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Chicago DUI Charges: A Prom Memory Your Teen Doesn’t Want

Prom and graduation season is upon us. Unfortunately, teen drunk driving tends to increase this time of year – as do law enforcement efforts to prevent it.

Both of these annual events are known for “booze-fueled revelry,” and while getting behind the wheel under the influence is always a dangerous decision that can lead to serious or fatal injuries (and serious legal consequences), this is far truer for inexperienced drivers.

In fact, car crashes are the leading cause of death [...]

No, Field Sobriety Tests Are Not Required in Illinois

When an officer of the law in Illinois pulls you over under suspicion of DUI, he or she many choose to administer a field sobriety test. The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) has approved several standardized tests to assess one’s sobriety while on the road.

 

Here’s something a lot of people don’t know, though: you can refuse to undergo a field sobriety test without suffering prescribed legal consequences. Many Illinois residents don’t realize this because they lump field [...]

The Most Frequently Asked Questions about DUI in Illinois

If you are facing DUI charges in Illinois, it’s likely that you have many questions about what will happen next in the legal process and what you should do.

 

In this post, we’ll break the facts down for you and explain how you can fight back to get your charges reduced, dropped, or dismissed.

 

What’s the Requirement for a DUI Arrest?

 

The legal limit for blood alcohol concentration in Illinois 0.08 on a breathalyzer or blood test. [...]

What an Illinois DUI Conviction Will Really Cost You

The cost of a taxi or rideshare home can get pretty pricey – even in a big city like Chicago. At the end of the night, it may sound cost-effective to wait a half hour to sober up and then drive home. In the long run, though, a DUI conviction will end up costing you way more.

 

Below we’re going to go over those costs – both in terms of penalties and in hard dollar amounts.

 

Penalties for[...]

Best Apps to Help You Avoid Driving Drunk in Chicago

In this age of smartphones, software developers have created several savvy apps to help you avoid getting charged with a DUI in Chicago. Here’s the best of the best, and what you can do if you are facing DUI charges.

 

Best Apps to Prevent a DUI Charge

 

Several apps help you monitor your drinking habits and call for a ride home. These are our top picks.

 

DrinkTracker

This app is for iOS users. You enter your age, [...]

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Men Aren’t Always the Aggressors in Illinois Domestic Violence Cases

Domestic Assault | Domestic Battery | Domestic Violence

Domestic violence cases are increasing nationwide and are being highlighted in the media as a major problem in society today. In turn, domestic violence has received broader attention from lawmakers — and rightfully so.

There is a hidden epidemic, though: men can also be domestic violence victims.

In fact, the subject of domestic violence against men is recognized so little that many male victims of domestic violence don’t even recognize they are being abused.

Because of these societal norms, in [...]

Ways to Defend against an Illinois Shoplifting Charge

Shoplifting / Retail Theft

Shoplifting is common; so much so that many people see it as being no big deal. However, shoplifting is in fact a criminal offense taken very seriously by retailers and the state of Illinois.

Were you aware that shoplifting as little as $300 in merchandise is an automatic felony punishable by 2-5 years in prison? That’s an easy sum to reach these days — a couple of shirts and a nice bag, really.

Additionally, regardless of the value of items [...]

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