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Police use blood trail to find alleged would-be robber

Belleville police have released a report describing how the resistance of a potential robbery victim and her son generated a blood trail that allowed police to identify and then arrest the alleged robber. The case began with a home burglary attempt in June 2017 and an arrest of the suspect in August 2017. At the present time, the evidence appears to heavily favor the prosecution and suggests that the suspect may need a competent criminal defense attorney.

The case began on June 12th when a man allegedly spotted the robbery victim at an ATM machine and followed her home. The suspect approached the woman as she was stepping out of her car in her garage. The man allegedly brandished a handgun and demanded money. The woman said that she had none in her possession but that she had some money in her house. She also knew that her 27-year-old son was home.

Stun gun used to subdue DUI suspect

Drivers who are stopped by police on suspicion of drunk driving often make their situation worse by engaging in conduct that constitutes a more serious offense. A prime example of such conduct occurred near Belleville when Illinois state police arrived at the scene of a single-vehicle accident and the two suspects attempted to eliminate the need for a DUI defense attorney by running away.

An Illinois state police officer arrived at the scene of the accident at about 10:45 p.m. He saw a 33-year-old man and 27-year-old woman allegedly attempting to push their car off the highway. When the officer stopped on the shoulder and opened his squad car door, the man and woman allegedly began running from the scene. The officer was able to apprehend the male suspect in short order, but the woman kept running.

Slow down! What do you mean there are 3 types of speeding?

That's right. When an Illinois law enforcement officer initiates a traffic stop based on the contention that you were speeding, the ticket you get could result from one of three different types of speeding.

How you defend against such a violation may just depend on the type of speeding ticket you receive. Below are brief descriptions of each type and ways you may defend against such violations.

Man charged with reckless homicide after fatal car accident

Prosecutors in Will County recently announced their decision to charge a man who allegedly killed a mother and her three children in a traffic accident with felony reckless homicide. The accident occurred in Beecher, Illinois, in July 2017. With a lot at stake in this case, the accused individual may require the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney.

According to prosecutors, the defendant was driving through Beecher in his truck when he allegedly collided with a car driven by a woman. Her three young sons, ages 19 months, four years, and six years, were passengers in the car. The woman and her 19-month old son were pronounced dead at the scene. The four-year-old died the next day, and the six-year old died two days later.

When does a DUI offense become a felony in Illinois?

Violation of Illinois' drunk driving laws can bring down a host of different penalties for persons who are convicted of a violation. The seriousness of the penalties depends upon the driver's prior violations, if any, and the nature of the incident. This post will summarized the kinds of violations that convert a misdemeanor into a felony. Any penalty for violation of the state's drunk driving laws can have a serious and disruptive impact on a person's live, and anyone facing charges for a DUI violation may want to consult an experienced DUI defense attorney.

An initial DUI violation by a driver with no prior incidents and who is older than 21 is classified as a misdemeanor, and the driver's license is revoked for one year. Penalties increase in severity with each subsequent violation. Certain violations are automatically classified as felonies regardless of the driver's previous record. The following examples are felonies and classified as aggravated DUI violations. A DUI that results in great bodily harm, permanent disability or disfigurement is a Class 4 felony. A DUI that results in one or more fatalities is a Class 2 felony. Any DUI offense committed without the driver possessing a valid driver's license or permit or vehicle liability insurance is a Class 4 felony. A DUI offense in a school zone with a restricted speed limit that causes bodily injury is also a Class 4 felony.

Two arrested for DUI after accidents on Route 4

In most accidents alleged to be caused by drunk driving, only one driver is accused of being under the influence of alcohol. An unusual exception occurred on August 12 near Belleville when two alleged intoxicated drivers were involved in two related accidents. Because both accidents involved injuries, the penalties for conviction may be especially harsh, thereby putting a premium on the drivers being able to retain experienced DUI defense attorneys.

The first crash occurred shortly after 10 p.m. when a GMC pickup was northbound on Route 4. The driver is alleged to have crossed the centerline and collided head-on with a semi-trailer truck. The driver of the GMC was airlifted to St. Louis University Medical Center in critical condition, and the driver of the semi was treated for minor injuries at St. Joseph Hospital in Highland. Police had earlier received several 911 calls alleging that the GMC driver was driving erratically.

Helping accused individuals initiate a strong criminal defense

Being accused of a drug crime could mean that your freedom, personal and professional reputations, and financial future are at risk. Criminal allegations mean that the accused is facing serious penalties. A serious situation, such as criminal charges, should be treated as such. This means that defendants in Illinois should take an aggressive approach in order to protect their rights and future.

At Madelyn Daley, Attorney at Law, our skilled legal team has more than 15 years of experience fighting for the rights of our clients. Whether you are facing a minor or major, state or federal, or misdemeanor or felony charge, it is imperative that you understand the charges you are facing, the potential penalties you could endure, and the criminal defense options available to you.

East St. Louis man suspected in string of vehicle burglaries

Residents of the Villa Hills neighborhood in unincorporated Belleville have experienced a number of automobile burglaries over the past several days. The combination of observant residents and quick police action led to the arrest of an East St. Louis man in connection with the thefts. He may need the services of a capable criminal defense attorney before this cases comes to an end if he hopes to avoid harsh penalties.

The St. Clair County Sheriff's Department was investigating a string of vehicle burglaries in four Belleville-area neighborhoods when the residents of Villa Hills alerted police to an increase in the frequency of the burglaries. One man told police that he had confronted another man who appeared to be the burglar. After the confrontation, the accused man allegedly ran into a nearby wooded area. Police cordoned off the area but were unable to locate the suspect.

Illinois courts don't take shoplifting lightly

Shoplifting is a crime. Each year, retail establishments lose billions of dollars in merchandise to shoplifters, not to mention the amount of money they spend on security devices, guards and cameras. If you are facing shoplifting charges, you may already know these facts.

Some steal because they need something they can't afford to purchase. Others steal for the fun or compulsion. Still others are wrongly accused of stealing. Whatever the circumstances surrounding your arrest, you may be fearful of the consequences of a conviction, especially if the value of the merchandise in question is more than $300.

Belleville man charged with sexual assault of 18-year old woman

Too often, sexual encounters lead to allegations of sexual violence. A 37-year old Belleville man may be in this position now after he was arrested and charged with a number of serious felonies in connection with the alleged assault of an 18-year old woman. The seriousness of the charges will most likely require the suspect to consult a criminal defense attorney.

According to police, the accused and the woman knew each other and had a sexual encounter. Afterward, the suspect allegedly wrapped his arm around the woman's neck and applied heavy pressure. Police claim that when the woman tried to escape, the man pressed a knife into the back of her neck and told her that if she continued to resist he would slice her throat. The man is also accused of striking the woman's head with a closed fist and kicking her in the abdomen. The police further state that the man would not let the woman leave the apartment where the incident allegedly occurred.

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