Champaign criminal defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices at (217) 328-6000.


Mugger arrested, property recovered

A man was mugged Tuesday morning while walking near Crescent Driver and John Street. The assailant took some of the victim’s cash and fled.

According to police reports, after the man was taken to the hospital, police were able to track down the mugger, recover the victim’s possessions, and arrest the mugger.

If you have been charged with a crime related to mugging, contact the Champaign criminal defense attorneys of Tom Bruno at 217-328-6000.


Champaign police chief lays out new crime-fighting strategy

Champaign Police Chief R.T. Finney discussed his force’s new problem-solving strategy in front of the Champaign City Council Tuesday. The details of the strategy include dividing the city into separate districts and appointing lieutenants to be in charge of solving problems in each district.

Finney said the strategy was implemented a year ago to address two issues. One, it allowed the Champaign police department to cut costs while not weakening its fight against crime. And two, it gave liutenants the opportunity to focus on individual districts and gain district-specific knowledge in fighting crime.

If you have been charged with a crime, contact the Champaign criminal defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices at (217) 328-6000.


Two men robbed in Urbana parking lot

Two men were robbed in an Urbana parking lost Saturday. According to police reports, the two men were standing in the parking lot of a Shell gas station in the 1800 block of North Cunningham Avenue when the two robbers approached them.

One of the robbers flashed a gun while the other took a cell phone from one man and cash from the other. The two robbers then left the scene in a Buick sedan.

If you have been charged with theft and need criminal defense attorney, contact the Champaign theft defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices at 217-328-6000.

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