Traffic Stop Safety for All, Including Carriers of Concealed Firearms

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When you get pulled over by a police officer, you may not realize that the officer probably feels as tense as you do. The officer has no idea whether you are a law-abiding citizen or an armed criminal who poses a serious danger. Nobody wants to see a routine traffic stop for something like a speeding ticket or DUI turn into a fight. So, what can you do as a citizen to get the most favorable possible outcome?

Show Your Hands and Obey Commands

When asked how citizens can avoid trouble during a police stop, experienced law enforcement officers usually boil down their advice to two points: show your hands and obey commands. But, we can break this down into a few more specifics:

• Acknowledge the officer. When you see a police officer flagging you down--whether through lights, sirens, or verbal commands--the first thing you should do is signal your intent to comply. A simple glance in your rearview mirror and a wave of your hand let the officer know that you acknowledge his signal.

• Stop safely. Next, pull over into a safe location. One mistake many people make is to stop short in a spot where they could be impeding traffic or make it unsafe for the police officer to pull in behind you. Do not put the officer in danger of having to dodge traffic to approach your car.

• Ensure visibility. You want to reassure the officer as he approaches your car. This is not the time to start ducking and digging for your license and registration. If you are in a dark area and you can easily do so, turn on your dome light, that is, your interior car lights. If you have darkly tinted windows, unroll all of the windows. Then place your hands on the steering wheel and leave them there.

• Be polite, but limit your words. When the officer reaches your window, you do not need to say anything. Try to smile to indicate your compliance and perhaps say, “Yes, officer?” The officer will probably indicate why you were stopped. If the officer asks, “Do you know why I pulled you over?” do not make the mistake of admitting to any offense. A simple, “I’m not sure?” will do. When the officer asks for your license and insurance, it is a good idea to say something like, “I have to get those out of my purse and glove compartment, okay?”

Disclosure Requirements for Concealed Carry License Holders

If you are a concealed carry license (CCL) holder, the Illinois Firearm Concealed Carry Act (430 ILCS 66) does not require you to proactively inform the officer that you are carrying a concealed firearm.
However, if an officer asks, you are required to disclose that you are in possession of a concealed firearm and you must present your CCL if asked. Upon request, you must also identify the location of the concealed firearm.

Any passenger in your vehicle during a traffic stop must also comply with these disclosure requirements upon an officer’s request.

If an officer determines it is necessary for the safety of any person present, you may be directed to secure the firearm or the officer may ask you to step out of the vehicle and let the officer secure it. You must obey such an order. When the officer has determined that you are not a threat to anyone and that you are physically and mentally capable of possessing the firearm, the firearm must be returned to you at the end of the contact.

Protect Your Rights with a Joliet Firearms Defense Lawyer

If you have run into trouble with your FOID or CCL, or you are facing any type of weapons charges, speak to an experienced Will County weapons defense attorney before you admit anything to the police. The Law Office of Jack L. Zaremba will ensure that your constitutional rights are protected. Call 815-740-4025 for a free consultation. We answer calls 24 hours a day and offer weekend and evening appointments.

A DUI Conviction Will Affect Your Life

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Most of us know the legal ramifications of a DUI - you will be facing multiple fines, a driver’s license revocation, and possible jail time. Being charged with a DUI can land you in a world of legal trouble that can be hard to escape. As if that were not enough, being convicted, charged or even just arrested for a DUI, you will probably notice changes in other areas of your life, too. Here are few ways a DUI charge or conviction can affect your life:

Your Freedom Will be Limited

One of the most well known ways that a DUI arrest will affect you is by having your license suspended . Even though you can apply for driving permits that allow you to drive during your summary suspension, those permits can be restricting and you must be eligible to receive them. You are only eligible for a monitoring device driving permit (MDDP) if you are a first-time DUI offender and your offense did not involve a fatality or great bodily harm. A restricted driving permit (RDP) is required for all other DUI offenses including DUI revocations, meaning you can only drive on the basis of your particular permit and you will be likely required to prove that a hardship exists for you if you are not able to drive.

A Conviction Will Become Public Record

When you are arrested for a DUI, a criminal record is created for you if you do not already have one. In the United States, criminal records are public records, meaning that anyone can look up that information if they want to do so. Anyone who runs a background check on you will see your criminal record and the DUI conviction. Many schools, employers, and landlords will run background checks before they approve your applications. A DUI conviction can be problematic and could jeopardize your chances of success in life.

Your Career Could Suffer

Not only could future employers use a DUI conviction as a reason not to hire you, but your current employment could be affected from a DUI charge. You could miss days of work because of the arrest, court dates, legal meetings or even jail time. Many employers also have an automatic termination policy if you are convicted of a crime during your employment with them.

Your Car Insurance Rates Will Go Up

To a car insurance company, a DUI charge or conviction means that you are a “high-risk” driver. Being a high-risk driver means that the insurance company expects you to file an insurance claim more often than an average driver. Because of that, they will likely raise your insurance rates. Some people have seen their monthly insurance premiums double or even triple. And in some instances, your insurance company will drop you from their coverage.

Are You Facing DUI Charges? A Joliet DUI Defense Attorney Can Help

Being charged and convicted with a DUI can affect almost every single part of your life, and chances are, it will not be in a good way. If you are facing DUI charges, you need the immediate help of a Will County DUI defense lawyer . By contacting the Law Office of Jack L. Zaremba, P.C., you can have peace of mind knowing that you are being represented by an experienced and tenacious attorney who will do everything in his power to prevent a conviction. To schedule a free consultation, call the office at 815-740-4025.

Nine Nabbed with Cocaine and Heroin in Joliet Drug Bust

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Will County drug traffickers took a hit in August 2018 when a joint federal and state task force arrested nine individuals. Seven will face federal charges for possession of controlled substances with intent to distribute while the other two will face state drug charges.

Local law enforcement officers supported by the FBI seized roughly three kilograms of cocaine, which has a street value of approximately $300,000, and about 60 grams of heroin that would sell on the street for around $12,000, along with vehicles, cash, and firearms. For perspective, Illinois law calls for a sentence of 15 to 60 years in prison for cocaine possession over 900 grams, while the heroin possession qualifies for a sentence of 4 to 15 years.

Eight of the nine accused were living in Joliet with the ninth residing in Aurora. Their ages ranged from 38 to 67 years old. One of the key players in this drug ring is said to be associated with the Black Gangster Disciples , a gang reported to have anywhere from 25,000 to 50,000 members across 110 cities in 31 states. Had this individual been charged under Illinois state law, he could have been found guilty of “street gang criminal drug conspiracy” which is a Class X felony.

Will County Sheriff Seized Another 21 Kilograms of Heroin

In a separate drug bust in September 2018, Will County deputies from the Gang Suppression Unit seized a total of 21 kilograms of heroin valued at roughly $2.1 million. Deputies initially encountered a suspicious vehicle with two occupants near the intersection of I-355 and I-55. While running the driver’s license, they had a drug dog sniff the exterior of the vehicle. The dog indicated the presence of drugs, giving the officers the necessary probable cause to search the vehicle.

Their search turned up five kilos of heroin. During the course of interviews, one of the two people in the vehicle admitted to having additional drugs at home, which led to the recovery of an additional 16 kilos. Both individuals in the vehicle were charged with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance .
Protect Your Rights with a Joliet Drug Crimes Defense Lawyer

If you have been charged with any type of drug crime, speak to an experienced Will County drug crimes defense attorney before you say anything to the police. Remember that you are innocent until proven guilty, and that charges could be dismissed if your constitutional rights were violated at any point. The Law Office of Jack L. Zaremba is committed to providing an aggressive defense against any drug charges. Contact us 24/7 at 815-740-4025.


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