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Most drivers have experienced the sense of dread that comes with seeing flashing blue lights in your rearview mirror. In the best-case scenario, a driver pulled over by police will get off with just a warning. In the worst-case scenario, the driver may leave the traffic stop in the back of a police vehicle.
How a driver handles a traffic stop can mean the difference between a temporary detour or moderate fine and criminal charges. It is important for everyone to understand their rights and responsibilities during traffic stops.
De-Escalate the Situation by Making Officers Feel Safe
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Driving under the influence of alcohol is one of the most common offenses for which Illinois residents face charges. Any criminal charge related to drunk driving can lead to substantial penalties and should be taken seriously. However, first-time DUIs are penalized less harshly than second, third, or subsequent DUI convictions. The consequences a person faces for DUI also depend on whether anyone was hurt or killed in an accident while the driver was under the influence.
Drunk driving is considered a felony offense if there are aggravating circumstances. Felony DUI is penalized severely, and someone convicted of felony DUI could
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Criminal defense attorneys have a variety of tools at their disposal when defending a client charged with a criminal offense. For the prosecution to obtain a guilty verdict and convict a defendant of a crime, the prosecution must prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Usually, the prosecution uses a combination of evidence and testimony to argue that the defendant is guilty. However, the evidence must meet certain criteria to be used in a criminal case.
If you or a loved one were charged with a crime, it is important to understand how a motion to suppress evidence
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Any criminal conviction has the potential to radically change the offender’s life. However, sexually-based offenses are often punished especially harshly. If convicted of a sex crime, you may face significant jail time as well as mandatory registration on the public sex offender list. Conviction for a sex crime such as sexual assault can virtually destroy your personal and professional reputation. If you or a loved one have been accused of sexual assault, rape, sex abuse, or another sex-based offense, securing skilled legal counsel should be your first priority.
Innocent Until Proven Guilty
Criminal accusations must be proven “beyond a
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Being arrested and put in the back of a police car can be an overwhelming and confusing experience. Many people in this situation are unsure of what to expect after an arrest. They are unfamiliar with the bond hearing process or what it means to be formally “charged” with a crime. Likewise, many people charged with a crime do not understand the long-term consequences of the charge.  If the charges are eventually dismissed or they are found “not guilty”, they assume that there is no record of the charges.
Unfortunately, being arrested or charged with a crime can still be
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Everyone knows that drunk driving is against the law. What many people do not realize, is that you may face administrative consequences for a drunk driving arrest even if you are not convicted of driving under the influence (DUI).
In Illinois, failing a chemical blood alcohol content (BAC) test such as a breathalyzer or refusing to take a BAC test is punishable by a driver’s license suspension. Once your license is suspended, it is illegal to drive any motor vehicle. Fortunately, you may be able to regain your driving privileges by obtaining a Monitoring Device Driving Permit.
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Whether the charges are for drug possession, drug manufacturing, or drug distribution, being accused of a drug crime can dramatically alter your life. Depending on the type of substance and the amount of the substances allegedly in your possession, drug crimes can lead to profound consequences, including years behind bars.
If you or a loved one were arrested for a drug-related offense, contact a skilled criminal defense lawyer right away. Do not answer any questions from police and remain silent. Your lawyer will ensure your rights are not violated and help you form a strong defense strategy.
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Driving under the influence or DUI is a serious crime. It is illegal to operate a car, motorcycle, or another motorized vehicle after consuming a certain amount of alcohol or using illicit drugs. DUI consequences increase if they are second, third, or subsequent offenses. However, different underlying factors can increase a DUI sentence regardless of a driver’s criminal history.

Understanding Underlying Factors
With all crimes, underlying factors or exceptional circumstances can exacerbate the degree of the crime, leading to a longer, more severe sentence. For example, if you steal a shirt from a store, you may be facing misdemeanor shoplifting
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Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol comes with strict legal penalties and potentially life-changing consequences. A driver may have to pay hefty fines, serve jail time, or lose their driver’s license if charged with a DUI. After being pulled over for suspected drunk driving, drivers may be reluctant to take a DUI breathalyzer test. However, is it illegal to refuse a DUI test during a traffic stop? Below, Illinois law indicates whether or not refusing a breath test during a traffic stop is legal and whether or not it is in the driver’s best interest. 
Is it
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The state of Illinois is home to one of the most famous cities globally — Chicago. This vibrant city is full of exciting monuments to tour, high-rise buildings for business seminars, and gorgeous parks filled with acres of green space. Before you get too eager to roam the streets of Chicago, it is essential to remember all of the pedestrians and driving laws that are enforced throughout the city. 
What is Jaywalking?
Pedestrians, like drivers, must obey the laws of the road when exploring a city on foot. This means that walking on a busy street, running into merging traffic,
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Underage drinking is an offense taken very seriously in the state of Illinois. The state has set a no-tolerance policy that prohibits minors under the age of 21 from consuming alcohol to keep minors and the public safe. Underage drinking has many dangerous implications including damage to a minor’s growth and mental health. It can lead to drinking and driving, DUIs, serious injury or death. Most underage drinking charges are considered misdemeanors and lead to fines, and even jail time. Minors who call 911 seeking medical or police assistance while under the influence will receive immunity from legal consequences.

Understanding
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Murder is commonly seen as the worst crime an individual can commit. The act of ending another person’s life is punishable by a lengthy prison sentence and other harsh penalties. Although rare, some unfortunate situations occur in individuals’ lives that legally warrant killing another person. In the state of Illinois, the use of deadly force on another person may be justified if the person was directly threatening the defendant’s life.

Understanding Illinois Murder Charges
Similar to other criminal charges, murder is calculated, charged, and sentenced by degree. The degree of the murder charge is based on a few factors, including
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In an effort to allow police officers more time and resources to combat violent crimes, the state of Illinois legalized the use of marijuana on January 1, 2020. The state saw it as beneficial to allocate the money and public space used to enforce marijuana laws to rehabilitation and substance abuse and treatment centers. Although recreational marijuana is legal in Illinois, there are still regulations throughout the state to ensure that Illinois citizens are safe. Breaking any of the outlined rules for legalized marijuana, including illegally distributing marijuana, may still result in legal consequences. 
Can I Sell Marijuana?
Can you
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People make mistakes every day — it is human nature. Legal mistakes, however, can follow you for the rest of your life and affect the way you interact with the world. Depending on the nature of the crime that was committed and the age of the offender, some people with a criminal record may be eligible to expunge or seal their criminal records. This process removes or conceals any wrongdoings, but there are some cases where an old record can still be reached.

How Do I Conceal or Expunge My Record?
Many people who have committed a crime wish to
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In the age of the internet, dating apps and social media dominate the social scene. Most social media platforms and dating apps have age limits that regulate children and underage activity. But what happens if a minor lies about his or her age, especially when engaging in a sexual relationship with an adult? Many factors go into determining the fault of each party. However, if you have engaged in sexual relations with a minor, you may be charged with statutory rape in the state of Illinois.

Age of Consent and Statutory Rape
Even if a minor lies about their age,
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A DUI may feel like an inescapable sentence. However, there are a variety of tried-and-true strategies that someone may use to successfully defend against a guilty DUI charge in the state of Illinois. When facing a potential DUI conviction, time is of the essence. Evidence may be piling up against you, and the first line of a good defense is strategizing with an experienced attorney.

Understanding your DUI
DUI charges can range in severity and sentencing. Each individual’s case will vary depending on the details and circumstances of their unique situation. A DUI charge in the state of Illinois is
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