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Man faces drug charges following others' overdoses

A man in Illinois was recently arrested after police said he possessed drugs and was connected to life-threatening overdoses. The man's arrest stemmed from an investigation involving a drug task force and police. Reportedly, the man facing drug charges is 38 years old.

The arrest occurred shortly before noon on a Wednesday morning. According to police, the man was selling hydrocodone pills and crack cocaine. Police said the drugs he sold appeared to have led to overdoses in those who used them on the previous Tuesday evening.

How do I know if I'm in a hostile work environment?

Sometimes, people use the term “hostile work environment” in reference to nearly any unpleasant work situation: A rude boss, obnoxious coworkers, an unpleasant office or lack of benefits. It’s true that these issues can make a work environment very undesirable, but they do not necessarily meet the legal definition of a hostile environment.

Technically, a hostile work environment is a workplace in which the conduct of supervisors or coworkers has created a discriminatory environment that a reasonable person would find so abusive or intimidating that it impacts the ability to work. If you are wondering whether your current work conditions could be considered a hostile work environment, continue reading for a list of requirements and examples. 

Domestic violence charges may involve many forms of this crime

Being accused of being abusive toward a domestic partner can be disheartening, as it can ruin an individual's reputation and even his or her future. Fortunately, those who are accused of domestic violence in Illinois are not immediately guilty according to the law. Instead, they have the right to aggressively fight their charges.

Domestic violence exists in a variety of forms. Physical abuse often comes to mind when hearing this term, such as biting, punching, burning, slapping and hitting. This type of abuse also takes place when one intimate partner denies the other partner medical treatment or forces the other person to take drugs or drink alcohol.

Are you facing criminal fraud charges?

When you work in the professional world, the lines around what is an acceptable business practice are often blurry, or you may face untrue accusations that you defrauded someone. These allegations are serious, and could cost you your career if you don't do everything you can to resolve the matter fairly and quickly.

The way you respond to the allegations or charges says a lot about you. Others may interpret your actions any number of ways, so it is wise to generally limit your responses as much as possible to keep from feeding into that vicious cycle.

How do I fight drug charges in Illinois?

Many people inaccurately assume that Illinois's status as a state with a medical marijuana exemption means that fighting drug charges in Illinois is easy. However, while medical marijuana does provide leniency to those who qualify for it, other types of drug possession charges do not often get a soft response from the prosecution.

If you recently received drug charges, you should seriously consider every option you have available to fight the charges and protect your future. Drug charges often incite unfair treatment well after you serve your time or pay the associated fines. Having them on your record may mean that you face trouble finding work or even finding a place to live. Few nonviolent crimes stir up similar conflicts so easily.

Can I get DUI charges dismissed if I was over the limit?

Regardless of how you received your drunk driving charges, you have the right to fight for their dismissal. Instead of wishing that you could undo the poor choice to drink and drive, you can now focus on defeating the charges and moving on to make better choices in the future. Hopefully, you have the clarity of mind to make the most of the opportunity and use every tool at your disposal to build a strong defense.

Many people falsely assume that there is nothing they can do if the officer determines they were over the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit to drive. While driving over the legal limit is rarely legally advisable, those who make this choice and face criminal charges for doing so may still have options available.

Veterans treatment courts are coming to Illinois in 2018

People who have served in the military often have a variety of challenges when they return to civilian life. Many of these can be difficult to overcome, but there is very little help for these individuals.

One area where veterans sometimes fall through the cracks is the criminal justice system. Far too many service men and women are shuttled through a harsh system that doesn't address the underlying issues that might have contributed to their criminal activities.

Illinois law is not lenient regarding domestic violence charges

Illinois law is tough on domestic abuse. For instance, when police are called to homes as a result of domestic violence accusations, they legally must make arrests if signs of injury are present. Furthermore, Illinois has what is called a no-drop policy, meaning that these types of charges will never be dropped, even if the accusers end up changing their stories.

For these reasons, either a seemingly minor domestic violence misdemeanor charge or a felony charge may be severe. Those who are convicted cannot opt for supervision. Rather, they may face jail time and fines.

Woman faces DUI charge after allegedly hitting squad car

A woman in Illinois currently faces drunk driving charges after reportedly causing a motor vehicle accident. The accident apparently involved the squad car of a state trooper. The woman facing DUI charges is 34 years old.

According to authorities, the woman was behind a car going south along a road at around 2:50 p.m. on a Friday. However, she allegedly blew through a stop sign. Police said she pulled into a squad car's path along U.S. 150.

Criminal charges, including drug charges, filed against 7

Seven individuals are accused of a number of criminal acts, including drug crimes, following drug busts in Illinois. The busts leading to drug charges took place as part of a police investigation known as Operation Lodi Dodi. The investigation started back in February.

When police were executing search warrants, they reportedly found a kilo of heroin with an estimated value of $80,000 to $100,000 on the street. In addition, they allegedly discovered cash totaling $250,000, along with several cars and four guns. Authorities arrested three individuals between the ages of 22 and 39 for conspiring to distribute heroin from May to Oct. 2017. Two of them also face heroin distribution charges.

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