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There are many consequences that can come with breaking the law. Depending on the crime, you could face community service, probation, fines, restitution, and in some cases, jail time. Another consequence of certain crimes can be asset forfeiture, where the government takes your belongings if they believe they are connected to a crime. This can be problematic, especially if you are innocent of the charges you face. 

Both the state and the federal government can seize assets if they believe they were acquired in illegal ways. According to the Illinois State Police and the U.S. Department of Justice, the state of Illinois has taken more than $319 million in assets from citizens since 2005, while the federal government has seized more than $404 million during the same period. If you are facing a seizure of your assets, it is important to have a criminal defense attorney by your side who will fight for you.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Untitled-design-23_20171215-045512_1.jpgHaving a conviction or even an arrest on your record can make it difficult to get a good job, obtain a loan or rent an apartment. However, under the right circumstances and with the right help, it is possible to have your record expunged, which allows a person to live life without having past mistakes hold them back.

Do You Qualify?   

The first thing a person should know is that the state of Illinois does not offer record expungement of all offenses or convictions. Unfortunately, there are some things that will follow you throughout life regardless of how long ago they occurred. So what are some of the details that might impact one’s ability to seek and obtain destruction of past criminal records?

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Arlington Heights DUI attorneyIf you are traveling in another state and get charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, you may think that whatever happens with those charges will not affect your driving privileges in your home state. However, in the majority of states, you would be wrong.

The Interstate Driver License Compact

All but several states in the country have agreed to the Interstate Driver License Compact. The states that do not participate are Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. The state of Illinois has signed the contract and is a participating state. The Interstate Driving Contract is simply a contract between states where they agree to not only share information regarding DUI arrests, but also agree to honor any driver license suspension imposed on the person who has been charged. 

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Arlington Heights Criminal Lawyer, DUI offense, public transportation, repeat traffic violations, suspended driver's licenseIf you have lost your driver’s license, then you probably know how difficult the adjustment can be. Not being able to drive can put your job in jeopardy, and having to use public transportation can be a hassle. It can also be embarrassing to ask friends and family for rides. For these reasons, it is vital that you contact an attorney if you find yourself facing charges that could lead to a license suspension.

What Does a Suspended Driver's License Mean?

A suspended driver's license is quite self-explanatory. The ruling revokes any and all driving privileges during the period of suspension. According to DMV.org, if a person with a suspended license gets behind the wheel, a judge may lengthen his or her suspension period. The person may also lose his or her car.

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Arlington Heights Criminal Lawyer, attorney, Chicago DUI, DUI lawyer, felony DUI, Illinois criminal defense lawyer, Illinois dui, illinois dui attorney, Illinois DUI Lawyer, underage drinkersIllinois has some of the toughest drinking and driving laws in the country, including a zero-tolerance policy for underage drinkers and felony charges for repeat offenders. Despite this, the problem of driving under the influence in Illinois continues to be a serious one.

According to the 2014 CyberDrive Illinois DUI Factbook, in 2012 there were more than 37,000 DUI arrests recorded by the Secretary of State’s Office. More than 300 people were fatally injured in an alcohol-related crash, accounting for 35 percent of all accident fatalities statewide in the same time period.

The penalties for drinking and driving are worse if the responsible person has an underage person in the car at the time of arrest. If the child is under 16, these penalties are even more harsh. A regular first conviction of DUI, for example, is a Class A misdemeanor, which results in the revocation of driving privileges and registration suspension. If a person is pulled over for DUI with a child under the age of 16—even if it is his or her first offense—the offender is additionally sentenced to a mandatory fine of $1,000 and 25 days of "community service in a program benefiting children," as noted in the Illinois DUI Factbook. Penalties are very strict if the child was injured while the driver was intoxicated. Any crash that resulted in bodily harm to a child under the age of 16 is automatically classified as a Class 4 Felony and carries an aggravated DUI charge.

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