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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Posted in Criminal Procedure

Received a Subpoena for Business Records: What You Should Do?

If your business is party to a legal matter, you may receive a subpoena for business records. A subpoena duces tecum — or a subpoena for documents — requires you to submit requested paperwork in your possession that is relevant to the case in question.  A subpoena is an Order of Court and should never be ignored! Before you respond to a subpoena or submit any documents, consult with an experienced attorney. Michael J. Petro has a distinguished record of …
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Posted in Federal Criminal Procedure

Illinois Grand Jury Supeona

Grand juries review evidence in criminal investigations and decide if probable cause exists to hand down indictments and proceed to trial. If you receive a grand jury subpoena, it means that a prosecutor wants you to appear as a witness before a grand jury. If you have received a subpoena you need to contact an attorney for help immediately. Failing to appear after receiving a grand jury subpoena can lead to serious penalties, including arrest and fines. How Do Grand …
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Motion to Suppress Evidence in Chicago

A criminal defense attorney can make a motion to suppress evidence from a trial for several reasons. In most cases, the attorney may believe that the evidence was collected illegally by police or that it violates a defendant’s rights in some way. If you’ve been charged with a crime, your attorney may submit a motion to suppress to prevent specific information from being introduced or discussed during your trial. What role can a motion to suppress play in protecting your …
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Posted in Criminal Procedure

Eyewitness Identification Expert Testimony at Trial Leads to Not Guilty

Eyewitness Identification Expert Dr. Geoffrey R. Loftus is a Professor at the University of Washington in  Seattle.  For 50 years, Dr. Loftus has been studying human perception and memory.  On January 24, 2017, Dr. Loftus flew to Chicago to testify as an eyewitness identification expert in a trial at the 26th Street court house in Chicago.  Chicago criminal lawyer Michael J. Petro hired Dr. Loftus to testify on behalf of his client Victor. Victor was charged with being an armed habitual criminal.  If convicted, Victor faced …
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IP Address Linked to a Residence Is Enough to Search

Jesse Featherly challenges the denial of his motion to quash the search warrant that led to the discovery of child pornography on his computer. Featherly was living in a trailer park in Wisconsin when an agent in Oklahoma discovered that Featherly’s Internet-service account was being used to share files containing child pornography. An Agent applied for a warrant to search Featherly’s residence. In an affidavit filed in support of the warrant application, the Agent stated he was able to determine the IP address of this …
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Health Care Workers Barred By Felony Convictions Can Now File For License With IDFPR

A new Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (“IDFPR”) state law taking effect in January will make it easier for previously barred health care workers and first-time applicants with felony convictions to once again become eligible for an Illinois license. Effective January 2017, previously barred health care workers and applicants with criminal convictions may once again become eligible for licensure in Illinois. Under a new law, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation will implement a review process for impacted …
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New Amendments to Illinois Juvenile Transfer Statute Applies Retroactively to All Pending Criminal Cases

Chicago Criminal Lawyer Michael J. Petro explains why the new amendments to Illinois Juvenile Transfer Statute applies retroactively to all pending criminal cases.

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Posted in Criminal Procedure