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Chicago Police Receive Body Cameras

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The Chicago Police Department has been under intense scrutiny for decades. During the 1968 Democratic National Convention Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley and the Chicago Police Department were accused of treating Vietnam war protesters inhumanely and using excessive force to control them. Time Magazine said of the several-day event, “With billy clubs, tear gas and Mace, the blue-shirted, blue-helmeted cops violated the civil rights of countless innocent citizens and contravened every accepted code of professional police discipline.”

In 1999, two unarmed motorists—Northwestern University football player Robert Russ and 26-year-old LaTanya Haggerty—were both fatally shot by the Chicago Police. Many accused of the Chicago Police Department of racism and shooting the young individuals unnecessarily. Haggerty was shot when an officer mistook a shiny object in Haggerty's hand for a weapon. Both shootings resulted in lawsuits and Haggerty's family reached an unprecedented $18 million settlement with the city of Chicago.

More recently, 17-year old Laquan McDonald died after being shot 16 times by Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke. This incident ignited heated protests and demands for the mayor to resign. Protestors demanded that the video of the incident be released. Eventually, a journalist sued to have the footage released and it was made public in 2015. Van Dyke was charged with six counts of first-degree murder and one count of official misconduct.

A New Chapter

Because of this long history of what is often seen as a misuse of authority, many have demanded that Chicago police officers wear body cameras. This past Sunday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and police Superintendent Eddie Johnson announced that the city has provided the 7,000 individuals on the police force with body cameras. Impressively, the goal to provide body cameras to officers was reached a year earlier than originally planned.

This is the largest deployment of police body cameras ever in the United States. Proponents of the cameras hope that they will help hold officers accountable for what they do and say during interactions with the public. The body-mounted cameras can serve as a check against the abuse of power by police officers. Ideally, the cameras will help reduce the incidence of unnecessary violence in police encounters in the future, as well as help protect the officers themselves.

Seek Legal Help

If you believe that you have been treated unfairly by a police officer, it is important to seek legal assistance immediately. Contact an experienced Joliet criminal defense attorney to discuss your options and to begin building an effective case. Call 815-740-4025 and schedule your free confidential consultation with Attorney Jack L. Zaremba today.

What Business Owners Need to Know About a Triple Net Lease

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In the commercial real estate world , the triple net lease is a common type of agreement between landlords and tenants, especially for retail and multi-tenant industrial properties. In a triple net lease, most of the expenses related to the operation of the property are the responsibility of the tenant.

The following are some things to keep in mind when it comes to a commercial triple net lease:

1. In a triple net lease, fixed rent is often lower. Potential tenants may prefer a triple net lease if the building they are interested in is new, since in addition to lower rent, the cost of expenses will also be less.
2. While triple net leases may have some advantages, they are often not favorable to tenants. This is because tenants do not have control over any potential increases in expenses. Therefore, it can be difficult for them to budget and plan for future costs. In a triple net lease, tenants must practice precaution and budget wisely, especially if they are using an older property. Tenants are likely to spend more in operating costs in older buildings, because the structure may need to be renovated.
3. In contrast, a triple net lease is preferred by many landlords. This is because the tenants will be paying the taxes, maintenance costs, and insurance for the property.
4. In a triple net lease, the type of business a tenant is running influences how much in operating costs he or she must pay. For example, medical offices may require more electricity, with the equipment they use (X-rays, medical ultrasounds, etc.) requiring specialized outlets and voltages.

Contact an Experienced Will County Real Estate Lawyer Today

Deciding whether or not a triple net lease is right for your business is a complex process. If you do decide that such a lease is what you are looking for, it is important to closely examine the contract to ensure that there are no hidden expenses and that your landlord is legally unable to increase fees each year. That is why at the Law Offices of Jack L. Zaremba, Attorney Ann Zaremba will help you understand the lease and contract you are about to sign and whether or not the lease is the best fit for you and your business interests. You can contact our Joliet commercial real estate lawyer by calling 815-740-402 or via our website. We assist clients with residential and commercial real estate transactions, contracts, leases, and more.

What You Should Know About Underage Drinking This Holiday Season

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For many, this holiday season is filled with family gatherings, workplace parties, and casual get-togethers with friends. Many of these events will include the consumption of alcohol for those aged 21 or above. In Illinois, it is illegal for anyone under 21 to drink alcohol. Drinking under 21 is a Class A misdemeanor and is punishable by a $1,000 fine and one year in jail. All 50 states prohibit the sale of alcohol to those under the legal drinking age, but it is also illegal to simply give those under age 21 alcohol, even if no money is involved. In fact, a person of drinking age does not have to physically hand alcohol to an underage person to be committing a crime. Passively allowing underage people access to one’s alcohol can also be punishable.

For those in Illinois, knowingly providing alcohol to underage persons can result in a $500 minimum fine with a maximum $2,500 fine and up to one year in jail. If the underage drinker is seriously injured or dies as a result of drinking, the responsible party can be subject to a Class 4 felony. The punishment for this can include fines up to $25,000 and up to three years in prison.

Seek Legal Guidance

If you or someone in your family is facing charges relating to underage drinking, you need an experienced Will County defense attorney . The dedicated attorneys at the Law Offices of Jack L. Zaremba, P.C. have the experience and resources necessary to build the best defense possible for your case. Contact our offices today at 815-740-4025.

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