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The offense of shoplifting, or retail theft as it is also known, is often viewed by many as a minor crime, but it is taken seriously by retailers and law enforcement. If you are caught shoplifting in Illinois, you are facing some of the strictest penalties in the nation. The definition of shoplifting is broader than you may think, encompassing many forms of deceiving retail stores and their workers.
Types of Shoplifting and Penalties in Illinois
Shoplifting is not just hiding merchandise under your shirt or in your pocket and leaving the store without paying. There are many actions
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Drag racing, car racing, and other motorsports are popular spectator sports, attracting legions of fans to large venues and small tracks all around the state. However, some car owners feel tempted to recreate the speeds of race cars on Illinois streets. Participating in street racing, also known as drag racing, is a serious traffic violation and will result in more than just a simple speeding ticket. If your actions fall under the Illinois street racing statute, you could be facing more serious penalties, including the loss of your driver’s license, fines, and even jail time.
What Counts as Street Racing
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Given the greater monetary value of a typical vehicle, auto theft is considered a very serious crime in Illinois. However, the act of starting up someone else’s car and driving away is only one scenario that is related to the theft of motor vehicles under Illinois law. Since the theft of a motor vehicle must be proven to be an intentional act, it is essential that you work with an attorney who is experienced in motor vehicle theft cases and can build a strong defense for you.
Penalties and Stealing or Possessing a Stolen Vehicle
The act of stealing or
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After crawling your way through traffic, the highway finally opens up with hardly another car in sight. Unfortunately for you, the first car you do see is a police car, and you were going well over the speed limit. What looked like an open highway just turned into an aggravated speeding charge. Given the severe consequences that aggravated speeding can bring in Illinois, it is best to seek out an experienced defense attorney.
Definitions and Consequences of Aggravated Speeding
Under Illinois law, if you are caught speeding 26 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit, you can
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As wireless technology becomes omnipresent in our cars and our homes, thieves are taking advantage to steal vehicles and sometimes much more. Law enforcement, homeowners, and car dealerships alike are trying to keep up with new ways of accessing cars in driveways, garages, and sales lots. Motor vehicle theft or even just possessing a stolen vehicle could result in felony charges. If you are facing auto theft charges, it is time to call an experienced defense attorney.
Illinois Car Thefts Being Aided by Key Fobs, Garage Door Openers
There are several different techniques being used by thieves to either
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The Chicago area is a primary hub of railroad activity for the United States, with six of the seven largest railroads in the country, plus other smaller regional railroads running over 500 freight trains through the area daily. Add to that more than 750 daily Metra, Amtrak, and South Shore trains carrying commuters and visitors on the system. All of this railroad activity means cars and trucks in the Chicago region must navigate a lot of railroad crossings on a daily basis.
If you are a commercial driver’s license (CDL) holder, every time you drive over one of these
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Memorial Day weekend traditionally signals the beginning of summer. With warmer weather coming, more people will enjoy time out with friends, attend barbecues, and enjoy a few drinks at a local bar or restaurant. At the same time, Illinois police will be out in numbers looking for drunk drivers. If you have been pulled over under suspicion of driving under the influence, there are certain things you should and should not do.
What Not to Do When Pulled Over on Suspicion of DUI

  • Don’t become combative or defensive – Remain polite and civil to the officer and do not

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Everyone has made mistakes they wish they could erase, but if you have a criminal past, it could have a daily impact on your life. From finding a job to buying a house, you could be paying for your mistake for the rest of your life. However, in the state of Illinois there is a way to have certain arrests and criminal charges expunged from your record or have your record sealed to allow you the opportunity to move forward and earn additional freedoms back. While some criminal charges will always stay on your record, by contacting an experienced expungement
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With warmer weather finally coming to Illinois, motorcyclists will be out and ready to ride. If you ride to and from work or just like to hit the road on the weekends, safety is key for enjoying your ride. Committing traffic violations while riding your motorcycle can put you and others at physical risk and also can lead to traffic citations and in more serious cases license suspension and criminal charges. If you are facing any charges related to riding your motorcycle or from operating any motor vehicle, it is important to contact an attorney who will fight to protect
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If you have been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in Illinois, you are facing serious consequences, including to your driving privileges. While even a first-time DUI conviction will result in your license being suspended for at least one year, it is possible to regain limited legal access to drive. It is essential to work with an attorney who has experience needed to help you navigate the legal process. 
Illinois Consequences for a First-Time DUI
If it is the first time that you have been arrested and convicted of DUI, you may be able to regain driving privileges while
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Graduation parties and other events at the end of the school year can be a popular time for underage drinking. Many minors and even parents are unaware of the severe consequences Illinois teens face if they are caught underage drinking or possessing alcohol. Penalties for underage driving under the influence (DUI) can be even harsher. Even passengers in a car can be charged for illegal transportation and have their license suspended for one year. At The Law Office of Brian J. Mirandola, we can represent your child if they have been accused of underage drinking and are committed to
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Warmer weather is right around the corner, but so is construction season in Illinois. If you are caught speeding or stopped for other traffic violations in a construction zone, you face much stricter penalties than for violations outside of a work zone. Even for a first violation, drivers face higher fines, the temporary loss of their license, and more points added to their driving record, resulting in higher insurance rates. Slow down and drive safely in a construction zone, or you could face serious penalties.
Speeding Violations in Construction Zones
A driver will be assessed a minimum fine of
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The state of Illinois defines forgery as when an individual intentionally falsifies documents, issues or intends to issue falsified documents, or uses a false signature to deceive another party. Forgery is considered a criminal offense typically charged as a Class 3 felony. But, what does fraud look like in day-to-day use? It is essential to understand common deceptive practices that can be charged as felony forgery to maintain lawful practice and keep yourself safe from criminal misconduct.
Falsified Checks
One of the most common acts of forgery is through creating falsified checks. Checks are a written form of financial payment
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The Constitution of the United States protects citizens from unjustified searches and seizures by government entities. This right is typically exercised by individuals who feel that they have had an illegal search or confiscation of property by a police officer either in their home or in their vehicle. Without a warrant or strong probable cause, officers are not allowed to search your private property. If you were charged with a crime after an officer searched or invaded your property without reason, a skilled defense attorney might have a solid foundation to build your defense case. 
What is a Justifiable Search?
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Many drivers receive traffic violations at some point during their driving career. Whether a driver rolled through a stop sign, accidentally ran a red light, or was cited for speeding, drivers may have to pay a fine or receive points on their driving record. However, commercial drivers, including truck drivers, are held to higher legal standards than regular drivers on the road. Commercial vehicle operators cited with a traffic violation must report the ticket to the Secretary of State’s office. Failure to report a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) violation to the state can result in severe legal and professional penalties.
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Minor traffic violations may seem relatively unimportant in everyday life. An occasional traffic ticket for speeding or running a stop sign is seen as irritating rather than a legitimate legal concern for most drivers. However, traffic violations that accumulate can become a real problem for a driver in the state of Illinois. Points from violating traffic laws add up quickly on your driving record, which can lead to a license suspension or revocation. Below are four common traffic violations you should avoid when driving in Illinois. 
Speeding Violations 
On most roads, the speeding limit will be posted on a sign. Depending
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