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Avoiding Criminal Charges When Traveling

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We frequently use this space to present information about new laws taking effect in Illinois, strategies for keeping yourself safe, and protecting your rights in the face of arrest or criminal charges , among a variety of other related topics. With many people starting to make plans for spring or summer vacations, we thought some might find it interesting to learn about the items or activities that, while traveling outside the United States, could result in your arrest.

Know Before You Go

There are many things that citizens of the United States take for granted. However, when traveling abroad, it is smart to take some time and research the local laws in your destination. Presented in the list below are some of the things considered illegal in foreign countries that an American may find quite unusual.

• Mullets and ponytails are illegal in Iran. Long, bushy beards are fine, but hair styles on men that reflect “western” ideals are against the law.
• While creating and sharing Memes is a common social media practice in the U.S., this activity violates Australia’s Copyright Act. If you are traveling Down Under, be careful what you share.
• Singapore has a ban on chewing gum. Anyone caught bringing it into the city could face a very stiff fine and even some jail time.
• Traveling to Pakistan or Saudi Arabia in February? Do not plan on exchanging Valentine’s Day gifts while in those countries, as public displays of celebrating this day of love are forbidden.
• While heeled shoes may seem impractical while sightseeing, wearing them on ancient grounds in Greece is against the law. The ban was put in place to help protect these sacred grounds, so pack some sandals, flats, or other sensible shoes before visiting the Parthenon.

Now, some of these laws only apply in countries that most Americans may never consider visiting for a vacation, but this is meant to illustrate the importance of educating yourself on local laws before traveling. Knowing the laws for the area in which you reside is equally important, if not more so.

Defend Yourself Locally with an Experienced Will County Criminal Defense Attorney

The prospect of facing criminal charges here in Illinois, never mind while traveling outside the United States, can be a frightening and stressful experience. Attempting to defend yourself or relying on the prosecution to go easy are both very risky maneuvers. Hiring a resourceful and knowledgeable Joliet criminal defense attorney is a wise decision. The Law Office of Jack L. Zaremba offers clients the benefit of years of experience in building your defense, while researching applicable diversion program opportunities that will work to your advantage. Call our offices at 815-740-4025 to schedule a free initial consultation with a legal professional who will guide you through the process with care and understanding.

Understanding Reckless Driving Charges in Winter Car Accidents

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It is a rare Illinois driver who has not been in or at least seen a winter driving accident. Snow, ice, and prairie winds combine to create treacherous road conditions, resulting in collisions, spin-outs, and skids into ditches. When it happens to us, our first words are likely to be, “It was an accident!” But when law enforcement becomes involved, many of these accidents can result in traffic tickets and even arrests. Here are some recent Illinois incidents we can all learn from:

Driving Too Fast for Weather Conditions

On January 3, 2018, in Champaign County, a 21-year-old driver rolled her car and crashed into a ditch. After being released from the hospital, she was arrested by Illinois state police, who said she was driving too fast for the weather conditions. She was cited for improper lane usage, illegal transportation of alcohol, driving with a suspended license, and driving an uninsured vehicle. Drivers should note that, as of January 2017, Illinois law allows officers to impound a vehicle if a driver has previously been convicted of driving without insurance and is cited for this offense a second time within a year.

Speeding Kills Local Firefighter

A 42-year-old firefighter was killed in a vehicular crash late on the night of January 12, 2018, in Morton, Illinois. He was a passenger in a pickup truck which was being driven over the speed limit, crossed the road’s center line, and collided head-on with a parked vehicle. The vintage truck lacked safety belts, and the passenger was thrown from the truck, after which he died at the scene of the accident. The driver was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and aggravated DUI.

Reckless Driving in Fog Injures Two

On January 9, 2018, in DeKalb County, a 44-year-old man allegedly tried to pass two cars on Highway 30 in dense morning fog and struck an oncoming vehicle head-on. The man was cited for reckless driving and improper overtaking.

Reckless driving is not a charge to be taken lightly. Law enforcement officers have the option to either issue a ticket or arrest the driver. If an arrest is made, the car will be towed and the driver will have to pay a fee to get the car out of impound. The driver will also have to go to court and may well end up with a reckless driving conviction, a Class A misdemeanor , on their record. The penalties for reckless driving are severe and may include up to one year in jail, a fine of up to $2,500, community service, traffic safety school, and/or probation.

Protect Your Rights with a Skilled Joliet Traffic Violations Defense Attorney

Reckless driving is one of the most frequently charged traffic violations. If you are cited for this or any other offenses, you need a skilled Will County traffic offenses lawyer who will aggressively defend your rights and work to protect your driver’s license from suspension. Contact the Law Offices of Jack L Zaremba at 815-740-4025 for a free and confidential consultation; phone calls are answered 24 hours a day.

Feds Requiring Electronic Record Keeping For Truckers

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Truck drivers often face long hours and demanding working conditions in order to secure a living for themselves and their families. Therefore, it makes sense that protecting their commercial driver’s license is an important element of their job that keeps them on the road. However, a new federal mandate that will monitor exactly how much time is spent on the road is creating privacy concerns for some.

Electronic Logging Devices Now Mandatory

Although a federal regulation mandating that all truckers switch from keeping written or paper logs of their driving time and miles to an electronic logging device (ELD) was announced more than two years ago, it is just now taking effect in Illinois . Those supporting the change claim that requiring all truckers to be monitored via the ELD will make the roads safer for everyone who uses them.

Electronic Logging Devices will maintain a record of every hour the truck is driven, the route used and where a vehicle is at all times. Use of an EDL will not alter the allowable time a driver may spend behind the wheel, which is typically described as:

• 11 hours of driving over a 14 hour period.
• No more than 60 hours over a seven day work week.

Some drivers are suspected of circumventing the regulations by altering the records kept in paper log books.

Constant Monitoring Poses Privacy Concern for Some

While use of the installed EDL will prevent drivers from working outside of or beyond allowable limits, there are some who say the mandate goes too far in monitoring their every move. Many truck drivers consider their cab to be their home while on the road, and they oppose constant monitoring by the government. One opponent compared installing an ELD on their truck as the same as living with an electronic monitoring device required of some criminal defendants.

Retain a Dedicated Illinois CDL Violations Defense Attorney To Help Protect Your Livelihood

If you earn your income by driving a truck, then violations or suspension of your Commercial Driver’s License are a serious inconvenience you want to avoid. Keeping your record clean is not always easy, but an experienced defense attorney offers you the best option for protecting your job and keeping you on the road. The Law Office of Jack L. Zaremba has handled a wide variety of cases involving CDL violations, and we use our resources and in-depth knowledge of Illinois law to fight for our clients’ rights. Contact a Will County CDL defense attorney at 815-740-4025 today to set up a free initial consultation, and take the first step toward clearing your record.

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