Madelyn Daley
Attorney at Law

US Local 618-509-9724

June 2017 Archives

Self-defense allows you to protect yourself

No one likes to be pushed around or subjected to violence at the hands of another person. In fact, individuals generally enjoy the freedom to be protected from the aggression of others. For this reason, Illinois and other jurisdictions throughout the United States recognize that individuals subjected to violence or assault may defend themselves when confronted with imminent threats to their person.

Are DUI checkpoints legal?

Sobriety checkpoints, also called DUI checkpoints, are conducted by law enforcement officials to ensure that drivers are not operating their vehicles while under the influence of alcohol or other substances. During a DUI checkpoint operation police officers may set up a station on a particular road and stop drivers based on a periodic count. For example, the officers may stop every fifth car that passes through the checkpoint to assess if the drivers are conducting themselves safely.

Illinois recognizes several defenses to drug charges

The laws of Illinois criminalize the possession, distribution and manufacturing of controlled substances. Depending upon the type of drug that a person is accused of possessing and the quantity of the drug under their alleged control, the punishment for their alleged crime can result in hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines and decades in prison, if the person is convicted. However, a person facing drug crimes in the state can avail themselves to certain defenses that can reduce or even eliminate their pending criminal charges.

Stricter sentences can necessitate a strong criminal defense

After Illinois residents are charged with a crime they are given an opportunity to try their case in a criminal court. If they are successful in presenting their criminal defense strategy and persuading the court that they are not guilty of the crimes alleged against them, then they may be released from their charges. If, however, they are not able to provide a criminal defense or explanation for their charges, they may be found guilty of the allegations and sentenced to a punishment for their alleged criminal acts.

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