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Theft-Related Offenses

Stealing is a crime that falls under several different offenses. While taking something that doesn’t belong to you, without permission, is always a crime, certain factors will determine the severity of the crime and what type of punishment is possible. The value of what is stolen, whether a person is...
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What is Probation?

Not every conviction means jail time. Sometimes you will receive probation instead of a jail sentence, or a shorter jail sentence that includes probation. While not every criminal offense allows for probation, if you’ve never been convicted before and the offense is not severe, probation is a possibility. It still...
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Men More Likely to Drink and Drive

Only 23 percent of those arrested in Illinois for driving under the influence (DUI) are women, yet they make up half of all licensed drivers.  These stats from the Illinois DUI Fact Book show that 77 percent of those arrested for DUI are men.  The group with the highest DUI...
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DUI: A Too Common Misjudgment

After his arrest for DUI this past Saturday, Dak Prescott released a statement apologizing for his behavior. He said, “I’m very remorseful for my misjudgment. I want to apologize to my true supporters, my family, Mississippi State University, the NFL, and the kids who look up to me. I won't...
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Don’t Celebrate By Driving Drunk This St. Patrick’s Day

Though not a legal holiday in the United States, St Patrick’s Day is widely recognized as a day to celebrate Irish culture. It is often said that everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. Enjoying parades, good food and alcohol are some of the ways that Americans celebrate the holiday....
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Repeat DUIs May Mean Serving Big Time

Just last month an Elgin woman was sentenced to serve 13 years after she plead guilty to her 5th and 6th DUI.  Cheri Bookman, 48, plead guilty to two counts of aggravated DUI--one a Class 1 felony and the other a Class X felony.  In January of 2015 she was...
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Driving Relief After DUI

Because of the deadly consequences associated with driving under the influence, Illinois has strict DUI laws and severe penalties for DUI convictions. Suspension and revocation of driving privileges are just one of the consequences of DUI that can seriously impact your daily life. While driving is considered a privilege, for...
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Innocent Until Proven Guilty

Innocent until proven guilty is a term that we are all familiar with, but what does it mean? Though the term is not actually found in the constitution, the idea of presumed innocence has long been part of English jurisprudence and is considered common law. The constitution does embody the...
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Pumpkin Pie Not the Only Official Change to Illinois Law in 2016

Every year a new host of changes are made to standing Illinois law. In 2016, not only is Pumpkin Pie the new state pie, but around 200 more laws are changing. Among these are criminal and DUI law changes that may affect you. Every Illinois citizen should be aware of...
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Stay Safe This New Year—Don’t Drink and Drive

When ringing in the New Year, many celebrate with a few drinks. Unfortunately many also drive while under the influence of alcohol after they’ve been celebrating. According to SafeAuto, there are about 71% more crashes on New Year’s that involve drugs or alcohol. Drunk driving is always a serious crime,...
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Driving on a Suspended or Revoked Driver’s License

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DUI Illinois License Suspension Losing your driver’s license is difficult. These days we depend on having a car to get around to work or school. Most communities are spread apart and a car is required to get from one place to another. If you lose your driver’s license, you may...
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Internet Crime: A Growing Offense

Internet crime often overlaps with other criminal offenses, because criminals increasingly use the internet to commit or to aid in committing criminal offenses. Internet crime is also known as cyber crime and can include online fraud, Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) matters, hacking, espionage, extortion, money laundering, identity theft, and child...
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Accused of Disorderly Conduct?

Disorderly Conduct Definition Disorderly conduct is defined as behavior that disrupts the peace. This is a broad term that envelops unruly behavior such as using vulgar or obscene language in a public place, vagrancy, loitering, causing a crowd to gather in a public place, or annoying other passengers on public...
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Minor Traffic Offenses Add Up to Cause Major Problems

Dennis Dwyer is a Bridgeview attorney with law offices in Bridgeview & Chicago.  When most people receive a traffic ticket, they either pay the fine online or by mail, or if required, attend traffic court and plead guilty. With minor offenses, many people may feel that the penalty is too...
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Drinking Amnesty for Illinois Teens

Dennis Dwyer is a Bridgeview Attorney with offices in Bridgeview & Chicago.  The new Illinois law hopes to encourage underage drinkers to seek help when facing emergency situations. In the past, underage drinkers have delayed or avoided calling for help when a friend drank too much alcohol because they were...
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