What is the difference between a Felony and a Misdemeanor? There is a lot of jargon that surrounds the legal system and all the charges that it hands out. It is easy to become confused about the different terms and, exactly, they mean. One great example of this are the terms “felony” and “misdemeanor”. Many … Continue reading The difference between a Felony and a Misdemeanor
No Contact Orders in Illinois explained. While stalking, as the word is commonly understood, is a serious crime and no-contact orders are necessary and appropriate, the Illinois legislature has seen fit to expand the definition far beyond the common definition. It is no exaggeration that a petitioner for a stalking-no contact order may get relief … Continue reading Defending Stalking- No Contact Order cases
If you’re going to be traveling through O’Hare or Midway airports this holiday season to a state where recreational marijuana is legal, it’s important to understand that when you’re in a Chicago area airport, you’re governed by Illinois law. That means that if you purchased some marijuana in one of the states where recreational cannabis … Continue reading Leave the marijuana when returning home from your holiday trip
If the police have never pulled you over on suspicion of drunk driving before, you may not know how you should react or behave if this happens. Everyone who is driving is liable to make some mistakes on the road that a police officer may misinterpret as a sign of driving while impaired. You may never actively … Continue reading Am I required to perform DUI tests if police ask?
While many violent actions against others are crimes, Illinois law allows the use of force in cases where someone is protecting themselves, another person or even their property — specifically their home. These are known as self-defense laws. Self-defense laws vary by state. So-called “stand your ground” laws have gotten a lot of media attention … Continue reading When is it legal to use force against someone in Illinois?
If you were arrested for DUI, you likely registered a blood alcohol content (BAC) of at least .08 percent on a Breathalyzer test administered by the officer who pulled you over. It’s illegal throughout the country to drive with a BAC at that level. You may not know, however, just what “blood alcohol content” refers … Continue reading What factors determine your blood alcohol content (BAC)?
If your driver’s license has been suspended because of a DUI, you may be able to continue driving as long as you have a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) in your vehicle. A BAIID works similarly to a Breathalyzer. You need to breathe into it before you can start your vehicle. If it detects … Continue reading What you should know about ignition interlock devices in Illinois
The Illinois State Police owns and services breath test instruments used by law enforcement for measuring breath alcohol content of motorists suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol. The instruments are supposed to test deep alveolar breath – breath coming from the alveolar regions of the lungs. The alveolar are very thin tissue where … Continue reading Why I don’t trust Illinois breath test instruments, and why you shouldn’t either. Part 1.
The number of people in Illinois who use medical marijuana has risen by a whopping 83 percent just this year. According to numbers reported this month by the state, over 46,000 people are in the state’s medical marijuana program. It’s roughly a $12,000 per month business, and growers in the state are increasing their crop … Continue reading Medical marijuana use is increasing significantly in Illinois
The state of Illinois is serious about keeping drunk drivers off its roadways. Perhaps you are a first offender and worry about losing your driver’s license. You may be eligible for a Monitoring Device Driving Permit, which paves the way for a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device installation in your car. Qualifications If convicted of … Continue reading You may lose your license for DUI but gain a BAIID