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If you are in a rush, driving through a construction zone can certainly be frustrating. However, it is in your best interest to be patient and obey the slower posted speed limits through these work zones. More than 6,700 motor vehicle accidents occur in Illinois construction zones every year leading to more than 1,600 injuries, often because people are driving too fast. Choosing to speed through construction zones can lead to more than a mere construction zone ticket; you could wind up in jail and tarnish your driving record.
Legal Consequences for Speeding in a Construction Zone
Depending on
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Losing your driving privileges can impact your livelihood and your peace of mind. You may need to run errands or get your kids to school and succumb to temptation by grabbing the keys to the car and driving, just this one time. But having a driver’s license is a privilege, not a right. If you are caught breaking the law by driving on a suspended driver’s license, the legal consequences are serious.
License Suspension
It is unlawful in Illinois for a person to drive or be in physical control of a vehicle if they have had their driver’s license
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An ever-increasing number of preteens and teenagers in the United States are sexting. They have either sent or received nude or seminude photos in digital form. They may not think about the consequences down the line, or they may succumb to peer pressure and sext. In a recent survey of out of 350 students, 15 percent admittedly sent a sext to someone. The danger of sexting is that digital images are never really private. Anyone could accidentally share something with the click of a button. So what happens when minors sext minors? Could they also face criminal charges?
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Addictive medications such as opioids can make people do the unthinkable to get their hands on more. The FDA even issued an alert to veterinarians because people are consuming their pet opioid medications. Misuse of these drugs is rampant. In 2021, nearly 107,000 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States. You may have been seeking an opioid refill with a fake prescription for a medication that you once had a legitimate prescription for after surgery. This trend has become a serious public health concern. Whatever your reasons, the next steps you take in defending your case will play a
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Young people may get on the road without measuring the consequences of their actions if they have been drinking. At [[title]], we understand that they do not mean to hurt anyone; they may simply have a momentary lapse in judgment. A mistake such as underage drinking can have serious repercussions. It is important that you seek the help of a criminal defense attorney to protect your child’s future.
Penalties in Illinois for Minors
In Illinois, there is no tolerance under the law for anyone under 21 years old to be caught drinking and driving. The zero-tolerance law is very clear,
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So, you are hosting a holiday party and are serving alcohol to all of your guests. After all, ‘tis the season of giving and you figure what is the harm in having your teenage guests partake in a little holiday eggnog. However, giving alcohol to minors in Illinois is against the law, even if it is happening in the privacy of your home. If you are facing charges of furnishing alcohol to minors you need an experienced criminal defense attorney.
Furnishing Alcohol to Minors
There is zero tolerance in the state of Illinois when it comes to serving alcohol
Continue Reading Hosting a Christmas Party and Serving Alcohol to Teens?

Perhaps it is the stash under the Christmas tree this holiday season that has burglars prowling around the neighborhoods, or maybe they are keeping an eye on who is headed out on vacation. Whatever the case, roughly one million burglaries take place in the United States every year, and about 83,000 occur in the month of December alone. In Illinois, the number of burglaries this month is 40 percent higher than any other month of the year, a spike which places it in a tie with Pennsylvania for number two among all states. Only New Jersey sees a greater increase
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This holiday season, retailers are taking extra measures against retail theft to protect themselves from brazen daylight robberies. Some 50 percent of retailers surveyed across the country reported losses of at least $1,000 in merchandise in 2020 compared to 29 percent the previous year. Overall, organized retail crime costs retailers about $700,000 per $1 billion in sales. Retailers are utilizing technology and training employees to keep an eye on potential shoplifters. So, what do you do if you are facing retail theft charges, but the evidence does not add up?
How Much Was Stolen?
Perhaps an overzealous security officer stops
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More than 12,000 people nationwide are killed in alcohol-related crashes each year, and with the holiday season upon us, drinking and driving behaviors are sure to be a problem once again. For more than three decades, police departments in Illinois have been surveyed to track the number of DUI arrests. In 2021, Aurora came in second statewide, with 325 arrests, a nearly 63 percent jump from the previous year. Decatur ranked number four in the state.
This holiday season, you can bet law enforcement will be on the lookout for drunk drivers, and past DUI convictions can affect whether you
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It may be hard to fathom that the average convicted drunk driver will get behind the wheel of a car 80 times before being arrested. With nearly 12,000 alcohol-related deaths, we are seeing a 14 percent increase since 2019. For that reason, the legal consequences are severe, especially for repeat offenders. At [[title]] we understand that drunk driving is a problem but so is being wrongly accused of DUI. The repercussions are not fair if there are flaws in the arrest.
Seek Legal Help
Too many drivers do not seek legal help because they are embarrassed. But an unfair DUI
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Many people have serious pain or suffer from anxiety and rely on prescription drugs to cope with and tackle their daily lives. With doctors writing more than four billion prescriptions a year, it is no wonder that many medications end up being misused. While that may be the case many people need to get things done, so they often drive. So, could you face DUI drug charges if you can prove that you have a prescription for the medication in your system at the time of the arrest?
Are Prescription Pills Intoxicating Substances?
In Illinois, it is illegal to drive
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The holiday season is typically a time for generosity and family get-togethers. Ironically, domestic violence increases across the nation during major holidays including Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. In Illinois, one in three women and one in four men have experienced domestic abuse including shoving and slapping. A domestic violence conviction comes with serious legal consequences.
Domestic Violence
Domestic violence is a concerning trend that involves intimidation, threats, physical injury, sexual assault, emotional abuse, and even death. If you are convicted, it can result in up to a year in jail. If there is a previous conviction for domestic
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About 600 child passengers are killed in a car accident every year, and approximately one-fourth of them die in a crash involving a drunk driver. We realize that for most parents the priority is to keep their children safe and prevent a tragedy. But if you are arrested for a DUI with a child in tow, there is a good chance child protective services will get involved, and you would benefit from having an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side.
Parental Abuse of Authority
Parents have authority over their children, but the reality is that children often have little
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Typically, the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prevents police officers from conducting traffic stops without justification. Police need “reasonable suspicion” of criminal activity to pull a driver over. However, sobriety checkpoints are an exception to this rule.
At sobriety checkpoints, police officers can stop vehicles without any suspicion that the driver has committed a crime. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1990 that sobriety checkpoints are constitutional as long as they are conducted in a reasonable manner. If you or a loved one are facing charges for driving under the influence because of a sobriety checkpoint, contact a DUI
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If you own a commercial driver’s license, you probably rely on your license to make a living. You may be a truck driver, bus driver, delivery driver, or another type of commercial driver. Regardless of what you do for a living, if you are arrested and convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) in Illinois, you could face the loss of your commercial driver’s license (CDL). It is essential that you take steps to protect your future. Contact a DUI defense lawyer with experience representing CDL holders and start building your defense right away. 
Defense Strategies for CDL Holders
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Drug addiction touches the lives of millions of people throughout the United States. While the criminal justice system has traditionally treated drug addiction as a crime, there is an increasing recognition that addiction is a disease that should be treated. This is especially true in states like Illinois, where lawmakers have passed legislation aimed at providing treatment instead of jail time for certain non-violent drug offenders.

If you are facing felony drug charges in Illinois, it is important to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney who can help you understand your options and  fight for the best possible outcome
Continue Reading Can I Qualify for a Diversion Program if I Am Charged with Felony Drug Possession?