When Is a Monitoring Device Driving Permit Available After a DUI?

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What Is an MDDP?

After a first-time DUI arrest, a person will usually be eligible for a permit that will allow them to drive, as long as they use a breath alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID). This device is a portable breathalyzer that will be installed in a person’s vehicle. Before starting the vehicle, the driver will be required to breathe into the device, and the car will not start if their blood alcohol content (BAC) is above a certain limit. Drivers will also be required to provide breath samples at certain intervals while driving. A device will take a picture of the driver when they are providing a sample to ensure that the driver is the person being tested. A BAIID will be required on any vehicle the person drives during their period of license suspension.

First-time DUI offenders may apply to receive an MDDP, which will allow them to drive without any limitations during their period of license suspension, as long as they use a BAIID. A person must meet the following requirements to qualify for an MDDP

• They must be at least 18 years old.
• Their driver’s license must currently be valid.
• Within the previous five years, they must not have had a DUI conviction or been sentenced to court supervision in lieu of a conviction, and they must not have been subject to a statutory summary suspension following a DUI arrest.
• They must not have previously been convicted of reckless homicide or a DUI that resulted in death.

A person will not be eligible for an MDDP if their DUI arrest occurred following an accident that resulted in great bodily harm or death. While a person with a commercial driver’s license may receive an MDDP, they will not be permitted to drive a commercial vehicle during their period of license suspension.

Those who are not eligible for an MDDP may be able to receive a restricted driving permit (RDP). This type of permit may be available if the suspension or revocation of a driver’s license would cause a person to experience hardship, and it may allow a person to drive at certain times for specific purposes, such as traveling to and from work. A driver with an RDP will be required to use a BAIID, and they may also be required to receive treatment for alcohol or drug abuse.

Contact Our Will County DUI Defense Lawyer

Following a DUI arrest, the Law Offices of Jack L. Zaremba, P.C. can help you determine your options, including whether you qualify for an MDDP or RDP. In addition to helping you defend against DUI charges, we can assist with the reinstatement of your driver’s license following a suspension or revocation. Contact our Joliet DUI attorney at 815-740-4025 to arrange a free consultation.

Will County Theft Felony Charges

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It is all too easy in Illinois to find yourself facing a felony theft charge . The following types of theft are felony crimes :

• Any theft over $500 in value. (A simple theft of $500 or less is a Class A misdemeanor);

• A theft of any value committed in a school or place or worship;

• A theft of government property of any value;

• A theft by deception of any value, wherein the offender obtains a rent payment or security deposit by posing as a landlord or landlord’s employee;

• A theft of any value if you have a previous conviction for theft; and

• Possession of stolen goods with knowledge or reason to believe the goods were stolen.

Penalties for Felony Theft in Illinois

Depending on the value of the stolen goods, you could be facing from one year to decades in prison. While probation is a possible sentence in lieu of prison in most cases, a theft of property valued at over $500,000 is a non-probationable felony.

Felony Theft from Will County Electronics Warehouse

If you think it is impossible for a theft of over half a million dollars to take place in Will County, you would be wrong. The Elwood Police Department last year filed charges against three men who allegedly stole as much as $1 million worth of tablets, smartwatches, and other electronics from a Samsung/Neovia warehouse. At least some of the goods were apparently sold through eBay. Two men were charged with Class 2 felony theft involving goods valued at $10,001 to $100,000. The third man is charged with Class X felony theft, which is punishable by six to 30 years in state prison.

The third man’s bank records showed deposits far beyond his income earned as a truck driver who frequently picked up cargo at the Samsung/Neovia warehouse. Police investigators also reported seeing at least six cars parked around the man’s home. As a result, an action for asset forfeiture was filed against the alleged thief regarding $133,243 in cash and a 2016 Honda Pilot valued at around $25,000.

A Joliet Theft Crimes Defense Attorney to Protect Your Rights

If you have been arrested for any type of theft, resist being pressured into an immediate guilty plea. Even if the evidence against you seems strong, a skilled Will County theft defense attorney will know how to argue reasonable doubt, police procedural error, or another type of defense. At the Law Offices of Jack L. Zaremba, we will do our utmost to help you avoid a criminal conviction. Contact us at 815-740-4025 for a free consultation.

Top 5 Crimes Committed By U.S. Juveniles

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Many parents do not want to believe that their child has done something wrong, let alone committed a crime. According to crime statistics published by the FBI, there were 481,006 juvenile offenders in 2016 across the United States. Juvenile crime is at the lowest it has been in years, but it still is an area of concern. Juvenile cases can be more complicated than adult cases because of the consideration that the offenders are young and have the potential to be reformed.

Juvenile Court Vs. Adult Court

The first consideration that courts must make when juveniles are accused of committing a crime is whether or not the offender should be tried in juvenile court or adult court. Offenders who are under the age of 18 and have the potential for reform and making better decisions will likely be tried in juvenile court. Some crimes, such as murder, will automatically move to adult court if the offender is over the age of 13.

Juvenile Crime

Juveniles are more likely to commit certain types of crime than others. The FBI runs the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS), which captures the details of certain crimes and provides crime statistics to the public. The NIBRS also breaks down the crime incidents into age categories, one of which includes juveniles. In 2016, the top juvenile crimes were:

1. Assault Offenses - 133,546 Incidents - This category includes charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, and intimidation. Aggravated assault occurs when the offender uses a weapon to attack a victim, or when the victim suffers severe bodily injury. Simple assault occurs when the offender attacks a victim without a weapon, and the victim does not suffer severe injury. Offenses such as hazing, assault and battery , and minor assault are included in this category. Intimidation occurs when someone puts another person in reasonable fear of bodily harm through the use of threatening words or conduct.

2. Larceny/Theft Offenses - 102,429 Incidents - Theft offenses occur when someone unlawfully takes property from the possession of another person. Offenses in this category include shoplifting , theft from a coin-operated machine, theft from a motor vehicle, and any other type of larceny/theft, except for motor vehicle theft, which is in its own category.

3. Drug/Narcotic Offenses - 79,673 Incidents - These types of offenses include manufacturing, cultivating, distributing, selling, purchasing, using, possessing, or transporting any type of controlled substance or narcotic . This category can also include offenses relating to the devices or equipment used to prepare or use drugs and narcotics.

4. Destruction/Damage/Vandalism - 59,032 Incidents - This category includes any type of destructive action to property that results in significant damage, except for arson, which is its own category. These crimes involve intentionally destroying, damaging, or defacing property without the permission of the owner.

5. Burglary/Breaking & Entering - 24,439 Incidents - This offense occurs when someone unlawfully enters a structure with the intent to commit a felony or a theft. A structure is, by definition, a permanent fixture with four walls, a roof, and a door. This means that burglary/breaking and entering can occur in an apartment, home, church, factory, ship, office, or school.

Contact a Will County Juvenile Criminal Defense Lawyer

Everyone makes mistakes, but that does not mean that they should follow you for the rest of your life. If your child has been charged with any type of crime, you should immediately contact a Joliet juvenile criminal defense attorney . The goal of the Law Office of Jack L. Zaremba is to avoid a conviction at all costs. Contact our office at 815-740-4025 to set up a free consultation.


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