According to the Illinois State Police (ISP), just 10 percent of licensed drivers are under 21. However, 17 percent of fatal alcohol-related crashes involve these underage drivers. In an effort to protect both young drivers and those who share the road with them, Illinois, like other states, has zero tolerance laws for underage drivers. As … Continue reading Understanding Illinois zero tolerance laws
Last month, Governor Bruce Rauner signed the Alternatives to Opioids Act. The new law lets Illinois physicians authorize patients whom they’d normally prescribe opioids for pain relief to legally obtain and use medical marijuana instead. Gov. Rauner noted that “we are the first state to give medical prescribers a way to help adult patients manage … Continue reading Governor signs new medical marijuana law
Generally speaking, white collar crimes tend to revolve around money. They’re far less obvious crimes, at least to the general public, than things like common burglary or assault. They happen behind the scenes, they are often covered up with paperwork and they can involve hundreds of thousands of dollars. While they may be more “subtle” … Continue reading 6 examples of white collar crimes
Self-defense is one of the potential defenses to an assault charge. Someone may accuse you of assaulting them, but you may claim that they actually threw the first punch and you were just protecting yourself. One thing to keep in mind is that a proportional response is typically required for you to effectively claim that … Continue reading Self-defense and a proportional response
People often do not think twice before taking medication. After all, if you are following your doctor’s instructions, what could possibly go wrong? In Illinois, getting behind the wheel of a car afterward can result in criminal charges. Generally, Illinois law adopts a zero-tolerance approach for controlled substances. If, at the time of driving, you … Continue reading Prescription drug DUI charges in Illinois
A man from Chicago had a female passenger on the back of his motorcycle when the vehicle went out of control and crashed. It does not appear that the man was badly hurt — although both he and the passenger wound up in the emergency room. However, the woman on the motorcycle was seriously injured. … Continue reading After accident, motorcyclist is facing DUI charges
Are young people more likely to be arrested on DUI charges? Or, since they can legally buy alcohol, are older adults more likely to get pulled over for driving while intoxicated? The statistics show that young people are certainly involved in drunk driving episodes. One study says that male high school students who are at … Continue reading Is there a link between drunk driving and age?
Recreational use of marijuana is illegal in Illinois, even though it has spread to states like Colorado and Washington. Voters in nearby Michigan will soon get to decide if they want to approve the same type of use. Proponents of legalizing marijuana have been comparing it to alcohol. After all, Prohibition made alcohol briefly illegal … Continue reading Marijuana use compared to alcohol
You think it will be safe to drive when you’re getting ready to leave the bar. Sure, you had a few drinks, but you really came here with friends to get a meal and spend some quality time after work. You don’t even think you’re drunk. You get pulled over on the way home, and … Continue reading You feel less intoxicated around other drunk people
Most states assign points to certain driving infractions so that drivers with a certain number of points eventually receive the penalties of license suspension or revocation. If you have recently been under arrest for driving under the influence, you may wonder how many points you will accumulate. Illinois takes DUIs very seriously, and unlike other … Continue reading I was arrested for DUI. Will my license be suspended or revoked?