If you consume alcohol before getting behind the wheel and an Illinois law enforcement official stops you and believes you have consumed more than the law allows, he or she will likely charge you with drunk driving. Ultimately, the penalties you can expect to face will vary based on several factors, among them the details of your offense and whether you have any similar convictions on your record.
If you live in Illinois and are arrested or charged with a criminal offense, a criminal record automatically gets created in your name, even if you never actually receive a criminal conviction. Your criminal record then becomes available to the public, meaning anyone from prospective employers to prospective life partners can get their hands on it with relative ease – unless you do something about it.
Over the years, judicial systems throughout the United States have undergone a growing recognition that normal criminal penalties may not be the best way to address drug crimes stemming from addiction. As a result, many states, including Illinois, have implemented a system of treatment courts.
When you think of a typical drug addict, does a stereotypical image of a homeless, jobless person come to mind? While there are certainly drug users who fit that description, addiction actually affects a wide range of people.
Deciding to withdraw from heroin use is brave, but for many people, it is far from easy. In fact, because the severity of symptoms varies, some people may think it is easier than it is.
Medical marijuana can be a lifesaver for peoples suffering from certain conditions. But with its use comes certain legal issues to be aware of.
Nobody wants to think that their own child would make the mistake of getting involved in drugs. Unfortunately, however, parents’ naiveté may only allow the problem to persist and worsen before it turns into a legal issue. According to DoSomething.org, as many as half of all high school seniors view drugs such as cocaine and crack as potentially harmless.
Many states have changed their laws regarding marijuana use, whether medical, recreational or both. Illinois has not yet legalized cannabis, however, so you need to be aware of the current consequences of using it.