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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-18.jpgIn the weeks leading up to the new year, counties throughout Illinois are preparing to implement the facets of a new law that should reduce jail overcrowding. Signed into law earlier this year, the Illinois Bail Reform Act was created with a goal of making it easier for those charged with minor criminal offenses to remain free until they are required to appear in court. 

Defendants Now Have Options to Gain Release

Proponents of the new legislation indicated that the previous bail system unfairly detained the poor and indigent for relatively minor offenses. The new law is said to restore a defendant’s constitutional rights, and avoid serving time in jail prior to actually receiving a trial. 

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Arlington Heights, Arlington Heights DUI attorney, blood-alcohol level, criminal defense lawyer, DUI, DUI defendant, expungement, felony DUI crimes, Illinois DUI, Illinois DUI laws, intoxication, Scott F. AndersWhen a person is charged with driving under the influence (DUI), some may assume the individual was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. However, the scope of DUI expands to other types of offenses, such as high driving. 

According to the 2014 Illinois Fact Book, published by Secretary of State Jessie White, driving under the influence involves operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, medically prescribed drugs such as cannabis, or any other intoxicating substances like methamphetamine. Under Illinois state laws, a person is considered to be driving under the influence of alcohol if his or her blood-alcohol level is .08 or higher.

In addition, drivers are not permitted to "operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of cannabis prescribed for medicinal purposes." If a judge finds a person guilty of DUI, his or her driver’s license could be suspended for at least six months, although the penalty could last for a year. A driver's medical cannabis card may also be revoked. Also, depending on the circumstances of the arrest, the driver could face other consequences—especially if the intoxication led to the injury or harm of another person.

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Posted on in Criminal Law

According to CBS Local Chicago, Molly, or MDMA, has recently been gaining traction in the party scene across the country, and has recently seen a surge in popularity in major U.S. cities. Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Jack Riley told CBS Local that Molly, a derivative of MDMA, is the old date rape drug that was extremely popular during the 1990s. "The resurgence of Molly is a much more pure form of MDMA," Riley told CBS, "and it’s really gained a foothold in the younger crowd based off the electrical tech music," he said. The drug is seeing an uptick in usage not just in Chicago and major U.S. cities, but all across the Midwest as well.  Popularity of Molly Leads to Crackdown IMAGE

According to CBS Local, "reports of MDMA related ER visits have doubled since 2004." This could be because of the popularity of MDMA references in music—CBS reports that, "Riley blames its resurgence in part on musicians who’ve promoted Molly in their lyrics." It’s upsetting to Riley because he doesn’t consider the drug recreational: CBS reports that Molly "is a combination of a stimulant and psychedelic drug." It’s cheap, however; one reason it’s been very popular with teenagers. And authorities are having a hard time identifying the shipment routes and pinpointing the non-traditional network of dealers.

Two men in Boston, according to NBC News, were busted in mid-September on "charges that they sold the designer drug." According to NBC, "undercover officers arranged to buy Molly from the men, then arrested them." Crackdowns have been coordinated in connection with the deaths of two partiers in New York and a college student in New Hampshire. According to NPR News, the recent deaths in the Northeast may be due to a bad batch of Molly that was circulating the Eastern seaboard.

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