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Rolling Meadows, IL driver's license reinstatement attorneyIn the state of Illinois, more than 50,000 drivers’ licenses are suspended each year because of a driver’s inability to pay various fines. A bill was recently signed into law to discontinue the practice of suspending or canceling the drivers’ licenses of Illinois motorists who cannot afford to pay tickets, fines, or fees. The bill, dubbed the “License to Work Act,” also allows for the reinstatement of more than 55,000 driver’s licenses, many of which were suspended for non-moving violations, which are traffic offenses that involve a stationary vehicle.

Previous Reasons for License Suspension

Before the act was signed into law, as an Illinois driver, you could have your license suspended for various reasons that had nothing to do with driving. The new law eliminates the potential to have your driver’s license suspended for non-moving traffic violations, which occur when you are not operating a vehicle. Examples of the types of violations that previously could have resulted in a driver’s license suspension include:

  • Failing to pay parking or tollway tickets, fines, or fees

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Arlington Heights, IL DUI defense attorney

When you are pulled over because a police officer suspects that you are driving under the influence (DUI), you will probably be asked to take a breathalyzer test to determine your blood alcohol content (BAC). In Illinois, you are legally considered to be driving under the influence of alcohol if your BAC is 0.08 percent or above. What you may not know, however, is that you can still actually be arrested and charged with DUI even if your BAC is below the legal limit. The best way to avoid a DUI arrest and conviction is to understand your rights as a citizen of Illinois and avoid putting yourself into risky situations. If you have been arrested for DUI, a skilled criminal defense lawyer can be an invaluable asset.

Alcohol Use Under the Legal Limit

The legal limit anywhere in the United States to be considered intoxicated is 0.08 percent, but that does not mean that you cannot be charged with DUI if your BAC is below that. Illinois law states that a person may not drive or be in actual physical control of a vehicle if his or her BAC is 0.08 or more OR if he or she is under the influence of alcohol. This open-ended law allows police officers to use their judgment and determine whether a person is incapable of safely operating a vehicle, regardless of his or her actual BAC.

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Arlington Heights, IL drug charges defense attorney

Last May, the state of Illinois became the 11th state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. The new law went into effect on January 1, 2020. According to dispensaries across the state, there has been more than $5.5 million worth of recreational marijuana sold since it has been legal. Even though recreational cannabis has been legalized in Illinois, there are still certain laws that apply to marijuana usage. If these laws are broken -- even unintentionally -- you could face legal consequences. Here are a few things you should keep in mind about recreational marijuana usage in Illinois:

  1. You Can Only Possess Certain Amounts of Pot at Any Given Time

As long as you are over the age of 21, you can legally purchase and possess certain amounts of marijuana and cannabis-infused products. At any given time, you can legally possess up to one ounce or up to 30 grams of dry marijuana flower, up to 500mg of THC contained in edibles or other cannabis-infused products, and up to five grams of cannabis concentrate. Visitors to Illinois are permitted to possess half of those amounts.

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Arlington Heights, IL child endangerment defense attorney

When it comes to children in Illinois, the state does the best job it can to protect the innocence and well-being of its young citizens. In civil matters involving children, the child’s best interests are always at the top of the list of concerns. Illinois lawmakers, police officers, and other criminal justice personnel view crimes against children as extremely serious matters. One of the most commonly charged crimes against children is child endangerment, which encompasses a variety of behaviors. These charges can mean serious consequences for perpetrators, which is why it is important to understand these offenses and their penalties.

What Is Child Endangerment?

According to the Illinois Criminal Code, child endangerment occurs when a person knowingly causes or allows the life or health of a child under the age of 18 to be endangered or causes or allows the child to be placed in circumstances that endanger the life and health of the child. The statute concerning child endangerment is rather vague, which allows prosecutors and judges to consider a wide variety of behaviors to be prosecuted as child endangerment. Common examples of situations in which child endangerment charges may arise can include:

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Arlington Heights, IL traffic crimes defense attorney

With only days left in this year and decade, the new year is upon us. As usually happens on the first of the year, there are a number of changes to the law that will go into effect in 2020. In fact, the state of Illinois has more than 250 new laws that are set to begin. From regulations for vaccinating pet cats to gender-neutral restrooms and changes to criminal laws, there are a wide variety of topics covered. While some laws only make minor adjustments, others carry some of the biggest changes that the state of Illinois has seen in years. Here are a few of the new laws that will be going into effect in 2020:

Recreational Marijuana Will Be Legal

For decades, marijuana was illegal throughout the country, and possession was punished harshly. January 1, 2020 marks the first day that it will be legal to purchase and consume recreational marijuana in the state of Illinois. Adults who are over the age of 21 will be permitted to purchase a variety of cannabis products, such as dry flower, edibles, tinctures, and creams. Minors under the age of 21 may still be penalized for purchasing or using recreational marijuana, and those who attempt to sell cannabis without a valid license may also face drug charges.

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