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Domestic violence charges are bad enough in their misdemeanor form. This particular offense carries a lot of stigma. Felony domestic violence is a far more serious charge. Not only will people convicted of this crime have to deal with being thought of as a “wife-beater,” they will also have to live the rest of their lives as felons. Domestic battery can be charged as a felony for several different reasons. Repeat offenses are one of the more common reasons people face felony charges for what would otherwise be considered simple domestic batteries. However, more serious forms of violence, such as
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Any sex crime is a serious matter. All sex crimes in Illinois are felonies, except for criminal sexual abuse, which can only be committed by a juvenile. If you are convicted of a sexually oriented offense, you can expect to serve time in prison. Courts are notoriously harsh when it comes to sex offenders. These crimes are routinely treated as some of the most serious offenses a person can commit, just behind murder. Sexual assault – commonly known as rape – and assaultive sexual offenses against minors are the most likely to lead to long prison terms and lifelong
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Unfortunately, there are cases where a term of incarceration is unavoidable. If you are facing a serious felony charge – especially a violent felony, a sex offense, or a high-level narcotics charge – you may not have any alternative to prison time. In those cases, your attorney’s role is to minimize the amount of time you would serve by presenting mitigating factors. However, in misdemeanor or even some felony cases, there are some alternatives to jail time courts may use at their discretion. If you are facing a more minor charge, like drug possession or simple assault, you may be
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The distinction between a traffic violation and a misdemeanor offense can be confusing for people who do not work in the criminal law field. If you were pulled over by the police and given notice that you broke a law, you may wonder how serious the situation is. Traffic violations are generally somewhat minor, although they can ultimately result in a suspended license or other issues if you have enough of them. A misdemeanor traffic-related crime is a fair bit more serious. While you cannot go to jail for a simple violation, you could face some jail time for a
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A traffic violation in Illinois is a serious offense, commonly resulting in points against your license, fines, and court costs. 
Even though a traffic violation may seem minor, a violation can remain on your driving record for four to five years. If the violation resulted in license suspension or revocation, the offense will remain on your record for up to seven years. 
A traffic violation can make it difficult to secure affordable car insurance. Do not let yourself be at a disadvantage for liability coverage. If you have received a traffic violation, you need an Arlington Heights traffic crimes defense
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A police officer is required to read your Miranda Rights if they intend to question you following your arrest.
You have the option to remain silent and to instead call your attorney. In fact, you should only provide answers if your attorney is in the room and advises you to do so.
Our Arlington Heights criminal defense lawyer would like to discuss your Fifth Amendment rights and why you should invoke your right to remain silent following an arrest.
Invoking the Fifth Amendment
The Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states that the government cannot force a person to be
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In criminal cases, a prosecutor and defense attorney may negotiate a plea bargain. This allows the defendant’s charges to be reduced, possibly dropping charges and affording the offender a more lenient sentence. 
In many cases, it is possible to have a felony offense reduced to a misdemeanor. Our Arlington Heights, IL, felony defense attorney would like to discuss what felony offenses are eligible and what is involved in getting your sentence reduced.
Wobbler Crimes
Not all felony charges are eligible to be reduced to a misdemeanor charge. Only those felonies that are “wobbler” offenses have the potential for charges to
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Being charged with domestic violence can be an overwhelming and distressing experience. In the state of Illinois, domestic violence is taken very seriously, and the consequences can be severe. It is crucial to understand the potential ramifications of a domestic violence charge and the importance of seeking legal guidance. 
If you are facing domestic violence charges, contact an Arlington Heights criminal defense lawyer from Scott F. Anderson, Attorney at Law for a free consultation.
What is Domestic Violence in Illinois?
In Illinois, domestic violence refers to a pattern of abusive behavior, whether physical, emotional, or financial, committed by a family
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If you have been convicted of a sex crime, you will likely be required to register as a sex offender. Depending on your offense, you may be listed on the sex offender registry for ten years or for life
There are a number of crimes that require registration on the sex offender list. If you have been arrested for a sex crime, do not hesitate to contact an Arlington Heights sex crimes defense attorney as soon as possible.
What is the Sex Offender Registry?
The sex offender registry is a system for monitoring offenders who have been released from jail.
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Drivers with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or higher will likely be charged and possibly convicted of driving under the influence (DUI)
A DUI offense will be a permanent part of your criminal record. Besides inhibiting your ability to find employment, you could be facing potential jail time and have your license suspended or revoked.
If you face DUI charges, you need to speak with an Arlington Heights DUI defense lawyer who can assist you in avoiding a conviction.
You Could Face Prison Time and/or Community Service
Since a first conviction for a DUI is a Class A
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Across the United States, drivers with standard driving licenses must maintain a blood alcohol content (BAC) below 0.08 percent. The standard is higher for commercial drivers, who, along with having to pass rigorous testing to get a commercial driver’s license (CDL), are also legally required to have a BAC below 0.04 percent.
If you have been charged with a DUI, you will want to do everything in your power to avoid a conviction. That begins with reaching out to an experienced Arlington Heights DUI defense lawyer to defend you.
Legal BAC for a Commercial Driver
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety
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In Illinois, you will be convicted for driving under the influence (DUI) if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.08g/dL or higher through chemical testing or if you refuse testing. You can be convicted for a DUI if your BAC is between 0.05 g/dL and 0.08 g/dL if you are showing signs of impairment. The revocation of your driving privileges will happen through the Secretary of State, in what is known as statutory summary suspension.
If you are convicted of a DUI, you will have your license revoked for one year. However, you may qualify to get a Restricted Driving Permit
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Driving under the influence is a serious matter in Illinois. With the average cost of a DUI conviction in Illinois costing over $18,000, an offender may have to pay a steep fine and face losing certain civil rights.
Penalties for a DUI can vary based on whether the driver was transporting children, if the driver had any prior offenses if your blood alcohol content is excessively elevated, and if anybody was injured.
Aggravating factors can result in your DUI being charged as a felony, also increasing jail time and potential fines. If you are facing aggravated DUI charges, you need
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Protecting ourselves is a basic human instinct. Without this innate trait, the human race would have become extinct thousands of years ago.
In Illinois, a person commits assault if the individual physically threatens another. If you are facing assault charges, you may be able to negate criminal liability by proving that you acted in self-defense. 
If you believe your use of force was necessary, an Arlington Heights criminal defense lawyer will know what steps need to be taken to create the strongest defense.
What Qualifies as Self-Defense in Illinois?
According to Illinois law, “a person is justified in the
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Impaired driving remains a major concern in Illinois, and arrests happen daily. While the police only need to have probable cause to arrest you for a DUI, a prosecutor must have sufficient evidence to convict you.
If you have been charged with a DUI, you need the experience that can only be found in an Arlington Heights DUI defense lawyer.
Standard of Proof
Law enforcement must have probable cause to arrest you for driving under the influence (DUI). Probable cause means that the police have reasonably trustworthy information regarding a situation. That information is enough to convince a
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Although a misdemeanor is punished less harshly than a felony, you could still face serious penalties. If you are charged with a misdemeanor in Illinois, there is a chance that you could spend up to one year in jail.
If you have been convicted of a misdemeanor, reach out to an Arlington Heights criminal defense lawyer today. 
What is a Misdemeanor?
Crimes are categorized as either misdemeanors or felonies. A misdemeanor is a less serious crime that usually penalizes the wrongdoer with fines, community service, probation, and at most one year in prison.
In Illinois, the following crimes are classified
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