A number of substances are considered illegal to possess, or their possession is highly regulated by Illinois state laws and federal laws. As a result, if authorities believe that you possess illegal drugs, prescription pills without a prescription or drug paraphernalia, you could easily wind up in serious legal trouble.
Many transactions involving illegal drugs cross state lines, with the seller of the drugs travelling to the place where the transaction is intended to occur. For this reason, law enforcement agencies from various states and the federal government often cooperate in the investigation of these operations. A joint operation involving agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the states of Illinois, Kentucky and Missouri recently announced that it had arrested 8 suspects and recovered $700,000 worth of methamphetamine.
Most local robberies are handled by local law enforcement official, but the recent robberies of two Cash Stores has landed in federal court. The reasons for the unexpected allegations of federal crimes has not been explained, but the Hobbs Act provides a likely explanation.
Vehicle accidents that cause death or serious injury often involve what baseball players might call "bad bounces." In a recent accident involving an SUV and a motorcycle, the ricochet of the SUV off a culvert turned what could have been a harmless accident into an incident that seriously injured he motorcyclist.
Most people in Belleville and Madison County have probably never heard of the Wood River Levee and Drainage District. The name may become more familiar in the next few days due to the arrest of the District's secretary-treasurer on theft charges and the resulting political battle that was triggered.
If you have a previous experience with a DUI arrest, you know the serious nature of a conviction. You may have spent many months or even years catching up after the hit your family's finances took, including fines, fees and the hike in your auto insurance premiums. You may have been fortunate to keep your job, and your life is back on track because your DUI charge was only a misdemeanor.