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September 2015 Archives

Harsh laws for drug dealers and overdoses

Illinois residents may find interest in learning that Ohio is seeking to hold drug dealers responsible in complicated drug overdose deaths. In response to the approximate 1,000 heroin overdose-related deaths each year, Ohio prosecutors have switched to a focus on prosecuting heroin dealers. One 24-year-old victim of a heroin overdose who died in 2015 resulted in an investigation into the source of the drugs involved.

Woman charged with DUI after driving without two tires

On Sept. 15, it was reported that an Illinois woman was taken into custody after she was reportedly seen driving with no front tires. The 20-year-old was pulled over by Libertyville police near the interested of Route 176 and Butterfield Road.

Why plea bargains are offered in Illinois

In cases when federal or state prosecutors can obtain a reasonable and speedy resolution while still holding a defendant accountable, a plea agreement will be offered. Other factors that determine if a plea agreement is offered include the charges in the case, the defendant's criminal record and the odds of a conviction at trial.

2 people charged during drunk driving campaign

The Illinois Department of Transportation recently teamed up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to participate in a nationwide campaign against drunk driving. For two weeks before Labor Day, police officers participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign made efforts to strictly enforce drunk driving laws. The campaign also included public outreach that was aimed at increasing awareness about drunk driving.

Understanding cocaine laws in Illinois

In Illinois, an individual could face up to 50 years in prison for the sale of or being in possession of cocaine. The exact penalty depends on the amount of the substance by weight is sold, where it is sold and if the individual has any prior drug offenses. State law says that penalties may be increased if the drug is sold near a school or truck stop.

New Illinois law aims to cut down on DUI repeat offenders

Motorists in Illinois may be interested to learn that a new bill that was introduced by the governor on Aug. 27 will toughen laws against drunk driving. According to the new law, a second and subsequent convictions for DUI will require people to have an ignition interlock device on their vehicle before they can drive. Ignition interlock devices are installed on cars to test an individual's blood alcohol content before the vehicle can be operated.

2 charged after meth lab is found in vehicle

On Aug. 28, two Illinois residents were taken into police custody and were charged after they were accused of being involved in an active meth operation. Detectives reportedly conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle the two individuals were occupants of in the 1000 block of South 12th at about 2:15 p.m. in Mount Vernon.