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DUI charges, DUI cases, Wheaton DUI defense attorney, effects of alcohol, DUI-related accidentAlcohol can have many pleasurable effects on the body, especially at the start of consumption. The consumer begins to feel calm, confident, relaxed, happy, and sociable. However, at a point that is unique to each individual person, alcohol starts to have negative repercussions on the body.

Finding that small window between relaxation and inebriation is difficult. Those who misjudge and attempt to drive home while impaired are at risk for DUI charges, among other potentially catastrophic results. 

The First Drop

During the first sip of alcohol, approximately 33 percent absorbs immediately into the bloodstream via the stomach lining. After that initial reaction, the alcohol begins to make its way into the small intestine, where it slowly seeps into the blood.

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DuPage County criminal defense attorney, Battered Woman Syndrome, PTSD,  domestic violence, repeated domestic abuseVictims who endure prolonged, severe and numerous episodes of domestic violence frequently have physical, mental, or emotional damages. In many cases, the psychological trauma lasts longer than the physical symptoms.

Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and depression are all commonly observed in domestic violence survivors. Another consequence stemming from the trauma is Battered Woman Syndrome, which can either make the injured party endure the abuse without retaliation or defend themselves, so the violence ends indefinitely.

The Stages of Battered Woman Syndrome (BWS)

Battered Woman Syndrome is now regarded as a form of PTSD and is accepted legally as a psychological disorder. Over time, the sufferer becomes so depressed and defeated that he or she begins to believe he or she alone is the cause of the abuse and there is no way to escape it. This learned helplessness can convince a victim to stay an unhealthy relationship. Sometimes, the individual remains because he or she hopes his or her abuser will change. This belief originates from the conditioning from “honeymoon phase” of the abuse cycle, which is:

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obstruction of justice, resisting arrest, Wheaton criminal defense attorney,  obstructing arrest, Illinois criminal recordMaintaining one's composure is often the best way to handle an interaction with an on-duty police officer. Although an individual does not have to be so kind as to give an officer incriminating evidence about himself or herself, treating an officer with a fair amount of courtesy is always advisable. When interactions remain amicable, officers are more inclined to reciprocate.

However, police officers have bad days just like like anyone else. In some cases, emotions can rise and result in anger, hostility, and an argument. If you argue with an officer making an arrest, can you face charges of resisting arrest or obstruction of justice?

Resisting or Obstructing Arrest

State statutes regarding resisting or obstructing arrests are incredibly vague. The ambiguity is intentional by lawmakers, and thus allows for the inclusion of a broader range of behaviors.

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DuPage County weapons charge defense attorney, gun laws, Illinois crime rate, gun control debate, weapons chargesThe laws surrounding firearms are under constant debate. Social media and politicians alike frequently use Chicago’s notorious criminal history to their advantage in an attempt to sway voters. Somehow, Chicago simultaneously falls on both sides of the gun control debate as a demonstration of the effectiveness of harsher firearm regulations. Meanwhile, Illinois residents find themselves in the middle of this countrywide argument and are left wondering how all of the changes affect current weapons charges.

How Does Illinois Rank?

Chicago became the center of debate once again after a speech claimed that not only did Chicago have the strictest gun laws in the country, but it also has the worst gun violence. Having the most stringent gun laws in the country may have once been valid; however, this is no longer the case.

In 2010, handguns once again became legal within the state followed by the cessation of the state gun law registry in 2013. Without these two laws, Illinois ranks as number 8.

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DuPage County criminal defense attorney, DUI, riding drunk, DUI charges, DUI arrestYou plan a night out. Since you know you will be at an establishment serving alcoholic beverages, you prepare in advance for the required designated driver. Since you will not be behind the wheel, you plan to let loose and have that extra drink of choice. On the way home, the police pull the car over; however, you have nothing to fear. You are safe in the passenger’s seat, and you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that your driver drank only water and soda all night. Much to your dismay, the officer begins questioning you as a passenger. Can you receive a DUI for riding drunk as a passenger?

Mind Your Manners

At any traffic stop, it is important to stay calm, quiet, and polite, regardless of being a driver or a passenger. An officer in most cases will ask if you know why you are being pulled over. Do not answer this any other way than “no,” because any information given to him or her can and will be used against you. After that, he or she may let you know his or her suspicions and may ask for the driver's license and registration. He or she may also ask passengers for identification. As a passenger, you are not required to give an officer anything. Nevertheless, intentionally withholding identification may lead to further investigation. An officer who believes there is illegal activity can detain a passenger, potentially leading to arrest.

Etiquette that may help the situation includes:

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