Many different forms of evidence can arise when you are facing criminal charges. Some evidence may be subject to laboratory tests that must involve well-controlled collection, testing, and chain-of-custody protocols. Without these in place, there is a chance that evidence will be improperly tested.
The heroin epidemic can't be ignored. Unfortunately, it is difficult to balance out the need to punish people for criminal acts related to this drug and the need to help people find the tools overcome the addiction. Illinois has taken a harsh stance against this drug.
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.
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.
Facing a criminal charge as a juvenile is often extremely scary. If might even be more so for you, as a parent. In general, the criminal justice system in Illinois, like with most other states, can seem complex and hard to understand. The same is true for the juvenile justice system.
Like much of the United States, Illinois is currently fighting a massive battle against the over-prescription and abuse of opioids. In an attempt to combat the state’s opioid crisis, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a new piece of legislation last Wednesday that would target fraudulent drug prescriptions. The law would require licensed prescribers to check a database to see whether patients have already been prescribed certain controlled substances.
Internet auction house eBay has revolutionized commerce. But along with that revolution has come an enormous volume of fraudulent transactions. Law enforcement has been eager to press charges against apparent schemes.
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.
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.
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.