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January 2017 Archives

Police don't have reliable sobriety tests for marijuana

When a police officer in Illinois suspects that a driver is drunk, they can use a few different tests to verify any suspicions. While breath and blood samples are the most scientific measures of alcohol intoxication, field sobriety tests are also believed to be reliable. Proving whether a driver is under the influence of marijuana, on the other hand, is a much greater challenge.

The role of the Breathalyzer in a DUI case

Motorists in Illinois and throughout the nation may be asked to take a Breathalyzer test if they are suspected of drunk or impaired driving. However, the results of a test may not determine whether or not an individual is charged with a DUI. This is because it is only one piece of evidence that may be used when determining whether or not a driver is impaired.

Medical condition causes intoxication without drinking

Illinois residents may have little sympathy for motorists who get behind the wheel with a blood alcohol level five times the legal driving limit, but drunk driving charges filed against a New York woman were dismissed in early 2016 because she suffered from an obscure medical condition known as auto-brewery syndrome. A judge dismissed the case after learning that those afflicted with the condition can become intoxicated without consuming any alcohol at all.

Armed robber detained within minutes of alleged crime

Criminal charges have been filed against a 20-year-old Bellwood man who robbed a woman at gunpoint in a west suburban Chicago grocery store parking lot on Jan. 5. The charged man was quickly taken into police custody about 10 minutes after the incident. He appeared in court the next day and was held on a $100,000 bond.

Illinois town decriminalizes personal amounts of marijuana

Oswego passed a measure on Jan. 3 that decriminalized the possession of a small amount of marijuana. The report stated that the Oswego police could issue civil citations to those who were in possession of 10 grams or less of cannabis. Municipalities in the state of Illinois are allowed to decriminalize personal amounts of cannabis due to the passing of the Cannabis Control Act in 2016.

Theft, Larceny, and Burglary: What's the Difference

Before starting the defense process, it is vital for people to understand the exact nature of the charges that they're facing. Without this understanding, it will be more difficult for individuals to communicate with their attorneys about how best to defend against outstanding charges. 

Man facing 10th DUI following hit-and-run accident

On Jan. 5, it was reported that an Illinois man was charged with his 10th DUI offense following a hit-and-run he was accused of being involved in. The report stated that the 38-year-old man was traveling south on Wheeling Road when he hit a car that was heading in the opposite direction at approximately 7:50 p.m.

Alleged mobster indicted after undercover sting

A 67-year-old man who authorities believe is a member of Chicago's Grand Avenue crew was taken into police custody on Dec. 21. According to a 26-page indictment, the alleged crew soldier was caught attempting to purchase eight firearms including an AK-47 and an Uzi. The incident occurred in a South Loop deli and involved an undercover agent.

Survey indicates that U.S. drunk driving rate fell in 2014

Chicago residents who are concerned about roadway safety may feel encouraged by data collected by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. According to the organization's 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the national drunk driving rate hit a 13-year low in that year.