Once a person is apprehended in the commission of a crime, charged, and sentenced, it is difficult for many to understand why the defendant might repeat the crime. However, when a pattern emerges or habits are repeated, especially regarding criminal acts, an individual may find themselves facing felony criminal charges and a possible prison sentence. This point is illustrated by a recent story involving a certain woman who apparently just cannot stay away from airplanes or airports.
Stowaway Charged with Theft
In what is one of the strangest cases of repeated criminal behavior occurring recently, an Illinois woman has made multiple appearances in court for flying without paying for a ticket. In the latest stowaway incident , the defendant boarded a plane and flew to London. She is believed to have flown from Chicago without paying for a $2,400 plane ticket. Upon her arrival, she was detained, returned to Chicago, and subsequently charged with felony theft and misdemeanor criminal trespassing. The judge, upon releasing her, warned her to stay away from both the O’Hare and Midway airports. The story, however, does not end there.
Although the defendant was originally ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device, that order was rescinded when it was determined that such supervision was not possible, since she resided in a different Illinois county. The defendant allegedly exploited that loophole, and she once again returned to O’Hare Airport in Chicago just nine days after being banned from there by a Cook County judge. Police recognized the recently released woman and arrested her. This time, she was charged with criminal trespassing on state land and violating the terms of her bail .
The woman, who was charged and sentenced for similar crimes in 2016, is believed to have committed the act no fewer than eight times in the past. The question of how she continually bypassed airport security remains unanswered.
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When a person is arrested and charged with a crime, it is natural to feel frightened and isolated. The uncertainty of what will happen next can often lead one to make bad decisions that could have a negative impact on their future. In an effort to protect your freedom and ensure your rights are protected, it is recommended that every criminal defendant rely on the professional knowledge of an experienced Illinois criminal defense attorney . At the Law Offices of Jack L. Zaremba, we provide clients with an aggressive and thorough defense, allowing them to enter the courtroom with the confidence that a fully-prepared legal professional is on their side. Call our offices at 815-740-4025 to schedule a free initial consultation, during which time you can ask any questions and discuss the options available to you.