Reflections on Law and Justice is a Chicago law and justice blog by Attorney Tatiana Czaplicki of The Law Office of Tatiana D. Czaplicki, PC. You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation. The information you obtain from this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice.
Speeding in an urban area? Think again. Traveling more than 25 mph over the posted speed limit will get you increased penalties once this law goes into affect. Instead of being offered supervision, you will now have a conviction on your traffic record. Changes in the... read more
People don’t often ask me about United State’s Supreme Court decisions and their role in the criminal justice system or the judicial system as a whole. While we learn about the United State’s Supreme Court and it’s important function while were... read more
An important decision, because sadly, there are way too many attorneys out there, both new and seasoned, who are not experienced in criminal law and who don’t understand and/or fully explain the consequences of a plea of guilty to their criminal clients. Whether... read more
As a follow up to an earlier post this week on eyewitness testimony, the New Jersey Supreme Court has issued new rules regarding eyewitness identifications. They have acknowledged a lack of reliability in some eyewitness testimony and are now mandated to provide an... read more
Recently, the Illinois Supreme Court found that a driver can be found criminally liable for having any amount of marijuana within their urine or bloodstream at any time. Basically, having traces in either blood or urine renders you intoxicated and unable to drive.... read more
In more than 2,000 studies published in professional journals over the past 30 years, social science research has shown that eyewitness testimony isn’t a slam dunk for the Prosecution. Memory is fragile and can be affected by stressful situations which can... read more