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Drug charges: 2 men arrested after their homes were searched

The experience of being arrested and thrown into the back of a police vehicle is incredibly embarrassing and often traumatic. However, being hit with drug charges can be absolutely devastating for an individual. These types of charges can stay on permanent records and prevent a person from gaining future employment. The state of Illinois is notoriously tough on those who are convicted of drug charges, with offenders often facing years prison time. Even if a conviction never happens, these types of charges can turn a person's life upside down.

Two men in Hennepin were recently arrested and hit with drug charges. According to official reports, police officers searched the homes of both men after an investigation. During the search, officers claim to have located drugs and drug paraphernalia, including items used to package and deliver drugs.

DUI? Don't argue with the arresting officer

One of the worst things you can do if you're accused of a DUI is to cause trouble. An arresting officer is just doing their job by attempting to get you off the road and to the police station.

While you may be offended or even right to think that they're violating your rights or arresting you without cause, it's important to remember that the way you act during a traffic stop and arrest can affect your case. Being unreasonable, aggressive or threatening can even result in further charges.

DUI: Police enforce safety campaigns over the holiday

Summer is a time of cookouts, vacations and fun in the sun. For many Illinois citizens, the Fourth of July holiday is the highlight of the summer season. Independence Day is often celebrated with food, fireworks and adult beverages. Unfortunately, the Fourth of July holiday is also one of the most dangerous times of the year, as many people get behind the wheel while intoxicated. Police across the state typically make more DUI arrests during holidays as they ramp up patrols.

This year, the Lockport Police Department enforced two safety campaigns over the Fourth of July holiday, and the results were recently released. The safety campaigns, known as "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" and "Click It or Ticket," focused on safety by keeping impaired drivers off the road and enforcing seat belt laws. Lockport police said they issued a number of citations and arrested one driver.

Woman faces drug charges after interstate traffic stop

Those who are hit with criminal charges could be facing some of the most challenging times of their lives. All criminal charges are serious, but drug charges are some of the most weighty offenses. Those who face these types of charges can have their reputations tarnished and their entire lives basically ruined. However, those in Illinois who face drug charges should keep in mind that these are only charges and not convictions.

Recently, Illinois State Police said they arrested a women after allegedly finding drugs in her possession during a traffic stop. According to police reports, the woman was pulled over on Interstate 74 near Bloomington. After seeing suspicious activity, reports said a trooper escorted in a police dog.

Rollover crash ends in a DUI

Illinois is a great state in which to live and work. Because of this, populations are on the rise across the state. However, this influx of people means that roadways will become even more crowded and dangerous, and motor vehicle accidents will rise as a result. Traffic accidents happen for a number of reasons, but regardless of the reason, accidents are always stressful. This stress can be greatly exacerbated when an accident ends in a DUI charge.

A woman in Country Club Hills received a DUI charge after a recent accident. The crash involved one vehicle and happened during the overnight hours on the ramp from Interstate 80 to Interstate 57. According to reports, a car rolled over on the ramp, and a front seat passenger was ejected from the car. Reports said the ejected passenger was injured and taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Drugs and your teen: What to expect if they get caught

Substance abuse can impact people regardless of age. It's particularly common for young adults to try drugs due to peer pressure and their own adventurous nature. The harsh reality is that even a young person trying drugs for the very first time could end up with drug charges against them for possession or impairment.

Juvenile offenders are in a particularly unique situation, because they're young enough that alternatives to prison could help them. Juvenile offenders need to go through special programs to help them instead of making the situation worse. That's where alternative penalties come in.

Out-of-state man charged with attempted murder in Illinois

Disputes can arise at any time of day for a variety of different reasons. While most disputes involve a verbal exchange, they can sometimes lead to violence. In some cases, a person might feel that it is necessary to take action to protect him or herself. Unfortunately, a man from out-of-state now faces accusations of attempted murder following a recent shooting in Illinois.

The incident happened at a truck stop in Illinois on a day in June. Reports indicate that just before 5 p.m., the 57-year-old driver of a tractor-trailer believed that another tractor-trailer driver was blocking the road. Police claim that the driver of the former retrieved a gun from his vehicle and shot into the cab of the second tractor-trailer twice, grazing the driver.

In Illinois, ages for juvenile crimes may be raised

Across the United States, officials and politicians are calling for reform to juvenile justice systems. Recent studies have shown that juveniles would most likely benefit more from rehabilitation rather than incarceration. In the state of Illinois, politicians and criminal justice reformers are making a push for changes to help with juvenile crimes. They want the state to raise the age of juvenile court eligibility.

Currently in Illinois, the maximum age for juvenile court eligibility is set at 18. The push from reformers is to raise that age to 20 years old. Advocates of this change say that this would correlate with new research, indicating that young people do not reach cognitive maturity until at least 22 years of age.

New Illinois law could help those convicted of drug charges

Being arrested and charged with a crime can be a humiliating and embarrassing thing for any individual to experience. In Illinois, those who are arrested on drug charges can face very steep penalties, including years of incarceration. However, a piece of legislation recently adopted by the Illinois General Assembly could soon make marijuana legal throughout the state and could expunge the records of previous offenders.

The bill is known as the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act. According to reports, the legislation will legalize the use, sale and possession of marijuana for recreational purposes for adults over the age of 21. The proposed law also sets tax rates on cannabis transactions and will allow for rapid growth of cannabis retailers.

Driver recieves DUI charge after allegedly crashing into a home

Without question, driving under the influence of alcohol is reckless and very dangerous. Police forces across the state of Illinois are continuing to crack down on drunk drivers. Increased patrols and frequent DUI checkpoints are examples of the measures being taken to keep roadways safe across the state. A man in Libertyville is facing several charges, including DUI after allegedly crashing into a private residence.

The incident occurred during the overnight hours on West Winchester Road. According to reports, a homeowner heard a loud crash, and discovered a vehicle had collided with a his garage and a tree. Reports said the homeowner alerted police.

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