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Arlington Heights criminal defense attorneyIf you have ever watched a crime show on television, then you probably believe that forensic and DNA evidence is the gold standard in courtrooms. Your perception is further reinforced by the number of people who have been exonerated by DNA evidence and the high-profile cases in which DNA or other forensic evidence lead to a conviction. Unfortunately, what no one will tell you is that these forms of evidence are not foolproof. In fact, some are downright faulty, and others are riddled with errors that lead to the conviction of the wrong person.

If you or someone you love is facing a criminal charges case and there is DNA or forensic evidence against you, do not give up the fight. Instead, learn how to defend yourself against such evidence. Above all, ensure you protect your rights, before things start to spiral out of control. The following information explains further.

The Truth About DNA Evidence

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Arlington Heights criminal defense lawyerDriving on a suspended license is a punishable offense in the state of Illinois. Unfortunately, determining the severity of that punishment is not always a straightforward process. There may be extenuating circumstances that may have led to the suspension that can work as aggravating factors. Further, if someone is injured or killed by someone driving on a suspended license, the consequences could change. Learn what you need to know about the potential consequences of driving on a suspended license in Illinois, and how you may be able to avoid them.

Minimum Consequences for Driving on a Suspended License

In the state of Illinois, driving on a suspended license is considered, at minimum, a Class A misdemeanor offense. This is the most serious form of misdemeanor, and it can lead to incarceration of up to one year. Convicted offenders may also face monetary fines, a longer suspension period, community service, extra points added to their record, and other possible consequences. Keep in mind, however, this is just the minimum consequence. Any aggravating factors can increase your penalties.

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arrest warrant, Arlington Heights criminal defense lawyerWhen criminal charges are dismissed, all court proceedings are supposed to cease. Unfortunately, this was not the experience for a man in New York. Instead, he was arrested several times on a warrant that, according to court documents, never should have been issued. Even more concerning is that his battle with the justice system is not as uncommon as some might think.

The Tale of One Man’s Battle

According to The New York Times, a Brooklyn man in his early 50s was originally arrested on suspicion of trespassing after dropping a friend’s child off at school. His charges were dismissed on the condition that he not commit any crimes for a year, but for unknown reasons, a warrant for his arrest was still issued by the State Supreme Court in the Bronx.

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program, non-violent felony, Illinois criminal defense attorneyThe Lake County State Attorney’s office is proposing a new program aimed at people who are arrested for nonviolent felony offenses. Those who qualify could see the arrest permanently deleted from their criminal record.

According to State's Attorney Michael Nerheim, the Alternative Prosecution Program would give first-time offenders the opportunity to wipe the offense off their record, thereby also erasing it from background searches the potential employers may do when the offender applies for a job. Nerheim said that he developed the Lake County program using similar programs that exist in Cook, DuPage, Kane and McHenry Counties as examples.

In order to launch the program, the state attorney’s office needed to get the approval from the Lake County Board for the fees that will be associated with the program. Participants of the program would be required to cover all associated costs applicable to their case, including:

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misdemeanor, felony, Arlington Heights Criminal Defense LawyerNo matter how minor or major the charges, nobody wants to face the consequences of breaking the law. Unfortunately, people make mistakes that can lead to serious charges.

One way to ease some of the anxiety is to understand the laws that relate to your case. Many people are unsure about the differences between the two main categories of criminal offenses: misdemeanors and felonies. The category under which your offense falls will almost certainly affect the potential severity of your penalties. Knowing what constitutes each can give you a clearer picture of whatever legal situation you may be facing.

Understanding Misdemeanors

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