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March 2017 Archives

Drunk driving cases in Illinois involving CDL holders

Drunk driving cases in Illinois are often resolved by plea bargain agreements, but experienced criminal defense attorneys may be reluctant to negotiate these matters when their clients hold commercial driver's licenses. Losing a CDL often means losing a job, and attorneys may focus all of their energies on getting drunk driving charges dismissed when their clients have little to gain from a negotiated settlement.

Radio personality detained on drug charges

Illinois fans of the "Howard Stern Show" may have heard that former regular Artie Lange was taken into custody on March 12 on drug charges. Police in Hoboken, New Jersey, received a report that someone was trying to enter a vehicle and went to the address near Shipyard Lane and 14th Street.

Illinois Senate mulls wrong-way drunk driving bill

The Illinois Senate is considering a bill that would treat impaired wrong-way driving as an aggravating factor when judges are making sentencing decisions are made in impaired driving cases. The representative who sponsored the legislation said that he decided to take action after being approached by a Cook County police chief. Supporters of the bill point out that wrong-way accidents have claimed more than 50 lives and left more than 300 road users injured in Illinois since 2005, and only seven representatives voted against the measure when it was passed by the Illinois House on Feb. 22.

Illinois law enforcement looking for drunk drivers

With another holiday strongly associated with drinking approaching, law enforcement is seeking to ensure that people don't drink and drive on St. Patrick's Day The Illinois Department of Transportation has made a point of reminding people that there are a number of alternatives to getting into their car after they've had a few drinks. Options include selecting a designated driver, taking a cab home, using public transportation or using a ride sharing app. To help give people greater options for getting home safely, additional trains will be running in the morning and evening.

Exoneration study highlights bias against African-Americans

African-Americans in Illinois and around the country are far more likely to be treated unfairly by the criminal justice system according to a recent study from the National Registry of Exonerations. The report examined the cases of 1,900 exonerated prisoners who had been convicted wrongfully between 1989 and 2016, and it found that almost half of them were black.

Man sentenced to 60 years in prison for drug charges

An Illinois man was sentenced to 60 years in prison on Feb. 27 for being involved in what is being called one of the biggest heroin seizures in Kane County history. The 46-year-old man was convicted in December 2016 of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and money laundering.

Man accused of selling heroin faces multiple charges

An Illinois man was charged with distributing heroin on Feb. 23 following a joint investigation by agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration and Kane County sheriff's office. The 56-year-old man was reportedly on parole when he was taken into custody.

2 Illinois brothers face multiple drug-related charges

Police took two brothers into custody on Feb. 16 after they discovered more than 756 grams of marijuana in the brothers' Fox River Grove home. The charges were made after the McHenry County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Task Force conducted a 30-day investigation.

Crime rates show downward trend since early 1990's

Illinois residents may be interested to learn that, despite President Trump stating otherwise throughout his campaign, crime rates have fallen across the nation. In fact, crime rates have continued to fall since the early 1990's. To determine the nation's crime rate, two measures are commonly used. These are annual reports from the FBI and annual surveys conducted by the Bureau of Justice Statistics.