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IL DUI lawyerWith 27,000 DUI arrests and 330 alcohol-related crash deaths in Illinois in 2017, you can understand why law enforcement and the courts take drunk driving offenses so seriously. Still, the State of Illinois also knows people can make one bad decision that should not necessarily devastate their life.

With that in mind, the state has options available for first-time offenders and other individuals who qualify so they can still earn a living and largely maintain their previous daily routine. One option is a breath alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID), which around 12,000 Illinois residents have in their car at any given time.

BAIID Devices in Illinois

A BAIID is a breathalyzer device that tests a driver’s blood-alcohol content (BAC) and captures an image of the driver behind the wheel. If the driver registers a BAC of anywhere from .000 to .024, the vehicle’s ignition will function as desired. Anything .025 and above, it will not start. In addition to a test to initially start the vehicle, other tests are required at random intervals during each trip.

To be eligible for a BAIID, an individual cited for DUI must first apply for a monitoring device driving permit (MDDP). If granted, the BAIID is then installed in their vehicle for the duration of their court-supervised driver’s license suspension.

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IL defense lawyerEstimates suggest there are anywhere from 2 million to 4 million domestic assaults on women each year in the United States. That wide estimate range is due to the fact many cases go unreported. Violence involving current or former partners occurs in every age, racial, religious, and socioeconomic group. Unfortunately, many individuals are wrongly accused of domestic violence because they are in the midst of contentious divorce or family law proceedings. While domestic violence orders of protection are meant to help victims or potential sufferers, a vindictive former partner can also weaponize them in an attempt to sway the tone and eventual decisions in litigation.

If you are falsely accused of domestic violence, immediately contact a skilled criminal defense lawyer who can serve as your advocate and ensure the truth is not drowned out by false allegations.

Domestic Violence in Illinois

In Illinois, police strive to protect victims of domestic violence, which according to legal statute may be perpetrated by:

  • Family members related by blood;
  • Current and former spouses;
  • Parents, children, and stepchildren;
  • Individuals who formerly shared the same residence;
  • Persons currently in a relationship with or who previously dated or were engaged to the victim; and
  • Disabled individuals and their personal assistants.

Domestic Violence Charges

Domestic battery is that which causes bodily harm or involves physical contact to provoke or insult any family or household member. It is charged as a Class A misdemeanor, punishable up to a year in jail and fine of $2,500. It escalates to a Class 4 felony if there is a previous conviction for domestic violence, violation of a protective order, or various other violent offenses. It can be charged as a Class 3 felony if a person has three prior convictions, or a Class 2 felony for four or more.

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IL defense lawyerMore than 27,000 DUI arrests were recorded in Illinois last year. Many of these constituted aggravated DUI offenses, which are the most serious DUI charges a driver can face. In Illinois, aggravated DUI is any DUI offense that results in a felony charge. A first or second DUI conviction is classified as a misdemeanor, but subsequent convictions or circumstances that involve various levels of endangerment, injury, or death can be charged as felonies. While you should have a skilled attorney for any DUI charge, it is impossible to overstate the need if you face aggravated DUI charges.

Aggravated DUI Cases in Illinois

Anyone convicted of aggravated DUI is subject to community service or imprisonment that cannot be suspended or reduced. Even those who receive probation or conditional discharge get at least 480 hours of community service or 10 days of incarceration.

Here is a look at offenses that constitute aggravated DUI in Illinois:

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IL defense lawyerWhile getting caught with drug paraphernalia is typically considered less serious than a drug possession charge, that is not always the case. It is illegal to possess drug paraphernalia in Illinois, and penalties can be severe and costly, regardless of whether it was discovered along with narcotics.

What Is Drug Paraphernalia?

Illinois’ Drug Paraphernalia Control Act defines drug paraphernalia as equipment or materials (other than those used to produce methamphetamine, which is covered in the Methamphetamine Control and Community Protection Act) intended to plant, grow, harvest, test, store, conceal, or consume a controlled substance. Related devices used to smoke marijuana, cocaine, hash products, synthetic drugs, or other substances include various forms of pipes and bongs. Also included are drug manufacturing kits, testing equipment, and cutting agents.

Drug Paraphernalia Charges

Anyone caught with drug paraphernalia with the intent to consume a controlled substance can be charged with a Class A misdemeanor, with a fine between $750 to $2,500 and up to a year in jail. That is a more serious charge than getting caught with less than 10 grams of cannabis, which as a Class B misdemeanor, carries up to six months in jail and a maximum fine of $1,500.

Selling drug paraphernalia is more serious than possession under Illinois law. An individual who sells or delivers it may be charged with a Class 4 felony, with a minimum fine of $1,000 and up to a year in prison. If the seller is over 18 years old and the recipient is a minor, that constitutes a Class 3 felony, punishable up to five years in prison and $25,000 in fines. A knowing sale to a pregnant woman is a Class 2 felony, punishable up to seven years in prison and $25,000 in fines.

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IL defense lawyerThe National Association for Shoplifting Prevention says around one of every 11 Americans is a shoplifter. Minors account for 25 percent of shoplifting crimes, while adults make up 75 percent. Some 55 percent of adult shoplifters say they started in their teens.

While the Christmas shopping season now underway is the most profitable time of the year for retailers, it is also the busiest shoplifting time on the calendar. Some people steal for themselves, others do it for presents, and some sell what they steal at a discount for 100 percent profit.

No matter the reason, retail security is already out in force to bust thieves. Here is a look at retail theft laws in Illinois. If you or your loved one faces theft charges, a criminal defense attorney can help.

Shoplifting Laws in Illinois

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