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Strategies for Drivers Who Get Pulled Over By Police

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Anyone who has ever been behind the wheel has experienced the sinking feeling in the pit of their stomach when they see the flashing lights in their rear view mirror. It is a great relief when the patrol car drives past, but when it pulls up behind you, the thought of receiving a traffic citation is enough to ruin anyone’s day.

Can You Avoid Receiving a Ticket?

Even if you have been pulled over before, your mind begins racing around with ideas of what to say, how to act, and ways of working your way out of a ticket and receiving just a warning. While we do not pretend to suggest that the following tips will guarantee a pass from the officer, consider these strategies when encountering police during a traffic stop and you just might avoid a traffic ticket:

• Do not have a bad driving record. Perhaps this is a bit of a “no brainer,” but police are more likely to go easy on a driver with a clean driving history. However, if you already have one or two citations on your record from the past 12 months, you will probably get another one.

• Avoid aggressive or reckless driving habits. Drivers who change lanes or make turns without signaling in the midst of heavy traffic, or those who do so at higher speeds, tend not to catch breaks.

• Do not admit guilt. We do not recommend lying to the officer, but acknowledging the possibility of an error on your part without fully admitting guilt is not a bad strategy to use.

• Be nice. Acting like a jerk will likely earn you a ticket every time. Police are people too; civility and politeness can go a long way with someone who is just doing their job.

• It does not hurt to ask for a warning, especially if you have a clean record. It does not always work, but if the violation is minor, some officers may agree to your request.

Work With An Experienced Will County Traffic Violations Defense Attorney

You probably will not get out of a ticket every time, so when it happens that you receive a citation and feel it is worth contesting, be sure to work with a knowledgeable Illinois speeding ticket and traffic violations defense attorney. Getting the help of an experienced legal professional can make all the difference in your case. The Law Office of Jack L. Zaremba provides clients with a thoughtful review of case details to offer a realistic defense strategy. Contact us at 815-740-4025 to schedule an initial consultation.

Special Considerations Regarding DUI Laws

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To a certain point, DUI laws are clear: Those caught driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) over 0.08 percent are usually charged with driving under the influence. However, there are some instances where a driver can be charged with a DUI without meeting this criterion. Every citizen should be aware of the law, but those who have been charged with a DUI should especially be educated regarding the law.

DUI Without Being Over the Legal Limit

Most people know that the magic number when it comes to DUIs is 0.08. Anyone who blows into a breathalyzer and gets a blood alcohol content result equal to or higher than this can be charged with a DUI. In 2000, President Clinton signed a measure which effectively lowered the legal limit from 0.1 to 0.08 across the country. However, what many people do not know is that you can still be charged with driving under the influence without having a BAC higher than 0.08.

Noticeable Impairment

Drivers who are noticeably impaired are also at risk of being charged with a DUI – even if their blood alcohol limit is under 0.08 percent. For example, a driver who is noticeably slurring his or her words, cannot walk correctly, or is otherwise acting impaired while having alcohol in their system is at risk of being arrested and charged with a DUI. In cases like these, a driver with a BAC of 0.05 to .08 can still be convicted of a DUI if additional evidence shows the driver is impaired.

Have You Been Charged with a DUI?

If you have been charged with a DUI, you could be facing serious criminal consequences. You can also be facing a driver’s license suspension and depending on the severity of the circumstances, you may face fines and or jail time.

In order to increase your chances of avoiding imprisonment and the loss of your license, seek help from a qualified Will County criminal defense attorney. For a free, confidential consultation at the Law Office of Jack L. Zaremba, call (815) 740-4025 today.

3 Things to Remember About Concealed Carry of Firearms in Illinois

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As of mid-2017, over 250,000 Illinois residents have obtained a Concealed Carry License (CCL) for firearms, out of roughly two million residents with Firearm Owner ID (FOID) cards.

Firearms owners who have or are thinking about getting a CCL should be especially aware of the following three aspects of the Illinois Firearm Concealed Carry Act of 2013 ( which was amended in 2015):

1. The Definition of “Concealed Carry” on Your Person

By Illinois law, a CCL holder may (1) Carry a loaded or unloaded concealed firearm, completely or mostly concealed from view of the public, on or about his or her person, and (2) Keep or carry a concealed firearm on or about his or her person within a vehicle.

Many firearms owners have been concerned about the definition of “concealed.” For example, what if the gun is concealed under an unzipped jacket and the wind blows your jacket open? Has the gun owner just committed a crime? What if the rough shape of the gun or a “suspicious lump” is somewhat visible under close-fitting clothing (referred to as “printing”)?

As long as your intention is for the firearm to remain concealed, and any brief exposure is inadvertent, you are not guilty of a crime. A sharp-eyed bystander might still report you to a business security or police officer, who may then come and question you. But as long as you have your CCL in your possession, and you did not purposely reveal the firearm in an intimidating or threatening manner, you should not be in any trouble.

2. Concealed Carry Outside Illinois

26 other states recognize the Illinois CCL, including the neighboring states of Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Kentucky, Indiana, and Iowa. You can carry concealed weapons in those “reciprocity” states as long as you have your Illinois CCL with you. However, before traveling with firearms anywhere outside Illinois, be sure to double-check the current laws in those states and cities.

3. FOID vs. CCL in Your Possession

While Illinois residents must still retain a current FOID card in order to possess and purchase arms and ammunition, you do not have to keep both the FOID card and the CCL in your physical possession. Your CCL alone is sufficient, so you can leave the FOID at home.

Protect Your Rights with a Will County Firearms Attorney

Should you ever be charged with a firearms offense in Will County or Grundy County, you want a lawyer who is a FOID and CCL holder himself and who is committed to defending your Second Amendment rights. Contact a knowledgeable Joliet gun rights attorney as soon as possible. For a free and confidential consultation, call the Law Offices of Jack L. Zaremba at 815-740-4025; calls are responded to 24 hours a day.


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