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Apr 13

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Six Reasons for Driver’s License Suspension or Revocation in Illinois

There are many reasons for which a person may face driver’s license suspension or revocation, including driving under the influence (DUI). Driver’s license suspension refers to a temporary measure. If the driver satisfies all requirements, he or she can regain driving privileges. On the other hand, driver’s license revocation is a permanent measure. In those circumstances, there is no guarantee that a driver can regain driving privileges.

The following sections will provide an overview of six situations in which a person may lose driving privileges in Illinois.

DUI

The Illinois definition of DUI includes being impaired by alcohol, illegal drugs, and prescription medication. If the driver registers a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or more, then he or she is impaired. Driving privileges will be suspended or revoked, depending on the circumstances.

For drivers under the legal drinking age of 21, Illinois employs a zero-tolerance approach. If an under-21 [...]

Apr 6

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How Does Illinois Penalize Driving Under the Influence?

In the interest of preserving public welfare and safe highways, the state of Illinois has enacted harsh penalties for driving under the influence (DUI). It does not matter if a driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If a driver is incapable of driving safely, then he or she runs the risk of a DUI charge. Illinois drivers must tread carefully in this arena, as the penalties for even a single DUI offense carry significant weight.

Illinois Penalties for DUI

When a person drives or otherwise operates a vehicle while impaired, there are severe consequences. For example:

    A driver who commits a single DUI offense is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor and subject to one year in jail, $2,500 in fines, and two years of probation. Additionally, there is a mandatory 12-month suspension of driving privileges. A driver who commits a second DUI offense is also
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Mar 30

Majority of Cook County Voters Support Recreational Use of Marijuana

During the March 2018 primary elections, approximately 63% of Cook County voters endorsed legislation of marijuana for recreational use, reported The Chicago Tribune.

The marijuana legalization issue entered the primary ballots in the form of a non-binding referendum question. Specifically, voters were asked whether adults aged 21 and older should be allowed to consume marijuana recreationally. Such use would be subject to state regulations, taxes, and other applicable rules.

Since Illinois legalized medicinal marijuana in 2013, the attitudes toward recreational use have changed drastically. Colorado, Washington and California — among others — legalized recreational use as well as established tax structures and other regulations. Illinois could be the latest state to change its approach to recreational use of marijuana.

That being said, it is vital to note that this referendum did not make any change to existing rules and regulations. The Illinois legislature has not adjusted the state-wide laws [...]

Mar 23

Kidnapping vs. Aggravated Kidnapping in Illinois

There are some significant differences between kidnapping and aggravated kidnapping in Illinois. The following sections will outline key definitions and penalties for both of these kidnapping offenses.

Definition of Kidnapping in Illinois

As detailed in 720 ILCS 5/10-1, it is unlawful to knowingly imprison or otherwise detain another person without legal justification. Illinois law includes force, threat of force, and deception as possible ways in which a perpetrator can kidnap a victim. If the perpetrator acts against the victim’s free will, then it can qualify as kidnapping in Illinois.

Penalties for Kidnapping in Illinois

Kidnapping is generally a Class 2 felony in Illinois. The penalties for a Class 2 felony include but are not necessarily limited to:

    Sentence Range of three to seven years; Extended Term of seven to 14 years; Fines up to $25,000; Mandatory Supervised Release Term of two years; and Probation or Conditional Discharge for up
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