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November 2016 Archives

Man charged with drug possession after parking lot crash

A 27-year-old Illinois man was taken into custody on drug possession charges on the afternoon of Nov. 22 after being involved in a motor vehicle accident in a parking lot in Evergreen Park. Police in Cook County say that they apprehended the Hickory Hills resident after discovering a metal container in his vehicle that contained prescription medications. In addition to the drug charges, the man was cited for driving with a suspended driver's license.

Man enters plea deal for drug charges

A man in Illinois entered a plea agreement Nov. 21 after he was charged for his role in an alleged drug deal that occurred in 2010. The incident took place at a restaurant in East Chicago when the defendant and two other men met with a government informant. During the meeting, the defendant allegedly showed the government informant bricks of cocaine that were stored in a hidden compartment in his truck.

Assault and battery basics

If you or a loved one has recently been charged with battery, you may understandably be struggling to make heads or tails of the laws that govern this offense. Trying to understand the letter of the law can be complicated or even downright confusing. Thankfully, experienced criminal defense attorneys can help you to understand the laws affecting your case and can aid you in defending your case as successfully as possible.

Illinois police to crack down on drunk driving over Thanksgiving

Road traffic accidents claim thousands of lives each year in Illinois and around the country, and crash data suggests that many of these deaths could be prevented if drivers and vehicle occupants acted more responsibly. Most of those killed in vehicle collisions each year do not fasten their safety belts, and drunk driving remains a persistent problem for law enforcement agencies across the nation. More Americans than usual travel during Thanksgiving, and several state and local agencies in Illinois will be stepping up their safety and enforcement efforts to cope with this surge in traffic levels.

Reliability of marijuana testing questioned by experts

Police officers in Illinois and around the country are able to use portable, and generally reliable, breath testing equipment to determine whether or not a motorist is driving while impaired by alcohol, but tests that reveal marijuana use are not currently available. Several companies are rushing to bring such tests to market, but many medical and scientific experts believe that they will be of little practical use.

Man convicted for impersonating a psychologist

An Illinois man has been convicted on several criminal counts related to a psychology practice. In October 2015, the man pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge for impersonating a psychologist. He was also charged and convicted for aggravated identity theft, furnishing false information to the Drug Enforcement Administration, wire fraud and distributing a controlled substance.

NFL free agent Greg Hardy charged with cocaine possession

Illinois football fans may find it interesting that former Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy has been indicted on a felony cocaine charge, according to court records. The charge stems from the 2013 Pro Bowler's arrest in Texas on Sept. 26.

Illinois woman charged with murder

A 23-year-old Carbondale woman is facing two counts of first-degree murder of a woman who was found burned to death in August. The Jackson County prosecutor also announced that the woman was also charged with one count of concealment of homicidal death.

Questions raised about the reliability of portable drug tests

Police officers in Illinois and around the country often rely on portable drug-testing kits to help them determine whether or not motorists are impaired, but media reports about a Florida man wrongly accused of methamphetamine possession after eating a glazed donut have raised doubts about their reliability. The tests are inexpensive and easy for police officers in the field to use, but civil rights advocates say that they are the cause of tens of thousands of false arrests and prosecutions each year.