Chicago’s Most Dangerous ‘L’ Stops

According to the news, Chicago is a dangerous place. So dangerous that an outsider could easily envision a massive free-for-all, with bullets flying everywhere. But anyone who’s spent any amount of time in the Windy City knows a far different reality. Yes, Chicago violence is well documented. But the majority of the crime is isolated to certain areas of town – particularly in neighborhoods on the south side and the west side. Dangerous L Stops Click on train stops to …
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Medicare Fraud and Abuse Cases

In recent years, Medicare fraud and abuse cases have been on the rise in the United States. Nowhere is the problem more visible than in Chicago, where an increase in the number of cases has prompted officials to put a moratorium on new home health agencies. With so many cases of Medicare fraud being prosecuted, innocent people sometimes are accused. If you believe you are under investigation for a criminal offense related to Medicare fraud or abuse, it’s critical that …
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Federal Crime Sentencing Guidelines

The Federal Sentencing Guidelines are nonbinding instructions for punishing criminal defendants in a uniform manner. Although the 2017 sentencing guidelines are not compulsory, judges must consider them as they assess appropriate sentences for defendants convicted in the federal court system. When judges deviate from the guidelines, they are required to explain the factors that went into increasing or decreasing a sentence from what the guidelines would impose. If you have been charged with a federal crime, it is vital that …
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Plea Negotiations and Agreements in Federal Court

Many criminal cases frequently end in plea agreements before a trial ever begins. If you are facing federal charges, Michael Petro can work with you and the prosecutors to negotiate a plea agreement. At the federal level, rules for sentencing are very complicated.  Many federal offenses have mandatory sentencing requirements.  Prosecutors are working very hard non-stop to negotiate plea agreements that are favorable to the United States. Attorney Michael J. Petro has decades of experience with the federal courts and will …
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New Chicago Unit Investigating Healthcare Fraud Violations

A new federal investigative unit will prosecute defendants for a variety of crimes related to health care fraud in Illinois. The Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois recently announced that the new unit will pursue many different types of alleged health care fraud perpetrators, including medical providers who falsify records to justify expensive treatments and participate in fraudulent billing. Joel R. Levin, the Acting U.S. Attorney, noted that private insurers and Medicare lose millions of dollars annually …
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Preliminary Hearing in Federal Court

For defendants facing federal charges, it is important to understand what to expect in a preliminary hearing. After your attorney has entered a not-guilty plea, the preliminary hearing typically occurs. In the preliminary hearings, the prosecutor will attempt to demonstrate the existence of sufficient evidence to charge you. If you’ve been charged with a crime at the federal level, you need a distinguished criminal defense lawyer. Michael J. Petro has more than 30 years of experience assisting individuals as their …
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Female Genital Mutilation Charges

A grand jury investigation into female genital mutilation has expanded to three more states — including Illinois — as federal agents identify additional Doctor suspects. The new targets of the investigation reportedly live in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. Female genital mutilation is defined as the intentional injury or alteration to female genitals for reasons that are not medical. The practice can result in serious complications, such as infection, psychological harm, and a greater risk of problems during childbirth. …
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Map of Chicago Homicides 2006 – 2016

Chicago Criminal Defense Attorney Michael J. Petro provides a useful map for analyzing murders in Chicago neighborhoods in 2016. In the chart below, Mike analyzes how Chicago neighborhood gun crime correlates with murders committed in the City of Chicago. Summer is a bittersweet time for Chicago. The city celebrates the beautiful lakefront, the Taste of  Chicago, Lollapalooza and much more. However, the warm weather always brings a major burden for the city: the rise in violent crime. Chicago consistently made …
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Chicago Gun Crimes in 2016

Chicago Criminal Defense Attorney Michael J. Petro provides a useful map for analyzing gun crimes in Chicago neighborhoods from 2012 to 2016. Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive, Magnificent Mile, and the rivalry between the Cubs and the White Sox have made the city not only one of the most lively places to reside, but also a tourist attraction. While the city’s deep dish pizza deserves bragging rights and praise, there are other aspects of this city that are not too pleasing. …
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Received a Subpoena to Testify: What Should You Do?

If you’re ever find yourself in trouble with the police or FBI, you may receive a subpoena  for business records or to testify. Typically, a Judge or Magistrate issues a subpoena after a request by a prosecutor. After the subpoena has been issued, it can be served in person or, in some cases, via email with return receipt requested or by U.S. certified mail to a recipient’s last known mailing address. Receiving a subpoena usually means that the court wants …
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