New Illinois Law Allows Children Access to Medical Cannabis at School

Few topics have been as hotly debated as medical marijuana. Once considered only a dangerous “gateway” drug, cannabis and hemp products are now gaining acceptance as legitimate medicines. Seizure conditions, glaucoma, Crohn’s disease, and even post-traumatic stress disorder have been successfully treated with cannabis products. Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is being sold legally across the country and used

School Zone Speeding Tickets and Penalties

As the fall semester starts, drivers need to remember to dial back their speeds in school zones when children are present. Here are the key things Illinois drivers need to know about school zone speed limits and the penalties for violating them: When Is the School Zone Speed Limit in Effect? The 20 mph school zone speed

New Law Increases Consequences for Texting While Driving in Illinois

A new law that was recently enacted in Illinois will increase the consequences that drivers face when they choose to text while driving. House Bill 4846, which was backed by State Senator Cristina Castro (D-Elgin), makes a first-time offense of using an electronic device while driving a moving violation , rather than just a warning. The bill

What Happens if I Get an Out-of-State Speeding or DUI Ticket?

If you live in Illinois, you probably drive in other states on a regular basis. So it is smart to know what can happen to your Illinois driver’s license if you are caught speeding or driving under the influence (DUI) in another state. Many people are not aware that there are two systems that allow states to

New Illinois Firearms Laws Enacted in 2018

One of 2018’s hottest political debates has centered around the question, “How do we reduce gun crimes and shooting deaths in the U.S.?” The topic initially rose to the top of legislative agendas in response to the February 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, Florida, which took the lives of 17 students and

Understanding Criminal Record Expungement in Illinois

Sometimes people make mistakes, but that does not mean that they do not deserve second chances. In Illinois, there are certain records that you can have expunged, or erased, as if the event never happened. The process of destroying your criminal records can help keep your past in the past and prevent friends, family, or even

An Unlawful Search May Result in Dismissed Charges

One of the founding principles of our country is that of personal freedom. Citizens have the right to privacy in their home, work, and while traveling. The Fourth Amendment to the U.S Constitution protects citizens from unreasonable government interference in their lives. This includes unsubstantiated searches. To search a person’s home, police must obtain a search

Possible Defenses to Criminal Drug Possession Charges

If you have been charged with criminal drug possession, you probably see very little light at the end of the tunnel. However, there may be more options at your disposal than you realize. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you formulate a successful defense. Many drug possession charges are not as clear-cut as they immediately seem. There

Illinois Woman Charged With Aggravated Battery of Police Officers

A Plainfield woman was arrested last month after an altercation with police officers. The Joliet Police Department reported that the woman is being held in Will County Jail, with her bail set at $50,000 for criminal charges including aggravated battery. Woman Became Belligerent After Police Requested Her Name The Joliet Police Department responded to a call on the

Technology Helps Police Get Tougher on Crime

Do you feel like you are being watched more than ever? You are not just paranoid. Police are increasingly using electronic surveillance techniques not only to help prevent crimes but to locate and help prosecute violators. Illinois Police Use of Drone Police in Illinois may soon be allowed to use drones to surveil both indoor and outdoor

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