Can I Get a DUI in Illinois Even if I’m Not Driving?
While many people believe driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol is the only way they can be charged with DUI in Illinois, that can be a costly mistake. The truth is that under Illinois’ DUI statute, you only need to be in “physical control” of a motor vehicle to be charged if your […]Read More
Defense Strategies for Shoplifting in Illinois
Illinois has some of the harshest punishments in the U.S. for those convicted of retail theft. Defendants convicted of shoplifting $300 or more of goods can receive up to five years in prison and fines reaching $25,000. Last year, a bill that would have raised the threshold for felony retail theft to $2,000 failed in […]Read More
How Are Juveniles Protected in the Criminal Justice System?
Being arrested or questioned by a police officer can be a terrifying experience for anyone, but especially for children who may not understand what is happening, or what rights they have under the law. It can be even more frightening for children with special needs. The Illinois legislature passed new laws expanding legal rights for […]Read More
How Traffic Offenses Can Affect Your Illinois Driver’s License
Many people view traffic offenses as “no big deal.” And while the occasional speeding ticket certainly won’t land you in the same hot water as, say, a felony drug charge, traffic offenses can still have a big impact on your life. Illinois uses a point system to track moving violations. Too many points on your […]Read More
What Happens After Your Arrest?
When police placed those handcuffs on your wrists, you may have felt many emotions. Perhaps you were frightened and confused, or maybe you felt angry and betrayed. However, emotions do not have much to do with what happens over the next few days and weeks. If you have little experience with the criminal justice system, […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More