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Search of home ends in drug charges

Those who end up with any criminal charge can quickly find themselves in a very serious and stressful situation. Although dozens and dozens of criminal charges exist, drug charges are often among the most serious. Such an accusation can do great damage not only to a person's record, but also to his or her reputation. Those in Illinois who face a drug charge may want to take all necessary steps toward lowering their odds of being convicted.

Recently, two women were arrested at a home in Sycamore after police searched the residence and found drugs. According to reports, police received a tip from the postal service about packages being delivered to the home that possibly contained drugs. Police say they obtained a search warrant and searched the home, allegedly uncovering marijuana and cocaine.

Home search results in 5 people facing drug charges

In the state of Illinois and across the country, those accused of any form of criminal offense probably face one of the most daunting times of their lives. Even when an individual is arrested for something considered extremely serious such as drug charges, that individual should keep in mind that a charge is far from a conviction. For an accused person to be convicted, the charges against him or her must be proved beyond a reasonable doubt by the prosecution at trial.

Recently in Mt Vernon, five people were arrested on drug charges after police searched a home. According to reports, a police investigation suggested that heroin was being sold at the house. Police say they obtained a search warrant and searched the home.

Although serious, a DUI charge is not a conviction

A charge for driving under the influence of alcohol or driving while intoxicated can do irreversible damage not only to a person's record but also to his or her reputation. In the state of Illinois, the penalties for a DUI charge can mean hefty fines and even jail time, should a conviction result. These consequences can cause many sleepless nights full of anxiety and worry. However, a DUI charge is far from a conviction.

A Libertyville woman was recently arrested and charged with DUI after she was allegedly found slumped over in the driver's seat at an active intersection. Police were called to the scene and said the woman was sleeping. Reports say the woman was awakened by officers and her vehicle was towed from the scene.

Methods you might use to challenge Breathalyzer results

Breathalyzer devices are so commonly used these days that it is difficult to remember that the results they produce are not always reliable. While the way that television and movies portray Breathalyzers may make them seem infallible, this is far from the truth.

If you recently received charges based on Breathalyzer results, you may have more legal options to fight these charges than you realize, as long as you take action immediately. The longer you wait to begin building a legal defense, the fewer options you have and the more time that the prosecution has to build its case against you.

Car crash kills Illinois man; brother facing DUI charge

A 22-year-old man is dead after a fatal car wreck. The deceased man was in the hatch area of an SUV, which didn't have a formal seat. His brother, 28, has been charged with DUI after allegedly smashing the vehicle into a guardrail on an exit ramp off a major highway.  There were also five people in the front seat. There were two other passengers injured.

The accused man's brother was thrown from the vehicle on impact and died at the scene, while another man, also 22, who was in the back seat, was also thrown from the vehicle and was transported to hospital with a broken shoulder and major cuts to his back and leg. A 20-year-old woman was also ejected from the vehicle and suffered minor injuries. Two more passengers were also taken to hospital and released. 

Drug charges result from raid of Illinois home

A person's home is his or her castle. Illinois residents can, and should, expect the highest degree of privacy in their homes. This means that if law enforcement officials want to enter the home, the law requires that they receive either consent or obtain a search warrant allowing entry. This protection extends to nearly every situation involving law enforcement officials, whether the occupants may face drug charges, murder charges or any other type of criminal accusations.

More than likely, this protection will play a part in the criminal defense strategies of five people recently arrested after the police raid of an Illinois home. Apparently, detectives with the local department's narcotics division suspected that methamphetamine was present in the home. Investigators say they managed to obtain a search warrant for the premises, and allegedly found less than 5 grams of a substance believed to be methamphetamine, along with an unknown quantity of another substance police believe is heroin.

Teen driver faces DUI charges for death of her teen passenger

Prosecutors are often relentless when they charge a person for driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. DUI accusations can result in many sleepless nights for individuals who are worried about potential fines, suspension of their drivers' licenses and even potential jail time. However, blood tests and field sobriety tests are not foolproof, and thus not all charges result in convictions. A recent incident in Illinois resulted in a teenage driver facing serious criminal allegations.

A 19-year-old female faces serious charges as a result of a fatal collision where she was allegedly found to have alcohol and drugs in her system while operating her motor vehicle. The teenage passenger in the vehicle succumbed to her injuries and passed away at the nearby hospital. The passenger's death is claimed to be a result of the injuries she suffered after the defendant crashed into a semitrailer.

Woman may assert criminal defense of insanity in stowaway case

Illinois recognizes the right of mentally ill and insane persons to be represented by counsel and receive a complete and vigorous defense to criminal charges. A person who is arrested must also be determined to be able to understand the charges and participate in his or her own defense or be declared mentally unfit to stand trial. Those who are declared to be mentally unfit may under certain circumstances be placed in a mental facility until they are declared capable of engaging in a criminal defense to the charges.

These issues could be relevant to the recent arrest of a woman who, according to authorities,  stowed away on a flight from Chicago's O'Hare Airport to London's Heathrow Airport. In fact, the woman is well-known by airport authorities and Illinois prosecutors as a "serial stowaway," per various press reports. Police arrested the woman for felony theft and misdemeanor criminal trespassing when she returned from London to Chicago.

3 ways to avoid drunk driving

We all make mistakes from time to time. You might sleep through your alarm and arrive to work late. Other times, you might have a bit too much to drink at dinner and get behind the wheel. While arriving late to work might get you a stern lecture from your boss, driving drunk could end in a driving under the influence (DUI) charge or, even worse, someone's death.

Since a DUI can have far-reaching consequences, beyond just the legal ramifications, it is important to take steps to avoid making the mistake of getting behind the wheel after having too much to drink. The following tips can help you avoid drunk driving the next time you go out for a night on the town in Naperville.

DUI suspected in fatal Illinois wrong-way crash

Car accidents can happen any moment for a variety of different reasons. Even when drivers are typically safe and follow traffic rules, something as simple as making a wrong turn can have devastating consequences. Unfortunately, Illinois State Police believe that a recent accident was caused by DUI rather than a simple mistake.

The accident happened at approximately 7 a.m. on a day in January. Police claim that a 56-year-old woman was driving west on an Illinois interstate at the time of the incident. Her vehicle was allegedly struck by a car driven by a 29-year-old man.

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