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Rolling Meadows aggravated DUI defense attorneyIt does not matter what situation you are in when you are charged with a DUI - they are all serious charges. However, if you are found to be driving while intoxicated when a child is present in the vehicle, your punishments will be much more strict. In Illinois, penalties for DUI increase if a child under the age of 16 years old is riding in the vehicle - but it does not stop there. In addition to DUI charges, you can also face other criminal violations, such as child endangerment. You could also be charged with more serious crimes if the child suffered an injury because of you. 

DUI With a Minor in the Vehicle

According to the Illinois Vehicle Code, a first conviction for DUI is a Class A misdemeanor, which comes with a loss of driving privileges for one year, a possible sentence of up to one year in jail, and a maximum fine of $2,500. If you had a child in your vehicle while you were driving under the influence, that sentence is a mandatory minimum of six months in jail, a mandatory minimum $1,000 fine, regardless of your ability to pay, and 25 days of community service in a program that benefits children.

If you were convicted of DUI, and there was a minor under the age of 16 in the vehicle who suffered bodily injury because of an accident you caused, the penalties increase. Even a first offense is considered a Class 4 felony aggravated DUI. This means that in addition to any other criminal or administrative punishments, a mandatory $2,500 fine is imposed, and 25 days of community service in a program that benefits children is required.

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Arlington Heights statutory rape defense attorneyWe have all heard the saying that “age is just a number,” or some similar sentiment. While that saying may be true for certain couples, when it comes to sexual relationships, age can become very important, and it can be the deciding factor as to whether or not you are committing a crime. Age of consent laws were enacted to prevent children and adolescents from being taken advantage of, and these laws differ from state to state. Violating age of consent laws can result in sex crime accusations, which should not be taken lightly, since they come with serious consequences.

What Is the Age of Consent in Illinois?

The age of consent refers to when the law determines that a person is able to consent to sexual acts. In Illinois, the age of consent is 17, meaning that if a child is under the age of 17, they cannot legally give their consent to a sexual act. If a child is 16 and willingly performs a sexual act with an adult, the other person can face criminal charges, because the 16-year-old is seen as not being mature enough to consent to such an act or not fully understanding the ramifications of such an act.

Charges for Violating the Age of Consent

While engaging in sexual activity with someone under the age of consent is commonly known as statutory rape, Illinois law does not use this term. There are a few different offenses you can be charged with if you engage in sexual acts with someone under the age of 17:

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Cook County traffic violation attorneyWhen you are driving, the last thing you want to see is red and blue lights flashing in your rearview mirror. Being stopped for a traffic violation is no fun for anyone, and depending on why you were stopped, you could be facing serious consequences. Your quick trip to the grocery store could end up being a long process of fighting a traffic ticket. You can get cited for multiple traffic-related offenses in Illinois, and if you do end up getting a traffic ticket, here are four things you should know:

1. There Are Different Types of Violations

In Illinois, traffic tickets can be one of two types: a moving violation or a non-moving violation. A moving violation occurs when a law is broken while you are driving your vehicle. Examples of moving violations include:

Non-moving violations typically involve parking or something wrong with your vehicle. Examples of non-moving violations include:

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IL defense lawyerMany people may think that drug crimes just deal with illegal drugs, like marijuana or heroin, but that is not the case. Under the Illinois Controlled Substances Act, prescription drugs are also covered. Though both illegal and legal drugs are in the Controlled Substances Act, prescription drugs are only legal when they are prescribed to you by a physician and you are using them in accordance with the directions on the bottle and your doctor’s orders. You can get in trouble by abusing prescription drugs, just like any other drugs.

Types of Controlled Substances

In Illinois, the Illinois Controlled Substances Act designates certain legal and illegal drugs, their classifications and the penalties for possession, distribution or misuse. The most commonly misused prescription drugs are:

  • Adderall;
  • Xanax;
  • Drugs with Codeine;
  • Morphine;
  • Fentanyl;
  • Vicodin;
  • Percocet;
  • Demerol; and
  • Ritalin.

Prescription Drug Crimes

There are a few ways in which prescription drugs can get you into trouble. The most common prescription drug crimes include:

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IL defense lawyerA man in chicago has been found guilty of sexual assault even though authorities have not been able to locate him for two years. The man was found guilty on three counts each of sexual assault and aggravated sexual abuse in July, even though he did not attend his trial. He was sentenced Tuesday to 27 years in prison.

Abuse Took Place Over a Year Starting in 2014

According to prosecutors, the man sexually assaulted the girl beginning in July 2014 and continued to do so until October 2015. The acts of abuse supposedly took place in the man’s residence in West Chicago. The victim was at a hospital for unrelated reasons when she told a hospital employee about the abuse. The hospital reported the abuse to the West Chicago Police Department who then alerted the DuPage County Children’s Center.

Man Was in Police Custody at One Point

The man was arrested by Chicago police in July 2016, but was released around two weeks later when he poses ten percent of his $250,000 bail. That was the last time police had the whereabouts of the man, who did not show up to any further court proceedings. Because of that, police issued a $750,000 arrest warrant in October 2017 and in April 2018, a no-bond arrest warrant.

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