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April 2016 Archives

Operation Victory nabs drug dealers in Illinois

Authorities in Illinois say that they took four people into custody who they say were involved in the distribution of drugs such as cannabis, Xanax and ecstasy. They were taken into custody after a five-month joint campaign conducted by Joliet police in conjunction with groups such as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Supreme Court hears arguments regarding blood alcohol tests

On April 20, the Supreme Court heard arguments regarding the rights of states to file criminal charges against a person who does not consent to a blood alcohol test. While Illinois is not one of the states that does so, a person's license can be suspended in for refusing such a test. However, that is considered an administrative penalty and not criminal.

Legislation may change marijuana penalties

The Illinois House of Representatives is dealing with legislation that has passed the state Senate and that could change the way individuals found in possession of small amounts of marijuana are charged. The current law treats possession of up to 2.5 grams as a class C crime at the misdemeanor level, which can result in a $1,500 fine as well as a maximum of 30 days in jail. Possession of between 2.5 and 10 grams is a class B crime at present and can result in a similar fine as well as a maximum of one year in jail.

Dog-fighting investigation leads to drug charges

Two Illinois men were handed drug charges on April 14 after federal authorities executed several search warrants in connection with an alleged dog-fighting ring. Starting at about 6 a.m. that morning, federal authorities began searching 10 Rock Island locations and one Davenport location. More than 60 pit bulls were transported to a temporary shelter as a result of the year-long investigation.

Man faces drunk driving charges after Illinois head-on crash

When an Illinois motorist is handed drunk driving charges, there can be significant penalties if there is a conviction. These can include a license revocation, an ignition interlock device, hefty fines and jail time. However, sometimes cases fall through the cracks, as evidenced by a man who was taken into custody in November 2015 for driving while intoxicated after having a head-on accident. It was subsequently learned that he had four previous DUI convictions in Iowa.

An Illinois speeding ticket can have huge costs

Although a speeding ticket creates an immediate financial inconvenience in the form of the associated fine, this amount can pale in comparison to the long-term cost. An insurance increase is not unusual for an individual who has had an infraction, but in Illinois, a ticket for 15 miles per hour in excess of the speed limit can be less expensive than the insurance hike that will follow. Further, that increase can be expected to last for at least five years.

Illinois man sentenced after guilty plea

A 41-year-old man was sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated DUI and driving with a revoked license after causing a collision that injured four people, including three children. The accident had occurred in March 2014 and the man had pleaded guilty on Jan. 8. He must serve at least 85 percent of the sentence, and he was given credit for 471 days that he had already served in Kent County jail.