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Kane County Traffic Ticket LawyerThe term “reckless driving” is often used casually to refer to driving behavior that is unsafe or unpredictable. However, reckless driving has a specific definition under Illinois law and individuals convicted of reckless driving can face serious criminal penalties. If you or a loved one were arrested for reckless driving, it is important to get started on a defense strategy right away. Reach out to an experienced criminal defense lawyer who can help you understand your options and take the steps necessary to reduce your chances of conviction.  

Illinois Law Regarding Reckless Driving

The law specifically mentions two instances in which a driver may be charged with reckless driving. Intentionally driving a vehicle up a ramp or incline, such as a railroad crossing, to make the vehicle airborne is reckless driving. Reckless driving also includes any driving behavior that shows a “willful and wanton disregard for the safety of people or property.” This can include drag racing or excessive speeding, tailgating, weaving in and out of lanes, running stop signals, braking abruptly, or other types of erratic driving.

Penalties for Reckless Driving

Reckless driving is typically considered a Class A misdemeanor. When someone is arrested for reckless driving, his or her vehicle may be impounded, and he or she may be taken to jail and required to post bond. Class A misdemeanors are punishable by up to $2,500 in fines and up to a year in jail in Illinois. The penalties for reckless driving are much more severe when someone is injured or killed as a result of a motorist’s reckless driving. If injury or death results from reckless driving, the charge may be elevated to aggravated reckless driving which is a Class 4 felony punishable by a maximum prison sentence of three years. Aggravated reckless driving resulting in serious injury or death of a child is a Class 3 felony punishable by a maximum prison sentence of five years.

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Naperville Criminal AttorneyAccusations of domestic violence have the potential to be life-changing. In Illinois, domestic battery, assault, and related offenses are punishable by fines and jail time. However, the damage to an individual's personal and professional reputation caused by a domestic violence conviction is often irreversible. 

If you were accused of abusing a romantic partner or family member, you need to take swift action to protect your rights and safeguard your future. 

Speak With a Domestic Violence Criminal Defense Lawyer 

The first step is to contact a criminal defense attorney who has experience defending against domestic violence accusations. An experienced lawyer can review the details of your case and develop a strategic defense. Your lawyer will also be able to advise you on the best way to communicate with law enforcement and the prosecutor assigned to your case. Do not work with just any attorney. You need a lawyer who knows how to navigate the complexities of a domestic violence case and has a proven track record of success. 

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Naperville Criminal AttorneyEveryone makes mistakes, even good people like yourself. In order to erase your criminal records, you must discover which aspects of your criminal history are eligible for expungement (to remove the records) and which are eligible for sealing once you have obtained all the relevant data (to hide the records from the public). 

Read the basics of record sealing and expungement to learn more about your rights and how a Will County Lawyer criminal defense lawyer can help you get the best results. 

How to Seal A Criminal Record

The circuit clerk in the county where the arrests took place or the charges were filed must first receive your petition and payment. You must submit a petition in each county where you were charged or where you were arrested. You might be eligible for a fee waiver if your income is below the federal poverty level.

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Will County Criminal Defense AttorneyIndividuals in Illinois must be at least 21 years old to buy cigarettes or alcohol. However, many teens and young adults do not want to wait until they are of legal age to purchase these products or enter 21+ establishments like bars and clubs. They instead obtain a fraudulent identification card or driver’s license with the hopes of evading Illinois law.

Possessing a fake ID is a criminal offense in Illinois. It is also illegal to create or distribute a fake state ID card or driver’s license. These offenses are punishable by driver’s license suspension, heavy fines, and jail time.

Illinois Laws Regarding Fraudulent IDs

Using a fake ID to buy alcohol or otherwise evade Illinois law can lead to criminal charges that dramatically impact your future.

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DuPage County Drug Crime LawyerLike many states, Illinois has legalized the use of marijuana or cannabis. However, there are still many rules regarding how, when, and where cannabis may be used. Possessing or consuming marijuana in violation of Illinois law can lead to serious repercussions, including driver’s license suspension or even jail time. It is important for every Illinois resident to be aware of the current marijuana laws and the penalties for violating those laws.  

Possession of Marijuana is Limited

In 2020, Illinois legalized the use of marijuana for recreational purposes. You do not have to have a medical condition to be allowed to consume marijuana anymore. However, there are certain restrictions on the amount of marijuana a person can possess. Adults aged 21 or older may possess up to 30 grams of cannabis flower or “buds,” up to 500 mg of THC in a food “edible” or other product, and up to 5 grams of cannabis concentrate. Possession of greater than these amounts can lead to criminal charges. If you are caught with greater than 100 grams (3.5 ounces) of cannabis, you could be charged with a felony. It is also unlawful to smoke or otherwise consume marijuana in schools, government buildings, or on public transportation. Only licensed marijuana dispensaries are allowed to sell marijuana.

You Can Get a DUI for Driving Under the Influence of Cannabis

Possession of small amounts of cannabis is now legal for adults. However, it is illegal to drive under the influence of cannabis. If you consume marijuana and then drive, police may arrest your for driving under the influence (DUI). Blood tests are often used to determine a person’s intoxication level. It is illegal to drive a vehicle if the driver’s THC concentration is:

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