Madelyn Daley
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Simple versus aggravated assault and battery in Illinois

People in Illinois get into disagreements with others from time to time. It is a common part of life to not get along with everyone all the time. What is different, though, is how people resolve their disagreements. Some may just keep silent and keep everything inside. Others may want to talk about it or end up yelling at the other person. Some people resort to violence though and either threaten violence or in fact hit and harm the other people. If people choose to resolve their disagreement in that way, they could face assault and battery charges.

These are serious charges as well and can carry significant penalties if convicted, but there are two different kinds of assaults and batteries. One is simple assault and battery. These occur when people either threaten physical harm (assault) or strike others and cause physical harm (battery). These are generally both misdemeanors, involve only relatively minimal harm and generally do not involve the use of dangerous weapons.

Police arrest multiple people over two days on drug charges

There are many ways people in Illinois try to unwind and have a good time. Some find various clubs or organizations to participate in. Others go to sporting events, concerts and other forms of entertainment. Some may drink alcohol or use drugs to try and help them alter their reality. Taking many types of drugs is illegal, though. If people are caught possessing illicit drugs, they could be charged with a crime. This can lead to serious consequences. However, the consequences are even more serious for people who sell the drugs.

Recently the police arrested multiple people in multiple drug busts over a couple of days. In one bust, the police executed a search warrant on a house. Two people in the house were arrested, one for unlawful delivery of methamphetamines and the other for the alleged possession of methamphetamines. The day before, the police arrested a woman at a traffic stop for allegedly possessing a controlled substance. Later that day the police arrested three more individuals inside a home for alleged possession of methamphetamines.

Law changes can lead to expungements

Deep down inside, most Americans believe they are good people. Despite previous tickets, allegations or offenses, you probably think you shouldn't have to receive continual punishment for something in your past that is no longer illegal. You may be of the mindset that bearing the burden of a criminal record once laws have been reversed isn't fair. And some lawmakers agree - it isn't.

As previously discussed, those with specific drug charges in their past may now experience the peace a clean record can provide. Illinois' decriminalization efforts are a huge relief to many. If you have a past you're not proud of, getting your record expunged could enable you to focus on developing a positive future.

Driver's license suspensions for DUIs in Illinois

Being able to drive in Illinois is a privilege. When driving, people must obey the many traffic laws in the state. These laws include laws regarding speed limits, signaling turns, yielding to other cars, not texting or using the Internet while driving, obeying traffic lights, stop signs and other traffic control signs and many other laws. One of these other laws is that people cannot drive their vehicles while they are intoxicated. If people are caught driving under the influence, they could be charged with a DUI.

Being charged with a DUI is a serious charge and if people are convicted, they could be facing serious consequences. These consequences can include fines, jail time and other penalties in addition to losing their driver's license for a period of time. How long a person will lose it depends on the number of DUIs the person has on their record.

The consequences for meth possession in Illinois are serious

Not all of those who possess drugs do so illegally. For example, if a person in Illinois has drugs that were lawfully prescribed by doctors to treat various injuries or illnesses, this is not a criminal act. However, there are many drugs that are illegal to use without a valid prescription. There are also many other drugs which have no medical purpose and are always illegal to use. These drugs include drugs like heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines and many other drugs.

These drugs can be very dangerous to take and can be very addictive as well. So, to discourage people from using them, the penalties for being convicted of drug crimes are severe. For meth the consequences depend on the amount possessed.

Failing your ignition interlock tests

Even in states with a reputation for lenient drunk driving laws, you may face consequences for a DUI conviction that could drastically alter the course of your life. The reason why DUI penalties can be so severe is to deter people from getting behind the wheel after they have been drinking. This protects you and others on the road from the potentially catastrophic consequences of a drunk driving accident.

One of the more successful innovations in drunk driving prevention is the ignition interlock system. If your sentencing following a recent DUI conviction includes the installation of an ignition interlock, you would be wise to have a thorough understanding of how the device works and the possible penalties for violations.

Required waiting periods before expungement of criminal records

There are consequences for people's actions in Illinois. Some of the consequences are good and other are not. When people break the law oftentimes they experience negative consequences. These consequences depend on the type of crime committed and can include fines, community service, probation, house arrest, jail time and many other consequences.

When people are initially charged with and/or convicted of a crime, their focus is on the immediate consequences. However, they may eventually find out there are hidden consequences that can last much longer than the actual sentence. People will have a criminal record that is visible to the public. This means that potential employers, landlords and other people will be able to see that the person was convicted of a crime. This can affect a person's ability to obtain employment and housing well after they have completed their sentence.

At long last, marijuana could help your criminal record

The nationwide cannabis debate continues over legalization. And while marijuana remains illegal under federal law, Illinois is the 11th state to legalize the substance for recreational use.

It seems the general consensus is that people should be punished for committing violent crimes. However, you might agree that having a small amount of marijuana may not merit a criminal record. Thanks to recently-passed legislation in Illinois, roughly 800,000 people may now be able to expunge those records.

A DUI conviction can lead to serious consequences in Illinois

If you have been arrested for drunk driving in Illinois, you may face significant consequences depending on the circumstances surrounding your arrest. Many drivers are subject to a license suspension, fines, community service and jail time. An effective DUI defense strategy is essential to protect yourself from these penalties.

Generally, the first consequence most drivers arrested for a DUI will face is the suspension or revocation of their driver's license. Drivers who submit to chemical testing and are determined to have a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or more will have their driving privileges suspended for six months, if they are a first-time offender. Those who are repeat offenders, within five years, will have their driving privileges suspended for one year. Refusing chemical testing altogether will result in harsher license suspension penalties. A first-time refusal can result in a suspension of driving privileges for 12 months, while refusing multiple times within five years could result in a three-year suspension of driving privileges. However, first-time offenders may be given a Monitoring Device Driving Permit, which would allow them to operate vehicles with Ignition Interlock Devices installed.

The serious implications of theft charges

Facing criminal charges of any kind is a serious threat against your future, even if it is what seems like a minor theft charge. If you are facing charges related to any kind of theft, it is in your interests to take your case seriously and seek to build a strong defense strategy. You can start this process by learning more about the charges you are up against.

Theft charges fall into different categories, and the penalties differ according to what specific type of theft charge you face. Regardless, a conviction will leave a permanent mark on your criminal record. Your future interests and opportunities could be at stake, and you will find it beneficial to start exploring the defense options available to you. With the right approach, you can pursue the most beneficial outcome to your case.

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