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How to Get Your Drivers License Reinstated After a DUI Conviction

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Losing the ability to legally drive can cause major problems in a person’s life. Getting to and from work, picking up children from school, and even simple tasks like going to the grocery store can be nearly impossible when you are restricted from driving. If you have lost your license after being charged with driving under the influence (DUI), you are probably anxious to get your driver’s license back. There are several tasks which a person must complete before their license can be reinstated . So, what can an Illinois resident do to get his or her Illinois driver’s license back after is has been revoked?

The Driver’s License Reinstatement Process

There are several steps that a person convicted of a DUI in Illinois must do before he or she can gain the ability to legally drive again. Illinois state courts want to ensure that a person convicted of a DUI is not a threat to the public before reinstating his or her license. If you have lost your license after a DUI, you will need to submit to a drug and alcohol evaluation. After the evaluation, you will be classified as minimal risk, moderate risk, or high risk of future drug and/or alcohol abuse. If evidence exists that you have substance abuse problem, you will be required to undergo a substance abuse treatment program and submit a continuing care status report in the future. Once you provide proof of completing the substance abuse program, you can proceed with the license reinstatement process. Even if you do not have an alcohol or drug problem, you will have to participate in a DUI Risk Education class licensed by the Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (DASA).

Illinois Restricted Driving Permit

Driving when your driver’s license is suspended or revoked is a crime that can result in serious criminal charges including seizure of your car and jail time. Fortunately, there are options for Illinois divers who want to get back on the road legally. To have your driver's license reinstated, you will need to appear in a hearing with a Secretary of State hearing officer. Depending on the circumstances of your DUI conviction, you may be able to regain your ability to drive through a restricted driving permit (RDP) . An RDP allows you to drive in certain areas during designated times of the day.

Contact a Joliet Illinois DUI Attorney

To learn more about how to get your driver’s license reinstated in Illinois, contact a Joliet driver’s license reinstatement lawyer. Call the Law Offices of Jack L. Zaremba at 815-740-4025 to schedule a free initial consultation.

An Overview of the Illinois Cannabis Control Act

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Since 1937, it has been illegal to use or possess marijuana in the United States. California was the first state to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes and now 33 other states have legalized medical marijuana, including the state of Illinois. Recreational marijuana is also legal in 10 states, though it is still currently illegal in the state of Illinois. Although the law for recreational marijuana in Illinois will be changing soon. There are strict rules for cannabis possession , domestic battery in Illinois, and they are all laid out in the Illinois Cannabis Control Act . In this day and age where the lines between legal and illegal marijuana possession are often blurred, it is important to understand the consequences for illegal acts involving cannabis.

Possession of Cannabis

In Illinois, possession of cannabis has somewhat been decriminalized. Possessing small amounts (less than 10 grams) of marijuana only results in a $100-$200 fine now, rather than criminal charges. If you possess more than 10 grams of marijuana, you could be charged with either a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the amount. The amounts and charges for possession are as follows:

• Between 10 and 30 grams: Class B misdemeanor;

• Between 30 and 100 grams: Class A misdemeanor;

• Between 100 and 500 grams: Class 4 felony;

• Between 500 and 2,000 grams: Class 3 felony;

• Between 2,000 and 5,000 grams: Class 2 felony; and

• More than 5,000 grams: Class 1 felony.

Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Deliver

Manufacture and delivery laws are decidedly stricter than possession laws are. Even if you were only caught possessing certain amount of marijuana, as long as police can prove that you intended to deliver it—which includes selling it or giving it to someone else—you can be charged with delivery or possession with the intent to deliver. The amounts and charges for manufacture or delivery are as follows:

• Up to 2.5 grams: Class B misdemeanor;

• Between 2.5 and 10 grams: Class A misdemeanor;

• Between 10 and 30 grams: Class 4 felony;

• Between 30 and 500 grams: Class 3 felony;

• Between 500 and 2,000 grams: Class 2 felony;

• Between 2,000 and 5,000 grams: Class 1 felony; and

• More than 5,000 grams: Class X felony.

Cannabis Trafficking

Cannabis trafficking is a specific crime that carries rather harsh penalties. For you to be charged with cannabis trafficking, you must have brought 2,500 or more grams of cannabis into the state or from Illinois into any other state and intended to manufacture or deliver that cannabis. The penalties for cannabis trafficking are double the penalties that exist for cannabis manufacture or delivery.

A Skilled Joliet, IL Drug Crimes Defense Lawyer Can Help You Fight Drug Charges

With so many different state laws pertaining to the use and possession of cannabis, it can be easy to become confused about the legality of certain actions. It also does not help that cannabis is still deemed illegal by the federal government. If you have been charged with a crime related to the Cannabis Control Act, you need the help of a Will County drug crimes defense attorney . At the Law Offices of Jack L. Zaremba, P.C., we have extensive experience handling drug crime cases and will fight to keep you out of jail whenever possible. Your initial consultation is always free, so call us today at 815-740-4025 to schedule an appointment.

What Circumstances Lead to Domestic Violence Charges in Illinois

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Illinois police respond to roughly 120,000 domestic violence calls that result in criminal charges each year. In the majority of those cases, the offender is charged with domestic battery , meaning that one member of a family or household physically attacked another member. A review of arrest data for Will County and the state of Illinois provides an interesting perspective on the circumstances that generally lead to crimes of domestic violence.

Illinois Statistics on Domestic Battery and Related Crimes

The Crime in Illinois report reveals that more than half of all domestic crime cases involve couples who are not married but have dated, lived together, or share a child together. Parent/child cases represent about 20% of domestic crimes, spouses or ex-spouses 15%, and other family members such as siblings 11%.

Where a domestic battery incident resulted in obvious physical injury, the injuries were severe in just 2% of reported cases. Severe injuries include loss of teeth, unconsciousness, broken bones, possible internal injuries, and severe lacerations. However, be aware that you can be charged with domestic battery even if the victim shows no signs of injury. Proof that you made physical contact with the victim is enough to support a conviction.

Domestic Battery Incidents in Will County

Alcohol often plays a role in domestic incidents. In one recent situation in Joliet, a 27-year-old man was arrested for domestic battery. The man had been drinking when he got into an argument with the victim. When the victim, his girlfriend, took a drink from the man’s hand, he pushed her to the ground. The man spent at least two days in jail prior to being released on bond.

Repeat offenses of domestic battery are a particular concern, especially when they show a pattern of escalating violence. Consider the case of this 36-year-old Minooka man. In 2003 and 2005, he was convicted twice of misdemeanor domestic battery and fined just $200 in each case. In 2017, he was convicted a third time; the charge was a Class 4 felony due to his prior conviction, and he received two years of probation. In 2018, he was convicted of aggravated domestic battery by strangulation, a Class 2 felony and sentenced to 30 months of probation and 75 days in the Will County jail. In 2019, the man was arrested again on a charge of aggravated domestic battery. If convicted, the minimum sentence for repeating this offense is three years in prison.

Experienced Will County Domestic Battery Defense Lawyer

A domestic battery charge is a serious matter. Unlike other misdemeanors, you cannot get court supervision for domestic battery. In addition, a conviction for domestic battery cannot be expunged from your record nor sealed from public view at any time in the future. To have any chance of keeping a domestic battery conviction off your record, you need an aggressive Joliet criminal defense lawyer . Call the Law Offices of Jack L. Zaremba at 815-740-4025 for a free consultation.

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