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How can a DUI affect my career?

For those facing a potential DUI conviction in Illinois, there are numerous legal penalties that can be highly concerning. However, the damage to one’s ability to find gainful employment can also be a factor, one that can last much longer than the initial conviction. This illustrates the importance of a solid DUI defense, which will hopefully mitigate some of the ill-effects.

According to AOLFinance.com, there are a number of ways a DUI can impact your career. For instance, some jobs have a mandatory firing policy for those convicted of DUI. These policies will usually be included in employee handbooks, and the information will be presented to you at the time of firing. Additionally, you may be obligated to inform your employer as soon as the arrest happens, and failure to do so will only delay your inevitable termination.

What are the laws against air rifles?

Being charged with a weapons crime can mean hefty fines and penalties, but you may not even realize you are committing a crime in the first place. When it comes to air rifles, the laws are not as well-known and can be confusing to some. Municode.com details the laws concerning air rifles in Ohio and how you can legally use them.


How do breathalyzer tests determine blood alcohol content?

If you’ve been charged with a DUI in Chicago, you may be wondering how the device used to measure your blood alcohol content (BAC) actually works. Breathalyzers are a common method of testing BAC, and accordingly are used by most law enforcement agencies when an intoxicated driver is suspected. It’s useful for you to understand how these devices actually work to ensure your rights are being preserved when involved in a sobriety stop.

As stated by Forbes, breathalyzers utilize rather complex scientific concepts to determine the level of alcohol in one’s body.  As ethanol is consumed, it’s absorbed through the stomach and subsequently makes its way into your blood stream. In cases where you consume large quantities of alcohol, more of it will evaporate and be passed through your blood into your lungs. As you breathe, this alcohol then makes its way from your lungs and is expelled from your mouth.

Long-term effects of a criminal conviction

When a person is convicted of a criminal charge in Illinois, they have to face the penalty handed down by the court. However, it is the related results of a conviction that will have the longest lasting effects. Often referred to as collateral consequences, related results of a criminal conviction affect many other aspects of a person’s life. The assumption that a person has paid his or her debt to society by completing the court’s sentencing requirements is simply not true.

According to National Public Radio, there are laws at every level that impose restrictions on convicted criminals that can affect housing, assistance, employment and volunteering. For example, a person who has been convicted of a felony may not be eligible to volunteer at his or her child’s school or to live in a public housing unit. Drug convictions can prevent a person from being eligible for federal funds to go to college. Many professional licenses are not awarded to a person with a criminal conviction. The major issue is that many of these restrictions are lifelong with no opportunity to get them removed.

What happens during a field sobriety test?

Field sobriety testing is a common occurrence in Illinois and other states all over the nation. Such testing is beholden to very specific rules and regulations, and law enforcement must comply with all relevant statutes to ensure testing is conducted in the appropriate manner. To this end, it’s imperative that you understand just how field sobriety testing is to be conducted to ensure your rights are preserved.

According to the Illinois State Police, field sobriety testing begins with the law enforcement official observing a vehicle in motion and making a determination on whether the driver is inebriated. This initial observation can be based on a number of factors. For instance, expired registration may call an officer’s attention to a specific vehicle, as can a motorist’s erratic or unusual driving (such as weaving, driving too slowly, etc.) From there, the law enforcement official must decide whether his or her suspicion is reasonable enough to constitute pulling over the vehicle.

Drug dogs, traffic stops and your rights

Being charged with a drug crime in Illinois can trigger a long chain of negative events in your life that are never really settled. In many cases, it becomes apparent after further investigation that your rights may have been violated, and you should not be prosecuted for the alleged drug possession or related charge. We at Ryan & Ryan, Attorneys at Law, have often provided successful defense for people facing the consequences of a misdemeanor or felony drug charge.

When you are in your vehicle and are pulled over for a potential traffic violation by a law enforcement officer, any signs that prompt him or her to have reasonable suspicion that you are carrying illegal substances may result in a drug dog sniff. The New York Times reports that there is a limit to this, though. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that an officer may even perform a drug dog sniff during the stop without necessarily needing to provide proof of reasonable suspicion, but once the reason for the stop has been completed, you should not be detained further so that the officer has a chance to call in a canine unit.

Threat to “shoot up” school is a crime

Hopefully, everyone (or at least most people) know that you cannot threaten to attack a school. Numerous school shooting from Columbine to Sandy Hook have put school administrators and police on edge about the risk of another school shooting. In response, various states have passed laws prohibiting even threats against schools and making them crimes punishable as a felony, even if there were no overt acts or plans to carry out the threat.

One student is learning this lesson the hard way. Late last year, a 17-year old student left a note on the school’s office door that promised to attack the students and staff. The resulting investigation shut the school down for a day and resulted in his arrest.

Consequences of felony DUIs

The state of Illinois classifies DUIs as either midemeanors or felonies, depending on the individual situation. While a midemeanor certainly carries consequences, a felony conviction can alter your life even more significantly. Having a felony conviction could disqualify you from certain housing or educational opportunities, and it could negatively impact your career. Here at Ryan and Ryan Attorneys at Law, we understand the potential consequences of a felony DUI conviction, and we want to help diminish the long-lasting effects.

A DUI could escalate from a misdemeanor to a felony for several reasons. You will probably receive a felony charge if your actions result in an accident which causes injury. You will also likely face more significant charges if you were driving with a suspended license, or without adequate insurance. According to Illinois' DUI Fact Book, charges are greater if your DUI occurs with minor children under the age of 16 in the car. If your substance consumption causes an accident which injures a minor in your vehicle, you will be charged with a felony, even if it is your first offense. When minors are present but do not sustain injuries, you could still face jail time and significant community service, in addition to a fine.

Hedge fund boss faces charges in $1 billion fraud case

Federal authorities announced last week that they are unsealing an indictment which charges a hedge fund boss and several deputies in a major fraud case, involving 1$ billion. In federal courts, you are charged with an indictment which is issued by grand juries. The indictment is the formal document that lists the charges against you and justifies your arrest and seizure of property for evidence.

In this case, the indictment charges several people with a major fraud allegation. It appears, per the indictment, that the hedge fund and a union boss colluded to steer union money into the hedge fund. Federal authorities allege that the union boss received tens of thousands of dollars to ensure that union dollars went into the hedge fund.

The tricks to contest a traffic stop

There are two kinds of vehicle stops, traffic stops, and checkpoints. At a checkpoint, you are not able to contest the validity of the stop except in rare circumstances. Checkpoints are not viewed as investigatory, they are classified as public safety and health initiatives, therefore, criminal protections do not extend to them (even though the practical effect is the same). But, you can contest a traffic stop. This post will go over the requirements for a valid traffic stop and how you can dispute them.


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