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Man charged with drunk driving for seventh time

A 48-year-old man was arrested in Illinois for his seventh consecutive drunk driving offense. The man, from Bolingbrook, was accused of aggravated DUI, and bail was set at $75,000. The defendant needs to pay 10 percent of that amount in order to be released before trial.

The man was reportedly arrested on Route 59; the police officer from Naperville who stopped him accused him of speeding and improperly using the lanes. After stopping him, the police performed a breath test and claimed that his blood alcohol concentration was greater than 0.08 percent, the legal limit. According to law enforcement, the man's driver's license was already suspended or revoked when he was stopped.

Why misdemeanors should be taken seriously

Some people in Illinois who are charged with misdemeanor offenses may not treat them as seriously as they should. If you are facing misdemeanor charges, it is important that you understand that a conviction will mean that you have a criminal record, which can impact your ability to find a job. You may also face spending up to one year in county jail and the assessment of a fine.

Class A misdemeanors carry potential jail sentences of one year and a fine of up to $2,500. These include such offenses as DUIs, domestic battery, possession of more than 10 grams of marijuana but less than 30 grams, battery, retail theft, property damage, trespass in homes and others.

Sean Penn's son facing drug charges following traffic stop

Illinois fans of Sean Penn may have heard that his 24-year-old son was taken into custody on drug possession charges on April 4. Hooper Penn and his 26-year-old girlfriend were reportedly driving in a 1992 Volvo when they were pulled over in Nebraska for suspected drug activity.

During a search of the vehicle, authorities reported that 14 grams of marijuana, three grams of hallucinogenic mushrooms and four amphetamine pills were found. Penn was ultimately charged with possession of a controlled substance for the mushrooms and possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana. His girlfriend was charged with possession of a controlled substance for the mushrooms and possession of a controlled substance for the amphetamines. Both were taken to Hamilton County Jail.

2 taken into custody after traffic stop

Police in a Chicago suburb stopped a vehicle on April 3 after the driver failed to obey a traffic light. An officer said that the driver and a passenger were making suspicious movements and that the driver was putting his hands in his pockets after exiting the vehicle. It was discovered that the 27-year-old male driver had heroin in his possession along with drug paraphernalia.

The passenger was a 35-year-old woman who was taken into custody at the scene along with the driver. Heroin was later discovered in the pocket of her sweatshirt. Both were charged with possession of a controlled substance while the female was also charged with being in possession of drug paraphernalia. It was revealed that the man also had multiple outstanding charges in previous cases. He was ordered held without bond while the female was released on a $10,000 bond.

3 charged with selling synthetic marijuana

hree Illinois residents who were working as convenience store clerks have been accused of selling synthetic marijuana that had been laced with rat poison. Authorities said that the synthetic drug, also known as K2, could result in uncontrollable bleeding from the nose, eyes and gums. As of April 2, the K2 epidemic across the state had resulted in two deaths and caused approximately 60 others to become ill.

Authorities said that the three men sold around 50 or 60 packets of the prepackaged drugs every day from the Chicago convenience store where they worked. One even allegedly had $280,000 in his possession. According to the complaint, multiple individuals who had bought the packaged drugs from the store reported that they experienced adverse symptoms, some of which included unusual bleeding.

Man arrested twice for DUI by same officer in same location

On March 24, a Chicago man was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving on the 7300 block of Ogden Avenue in Riverside. Oddly, the man was arrested in the same location by the same officer seven years ago.

According to media reports, the 46-year-old defendant was pulled over by police at around 2:20 a.m. for driving 55 mph in a 30 mph zone. He submitted to a sobriety test, which he allegedly failed, and then he reportedly tried to kick and punch the officers as they placed him under arrest. According to the arresting officers, his aggressive demeanor continued as he was transported to jail. The officers also said he confessed to drinking alcohol and taking two prescription drugs before getting behind the wheel.

Criminal records expungement and sealing in Illinois

Getting convicted of a crime is one thing. Having that crime follow you for the rest of your life on your public criminal record is an entirely different thing altogether. Fortunately, though, for some criminal defendants, they can get their criminal record expunged or sealed.

When you have your record expunged or sealed, it means that certain information about past criminal events in your history will no longer be publicly viewable. This can be especially helpful to job applicants who would be subject to disqualification if they have a black mark on their criminal record.

Police charge both drivers with DUI following crash

Drunk driving charges have been filed against both of the drivers involved in a motor vehicle accident that took place on the evening of March 25 in Knox County. Blood samples collected at a Peoria hospital are said to have revealed that the 50-year-old man who police say may have caused the accident by running a red light had a blood alcohol level of .346 percent at the time of the crash. He has been charged with two counts of felony DUI and faces up to 12 years in prison if convicted. A sample taken from the other driver, a 27-year-old Knoxville man, allegedly indicated a blood alcohol level of .156 percent. The legal driving limit in Illinois is .08 percent.

According to reports, officers from the Galesburg Police Department responded to the accident scene near the intersection of East Main Street and Michigan Avenue at approximately 11:03 p.m. Officers say that both of the trucks involved, a black Chevrolet and a white Ford, were severely damaged. After interviewing eyewitnesses, police concluded that the Ohio man, who had been driving the white Ford, may have ignored a red light and struck the driver's side door of the black Chevrolet.

Woman charged after police find cocaine in her home

It was reported on March 23 that an Illinois woman was taken into custody and charged with drug-related offenses. The charges were placed on the 34-year-old Woodstock resident following a two-month investigation.

McHenry County authorities investigated the woman's residence, which was located in the 900 block of Quill Lane, on March 21. They reportedly seized about 7 ounces of cocaine, drug paraphernalia and more than $14,000 in cash. Authorities said that the cocaine had an estimated street value of about $19,800.

Methamphetamine charges for man found on side of road

A man was arrested in Illinois on March 14, 2018, and is now facing multiple drug charges in Pike County. The 43-year-old man was found parked along the shoulder of Illinois Route 96, just above Route 106. When a deputy sheriff from the county patrolled the area as part of normal rounds at around 5:00 p.m., he found the man seemingly unconscious and slumped over the driver's seat of his truck.

Upon checking his identification, the man was found to be from Odessa, Texas, and had an outstanding warrant from Brown County, on which he was arrested. Following the arrest, police searched the vehicle, where they found a rifle and methamphetamine as well as a number of items frequently used to manufacture methamphetamine, classified as drug paraphernalia.