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IL defense lawyerAs parents, we all want to protect our children. We all fear for the safety and wellbeing of our children. Unfortunately, in some cases, our children make poor decisions that can negatively impact their future. Every year, thousands of minors are charged with underage drinking in the state of Illinois. While many people think that these decisions will only come with limited legal ramifications, the truth is that a serious alcohol charge can impact your child’s employment and advanced education opportunities. Below we will examine the consequences of underage drinking and how they can ultimately impact your child.

Understanding the Impact of a Charge

First and foremost, it is important to understand that even the most minor of underage drinking charges can result in serious legal ramifications. In the state of Illinois, the purchase, consumption, or possession of alcohol as a minor constitutes a Class A misdemeanor charge as well as a $500 fine. It is also important to note that this charge will also lead to a mandatory three-month license suspension, even for a first-time offender. If a minor is using a fraudulent state ID to purchase or consume alcohol, they can face even more serious consequences. According to the Illinois Liquor Control Commission, use of a fraudulent Illinois ID can constitute Class 4 felony charges. In both cases, a minor’s future can be compromised due to one criminal conviction.

If a minor chooses to drink, it is not uncommon for them to make the poor decision to get behind the wheel of a car. Unfortunately, a DUI conviction will result in loss of driving privileges, significant fines, as well as Class A misdemeanor charges. The true impact of a charge of this magnitude cannot be understated. A child with a misdemeanor or felony on their criminal record will face difficulties securing employment or further academic opportunities.

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IL CDL violation lawyerCommercial truck driving is one of America’s largest and most critical industries. Commercial truck driving is a crucial part of our lives but does come with some inherent risks. Due to the sheer size of commercial trucks, they are more difficult to operate and collisions tend to be increasingly destructive. It should come as no surprise that more than 4,000 people died in commercial trucking accidents throughout 2018 alone. Because of this, law enforcement officials are cracking down on commercial truck driving negligence. If you have been cited for a CDL violation, it is time to seek out a knowledgeable defense attorney.

Most Common Forms of Truck Driver Negligence

When a truck driver is cited for a CDL violation, it is critically important to act quickly. In the United States, the most common CDL violations include drinking and driving, speeding, recklessly passing other vehicles, and other forms of reckless driving. It is also important to note that some violations that can result in a CDL violation may not be the fault of the driver. In some instances, a company will improperly load or care for a vehicle leaving the driver with an overloaded or improperly maintained vehicle. Regardless of the reason behind your CDL violation, hiring an attorney you can trust is critically important.

How an Attorney Can Help

If you are charged with a CDL violation, you can face significant fines and suspension or revocation of your CDL. With such a massive impact on your livelihood, you need to hire an experienced attorney to help you fight against the CDL violation. If the violation was the fault of the company, your attorney will work diligently to prove that you had no knowledge of the negligence displayed by your employer. Violations such as driving under the influence and aggravated speeding can also be challenged in court through a number of defense strategies.

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IL DUI LawyerEvery single year thousands of Illinoisans are arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Due to the sheer number of annual drunk driving accidents as well as the recent legalization of recreational marijuana, law enforcement officials are increasingly on the lookout for signs of inebriated driving. While most people that a DUI charge will automatically result in a conviction, the truth of the matter is that a skilled defense attorney can be invaluable in helping you avoid a conviction. If you are facing DUI charges, it is time to speak with a criminal defense attorney you can believe in.

Improper Traffic Stops

In order to be pulled over for a DUI traffic stop, a law enforcement official must spot an initial traffic violation. If a police officer pulls you over while you were in full compliance with traffic ordinances, the evidence gained after the stop may be deemed inadmissible in court. A skilled attorney will investigate the traffic stop through witness testimony and surveillance footage to deem if the actions of the officer match up with the events leading up to the stop.

False Signs of Inebriation

In some instances, a police officer will misidentify signs of inebriation. For example, red or puffy eyes could be seen as a sign of intoxication, but could actually be due to a medical condition or allergic reaction. The same notion applies to slurred speech and other motor skill challenges, the defendant may be facing due to a medical condition. Recounting every step of the arrest process to your attorney is critically important in helping them build a strong defense case. If you have any medical conditions that may have represented false signs of intoxication, let your attorney know immediately.

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IL defense lawyerIn the state of Illinois, thousands of people are arrested for drug-related crimes statewide each and every year. While the high arrest totals may suggest minimal criminal ramifications, the reality is that a drug charge can impact your employment status, lead to significant fines, and possibly result in jail time. Despite the fact that recreational marijuana is now legal in Illinois, a person can still face legal consequences for violating the rules outlined in the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act. Below we will examine various drug charges in Illinois, and the importance of hiring a defense attorney you can believe in when facing charges of this magnitude.

Marijuana Charges in Illinois

As mentioned above, a person can still face marijuana-related charges in the state of Illinois. While it is legal for Illinois residents to possess up to 30 grams of marijuana (non-residents can possess up to 15 grams) possessing more than 30 grams is still considered a serious offense. According to Illinois state law, if you are apprehended while possessing between 30 and 100 grams of marijuana, you will face misdemeanor charges, fines up to $2,500 and up to one year in prison. It should be noted that a repeat offender will face increasingly severe consequences. Unlicensed sale of more than 10 grams of cannabis is considered a felony in the state of Illinois. If convicted, a person charged with unlicensed selling of marijuana will face one to three years in prison and fines up to $25,000.

With the legalization of recreational marijuana in Illinois, law enforcement officials are on the lookout for signs of driving while under the influence of marijuana. Police personnel will look for signs and symptoms such as bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, and the odor of marijuana after pulling over a driver on DUI suspicion. A first-time DUI offender will face Class A misdemeanor charges, and a conviction can lead to potential jail-time and license revocation.

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IL DUI lawyerEvery single year, hundreds of teens throughout the state of Illinois are arrested and charged with consuming alcohol as a minor. Due to the inherent risks that teenage alcohol consumption can have, such as alcohol poisoning and binge drinking, the potential legal consequences of a minor in possession charge can be extreme. Below we will examine some of the legal ramifications of teenage drinking, and how you should respond if your child has been charged with an underage drinking-related criminal offense.

The True Cost of Underage Drinking

When the vast majority of people think of underage drinking charges, they assume that the charges will likely lead to a slap on the wrist, the reality is that underage drinking charges can potentially jeopardize your child’s future. According to Illinois state law, possession, consumption, or purchase of alcohol by a minor (anyone below the legal drinking age of 21) constitutes a Class A misdemeanor charge, fines up to $2,500, and potentially significant jail-time. It is worth noting that a charge involving fraudulent identification or the act of impersonating another person in order to purchase or consume alcohol can result in felony charges. Whether your child has been charged with a felony or misdemeanor, a criminal conviction of this magnitude can impact their educational and occupational opportunities.

When it comes to drinking and driving, minors face increasingly strict state laws. Due to Illinois’ Zero Tolerance policy, a teenage driver can face a three-month driving suspension simply for having a blood alcohol content over 0.00. If the teen refuses chemical testing, such as a breathalyzer test, they will face an automatic six-month suspension. Much like an adult, if a teen is charged with a DUI, they will face Class A misdemeanor charges. The significant difference in the charge is the fact that a teenage driver will face a two-year license revocation period if convicted.

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