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Illinois Minors Face Stiff Penalties under Zero Tolerance Law

 Posted on October 13,2014 in DUI

alcohol-related offenses, Arlington Heights criminal defense attorney, driver’s license suspension, driving suspensions, Illinois DUI, third DUI, zero tolerance lawIllinois maintains a Zero Tolerance Law when it comes to underage drinking and driving. An underage driver whose blood alcohol content (BAC) is .08 or greater results in an immediate six-month driver’s license suspension. A refusal to submit to a chemical test on suspicion of a DUI is grounds for a 12-month suspension.

The state’s Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) statistics reveal that more than 400,000 people ages 12-20 reported alcohol use in 2011. However, due to the Zero Tolerance Law, a minor can have his or her driving privileges suspended even when not intoxicated at the legal limit of .08.

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Illinois Cracks Down on Drunk Driving

 Posted on October 06,2014 in DUI

Arlington Heights DUI attorney, drunk driving, drunk driving accidents, drunk driving case, DUI arrest, holiday DUI, IDOT, illinois drunk driving, traffic citationsAn Illinois initiative to step up efforts to curtail drunk and drug-impaired driving began in August with a big push over Labor Day weekend. The Illinois State Police, Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), and multiple municipal county and police departments statewide, including the West Chicago Police Department, joined together for its zero tolerance campaign.

In a press release issued by IDOT, motor vehicle fatalities have decreased when compared to the same timeframe last year, but they do not want to be complacent about safety regarding both impaired driving and getting drivers to buckle up. One-third of fatal crashes involve an impaired driver and the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign is designed to increase awareness and compliance of state laws.

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Illinois DUI Laws Extend beyond Drunk Driving

 Posted on September 25,2014 in DUI

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.

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Naperville Proposes Regulations to Help Combat Irresponsible Drinking

 Posted on September 17,2014 in DUI

Arlington Heights criminal defense lawyer, Arlington Heights DUI defense lawyer, Chicago DUI, Chicago DUI attorney, combat irresponsible drinking, driving under the influence, DUI lawyer, Illinois criminal defense lawyer, Illinois DUI Lawyer, irresponsible drinking, Naperville regulations, underage drinkingNaperville City Councilmen recently voted to forbid neighborhood bars from offering major beer discounts as a response to an alleged drunk driving crash and a downtown street fight video gone viral. These regulations were proposed in an effort to combat irresponsible drinking that can result in serious drunk driving accidents and anger problems among patrons. According to the Chicago Tribune, the new regulations will also require bar security guards to undergo additional training to work with intoxicated patrons and to help prevent similar issues in the future.

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Illinois Students Face the Rise and Fall of Underage Drinking

 Posted on September 10,2014 in Criminal Law

Arlington Heights criminal defense lawyer, drunk driving, DUI arrest, underage drinking laws, underage drinking, alcohol-related injuries, college students and drinking, DUI chargeUnderage drinking affects thousands of Illinois college students and their families every year. With the unofficial end of summer and the beginning of the fall semester underway, students face the temptations of drinking underage without always being fully aware of the consequences of those actions.

Students who choose to drink and drive may face the legal ramifications of a DUI charge, which can affect both their criminal record and driving eligibility status. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism shares dangerous statistics surrounding underage drinking among college campuses:

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National Day of Johns Arrests Results: Over 500 Arrested

 Posted on September 04,2014 in Criminal Law

johns arrests, Cook County criminal defense attorney, Illinois Sex Crimes Defense Attorney, National Day of Johns Arrests, sex crimes, solicitation, prostitution, prostitution victim, pimps, prostitutesWhen law enforcement participates in a sting operation, it means they are intentionally working a deceptive operation designed to catch criminals. One of the most common types of sting operations are those that law enforcement set up in order to arrest people who are engaging in the crime of solicitation. Targets of these sting operations are usually the people who are seeking to purchase the services of a prostitute (referred to as ‘johns’) or the people who are involved in trafficking prostitutes (referred to as ‘pimps’).

Recently, Chicago Police, along with 28 other law enforcement agencies around the country, participated in the "National Day of Johns Arrests." The program resulted in the arrests of 500 johns and 14 pimps.

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The Relationship between Gambling and Criminal Behaviors

 Posted on August 27,2014 in Criminal Law

Arlington Heights theft crimes defense lawyer, criminal behavior, gambling, gambling addiction, theft crimes, selling stolen property, common criminal offenses, addictionThe notion of gambling and crime going hand in hand is age old, and although many convey gambling with images of mobsters from the 1920’s or illegal moonshine distilleries, this is not the reality of the matter in today’s world.

Today, gambling is an addiction on an epidemic scale. It is no different than any other addiction, and the need to satisfy a craving can make a person resort to drastic measures when desperate. In many cases, this desperation can result in serious criminal charges carrying jail sentences and steep fines.

Studies have shown that around half of all gamblers also commit crimes of varying degrees.

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Drug Crimes and Convictions in Illinois

 Posted on August 20,2014 in Drug Crimes

Arlington Heights drug crimes defense attorney, drug convictions, drug crimes, drug offense, Scott F. Anderson, drug possession, illegal drugs, Illinois drug chargesUse of illegal drugs is one of the largest social, economic, and political issues in contemporary America. Between the legalization of marijuana in some states, the widespread abuse of opiates (including prescription narcotics) and opiate overdoses, and the ease of accessibility to these substances, illegal drugs can cause a host of problems. When these issues extend to legal problems and drug charges, it is critical to contact an Illinois criminal defense attorney.

There are varying degrees of drug charges in the State of Illinois, and many carry very different, and often stiff penalties in their wake. Consider the following list of common street narcotics and the results if convicted when found in one's possession:

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DUI Laws Problematic When It Comes to Legal Drugs

 Posted on August 14,2014 in DUI

Rolling Meadows DUI attorney, Rolling Meadows DUI lawyer, drugged driving, drugged driving lawyer, DUI, DUI laws, legal drugs, legal rights, marijuana, per-se laws, Scott F. Anderson, war on drugsDespite a decades-long "war" on drugs in the U.S., drugs continue to be an issue that plague our streets and our highways. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), more than 15 percent of nighttime, weekend drivers tested positive for illegal, prescription, or OTV medications. More than 10 percent tested positive for illegal drugs. Of fatally injured drivers in 2009, nearly 20 percent tested positive for at least one type of drug at the time of death. The number of people who died as a result of a drugged driver is even more sobering: nearly 4,000 drivers who were killed in 2009 were on drugs.

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Issues in Criminal Law: Substance Abuse Problems

 Posted on August 06,2014 in Criminal Law

alcohol offenders, Arlington Heights criminal defense attorney, criminal behavior, drug offenders, prescription drug use, substance abuse problemsAcross the country, in every state, jail cells are filled and stiff penalties are given every single day for offenses related to drugs and alcohol. Drug and alcohol offenders are notorious for being repeat offenders, and this can lead to complicated legal problems that carry large fines and possible extended (and in some cases permanent) incarceration. Studies have shown that up to 80 percent of inmates in state prisons and 70 percent of federal inmates have a history of substance abuse problems.

With a wave of prescription drug use and abuse sweeping the nation, the drug epidemic has never been more complex. Often the association of criminal behavior and substance abuse is explained by the dichotomy between drug defined offenses and drug-related offenses. Drug defined offenses are considered to be directly related to drug laws and the nature of the drug industry. Drug related offenses are infractions committed while under the influence of substances.

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