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Most people are aware that being charged with a misdemeanor is a bad thing, but not everyone is aware of what sorts of offenses fall under the category of a misdemeanor, or what the different types of misdemeanors are. In order to be fully aware of your rights and avoid facing legal trouble throughout your life, it is very important that you are informed as to what the different classifications of Illinois misdemeanors are and what kind of consequences they can lead to.

Illinois Misdemeanor Charges "Class A" Misdemeanor

Offenses under this category are generally referred to as the most serious types of misdemeanors. If you are charged with one of these, you could face up to 364 days in jail as well as a fine of up to $2500. It is also true, depending on the offense, that your sentence could include the requirement of things like probation, substance-abuse treatment, or community service work.

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A 20-year old East Alton woman who was arrested on DUI charges for the fourth time in three years faces a felony charge of aggravated driving under the influence.

KerryAccording to a report in the Herald Review, police responded to a car crash in Godfrey late Friday night. They found a wrecked car, which had left the road and hit a utility pole, but no driver. Police determined that Patsy Runyon was the driver of the vehicle and that she had fled the scene of the accident on foot.

They found Runyon shortly after responding to the scene and determined she was under the influence of alcohol. She was transported to an area hospital for a medical evaluation and cleared of any injuries. She also submitted to blood-alcohol testing. Runyon was then transferred to the Madison County Jail in Edwardsville, where she was held on $50,000 bond.

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A recent study at Roosevelt University concluded that Chicago has the worst heroin problem in the country. The study revealed that heroin use among those 20-years-old and younger is increasing and spreading from the inner city into Chicago’s neighborhoods and suburbs. According to Chicago Police records from January to August, 3,469 people have been arrested for heroin possession.

 KerryStatistics show that although heroin-related deaths have decreased in Chicago, there has been a 200 percent spike in deaths in the suburbs. In DuPage County alone, since 2008, there has been a 48 percent increase. Cook County reports one to two heroin deaths per day.

Experts from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) say that this increase in use among young people is alarming and indicates a trend of using heroin as a recreational drug – an extremely dangerous behavior given heroin’s highly addictive qualities. The typical mode of introduction to the drug is either by snorting or smoking it.

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Expunging your record means the physical records of your criminal history will be destroyed or returned to you and that your name will be removed from any official index or database.

Sealing your record means records will be physically and electronically maintained, but they will be unavailable to the public without a court order.  Your name will be removed from any official index or public record; however, law enforcement agencies and the courts will still have access to the records, as will a few employers and other entities allowed by law.

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Posted on in DUI

According to the 2013 DUI Illinois Fact Book, 92% of drivers arrested in Illinois for driving under the influence (DUI) in 2011 no longer had the privilege of driving after their arrest. Under Illinois DUI law (625 ILCS 5/11-501), driving under the influence of alcohol, intoxicating compounds, or a combination of drugs and alcohol is strictly prohibited.

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If you are suspected of DUI in Illinois, your defense strategy begins the moment you are signaled to stop. Every action you take could either help or hurt your case, so it helps to know what is required of you as opposed to what may be requested. Requests are voluntary, but requirements are necessary.

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