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Most people need to be able to drive as part of their daily activities. Getting to and from work, transporting children to school or other activities, or running errands will usually require the use of a car. This means that whenever a person loses their driver’s license, they will want to understand how they can get their driving privileges reinstated as quickly as possible. Depending on whether an Illinois resident’s license was suspended or revoked, they may need to attend a license reinstatement hearing, and the reason they lost their license will determine whether a formal or informal…
Being arrested for drunk driving can lead to multiple different types of consequences, especially if you are convicted for the criminal offense of driving under the influence (DUI). If you are convicted of DUI, your driver’s license will be revoked for at least one year, but even if you are not convicted, your license will be suspended if your blood alcohol content (BAC) was above the legal limit or if you refused to submit to blood alcohol testing. In order to regain your driving privileges, you may need to have a breath alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID) installed in…
There are multiple ways that a driver may be charged with a traffic violation. In many cases, traffic tickets will result in fines, but a driver may also see their insurance rates increase, and multiple violations within one year could even result in the suspension or revocation of their driver’s license. Traffic violations that take place in construction zones can result in more serious penalties. Drivers will need to be sure to understand the laws that apply in these situations and their options for defending against these types of violations. Types of Construction Zone Violations Usually, when road…
UPDATE: As of January 1, 2020, Illinois laws regarding marijuana have changed. Adults over the age of 21 are allowed to possess and use up to 30 grams of cannabis for recreational purposes, and adults and minors may also possess and use marijuana for medicinal purposes if they have a debilitating medical condition and are authorized to participate in the Medical Cannabis Patient Program. Along with these changes to the law, the penalties that minors may face for possession of marijuana have been updated. Minors under the age of 21 are prohibited from possessing or using marijuana, with the exception of…
Of all the different types of criminal charges that a person can face, some of the most serious involve the accusation that a person caused someone else’s death. While intentionally killing someone else can lead to charges of first-degree or second-degree murder, a person may also face felony charges if they are accused of accidentally causing someone’s death. Depending on the circumstances, the offenses of involuntary manslaughter or reckless homicide may apply. Those who are facing these types of charges will want to understand how Illinois law applies to their situation and the potential penalties they could face if they…
There are multiple different types of illegal drugs and controlled substances that may be available to people in the United States. These substances are strictly regulated, and possession of illegal drugs can result in serious criminal charges. However, a person can be charged with an even more serious offense if they are accused of manufacturing drugs or selling controlled substances. These charges may apply if a person allegedly sold or delivered drugs to someone else, but possession of large amounts of drugs may also be seen as an indication that a person intends to sell or distribute these substances.…
Over the past several years, marijuana use has become more and more accepted throughout the United States, and multiple states, including Illinois, have made this drug legal for people to buy and use for both medical and recreational purposes. As of January 1, 2020, Illinois residents who are over the age of 21 can possess up to 30 grams of cannabis plants, 5 grams of concentrated cannabis, or 500 milligrams of products containing THC, and visitors to the state can possess half of these amounts. However, while marijuana users may no longer face drug possession charges, they may still be…
While stealing a car or other vehicle that belongs to someone else is a crime, there are a variety of other offenses that may be considered motor vehicle theft. Depending on the nature of a specific offense and the value of a vehicle that was allegedly stolen, a person could be charged with a misdemeanor or felony. People in Illinois who are facing these types of charges will want to understand how the law applies to their situation, and by working with an experienced criminal defense lawyer, they can determine their best options for achieving a positive outcome…
Most people have received a traffic ticket at some point in their lives, and in many cases, drivers are cited for minor traffic violations, such as speeding, running a red light, or failing to use turn signals. After receiving a traffic ticket, a driver will usually be required to pay a fine, and their insurance rates may increase. However, drivers should also be aware that multiple violations or serious traffic infractions could result in the suspension of their driver’s license. In these cases, drivers will want to work with an attorney and determine whether they can contest traffic violations…
In recent years, advocates for criminal justice reform have fought against bail requirements for criminal defendants. When a person is charged with a crime, they will usually be required to pay an amount of bail set by a judge before they can be released from police custody. Advocates have argued that this places an unfair burden on lower-income defendants, and the practice has led to many people being required to remain in prison while awaiting trial if they are unable to raise the funds to secure a release. Recently, Illinois passed a law that will eliminate cash bail, along…
Any type of traffic stop can be a nerve-wracking experience, since even low-level traffic violations can result in fines, penalties to a person’s license, increased insurance rates, and other consequences. However, situations where a person may be suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can be even more stressful, since a conviction on DUI charges can lead to driver’s license suspension or revocation, potential time in prison, and a permanent criminal record. In these cases, drivers will want to understand their rights regarding breathalyzer testing, including the potential consequences of refusing a blood alcohol test.…
When you are behind the wheel, you are required to follow a multitude of different driving laws, and these are meant to protect the safety of everyone who uses the roads. Understanding these laws can not only reduce the chances of being involved in car accidents or other situations that put you or others in danger, but it can also help you avoid traffic violations. However, people often make mistakes, and you could find yourself being pulled over by a police officer and facing a traffic ticket for texting while driving or other violations. In these cases, you will…
There are a variety of situations in which a person may find themself facing criminal charges. These charges should always be taken seriously, since a conviction can result in multiple different types of penalties, including fines, jail time, probation, community service, and a permanent criminal record. Retail theft, commonly known as shoplifting, is an offense that can result in either misdemeanor or felony charges, and those who have been accused of retail theft should be sure to understand how Illinois law applies to their situation, the potential consequences they may face, and the best defense strategies against these charges.…
Although this New Year’s Eve will likely include fewer social gatherings than in years past due to the pandemic, it is common for minors to engage in underage drinking at this time of year, either with or without their parents’ knowledge. While this may seem innocent enough, underage drinking often has serious legal and personal consequences that can affect a teenager or young person for the rest of their life. Consequences of Underage Drinking in Illinois In Illinois, underage drinking is a serious offense; in fact, while it is not a felony, it is a misdemeanor, carrying with…
In Illinois, if you drive a truck or other commercial vehicle, you must possess a commercial driver’s license (CDL) in addition to a personal driver’s license. Both to earn your CDL and to keep your CDL, you need to meet higher standards than the average driver. The same goes for the laws that you must abide by, and as a result, many commercial driver’s license violations are not as easy to handle as a typical traffic violation. In fact, serious commercial driver’s license violations in Illinois like commercial driver’s license DUI, aggravated speeding, reckless driving, and…
In Illinois, in its simplest terms, forgery can be understood as the knowing and willful falsification of signatures, documents, or objects. Once such items are falsified, the charges can be compounded by the propagation of these false items or other defrauding activities that lead to another individual or organization being misrepresented or losing something valuable, money or otherwise. Forgery and other deceptive practices are quite common, mainly because they can run the gamut, comprising a wide variety of defrauding actions. Common Acts of Forgery and Illegal Deception Among the many examples of forgery and other deceptive practices in Illinois are:…