Possible Defenses Against Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Charges

Across the country, police officers are cracking down on drunk driving. In 2016 alone, over 1 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics. If you have been charged with a DUI in Illinois, you may be unsure of what to do next. The penalties for a drunk driving conviction vary depending on

Swatting – False 911 Calls Have Serious Consequences

The making of false 911 calls purposely intended to mobilize an armed police SWAT team has become a frightening trend in the U.S. The estimated number of “swatting” incidents has more than doubled since 2011, according to one former FBI agent. Someone who commits the crime of swatting will face severe consequences ranging from a

Understanding Illinois Domestic Battery Charges

In recent years, states across the country have placed an increased focus on domestic violence and how it is prosecuted. Because of the serious and often secretive nature of domestic violence, there has been much effort put into preventing domestic violence from occurring and appropriately punishing offenders. In the state of Illinois, domestic violence is

Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in Illinois

In order to help prevent gun violence, Illinois state requires any resident who wishes to own a gun or ammunition to obtain a Firearm Owners Identification Card (FOID card). These cards are issued to qualified applicants by the Illinois State Police. There are several exceptions to this requirement, including certain exceptions for members of the Armed

Diversion Programs Offer Hope to Illinois Juvenile Offenders

Unfortunately, even good people sometimes get caught up in the criminal justice system. If you have a son or daughter who has been charged with a crime, you may be filled with questions such as “Will my child have to serve time?” and “Are there alternative programs for juvenile offenders?” Fortunately, Illinois lawmakers understand that many

Illinois CCL Holders Use Concealed Carry Handguns in Self-Defense

Since Illinois legalized the concealed carry of handguns in 2014, there have been at least 40 shootings by concealed carry license (CCL) holders reported in the media. More than half of those shootings involved self-defense or defense of others in response to a crime in progress. A review of these cases provides useful insights to all firearm owners

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