Finding out that you are facing criminal charges for assault and battery can be traumatic and nerve-wracking. However, it is important to remember that being accused of a violent crime is not the same thing as being convicted of one. In order to get a conviction, the prosecutor on your case has a legal obligation to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Fortunately for criminal defendants, it can very difficult for prosecutors to meet this high standard. With the right criminal defense strategy, you and your attorney can fight the assault and/or battery charges against you and find ways to protect you from serious criminal penalties.
Many Illinois drivers assume that they can only get charged with a DUI if their blood alcohol content level is .08 or higher. However, according to 625 ILCS 6/11-501, it is also against the law for a person to drive a vehicle if they are under the influence of alcohol to a degree that prevents them from driving safely or are under the influence of drugs.
Many states across the country have legalized marijuana for both medical and recreational use. While medical marijuana is legal in Illinois, growing or possessing marijuana, in any form, for recreational purposes is illegal and can result in criminal charges.
Many drug arrests occur after an officer stops a driver for a run-of-the-mill traffic violation. A 24-year-old Illinois driver was recently pulled over for several speeding violations. The man apparently gave the officer a fake name, as he allegedly had outstanding warrants and was avoiding arrest. The officer searched the vehicle after he reportedly smelled marijuana, and found prepackaged cocaine and cannabis, as well as Oxycodone pills.