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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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Is Marijuana Legal Yet in Illinois? What Does the Law Say?

Drug Crimes | Drug Possession | Marijuana

The use of marijuana has been a controversial topic for decades.

Many have argued that the use of marijuana is a relatively harmless act and that criminalizing it is a waste of law-enforcement resources. On the other hand, even a small possession charge held severe consequences in most states. That is, until relatively recently.

Now, more and more states are beginning to review their current drug legislation and adjust policies so that they reflect modern attitudes. Illinois is one of [...]

Stealing from a Car – Even an Unlocked One – Is Burglary in Illinois

Burglary

For many, burglary and theft are two very different things – one just means taking things that don’t belong to you, while the other refers to breaking into a house or store to take those things. While there is some truth to that line of reasoning, it’s not completely correct. The legal definition of burglary can be much different, and more encompassing, than what most people often assume.

Take, for example, the case of three teenagers who were arrested in [...]

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