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What Happens If I Get a DUI in Illinois?

Everyone has heard the statistics on drunk driving. Every two minutes, someone is injured in a drunk driving accident. Each day, 28 people die from drunk driving accidents in the United States.

 

Despite these statistics, over a million drivers are arrested each year for driving under the influence. Along with jail time and getting your license suspended, you will also be on the hook for fines and fees that total, on average, about $800, which could easily be higher [...]

5 Ways to Avoid A DUI over the Thanksgiving Holiday

When you think of holiday drinking, New Year’s Eve or Saint Patrick’s Day probably come to mind. Thanksgiving probably isn’t first the holiday that you would associate with drunk driving.

 

But the Thanksgiving Holidays have more than their fair share of drinking. In fact, a study conducted by Forbes found that the Thanksgiving Holidays have the highest number of traffic fatalities each year, many of which are due to drunk drivers.

 

For many, Thanksgiving celebrations begin the night [...]

Drive Sober Campaign in Effect in Chicago until Labor Day

 

This Labor Day season, Chicago cops are hosting a different sort of end-of-summer event—a widespread crackdown on DUI offenders. The department is partnering with the National Highway and Traffic Safety Association and Illinois Department of Transportation for their “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. It began on August 23 and continues through Labor Day on September 7, so currently we’re right in the middle of it.

 

How does it work?

 

Along with roughly 10,000 police departments [...]

More DUI Checkpoints in Latino and African American Neighborhoods

DUI checkpoints—sometimes referred to as sobriety checkpoints—are roadblocks set up by officers to stop vehicles to check for drunk drivers. DUI checkpoints are designed to achieve surprise, and are often set up in areas not visible to approaching traffic. Typically, vehicles are stopped in a specific sequence, such as every other vehicle, or every fourth and fifth vehicle. If an officer’s initial encounter with a driver gives him or her reasonable suspicion that the driver is drunk, the officer may [...]

You Can’t Run From DUIs, but You Can Fight Them

Hopefully, your New Year’s Eve celebrations went off without a hitch. There’s no better way to start a New Year than by having a nice celebration with friends and family so that you can jump into the New Year refreshed, recharged, and ready to go.

Unfortunately for some, the New Year is already off to a less than ideal start. For the 20 men and women arrested in Chicago’s DUI warrant sweep on New Year’s Eve, 2015 has begun on [...]

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Is It Theft, Robbery, or Burglary? How Illinois Defines Each Crime

Burglary | Robbery | Theft

Many people use the terms “theft,” “robbery,” and “burglary” interchangeably in daily conversations. Which makes sense. After all, each term – in general – addresses the same topic.

Legally speaking, however, the terms describe three different and specific types of criminal offenses. If you’re facing criminal charges related to stealing something, you need to know the legal definition of each term.

Theft in Illinois

Illinois Statutes Chapter 720 §16-1 defines theft as obtaining the property of someone else through deception [...]

Did You Know You’re Paying Not to Seal Your Illinois Criminal Record?

Record Sealing

You’ve served your time and paid off fines for your crimes. Everything should go back to normal, right?

Not so much.

Even if you are only arrested, or if you are charged but acquitted on those charges, it creates a criminal record. A record that will follow you if you don’t take action.

Having a conviction on your record is especially hard because state and federal laws automatically ban you from holding certain positions, getting certain jobs, and even exercising [...]

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