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Concealed Carry Applications on the Decline in Illinois

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In 2014, Illinois became the last state to allow gun owners the right to carry concealed firearms, and while a large number of concealed carry permits were issued that year, applications statewide for these permits have been on a steady decline, aside from a slight increase in 2016 . The exception to this trend, however, is that a greater number of citizens residing in rural areas are submitting applications for legal concealed carry of a firearm.

Conceal Carry by the Numbers

It should be noted that the analysis of these trends does not differentiate between the year an application is submitted and when the permit was issued, should those events occur in separate calendar years. However, according to totals provided by the Illinois State Police , which oversees processing, issuing and revocation (if necessary) of concealed carry applications and permits, the numbers for Illinois since the law was enacted are as follows:

• 2014 - 103,797 applications and 91,620 permits issued
• 2015 - 60,270 applications and 55,005 permits issued
• 2016 - 76,098 applications and 72,188 permits issued
• 2017 (through July) - 32,930 applications and 38,880 permits issued

If these numbers for 2017 remain consistent, Illinois might see only 56,451 applications by year’s end. This would represent a nearly 26 percent decrease over last year.

What are Some Reasons for the Decrease?

It is suggested that national politics have had a large impact on the activity of gun owners. Some associate the “bump” in applications during 2016 to Hillary Clinton’s campaign for the presidency, which brought concern to gun owners that the Democrat would impose stricter gun laws if elected. Subsequently, the current decline in permit applications may be attributed to the election of President Donald Trump, which may have assuaged fears of tighter firearms restrictions.

Cost may be another factor affecting this matter. While the application fee for a concealed carry permit is only $150, the cost of purchasing a weapon and paying for the required training could total nearly $1,000.

Rural Areas Buck the Trend

Illinois State Police records indicate that a greater number of citizens residing in rural counties in southern and central Illinois are applying for concealed carry permits, and completing the required 16 hours of training.

“Remoteness” appears to play a major role in this regional phenomenon. Residents indicate that the distance between neighbors and the amount of area police must patrol, which impacts response times, compels them to take steps for legal self defense .

Get Your Legal Advice from an Experienced Illinois Weapons Defense Attorney

Whether you are facing a gun or weapons charge, have questions about Illinois’ concealed carry laws, or wish to better understand the concealed carry application process, there is no better resource than a knowledgeable Will County gun and weapons defense lawyer . Rely on the Law Office of Jack L. Zaremba to provide you with complete information or an aggressive defense.

Illinois Traffic Fatalities are on the Rise

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Recent news reports about the rate of traffic fatalities presented mixed results for drivers in the state of Illinois. While fatalities involving drunk drivers fatalities involving drunk drivers continue to decrease, the overall number of deaths due to traffic accidents is on the rise in Illinois and across the country.

Drunk Drivers and Drunk Driving Deaths

Twenty years ago, the Illinois legislature passed a statute that lowered the permissible blood alcohol content (BAC) for drivers from .10 to .08. That law took effect just prior to the 4th of July holiday in 1997. A few facts about the law impacting driving under the influence include:

• Prior to the law change, Illinois experienced over 500 deaths in crashes where at least one driver had a BAC over .08.
• Just two years ago, that number was down to about 300.
• All 50 states and the District of Columbia enforce the .08 BAC law.
• Proponents praised the law change as life-saving legislation.

Driving under the influence of alcohol has the ability to change lives, and not for the better. The result may involve losing your license to losing your freedom—or worse. The best decision is to refrain from driving when impaired.

Overall, Traffic Deaths on the Rise

A report by the National Safety Council (NSC) indicated that an increase in the number of vehicles on the road , combined with an increase in speeding and distracted driving, is to blame for the spike in the overall traffic death rate. According to the NSC:

• In the U.S., traffic deaths in 2016 were up 6 percent over 2015.
• The total number of deaths exceeded 40,000 for the first time since 2007.
• The two-year increase in traffic fatalities from 2015 to 2017, is the steepest in 53 years.

In Illinois, the results were as distressing .

• Preliminary analysis indicates a 4 percent in motor vehicle deaths across the state in the first six months of 2017.
• A 22 percent increase in pedestrian deaths over the same period, with nearly one-third occurring in Chicago.
Distracted driving is blamed as a major factor in this phenomenon.
• The NSC suggests the increased speed limit (70mph) on Interstate highways in Illinois is contributing to the rate of traffic fatalities, while laws prohibiting the use of handheld devices while driving are not having the desired effect.

Get the Help You Need from an Experienced Will County Traffic Defense Lawyer

If you find yourself served with an order of protection from a friend, family member or co-worker it is important you know how to respond. The advice of a Joliet traffic and criminal defense attorney can make all the difference in how your case proceeds through the justice system. The Law Office of Jack L. Zaremba performs a meticulous review of your case and provides a thorough and vigorous defense on your behalf.

How to Respond to an Order of Protection

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Domestic life is filled with ups and downs. Under the very worst conditions, disagreements between couples sometimes result in threats or acts of intimidation or violence, be they physical or verbal. This could result in one party obtaining an order of protection against the other, which is a court-issued order prohibiting those accused of violence from contacting and/or being near the alleged victims.

Three Types of Protection Orders

Generally speaking, there are three types of protection orders:

1. An Emergency Order of Protection provides immediate protection to domestic violence victims, and it may stay in effect until the hearing for a plenary order (which is protective order that lasts for a longer period of time). A hearing for a plenary order will take place within 14-21 days of being issued an emergency order of protection.
2. If a hearing for a plenary order is not held before an emergency order expires, the alleged victim can apply for an interim order. An interim order provides protection for up to 30 days.
3. A Plenary Order may last up to 2 years, but only if the accuser was previously served by the sheriff. It comes with a number of directives that the assailant or abuser must follow as laid out by the judge.

What to Do if You Are Served with an Order of Protection

No doubt your first reaction may be one of confusion or even anger. Here are a few steps to take should you receive an order of protection:

Read the entire document thoroughly. You may even want to make notes on a separate pad about anything you see that doesn’t make sense or that you may wish to contest. Also, make note of the court date that appears on the order at which time you can contest the order.
Consult an attorney. Seek the advice of a legal professional who understands order of protections and the laws involving them.
DO NOT attempt to contact the other party in an attempt to “work things out.” Contacting the protected individual may be a direct violation of the order.You could find yourself under arrest and facing charges.

After meeting with an attorney you have some options :

1. Skip the court date. Yes, this is an option, but not a good one if you wish to contest the accusations made by the who secured the order against you. If you do not attend the hearing, a judge will rule based only on the word of your accuser.
2. Go to court and tell your side of the story. This could take a few hours of a few weeks, and the accuser may ask the judge to extend the order of protection against you. If this occurs, once again, it is important that you refrain from attempting to contact the other party either directly or even through an intermediary.

Know Your Rights with Help from an Experienced Joliet Defense Attorney

If you find yourself served with an order of protection from a friend, family member or co-worker it is important you know how to respond. The advice of a Illinois criminal defense attorney can make all the difference in how your case proceeds through the justice system. The Law Office of Jack L. Zaremba will provide the legal acumen necessary to respond and, if necessary, counter the accusations set forth in an order of protection.

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