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Think Twice Before Ordering a Fake ID

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A quick Google search for the phrase “fake ID” brings up more than 23 million results. Nearly all of the top results are websites purporting to offer false identification cards “that work” and “fool even experts.” Of course, fake IDs have been around for as long as the government has issued identification cards, but the digital explosion of the last two decades has made obtaining one easier than ever before. With just a few clicks, you can get a “reliable fake ID that help [sic] you hang out with friends and buy anything you want.” The idea of “knowing a guy” who can get fake IDs is a thing of the past, but there are many risks associated with false identification cards that you should know about before you buy one.

Bouncers and Bar Staff Know What to Look For

A vast majority of fake IDs are designed to look like government-issued driver’s licenses, and government officials are aware of that fact. That is why states are continually redesigning their licenses and adding new security features with each release. According to Secretary of State Jesse White , state-issued driver’s licenses in Illinois currently utilize more than a dozen different features intended to thwart counterfeiting and the production of fake IDs.

Most people who buy and use fake IDs are teens under the legal drinking age who want to get into bars and buy alcohol. Those who work in establishments that sell alcohol, however, typically undergo extensive training on how to recognize a valid ID. They also have a strong incentive to do so, as stores, bars, or restaurants that sell alcohol to an underage person risk hefty fines and other penalties. While your fake ID may look real enough to you, there is a strong possibility that you will be caught.

Harsh Consequences

If you are caught using a fake ID, the establishment in question has a couple of options. They could simply deny you alcohol and ask you to leave, either keeping your ID or returning to you. Or, they could keep your ID and report the incident to the police. Once the police are involved, the matter becomes serious.

A person convicted of possession or using a fake ID in Illinois will automatically have his or her driving privileges suspended for one year. He or she could also face up to one to three years in prison, a fine of $500, or 50 hours of community service.

Beware of Scammers and Phishers

The other big concern for those looking to obtain fake IDs is the reliability of the companies and individuals who offer them over the internet. These entities are offering items that they know are illegal and are intended to help their customers break the law. What makes you think they will be responsible with your personal information? Credit cards, phone numbers, mailing addresses, and other data can be used to perpetrate identity theft, and buying a fake ID could mean that you are simply handing that information to individuals who have already proven to be unscrupulous.

Facing Criminal Charges?

If you or your child has been arrested and charged in connection with possessing or using a fake ID, contact an experienced Joliet criminal defense attorney . Whether the case is being handled in juvenile court or not, Attorney Jack L. Zaremba can provide the guidance you need. Call 815-740-4025 for a free consultation today.

Opioid Spray Used in Fighting Overdose Deaths

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According to records kept by the Federal government, the number of deaths due to drug overdoses and overdoses caused by heroin continue to increase across the country. Emergency medical professionals and law enforcement officials on the front lines are always seeking resources in an effort to combat this epidemic.

Opioid Nasal Spray

In 2014, the Federal Food and Drug Administration approved a Naloxone auto-injector , which was previously only available in ambulances and at hospitals, for use in homes and by trained law enforcement personnel as a means of preventing heroin overdose deaths. Recently, an increased number of agencies have begun a call for more widespread use of a nasal spray application of the life-saving treatment.

Narcan Nasal Spray counteracts the effects of a suspected or known opioid overdose, which becomes apparent by symptoms that include respiratory distress. The nasal spray administers a potentially life-saving dose of Naloxone HCl to counteract the effects of the drugs in a person’s system. Following administration of the spray, immediate emergency medical treatment is recommended.

Police Adding Spray to Their Arsenal

In the case of a drug overdose, law enforcement officers are usually the first to arrive on the scene. Because every second counts in such a scenario, government officials and leaders have increased the call for more police officers to carry the potentially life-saving nasal spray application. A few examples include:

• Earlier this month, Chicago Aldermen introduced a new ordinance that, if passed, would call for all Chicago police officers to be equipped with the nasal spray in a response to the growing opioid epidemic in the city.
• In Minneapolis , the city’s firefighters have carried Naloxone for more than a year. The city’s police chief recently announced that police would soon be carrying the life-saving tool.
• In Hamilton County, Ohio, officials announced a program that would result in the sharing of 30,000 doses of Naloxone, donated by the manufacturer, with hospitals, jails, faith-based groups, and other community-based health care programs to combat the growing heroin overdose numbers in the area.

Retain the Counsel of an Experienced Will County Criminal Defense Attorney

The consequences for an individual facing drug charges can have a lasting effect on their life. Facing those charges alone or without an experienced attorney will put you at a disadvantage when responding to prosecution. The guidance and advice of a knowledgeable Joliet drug crimes defense attorney will ensure your rights are protected and the law is applied fairly in your case. The Law Office of Jack L. Zaremba provides an aggressive defense on your behalf to help you fight to keep your freedom.

Quantifying Alcohol Intoxication - .08 and the Law

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If you are like most people, you probably know that the 0.08 is the “magic number” regarding drunk driving. A person with a blood-alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 or higher may face charges for driving under the influence (DUI) , but many people do not really understand what that number actually represents. In addition, it may be equally surprising to know that you could face DUI charges even if your BAC is lower than 0.08.

Two Ways of Determining BAC

Contrary to popular belief, Illinois law does not define blood-alcohol content as a percentage. There are many websites and resources that indicate that a BAC of 0.08 means that .08 percent of that person’s bloodstream is alcohol. In Illinois, at least, this is not how BAC is defined.

According to Illinois law , alcohol concentration can be determined in two ways: as a ratio of alcohol to blood or as a ration of alcohol to breath. The Illinois Vehicle code states, “Alcohol concentration shall mean either grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood or grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath.” These numbers were established based on scientific research to be equivalent to each other. A person with .08 grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath is presumed to also have 0.08 grams of alcohol in every 100 milliliters of blood. (The density of alcohol actually means that a person with a BAC of 0.08 has more than .08 percent of his or bloodstream comprised of alcohol.)

Exceptions to the 0.08 Rule

Today, all 50 states and the District of Columbia recognize 0.08 as the threshold of legal intoxication for non-commercial drivers who are of legal drinking age. It is important to realize that 0.08 represents the point where intoxication may be presumed. A person with a BAC of 0.08 is not at the limit—he or she is legally considered to be under the influence. A BAC of 0.078 is technically legal. Keep in mind, however, that there are situations in which a person can have a BAC of under 0.08 and still face penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol, including:

• Any trace of alcohol or a BAC over 0.00 for a driver under the age of 21 creates the presumption of driving under the influence;
• Any trace of alcohol of a BAC over 0.00 for driver operating a school bus;
• A BAC of less than 0.08 and greater than 0.05, but other evidence such as slurred speech or reduced motor skills supports a DUI charge; and
• A BAC of 0.04 or higher for commercial driver’s license holders.

The charges and potential consequences will vary based on the circumstances of each case and the driver’s history.

Call Us for Help

If you have additional questions about DUI charges in Illinois or if you have been arrested and are facing charges, our firm is ready to provide the guidance you need. Contact an experienced Joliet DUI defense attorney to discuss your case and your options. Call 815-740-4025 for a free consultation today.

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