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The state of Illinois, like most of the country, legally defines alcohol intoxication as having a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or greater.  If you are caught driving with a BAC of 0.08 percent or higher, you can be arrested and charged with driving under the influence (DUI). However, this does not mean that you will automatically be convicted if your BAC is over 0.08. You may still have defenses available to you that could result in acquittal or even dismissal.
Breath Alcohol Testing Can Be Flawed
If the police pull you over and they smell alcohol
Continue Reading Can I Get Out of a DUI Even If I Failed a Breath Test?

Criminal penalties for drug distribution or selling drugs are usually much more severe than mere possession. If you or a loved one were accused of drug dealing, drug manufacturing, drug distribution, or possession with intent to deliver, secure legal counsel immediately. An experienced criminal defense lawyer can help you understand what you are up against and begin building a strong defense against the charges.
Accusations of Selling Drugs
In order to be convicted of selling drugs, the prosecution must prove that you:

  • Intended to sell or distribute the drug, and
  • Actually sold or distributed the drug

The prosecutor does not
Continue Reading What Factors Can Elevate a Drug Possession Charge to Drug Distribution?

In Illinois, orders of protection are issued to individuals who feel that their safety is threatened by another person. Protective orders, called restraining orders in other states, are commonly issued in domestic violence cases. The purpose of a protective order is to prevent an abusive or harassing individual from causing the alleged victim further harm. If someone was issued a protective order against you, you may be unsure of how to handle the situation. It can be frustrating and overwhelming. The actions you do and do not take during the protection period can dramatically impact your future, so it is
Continue Reading What to Do If Someone Gets an Order of Protection Against You

A conviction for driving under the influence (DUI), leaving the scene of a serious accident, drag racing, or a felony offense involving a motor vehicle can lead to a driver’s license revocation. Once a person’s license is revoked, he or she is prohibited from driving. The only way to get a driver’s license back after it is revoked is through a Secretary of State license reinstatement hearing. 
If you lost your license, you may have many questions about how to get it back. Read on to learn more about driver’s license reinstatement in Illinois.
Can I Regain Driving Privileges
Continue Reading Frequently Asked Questions About Driver's License Reinstatement in Illinois

In the state of Illinois, speeding tickets are not uncommon. Most people have been pulled over for driving above the speed limit at least once in their lives. In most cases, a speeding driver receives either a warning or a traffic ticket payable by a moderate fine. He or she may also have to contend with higher insurance rates. If the driver has received multiple citations in the past, his or her driver’s license may be suspended.
Excessive speeding can lead to much more than higher insurance rates and expensive traffic tickets. In certain circumstances, speeding or dangerous driving can
Continue Reading When Can Speeding Lead to Criminal Charges in Illinois?

Illinois law prohibits the operation of a motor vehicle while intoxicated by alcohol or drugs. Driving under the influence (DUI) penalties vary significantly depending on the circumstances of the alleged offense. A first-time DUI without aggravating circumstances is a Class A misdemeanor. If convicted, the offender may be sentenced to probation or community service instead of jail time. However, the penalties for DUI increase if there are aggravating circumstances like a child passenger, BAC over 0.16, or an accident resulting in serious injury or death. DUI penalties also increase with second and subsequent offenses. All DUI offenders face driver’s license
Continue Reading How Does a Breath Alcohol Interlock Ignition Device (BAIID) Work?

Being convicted of a crime can result in jail time and other serious criminal penalties. However, for many people, the consequences do not end when they get out of jail. Individuals who have been convicted of a criminal offense often find it nearly impossible to have a normal life. Because the record of the conviction is available to the public, other people can easily find out about the conviction, which can be humiliating. Employers and landlords who perform background checks or even simple internet searches may find the conviction record, making it extremely difficult for the offender to find adequate
Continue Reading How Can I Prevent Other People From Seeing My Criminal Conviction?

Millions of Americans struggle with insomnia and other sleep problems. Prescription medications such as Ambien may offer a solution, but prescription medication users must know the risks associated with these powerful sleep aids.

Driving under the influence (DUI) charges are usually associated with drunk driving. However, Illinois law clearly states that any intoxicating compound can lead to DUI charges. Even prescription medication for which the driver has a prescription can lead to DUI charges and associated penalties.
Illinois DUI Laws
Most people assume that your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) has to be over the legal limit for you to be
Continue Reading Sleeping Pills Can Lead to DUI Charges, Even for Lawful Users

The United States Constitution protects some of our most sacred rights. Among these rights is the right to a reasonable degree of privacy. Government authorities such as police officers cannot enter your property or seize your assets without unless certain criteria are satisfied.

For houses, apartments, or other dwellings, police usually need a search warrant from a judge before conducting a search. However, motor vehicles are exempt from the search warrant requirement. It is important for everyone to know their rights regarding vehicle searches. When a police search is performed illegally, the evidence collected during the search may be
Continue Reading Understanding Your Rights Regarding Vehicle Searches in Illinois

The Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists (AAIM) has released a series of lists including the number of driving under the influence (DUI) arrests and the arrest rates of Illinois law enforcement agencies for 2021. While the City of Chicago and Illinois State Police are categorized separately given their higher total numbers. A number of local counties and municipalities are near the top of the lists. If you have been arrested for DUI, an experienced attorney can help craft a strong defense.
2021 DUI Arrest Statistics for Illinois
On the 2021 total DUI arrest list, Lake and McHenry County deputies rank
Continue Reading Local Municipalities, Counties Among Top for Illinois DUI Arrests

Amid rising numbers of organized robberies of large retail establishments by organized groups, the state of Illinois has passed a new law, known as the INFORM Act, which will increase penalties for organized retail theft. Governor J.B. Pritzker signed the bill in May, and it will go into effect on January 1, 2023. While the most high-profile cases of these types of robberies have occurred on Michigan Avenue in Chicago, other retail establishments can be vulnerable targets. It reverses the recent trend of lowering the charges for shoplifting and other retail theft in recent years. Shoplifting and retail theft charges
Continue Reading New Illinois Law Targets Smash and Grab Robberies

Without a valid driver’s license, your ability to work, run errands, and take care of your family could be jeopardized. A suspension or revocation of your license may result from a DUI or serious traffic violation. No matter what reason you lost your license, an experienced driver’s license reinstatement attorney can help you get reinstated and get your life moving again.
Formal and Informal Hearings to Reinstate Your License
There is a process that must be followed before your license can be reinstated. If you drive on a suspended or revoked license, you could be charged with a Class A
Continue Reading Getting Your License Back After a Suspension or Revocation in Illinois

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
Continue Reading What to Know About Shoplifting in Illinois

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
Continue Reading Penalties for Street Racing and Drag Racing in Illinois

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
Continue Reading What Are the Penalties for Stealing a Car in Illinois?

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
Continue Reading Slow Down to Avoid Aggravated Speeding Charges in Illinois