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These Three Traffic Violations Land You Mandatory Court Dates in IL

While there are situations where you can pay a fine online, or enter a plea without going into a courthouse, in Illinois, there are three traffic offenses that will land a person in front of a judge no matter what. These offenses are taken very seriously and have serious penalties associated with them.

It’s important for anyone operating a vehicle in Illinois to understand the laws surrounding driving in the state and what can be faced if those laws are [...]

No, Yelling “I Have Coronavirus!” Doesn’t Get You Out of a Chicago DUI

While it is never a smart idea to resist arrest or to threaten police officers, now — amidst a viral pandemic — is certainly not the time. One man in Niles, Illinois learned this the hard way.

He thought that he could avoid a DUI arrest by screaming at officers that he had the coronavirus while spitting to keep them at bay. We probably don’t have to tell you, but things did not turn out the way he thought they [...]

What to Know If You Want to Let Your IL Child Drink over the Holidays

If drinking is part of your family’s holiday tradition, you might be tempted to let your teen partake in a small amount of alcohol.

This is okay – but only under certain circumstances. Therefore, if you’re going to allow your teen to drink over the holidays this year, it’s important to know what you can do, and what could result in criminal penalties for you, your teen, or both.

We’ve put together a guide covering Illinois law regarding underage drinking, [...]

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 [...]

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Feds Have Eyes on Chicago Cocaine Trade

Cocaine | Drug Crimes | Drug Trafficking

Drugs are a consistent problem in many large cities all over the nation, and recently, the federal government has taken a greater interest in Chicago. Although Chicago cartel affiliates primarily deal in heroin and fentanyl, feds currently have an eye out for an uptick in cocaine trafficking.

Why? Because cocaine production has increased dramatically in South American in recent years, according to the DEA.

In the past year, this agency has spent significant amounts of time and resources working to [...]

IL Felony Charges for Stealing Toiletries? Here’s How It Can Happen

Felonies | Shoplifting / Retail Theft | Theft

Some people assume that shoplifting is a minor crime. However, in Illinois, it’s anything but. Illinois has some of the harshest shoplifting laws on record. It’s all too easy for a momentary lapse of judgment to lead to serious felony charges.

That’s just what happened to one Illinois man recently. He is now facing five felony charges for allegedly stealing a few bottles of body wash, nails, lotion, and hand sanitizer from a Walgreens.

While he has a previous shoplifting [...]

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