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December 2015 Archives

Shoplifting laws in Illinois

When people think of shoplifting, they normally associate it with of theft. While the two can sometimes be basically the same, it is important to note that some laws draw a distinction between the two. While theft is generally defined as a person knowingly taking something from an individual with the intention of depriving the owner of the property in question, shoplifting may not necessarily require that merchandise even leave a store. Illinois has a separate statute that covers it under the category of retail theft.

Drake Bell arrested for drunk driving in Los Angeles

Illinois TV fans might find it interesting that former Nickelodeon star Drake Bell was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving in Los Angeles County on Dec. 21. Authorities allege the 29-year-old actor and musician was weaving in his lane and driving at an unsafe speed. According to Glendale police, the officers who pulled Bell over said he smelled like alcohol. He also allegedly failed a field sobriety test. He was taken into custody and released later the same day.

Supreme Court ruling may impact Illinois drivers

On Dec. 11, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear cases involving motorists who were charged with a crime for failure to take deep-lung breath tests. The question that the court will attempt to answer is whether or not it is legal for states to charge motorists when they refuse to take a breath test when suspected of drunk driving. Currently, 13 states make it a separate crime to refuse blood alcohol tests while three others have considered such laws.

Martin Shkreli charged with securities fraud

People in Illinois may be pleased to hear that Martin Shkreli, the CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals who earlier in 2015 inspired the hatred of millions, was recently indicted for alleged securities fraud crimes. His current charges are not related to his raising the price of Daraphim from $13 per pill to $750 per pill, however.

U.S. will charge foreign officials with drug trafficking

Illinois residents may be concerned about drug use in their communities, but many of these issues are rooted in the foreign trafficking that brings illicit drugs into the United States. Reports indicate that U.S. officials are expected to file drug trafficking charges against Venezuelan leaders believed to be involved in moving cocaine into the country.

Illinois man faces attempted murder charge after store shooting

A 19-year-old Chicago-area man was accused of shooting another man inside of a Wal-Mart store on the evening of Dec. 3. The accused man, of Downers Grove, allegedly opened fire during an altercation at a Darien Wal-Mart. The alleged victim of the shooting is expected to recover after sustaining a gunshot wound in his shoulder.

The differences between a robbery and a burglary

Illinois residents may be confused when crimes that seem similar are sometimes referred to as burglaries and on other occasions as thefts or robberies. While all of these crimes are associated with stealing, there are important differences between them. It is also possible for one incident to lead to an individual being charged with all of these offenses.

The effects of marijuana on drivers

According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an increasing number of drivers in Illinois and across the U.S. are being to have marijuana in their systems. As more states legalize medical and recreational use of marijuana, researchers are trying to establish a THC threshold test similar to the blood alcohol level tests used for drunk drivers.

Dropping juvenile incarceration rates in Illinois

Over the past couple of decades, the focus on incarcerating juveniles has significantly changed. Society has increasingly become aware that placing juveniles in detention or jail and holding them there does little to reduce their recidivism rates. Instead, it has been shown to increase the likelihood that a juvenile will commit another offense.