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How Can I Prove I Was Wrongfully Convicted of a Crime?

When someone is arrested, they are presumed innocent until proven guilty. The United States Constitution guarantees our civil rights to legal counsel and a fair trial. We trust that justice will prevail, and innocent people will be found not guilty. However, what happens when the justice system fails and a person is wrongfully convicted of…

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Overview Of The Cost Of Police Misconduct Act

Following the death of George Floyd and nationwide protests over police brutality last year, legislation was introduced in Congress to bring more publicity to police department civil settlements. The legislation would also publicize important details about misconduct allegations made against law enforcement officers. Although the bill faces uncertainty because of other congressional priorities, it has…

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Can I Sue If I Contract COVID in an Illinois Jail?

Correctional facilities such as jails and prisons are legally required to take reasonable steps to keep inmates safe. If you or a loved one contracted COVID while incarcerated in Illinois, you may have a legal claim. Legal action is already underway against state officials and others who have neglected their duties to safeguard prisoners’ health….

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Understanding Police Brutality and Misconduct

Police brutality and other forms of misconduct are unacceptable. But victims are often afraid to speak up and worry that the justice system will be stacked against them. While taking on the police is no easy task, having the right attorney will substantially increase your likelihood of receiving compensation for the injustices done to you….

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Cook County Jail: A “Petri Dish” For Coronavirus

Chicago’s Cook County Jail is the largest single-site jail in the United States. And as coronavirus has swept the country, it was only a matter of time before detention centers felt the brunt of the epidemic. Sheriff Tom Dart says that time has come. The jail has reported 276 confirmed coronavirus cases among the inmates…

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Understanding Your Fourth Amendment Rights

The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects every American from illegal searches and seizures. But just because we are promised this civil right does not mean all of us enjoy it. Unfortunately, the police regularly disregard the Fourth Amendment in carrying out its law enforcement duties. The civil rights attorneys of Hale & Monico…

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