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Underage Drinking and Driving Results in Harsh Penalties in Illinois

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Convictions for DUI in Illinois are never a walk in the park, but the consequences for driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs become even more serious for drivers who are under 21. If you’re being summoned to Bridgeview Courthouse or Markham Courthouse on charges based on Illinois’ so-called zero tolerance laws,… Read More »

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Bad Courtroom Behavior Can Make Serious Legal Troubles Even Worse

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After you’ve been arrested, often the best thing you can do for your case is to keep quiet and let your lawyer do the talking. Rarely will it help to do anything other than stay calm and follow the rules, silently, while you’re in custody. When you’re coming before a judge for a hearing… Read More »

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Woman Escapes from Police Custody at Markham Courthouse

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Earlier this month, a woman escaped from custody while awaiting her preliminary hearing at the Markham courthouse. According to news reports, the woman has not yet been discovered. Escapees and those who assist them can face serious criminal penalties. Vivian McGee, 31, had been arrested on Friday, December 2. She was charged with retail… Read More »

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Gov. Rauner Announces Important Changes to Illinois Criminal Justice System

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Among the top priorities announced by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner when he took office was reform of the criminal justice system, including a desire to shrink the number of incarcerated people in Illinois by 25% by 2025. Toward that end, Gov. Rauner has recently announced that a former juvenile correctional facility will be renovated… Read More »

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Alternatives to Criminal Court for Illinois Drug Offenders

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Addiction to drugs can cause good people to make choices they otherwise wouldn’t. Often, addicts develop criminal records that could have a serious negative impact on their future. Fortunately, Illinois offers residents a potential alternative to jail time for those arrested for drug-related offenses. Read on to learn if participation in the Drug Court… Read More »

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But I Wasn’t Driving—How Can I Be Charged with a DUI?

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Evenings out with your friends can sometimes snowball. Perhaps you only planned on grabbing dinner and one beer, and so you drove to the meeting spot, but before you knew it, you were on your sixth beer and in no shape to drive. When last call comes, you might not have anyone to ask… Read More »

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Illinois Governor Signs Drug-Related Bills into Law

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Gov. Bruce Rauner has recently signed into law three bills relating to criminal prosecution and sentencing for drug-related offenses in Illinois. All three laws will enter into effect on January 1, 2016. One new law targets those who sell bath salts. “Bath salts” is a somewhat generic term used to refer to synthetic drugs… Read More »

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If I Violate the Terms of My Probation Sentence, What Happens?

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If you’ve pleaded guilty or been convicted of a felony in Illinois, there may be a good chance that you will serve all or part of your sentence on probation. Probation is a way for you to avoid doing prison or jail time after a criminal conviction, allowing you to continue working to support… Read More »

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Can I Get a DUI for Driving under The Influence of Prescription Drugs?

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You may think you’re safe from a conviction if you get pulled over for a DUI when you haven’t been drinking. However, if police can show that you’re a danger on the road, you could receive a DUI, even if you’ve only taken medication prescribed to you by a doctor. Proving the charges for… Read More »

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A Criminal Conviction Brings Wide-Ranging Consequences to Illinois Professionals

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An arrest and conviction for a crime in Illinois can bring serious financial consequences to the convicted. Yet if you’re arrested, you should be thinking about more than the amount of fines and court fees—you should consider the possible long-term consequences to your career and professional licenses. The fact that your livelihood may be… Read More »

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