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Penalities for an Illinois DUI with Minors in the Car

 Posted on July 31,2014 in DUI

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.

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Baby Boomers Driving under the Influence of Prescription Drugs

 Posted on July 17,2014 in Drug Crimes

Arlington Heights criminal defense attorney, drugged driving, DUID, legalize marijuana, medical providers, methamphetamines, prescription drug, prescription medicationsReported in a recent study funded by the Public Health Law Research, today’s driver who is arrested for driving under the influence of drugs (DUID) is much different than those arrested for the same criminal offense in 1993. Twenty years ago, a driver convicted of DUID was most likely younger and under the influence of cocaine or methamphetamines. But today’s DUID driver is more likely to be 50 years or older and most often tests positive for either marijuana or prescription drugs.

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Initiatives to Curb Drunk Driving in Chicago

 Posted on July 09,2014 in Criminal Law

Arlington Heights Criminal Lawyer, Chicago drunk driving, curb drunk driving, DUI, DWI, safe driving, driving technology, squad car cameras, Naperville DUISummertime allows people to head outside and enjoy the weather, as well as all the free activities offered in Chicago and the surrounding areas. Drunk driving may seem like a problem more endemic to crime-ridden urban centers, but according to the Chicago Tribune, this summer season all police eyes are on the suburbs. Naperville’s arrest record for DUIs was the second highest number of drunk driving arrests outside of the City of Chicago in the state of Illinois, reports the Tribune. Police do not expect this to change any time soon, and will adjust their patrolling accordingly in such suburban areas, especially over holiday weekends like the one that just passed.

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Handling Alleged Pot Possession Cases in Medical Marijuana States

 Posted on July 03,2014 in Criminal Law

marijuana, Arlington Heights criminal law attorney, legal medical marijuana, medical marijuana, pot posession, smoking pot, alleged marijuana dealer, marijuana possession, marijuana possession arrest rate, cannabisThere are currently 22 states, along with Washington D.C., that are medical marijuana states. Another three states have pending legislation to change the law. This means that possession of marijuana, also referred to as cannabis, is allowed for medical use.

In Illinois, the law was signed by the governor in August, 2013. As of this writing, the state was still working to determine the requirements for a person to qualify. Some of the proposed rules include a fingerprint-based criminal history background check and an annual $100 application fee. The fee would be lowered to $50 for veterans and patients on Social Security Insurance and Social Security Disability Insurance.

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Motorcycle Accidents Caused by Drinking and Riding

 Posted on June 27,2014 in Criminal Law

Chicago DUI attorney, criminal offense, drinking and driving, drinking and riding, DUI, DUI attorney, Illinois DUI Lawyer, motorcycle accident, motorcycle accidents, motorcyclist DUI, Scott F. AndersoDrinking and driving is widely understood to be a dangerous and possibly life-ending activity. And throughout the past decades several national and statewide practices have been enacted with the aim of curbing drunk driving and fatalities caused by it. For motorcyclists, however, the message can often get lost in the context of the subculture of motorcycles, at least according to Motorcycle.com. Motorcycle.com notes how the subculture that surrounds riding often involves drinking, and the incentive to stop drinking and riding has "done anything but gone away."

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Judge Rules Illinois Hazing Law is Constitutional

 Posted on June 21,2014 in Criminal Law

Arlington Heights Criminal Lawyer, Class 4 felony, Class A misdemeanor, Illinois Hazing Act, hazing, against hazing, act of hazing, criminal classification, college fraternities, college sororities, intoxicationAn Illinois judge recently ruled on the constitutionality of the state’s law against hazing. According to the Illinois Hazing Act, it is illegal for an official group that is associated with any educational institute (i.e. school sports teams, fraternities, sororities, etc.) to require a student to engage in activity that is not authorized by the school, and results in injury to the student, in order for the student to be admitted into the group.

The criminal classification for hazing is a Class A misdemeanor and a conviction could mean up to one year in jail and fine of $2500. If the act of hazing results in severe bodily injury or death, then the criminal classification is a Class 4 felony, with convictions carrying prison terms of one to three years and a fine of up to $25,000. An extended Class 4 felony conviction carries a prison sentence of three to six years.

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Zero Tolerance and Underage DUI Charges in Illinois

 Posted on June 13,2014 in DUI

Arlington Heights criminal defense attorney, Arlington Heights DUI attorney, DUI charge, DUI laws, DUI lawyer, felony DUI, illinois dui attorney, underage drinking, underage DUI, zero toleranceIn the past decade, states have continued to increase coordinated efforts to stop or slow the rate of drunk driving accidents. According to the Illinois State Police, there are several levels of DUI charges and convictions in Illinois, though the state does have a zero-tolerance for underage drinking. This means that if a person is under the age of 21 and caught driving under the influence, he will be charged no matter what his blood alcohol level content was at the time of arrest (even if it was under the legal limit).

If an underage person is charged under the zero tolerance law in Illinois, his license will be revoked for three months if it is the first violation, or six months if he refused the blood alcohol test. If it is his second violation, his license will be revoked for up to one year, or two years if he refused the test. Neither stays on his permanent record. Yet an underage person in Illinois can also be charged under regular DUI laws. If an underage driver is arrested for DUI and his blood alcohol content is .08 or greater, he can receive a DUI conviction that stays on his permanent driving record.

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Government Announces New Federal Clemency Program

 Posted on June 07,2014 in Criminal Law

Arlington Heights Criminal Lawyer, clemency program, drug offenders, Department of Justice, federal prisoners, drug crimes, Illinois Drug Crimes Defense AttorneyThe federal government recently announced a new clemency program that is targeted for drug offenders who are non-violent and are serving lengthy prison sentences due to the harsh sentencing practices from the 1980’s, when crack cocaine use had reached epidemic proportions. Many of those serving time would have much shorter prison terms under today’s sentencing guidelines. The program is also aimed at easing overcrowding in prisons and lowering corrections costs.

At a press conference announcing the new program, U.S. Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole said, "We are launching this clemency initiative … to quickly and effectively identify appropriate candidates … who have a clean prison record, do not present a threat to public safety, and were sentenced under out-of-date laws that have since been changed … this initiative is not limited to crack offenders."

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Supreme Court Allows Traffic Stop Based on Anonymous Tip

 Posted on May 26,2014 in Traffic Violations

anonymous tip, Arlington Heights criminal defense attorney, constitutional rights, execute a traffic stop, illegal search and seizure, Justice Anthony Scalia, Justice Clarence Thomas, unlawful search and seizureThe U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that police can stop a vehicle and do a search based on an anonymous tip called into 911.

The case, which went before the Court, was a California incident that occurred in 2008. A woman called 911 and reported of a pickup truck which had just run her off the road. She told the dispatch the location of the incident and provided a description of the truck, as well as its license plate number. The woman did not provide her name or any other identifying information.

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Dram Shop Laws in Illinois Now Have Cap for Liable Damages

 Posted on May 19,2014 in Criminal Law

Arlington Heights DUI defense lawyer, dram shop, dram shop laws, drunk driving, DUI arrest, liable damages, rideshare driversThe blame for accidents caused by drunk driving is nearly always assigned to the driver. Adults are expected to know their limits when drinking and should have enough personal responsibility to not get behind the wheel of a car. And according to the 2014 Illinois DUI Fact Book, these limits include no more than three drinks an hour for an adult male. The limit is closer to two drinks an hour for an average woman.

Stricter penalties for drunk driving, as well as a greater national awareness of the issue, could be one reason for the spike in popularity of citywide rideshare businesses, such as Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar. All operate in the Chicago area. However, in April 2014, the Illinois House passed a new law which will require all rideshare drivers to apply for a chauffeur license, commercial insurance, and prohibits them from soliciting rides at designated taxi stands.

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