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Illinois criminal defense lawyerDriving is a privilege, not a right, and certain actions can cause you to lose that privilege. In some instances, the loss may be temporary (license suspension). In others, it may be revoked or cancelled. Learn what these actions are, and how you can fight against a suspension or revocation of your Illinois driver’s license.

Driving Under the Influence

Driving under the influence of alcohol, illicit drugs, or certain prescription drugs can result in criminal charges. It can also result in a suspension of your driving privileges for a term of one year or longer, depending on your number of convictions. For drivers under the age of 21, any level of alcohol or drugs in the system can result in suspension. Adults can lose their driving privileges for driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.8 or higher, or for having drugs in their system.

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Illinois restraining order, Wheaton Criminal Defense LawyerRestraining orders are a protective measure intended to help prevent domestic violence and protect victims of it. However, false allegations of domestic violence or criminal activity can result in restraining orders as well as actual allegations of criminal activity, resulting in unfair punishment and long-lasting effects for those accused.

If you have been accused of domestic violence, the most important step is to seek legal counsel. Only by working with a qualified professional at the onset of the case is it certain that you will be able to present the best possible defense, especially in cases that involve allegations of domestic violence—some of the most notoriously difficult to absolve.

Perhaps one of the most surprising statistics about restraining orders is in that roughly half of all cases involving a court-ordered restraining order, there is no allegation whatsoever of physical violence. Restraining orders can be filed against a person who is accused of harassment that allegedly causes any time of emotional distress. This can include repeatedly calling someone on the telephone or creating a disturbance or a scene in a public place. It can also include the mere threat of violence—if a person is accused of threatening to commit physical abuse or harassment, he or she may be slapped with a restraining order.

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Illinois cybercrime, DuPage County Criminal Defense AttorneyThere are several different types of cybercrime that continue to plague our society, and while they may seem removed from everyday lives, because of the anonymous nature of the crime, they are in no way victimless offenses.

One of the most common types of cybercrime is identity theft. This can happen in several ways, from a stolen credit card number which is then used to make fraudulent online purchases, to someone breaking into an email or other sensitive account in which important passwords or other identifying information was kept.

Other common types of cybercrime include cyber-bullying, email spam, the dissemination of illegal content, online sexual abuse, and general online scams.

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sexual assault in Illinois, DuPage County criminal law attorneySexual assault is not defined as just rape or forced sexual activity. There are several types of sex crimes that one can be accused of. Also, some people are all too aware that accusations of sexual assault can lead to serious legal consequences and even ruin someone's life. It is important to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney if you have been falsely charged with a sex crime.

Different Types of Sexual Assault

One form of sexual assault is acquaintance or date rape. This is sexual assault perpetrated between two people who know each other. They were perhaps out together with the understanding that their relationship had the potential to move in the direction of physical intimacy.

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In a given year, there are dozens, if not hundreds, of pieces of legislation which make their way through the state government and end up being signed into law. Many bills set a future date on which they are set to take effect and in a large number of cases, a new year provides a convenient starting date for new laws. This year, more than 200 new or amended laws became effective on January 1, covering a wide range of issues from traffic and vehicle concerns to children and family interests to the criminal code and law enforcement, including record expungement.

While many of the new laws seem rather bureaucratic, there are several which may be of interest to the public at large.

Ban on Ticket Quotas (PA 98-0650)

It is not uncommon for a driver who has received what he or she perceives to be a questionable traffic ticket to assume the issuing officer was just trying to make his numbers. However, beginning in 2015, it is now illegal for a police department to mandate ticket minimums for its officers. Additionally, the number of citations issued by a police officer may no longer be used a job performance measure.

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