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A DUI charge can turn a holiday into a tragedy

During holidays, police in Illinois say that there are more arrests made for driving under the influence of alcohol than at other times of the year. In Illinois and across the country, police forces commonly ramp up patrols during holidays, in an effort to reduce accidents and keep the roadways safe. Holidays are a time of celebration for many, and it is important to remember to celebrate responsibly. Getting a DUI charge is definitely something that can turn a celebration into a tragedy.

Police in Lockport said they conducted additional enforcement efforts to combat intoxicated driving during the recent St. Patrick's Day weekend. During the special enforcement efforts, Lockport police reportedly arrested three drivers for DUI. Additionally, they issued 23 seat belt citations along with about 20 other moving violations.

Juvenile DUI offenses can be harshly penalized

Driving under the influence is a serious crime on its own, but when you're under the age of 21, it becomes a real concern and threat to your future. Anyone caught drinking and driving under age 21 in Illinois loses their driving privileges immediately.

That's the least of the problems, though. On top of the license suspension, the juvenile will need to complete a driver remedial education course to get the license back. They may also have to retake the license exam.

Juvenile Crimes: Illinois leads youth justice reform movement

Crime among adolescents and juveniles has been a problem in America for decades. In recent years, juvenile crimes have continued to increase across the state of Illinois and many other states in America. It's no secret that reform is needed, and some feel that the solution for bucking this trend could begin with updated legislature to address an outdated system. Illinois is at the forefront of a movement to raise the age of juvenile justice systems.

At least nine states, including Illinois, are considering proposals to expand the jurisdiction of juvenile justice systems. Several years ago, the state of Illinois raised the age of juvenile crimes to age 18. However, legislation that is currently in the works would raise the juvenile jurisdiction age to 21 for misdemeanor offenses.

Drivers can receive a DUI charge without consuming alcohol

Driving under the influence is a very serious charge that can mean jail time and significant fines. Additionally, a DUI charge can ruin reputations and stay on person's record, hampering any attempts at future employment. However, many Illinois residents are unaware that a DUI charge is possible if a driver is operating a motor vehicle with drugs in his or her system. Driving under the influence of drugs is just as dangerous as drunk driving. Using drugs before driving, prescription or recreational, can land a person behind bars.

A recent accident in Grandview resulted in injuries to two people and left one driver facing a DUI charge. The crash happened on Illinois Route 16 just before noon. According to reports, a westbound vehicle crossed the center line of the roadway and collided with the front driver's side of an eastbound vehicle.

Family of domestic violence victim seek to bring awareness

Facing any kind of criminal charge can be extremely stressful, worrisome and can ruin a person's future. In Illinois, it seems that instances of domestic violence are on the rise. Domestic violence is a big problem across the state and those who are convicted can face many years of jail time and other harsh penalties. Even if allegations of domestic abuse turn out to be false, the damage done to those who are accused can be permanent and irreversible.

Recently in Peoria, a woman was allegedly shot and killed by an ex-boyfriend in a domestic dispute, and her family is taking steps to bring attention to the problem of domestic violence. The family members organized an event where supporters gathered and released purple balloons for domestic violence awareness. The family says their goal is to put the surrounding areas on notice and also to bring a change in the way police approach domestic violence cases.

Illinois resident hit with drug charges after traffic stop

There are few things more humiliating to a person than being handcuffed, searched and arrested. It's only natural to fret and worry after an arrest and a criminal charge. Being convicted of drug charges can do unspeakable damage to reputations and land an individual in jail for years. Fortunately, in the state of Illinois, those who are arrested on drug charges are always presumed innocent until, and only if, found guilty in a court of law.

Recently, a man from Vernon Hills was arrested and charged with several criminal offenses after police searched his vehicle. According to reports, police initiated a traffic stop on the man's vehicle for an equipment violation. Reportedly, officers smelled cannabis coming from the vehicle so they conducted a search.

Don't let social media ruin your defense

If you are trying to defend yourself from a criminal charge, it is likely that you will want to learn more about how you can be successful. Many defendants do not realize that often the best strategy in regard to defending yourself against an accusation is remaining silent.

In recent years, the rise of social media has meant that many people have made their lives public online. This can be a positive thing in many ways, bringing increased communication and shared knowledge. However, it can often backfire when a person is trying to defend themselves from a criminal charge.

Man charged with DUI after arrest at a golf course

Driving while intoxicated is not only incredibly dangerous, it endangers the lives of others. In recent years, police forces in Illinois and across the country have stepped up efforts to combat drunk driving. Being charged with a DUI can be quite stressful and worrisome. Unfortunately, an individual who is arrested for DUI can potentially face punishment and negative consequences for the rest of his or her life.

Recently, a man in Joliet was arrested at a golf course on suspicion of DUI. According to reports, police were called to an area near a local golf course after several people reported a vehicle going into oncoming traffic and almost causing several crashes. Police said they arrived on the scene and found the suspect's vehicle in the parking lot of the golf course.

Juvenile crimes: Charges against high school student dropped

Adolescence is an infamous time of change and rebellion. It's no secret that the majority of adolescents will participate in some type of rebellious behavior at some point in their lives. Most of the time, this is nothing more than an outlet for harmless fun. Sometimes, however, it can turn into criminal activity. Being arrested and charged with juvenile crimes can ruin a young person's life.

The arrest of a student at a Chicago high school recently made headlines. Apparently, the student had been suspended and the police officers were attempting to escort her out of the school. According to reports, the student became combative with law enforcement officers. Reportedly, the student began kicking and biting the officers, and they eventually used a Taser to subdue the student.

Drug charges: Recreational marijuana could be legal in Illinois

The legalization of marijuana is a controversial subject that has sparked heated debates for decades. This issue has made headlines across the country as more states are legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. Currently, recreational marijuana use is still illegal in the state of Illinois, accounting for hundreds of drug charges every year throughout the state. However, if the newly elected governor has his way, this could all be changing.

While on his campaign trail, the governor promised to legalize recreational marijuana use in Illinois. According to a recently proposed plan, Illinois citizens would be able to purchase 30 grams of recreational marijuana at a time. Proponents of the plan say that legalizing marijuana would greatly boost the economy and provide funding for infrastructure, education and a whole host of other things.

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