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IL traffic lawyerSometimes even the most cautious drivers get pulled over for speeding. You might think a solo speeding violation is no big deal, but that is not always the case. Multiple traffic violations, and even one serious violation, can lead to a suspension of your driver’s license that can negatively impact much of your life.

Here is how a speeding ticket in Illinois works:

Driver’s License Points

Drivers under 21 years of age may lose their license for getting two or more tickets in a two-year period. Drivers over 21 receive an automatic license suspension for three moving violations within 12 months.

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IL defense lawyerWhile drinking alcohol before the age of 21 is considered a rite of passage by many, Illinois law enforcement and the legal system do not see it that way. For a minor charged with the illegal consumption of alcohol or driving under the influence (DUI), the penalties are no laughing matter. If your child has been charged with an offense related to underage drinking, you should work with an attorney who can help you understand how to minimize any resulting difficulties.

Illegal Alcohol Consumption in Illinois

The consumption, possession, purchase, or receipt of alcohol by someone under 21 is punishable by a three-month driver’s license suspension for an offense that results in court supervision. That suspension increases to six months for a first conviction, one year for a second conviction, and driver’s license revocation for any subsequent convictions. Anyone under 21 who transports liquor can be assessed a maximum $1,000 fine. The driver could face a one-year license suspension for a first offense and a one-year license revocation for additional offenses.

Underage Drinking and Driving

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IL defense lawyerHaving a criminal record can affect various aspects of your life, including job opportunities, housing options, and even admission into many schools. Even if a charge is dismissed, it can remain on your record. Fortunately, people with criminal records have the ability to clear their record through the process of expungement.

An expungement is a court-ordered process that erases the legal record of an arrest or criminal conviction in the eyes of the law, which can vastly improve your ability to get a job, qualify for a mortgage, or gain admission to an educational institution. Once an arrest or criminal conviction is expunged, it no longer needs to be disclosed on job or housing applications by the person who was arrested or convicted. A record that has been expunged is destroyed, and it will not show up in public records inspections or background searches performed by potential employers and other companies or institutions.

Not Eligible for Expungement?

In cases where a record is not eligible for expungement, it may be eligible for record sealing. Record sealing does not erase a record the way that an expungement does, but instead keeps the record confidential. When a record is sealed, it will not show up in common employment background checks, but may be available for law enforcement and in a few other select circumstances. Various misdemeanor convictions, along with certain felony offenses, are eligible for sealing.

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IL drug attorneyMany people throughout the United States use marijuana for medical purposes, recreational consumption, or both. However, even though marijuana has been legalized for medicinal or recreational use in several states, it is still considered a controlled substance in Illinois.

As marijuana laws continue to change, you might be wondering about the current laws and the penalties that could result if you are caught possessing it. Can you be arrested for possessing marijuana in Illinois? If a doctor prescribed medical marijuana for you, can you still get in legal trouble? Should you get an attorney if you are arrested on marijuana charges?

Marijuana Possession

Under Illinois law, it is illegal to possess marijuana unless it is prescribed by a licensed physician. For marijuana use not prescribed by a physician, penalties vary based on the amount possessed:

  • Ten grams or fewer – a civil law violation punishable by a $100 - $200 fine. This is a change from previous laws that made possession of fewer than 10 grams of marijuana a criminal offense.
  • More than 10 grams, but fewer than 30 grams – a Class B misdemeanor with up to six months in jail.
  • More than 30 grams, but fewer than 100 grams – a Class A misdemeanor with up to one year in jail and a maximum $2,500 fine. If this offense follows a previous marijuana offense, this becomes a Class 4 felony with one to three years in jail.
  • More than 100 grams, but fewer than 500 grams – a Class 4 felony with one to three years in jail and a maximum $25,000 fine. If this offense follows a previous marijuana offense, this becomes a Class 3 felony, with two to five years in jail.
  • More than 500 grams, but fewer than 2,000 grams – a Class 3 felony with two to five years in jail and a maximum $25,000 fine.
  • More than 2,000 grams, but fewer than 5,000 grams – a Class 2 felony with three to seven years in jail and a maximum $25,000 fine.
  • More than 5,000 grams – a Class 1 felony with four to 15 years in jail and a maximum $25,000 fine.

Additionally, you may face penalties such as probation for 24 months, community service, drug testing, medical or psychiatric treatment for drug addiction, and more.

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IL DUI lawyerYou have had a couple of drinks with dinner and are sure you are safe to drive home. However, the police seem to think otherwise and the next thing you know, you have their squad car lights flashing in your rear-view mirror. How are you going to talk your way out of this one possibly? Here are a few practices that have helped others avoid a DUI charge during a police traffic stop:

Use Your Right to Remain Silent

You have the right to remain silent, so use it. Too many times clients have tried to talk their way out of trouble, only to make it worse. Police know that if they pressure you to speak, you will often give them more evidence than you intend, which is why they keep the conversation going. Your silence will not be used against you. Politely say that you choose to use your right to remain silent and provide them with their requested documentation.

Refuse the Field Sobriety Test

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