summer DUI checkpoints, traffic stop, reasonable suspicion, Naperville DUI defense attorney, drunk driversNationwide, 75 percent of states permit DUI checkpoints. Therefore, it is important to understand your rights and how to evade checkpoints if necessary. In addition, you have the right to record your interactions at these checkpoints should you encounter one this summer.

How to Search for a DUI Checkpoint Near You

If you go online and search for your local DUI checkpoint website, or in some cases a checkpoint app, you will find information stating where and when a DUI checkpoint will be operational. It is common for a DUI checkpoint to be set up on one road at a particular time, and then to have it subsequently move miles away the next night—checkpoints are rarely set up in the same place, at the same time, multiple nights in a row.

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drinking while driving, DUI, St. Charles criminal defense attorney, social media and criminal defense, criminal chargesSocial media has taken over a large part of our lives. Posting everything—where we went on vacation, what we ate for dinner, and how we are feeling at any given moment—has become a part of daily life. However, posting on social media can also land you in hot water with the law if you are not careful. 

One example of social media carelessness is a man who was arrested for a DUI after posting a video of himself drinking while driving. Another example is an assault that was streamed live on Facebook.

This trend towards further integration with social media means that authorities will rely more heavily on what people post to help build their cases.

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Naperville heroin epidemic, Naperville drug crime defense, illegal narcotics, drug bust, heroin smuggling ringFederal law enforcement agents recently announced the break up of an extensive Mexico-to-Illinois heroin smuggling ring. The bust yielded 190 kilograms of heroin as well as the apprehension of 19 suspects—three of which were from Aurora.

Several warehouses in Naperville, St. Charles, and Sugar Grove had been used by the suspects to store and unload their illegal narcotics. The drugs were sold across the Chicagoland area, including the western suburbs.

Federal officials did not comment on the monetary value of the heroin that was seized; however, heroin prices have fluctuated in recent years. In 2014, heroin was worth $65,000 a kilogram. Therefore, that would make the recent bust worth $12.4 million. 

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Naperville criminal defense attorneys, jail house snitch reform, Illinois criminal defense, Senate Bill 1830, pretrial reliability hearings Lawmakers in the Illinois Senate have recently passed a bill that would better protect the innocent from convictions through protective measures. These measures are aimed at improving the reliability of jailhouse informant testimony.

Senate Bill 1830 requires that there be pretrial reliability hearings of an informant whom the prosecution plans to use, and whose testimony was gathered while that informant was detained with the defendant. There has been recent outcry about the use of jail house informants and their propensity to come up with exactly the type of testimony the state is seeking against a particular defendant in exchange for leeway in their own criminal case.

How Does This Law Protect the Innocent?

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Naperville criminal defense attorney, criminal defense attorney, aggravated drug crime, Illinois drug crimes, drug chargesThere are a number of factors that may elevate a drug crimes charge in Illinois. Many offenses are considered “aggravated”—and thus subject to harsher sentences—if one or more special conditions are present. For example, it is against the law to “participate in the manufacturing” of methamphetamine. Yet, a person can be charged with “aggravated” participation if he or she knowingly does so in a multi-unit dwelling or in the presence of a child.

Therefore, what is the exact difference between simple and aggravated participation? Simple participation involving between 400 and 900 grams of methamphetamine carries a prison term of 12 and 50 years. However, for aggravated participation, the mandatory sentence is between 15 and 60 years. In other words, aggravated participation could add several years to an already lengthy prison sentence.

Prosecutors Fail to Prove Defendant Produced Meth Near an Active Church

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