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Humiliation and embarrassment accompany drug charges

Being arrested and thrown into the back of a police car can be an extremely humiliating thing to experience. However, facing drug charges can have a myriad of emotional and psychological effects. Drug charges can hamper any attempts at gaining employment in the future and can basically ruin a person's life. Despite all the negative impacts of a criminal charge, those who are arrested and face these charges in Illinois should know the resources available that may help them.

Recently, a man was arrested in Springfield, and he now faces drug charges. According to reports, Illinois State Police officers stopped the man's vehicle as he was traveling on Interstate 72 near Veterans Parkway. Reports said that officers searched the man's car and located a substance containing cocaine.

Juvenile crimes: New hope for Illinois criminal justice reform

In America, crime among the juvenile population is an ongoing problem. As juvenile crimes continue to rise, Illinois and many states are making changes, as recent data continues to indicate that the juvenile justice system may be outdated and inadequate. It is becoming more and more apparent that the criminal justice system is in need of reform for both juveniles and adults, and Illinois may be getting ready to undergo positive changes.

As Gov.-elect Pritzker takes office, criminal justice reform remains a primary initiative. According to reports, the new governor is moving forward with plans for an agency to address the way Illinois handles criminal justice. The agency will be known as the Office of Criminal Justice Reform and Economic Opportunity. The agency's focus will be on preventing people from entering the justice system and on delivering services that people need.

A DUI is possible despite inaccurate field sobriety tests

Without question, driving while under the influence of alcohol is one of the most dangerous things a person can do. The state of Illinois has very steep penalties for those convicted of driving under the influence, and rightfully so. When police suspect that a person may be driving while intoxicated, they use field sobriety tests to determine the sobriety of the person. However, these tests are not always accurate, so a person could be driving legally and still end up with a DUI.

A woman in Libertyville was arrested after police suspected that she may be driving under the influence of alcohol. According to police reports, officers came upon a stopped vehicle on Milwaukee Avenue. Officers said they approached the vehicle, thinking that the driver may need help.

Drug charges: Officers conduct a warrant sweep

Law enforcement departments across the state of Illinois are making efforts to reduce drug activity and the use of illegal drugs. Commonly, police will search the homes of those who are suspected of hiding drugs. In order to legally conduct a home search, police must obtain consent or a search warrant. For homeowners, their residence should be a secure and private place. The experience of being arrested on drug charges in one's own home can be traumatic.

Recently in Mt. Vernon, law enforcement officers conducted a warrant sweep searching for suspects wanted on drug charges. According to reports, officers with the Mt. Vernon Police Department along with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office knocked on doors of several homes. Police said they had a total of 14 warrants and made seven arrests.

Stealing packages is a federal offense

At any time of year, there's likely to be someone who receives a package to their front doorstep, mailbox or porch. For the most part, these packages go untouched. After all, if it was yours, you'd want it to be there when you got home, too.

Sadly, some people do believe that it's appropriate to steal packages. The trouble with taking a package off the doorstep of another person's home is that it's against the law. Some people might take them thinking that they're being nice, planning to hold them for the neighbor until they return. However, the reality is that it is never acceptable to take a package from someone's property. If you're caught, you can face serious penalties.

Facing a DUI charge can be worrisome

Those who are arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol may face many sleepless nights filled with worry and anxiety. Being hit with a DUI charge can impact a person for the rest of his or her life. Although Breathalyzers and field sobriety tests are not always accurate, a driver can be charged any time he or she is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol. Steep fines and jail time can await those who are convicted in Illinois.

Recently, a woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI after an accident in St. Clair county. According to reports, the woman was driving a Toyota sedan and stuck a Ford SUV that was parked. After colliding with the SUV, reports say the Toyota careened off the roadway and struck two others SUVs that were parked in a driveway.

New Illinois bill benefits those convicted of juvenile crimes

For many people, adolescence is a time of discovery and a time to create memories worthy of reminiscence later in life. However, the exuberance and immaturity of adolescents can often contribute to regrettable actions. Crime among the juvenile population continues to be an ongoing problem in Illinois and across the country. Unfortunately, those charged with juvenile crimes can potentially suffer lifelong consequences for one mistake. New legislature in Illinois may help those juveniles who have been convicted.

A new bill was recently passed by Illinois legislature that would give parole eligibility for those who were convicted of crimes before they were 21 years of age. Since 1978, Illinois law prevented prisoners from seeking parole regardless of how young they were. Under the new bill, the Illinois Prisoner Review Board would have the authority to determine whether juvenile offenders would be eligible for parole.

Drug charges can do irreversible damage

A criminal charge is a big concern in any state. Those who are hit with drug charges in Illinois can face very steep penalties. These penalties include massive fines and many years of jail time, not to mention the irreversible damage these charges can do to individual records and personal reputations. Of all the criminal charges across the Illinois, drug-related charges are some of the most common, and just being charged can potentially ruin a person's life.

A woman is facing several drug related charges after a recent arrest in Joliet. According to reports, a car ran a stop sign near 4th Avenue and Eastern so police initiated a traffic stop. Officers said they noticed a metallic pipe with burn marks sitting on the lap of the front seat passenger of the car.

Smart steps around the holidays to avoid DUI charges

Nothing ruins your holiday spirit like getting in trouble with the law. Unfortunately, that is exactly what happens to a large number of people every single year. With the holiday season comes a barrage of holiday parties. Many times, those parties feature alcohol as a centerpiece of the celebration. That can put people in a difficult position where they have had too much to drink but may still feel like they can drive.

Choosing to get behind the wheel after drinking at a holiday party is a major mistake. It can quickly result in a tragedy if you make poor driving decisions. It is also possible that you will wind up in legal trouble, as law enforcement typically engages in increased drunk driving enforcement around the holidays.

Police forces will ramp up DUI efforts this holiday season

The holiday season is cause for celebration. Illinois residents are encouraged to celebrate the holidays with family and friends, but do so responsibly. There are more arrests made for driving under the influence of alcohol during the holidays than at any other time of the year. Facing a DUI charge can definitely put a damper on this joyous and wonderful season.

Police forces in Illinois will be stepping up patrols and working around the clock to keep travelers safe throughout the holidays. The Illinois Department of Transportation is working with police forces across the state to remind motorists to drive sober and wear seat belts. They are warning motorists that driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol will not be tolerated.

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