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February 2018 Archives

Even if it is legal, driving and smoking in Illinois is a no-no

Being pulled over by the police after having a few hits is not the time to try and remember what your high school chemistry teacher said about units of measurement. By the time you figure out how much five nanograms of TCH is it could be all over. In the state of Illinois, five is the magic number that is all it takes to be charged with driving under the influence.

The Illinois ignition interlock device program

Illinois residents lose their driver's licenses for six months after being convicted of DUI for the first time, but they may seek to have their driving privileges reinstated after 31 days by obtaining a Monitoring Device Driving Permit. Obtaining a MDDP involves installing an ignition interlock device, and Illinois also requires cameras that are used to ensure that breath samples are provided by the offender and not a friend, relative or acquaintance.

Vengeance should not be the focus in divorce

Illinois residents facing the fallout from a marital split could be tempted to use the legal process as a method of getting revenge against a misbehaving spouse. The emotional turbulence and acrimony of a failed marriage can make a public airing of grievances against someone seem attractive. However, there are important factors to consider. Aside from the financial implications of paying lawyers many thousands of dollars to wage a paper war, there is an emotional and mental health aspect to consider for both the adults and children of a marriage.

House Bill 4113: What’s at Stake in Illinois Equal Parenting Bill

Illinois is joining 35 other states in seeking equal parenting for divorced couples. House Bill 4113 contains proposed changes to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act which would allow courts to initially award divorcing couples equal custody of their children.

Defendants unable to pay bail are more likely to plead guilty

More than one in five people behind bars in America have not been convicted of a crime. These alleged offenders throughout Illinois and the rest of the U.S. sit in jail while they await trial. The nation's system of cash bail has been criticized by social advocacy groups for being unfairly harsh on poor defendants, and a study conducted by researchers at Harvard, Stanford and Princeton seems to add weight to these claims. The researchers scrutinized tax and court records to determine how pretrial detention affected the outcome of criminal cases. They found that pretrial release decreases the likelihood of a guilty verdict by 14 percent.

How to avoid a child custody battle

Illinois parents who are getting a divorce might be concerned about its effect on their young children. It is usually in their best interests for children to spend time with both parents, and it is also better for children if parents can negotiate an arrangement rather than fighting one another in court.

Appeals court strikes down portion of Illinois DUI law

The 1st District Illinois Appellate Court recently handed law enforcement officials a defeat. The court ruled in a 2 to 1 decision that a portion of the state's drunk driving law is unconstitutional. The appeals court said that police officers investigating DUI cases must obtain a warrant before drawing blood or obtaining urine samples from drivers suspected of being impaired.

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