The Significance of Miranda Warnings

Just because someone is accused of a crime does not mean that the protections and rights provided to them by the U.S. Constitution do not apply. Criminal suspects have certain rights, which, if violated, can dramatically affect the outcome of any criminal proceedings. The Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution gives citizens the right against self-incrimination.

Understanding the Illinois Juvenile Drug Court Treatment Program

According to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), an estimated 1.3 million adolescents ages 12-17 had a substance use disorder in 2014. Many of these youths who have substance abuse issues end up making contact with the juvenile justice system at some point. Rather than punishing them and leaving their substance abuse issues

What Drug Crimes Are Most Common in Will County

If you live in Will County, your biggest concern with the police may be losing your driver’s license for driving under the influence (DUI). However, your chance of being arrested for a drug crime is actually higher than your chance of being arrested for DUI. Each year in Will County, around 1,200 people are arrested for DUI while about 2,900 are

Evidence Obtained in an Unlawful Police Vehicle Search Is Not Admissible in Court

Most people know that police must sometimes obtain a search warrant before searching an individual’s property. However, many are unsure as to what their rights are regarding vehicle searches. They have questions such as, “Does a police officer need a search warrant to search my car in Illinois?” and “What happens if drugs, weapons, or

What You Should Know About Illinois New Recreational Marijuana Laws

Illinois will become the 11th state to legalize the use and possession of recreational marijuana. The bill, which was passed entirely through legislation rather than voter referendum, would allow marijuana sales, possession and use throughout the state beginning next year. The bill specifically outlines the new rules concerning marijuana, which will be treated and regulated much

An Illinois Juvenile Diversion Program May Help Your Son or Daughter Avoid Incarceration

If you are a parent, you probably spend a lot of time worrying about your child and the decisions he or she is making. Unfortunately, children and teenagers can sometimes get involved with the wrong crowd and make decisions which lead to criminal charges. Young people may behave in reckless or illegal ways because they are

Marijuana Possession Is Still a Crime in Illinois for 2019

Illinois is set to legalize the sale of marijuana to adults age 21 and over effective January 1, 2020. The new laws on marijuana possession, public usage, and growing will also take effect on that date, presuming that Governor J.B. Pritzker keeps his promise to sign the landmark measure already passed by the Illinois House and

Understanding the Role BAIID Devices Play in Illinois DUI Cases

For most people charged with a DUI in Illinois, their driving privileges are automatically revoked. The Illinois Secretary of State’s Office will automatically suspend the driver’s license of anyone who fails a chemical test to determine his or her blood alcohol content (BAC) or who refuses to submit to a chemical test. Losing your driving privileges

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