DUI Charges Become More Serious When Death or Bodily Injury is Involved

When you decide to get behind the wheel after you have been drinking, it is a losing situation for everyone involved. Most DUI charges will end up being a misdemeanor, albeit a very serious misdemeanor, but if you were charged with a DUI and a death resulted from that DUI, your charges will automatically be increased to

Illinois DUI Law: Different Treatment for Users of Prescribed Drugs vs. Illegal Drugs

Do you take a prescription drug that can affect your ability to drive safely? If you do, be extra careful before you get behind the wheel of a car, because you could be charged with driving under the influence (DUI). If you cause a car crash that severely injures another person, you could be charged with

Illinois Court Rules on Police Use of Drug-Sniffing Dogs

Two recent decisions by the Illinois Supreme Court have clarified the Fourth Amendment rights of Illinois citizens, specifically when the police use drug-detection dogs in multi-unit apartment buildings. This is important news for marijuana users and others who may be concerned about charges of illegal drug possession while partaking in occasional recreational use in the privacy of their home.

Illinois Modernizes Approach to Offenders with Substance Use Disorders

Alcohol and drug abuse not only cause human suffering, but also endanger public safety and place an added financial burden on our healthcare and criminal justice systems. Aiming to reduce these social and economic costs, the Illinois legislature passed the Alcoholism and Other Drug Abuse and Dependency Act (20 ILCS 301) in the 1990s. This law provides

Alternatives to Incarceration for Crimes Committed in Illinois

According to the most recent data available from the Illinois Department of Corrections, which is dated from June of this year, there are more than 40,700 criminals currently in the Illinois prison system. One of the biggest reasons why the Illinois prison population has grown so dramatically over the past 30 years or so is because of

The Rights of Criminal Defendants Are Protected by the U.S. Constitution

When an individual is accused of a crime, he or she is guaranteed certain rights. For example, if you are accused of driving under the influence (DUI) or being in possession of illegal drugs, you have the right to receive counsel from a qualified attorney. You also have the right to defend yourself against criminal charges

Illinois Politicians Aim to Make Penalties Higher For Absent Defendants

When someone is arrested on criminal charges, they are typically held in in police custody until they are set to appear in court or until they are released on bail. Bail is a monetary amount that is usually set by the judge in accordance with laws and acts as a type of insurance that the person will appear

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