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Social Media and Juvenile Crimes

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The development and evolution of various social media platforms has allowed teens and pre-teens to spend more time interacting through the use of short text messages, images, and video. However, with all the positive applications these programs offer, there seems to be a rising occurrence of juvenile crimes being committed on or through the use of social media.

Cyber Bullying … and Worse

Often it is reported that what started as “harmless” teasing turned into something far more serious and resulted in something tragic. Other times, juvenile offenders use social media to broadcast their actions as means of bragging to their peers. Regardless of the scenario, when juvenile crimes find their way onto social media, they can quickly go viral and spread across the country, increasing the notoriety of the actions. Some recent examples of this trend include:

• Recently, in a far western suburb of Chicago, a 13-year-old boy was charged with a hate crime after making threats and statements of a racial nature to a classmate using a gaming system that was connected to the Internet. This was the second such incident in the area within the past several months; a separate juvenile had previously posted a threatening video on social media and made racial taunts targeting an African-American boy in the community.
• In Detroit, a video was posted online showing one boy beating another while several other junior high school students stood by and watched.
• In Texas, a family is pushing legislators for stronger cyber bullying laws after their 18-year-old daughter committed suicide following months of bullying and harassment on social media. At this time, in that state, online harassment and bullying is considered a misdemeanor.

What many juvenile offenders do not seem to understand is that with nearly all online activity, once a statement or photo is posted, or once a video is uploaded online, it exists forever. In all cases, these electronic records of a juvenile’s actions will be used against them during the adjudication process.

Protect Your Family With an Aggressive Will County Juvenile Defense Attorney

When your son or daughter finds themselves in trouble with the law, it can disrupt an entire family. Whether it is your child or that of a friend or family member who makes an error in judgment or gets caught up in a serious matter, it is critical to locate and retain a knowledgeable and experienced Joliet juvenile criminal defense lawyer with a thorough understanding of the Illinois juvenile justice system. The Law Offices of Jack L. Zaremba provide every juvenile client with the help they need to not only understand what is happening, but all possible options that are available to them. Contact our offices today at 815-740-4025 to schedule a free consultation.

State Officials Listen to Citizens Opioid Epidemic Experiences

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High ranking state officials have held a number of hearings around the state the past few months to hear citizen comments and opinions on the topic of Illinois’ battle against opioid addiction. When it comes to this very volatile issue, and its relationship to law enforcement’s ongoing battle with criminal narcotics activity, the message was clear: there is more work still to be done.

Moms, Addicts, Elected Officials Tell Their Story

A panel led by Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti and Donald Kauerauf, assistant director of the state’s Department of Public health, listened as one person after another relayed their story of how opioid addiction is having an impact on their lives. The moving accounts included:

• A mother told the story of how her son died only six months after experimenting with narcotics for the first time. She bemoaned the stigma attached to addiction and the marginalized treatment those with addictions endure.
• One man told how his addiction resulted in a prison sentence at an early age and continues to cause problems in his life even today.
• An employee of a downstate public library told how two individuals have died of overdoses in the past six months while at local branches.
• A county coroner suggested that some communities were content to remain in denial about the epidemic in the state, despite some of the tragic experiences he personally encountered as part of his duties.

One thing all parties agreed on was that the opioid epidemic in Illinois is a long-term problem that requires a multifaceted solution. They believe the following steps should be taken:

• Acknowledgement of the mental health issues that play a role in addiction.
• Increased access to care and alternatives such as day treatment and outpatient treatment.
• Greater public funding for education and treatment programs.

Find the Help You Need From an Experienced Will County Drug Crimes Defense Attorney

Addiction is a matter that requires serious and long-term care, and it has the ability to negatively affect a number of areas in one’s life. Those with an addiction might turn toward criminal activity to support their habit or even find themselves charged with possession or distribution. An Joliet drug and narcotics crimes defense attorney experienced will help protect your rights while attempting to find a program that might enable you to both fight your addiction and earn credit with prosecutors. Contact the Law Offices of Jack L. Zaremba and work with an attorney who pursues all available resources on your behalf in building an aggressive defense strategy. Call 815-740-4025 and schedule a free consultation today.

Illinois Motorists Can Now Legally Pass Bicycles in a No-Passing Zone

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You know it is illegal to pass a moving vehicle in a no-passing zone. But did you know that you can now pass a bicyclist in a no-passing zone under a new state traffic law that went into effect on January 1, 2018?

When Can a Motorist Pass a Bicyclist?

Drivers can now pass to the left of a bicycle in a no-passing zone if:

• The bicycle is traveling at less than half the posted speed limit;
• The driver does not exceed the speed limit; and
• There is enough space to pass safely.

The new law requires motorists to have at least three feet of clearance between their vehicle and bicyclist to safely and legally pass the rider.

For bicyclists, the law permits them to ride on the shoulders of roads – a practice already used by many bike riders for safety reasons. They also can now use red tail lights instead of the standard reflectors when riding in the dark. The tail lights should emit a steady or flashing red light which is visible from 500 feet away. These tail lights can be used in addition to reflectors or as replacements.

Improving Roadway Safety in Illinois

This new law is an effort to improve traffic flow on roads and increase safety for bike riders. It was proposed by Ride Illinois , a nonprofit bicycle advocacy organization aimed at improving rider safety across the state. “This new legislation legalizes some common motorist and bicyclist traffic practices,” said Ed Barsotti, the chief programs officer of Ride Illinois. “The intent is to make the roads safer while improving car-bicycle interactions.”

Sharing the roads with bicyclists has long been an issue for Illinois drivers, who often experienced difficulty passing bicycles legally, especially on long roads without passing zones or designated bike lanes. Since crossing over the centerline in a no-passing zone could result in a traffic violation, drivers would often try to pass too closely to bicycles, which could result in sideswipe accidents. This new law aims to reduce this type of crash by providing drivers with the ability to pass bicyclists safely and legally.

Contact a Will County Traffic Violations Attorney

If you have been charged with a traffic violation involving a bicycle, or if you have any questions about your rights as a motorist or cyclist, the Law Office of Jack L. Zaremba can provide you with the answers and representation you need. Contact an experienced Joliet traffic Violations Lawyer today by calling our office at 815-740-4025.

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