Archive, October 2014.

When a person is arrested and charged with certain drug crimes, the bail requested for his or her release from jail pending trial can be extremely high, if it is granted at all. This usually applies to certain charges for drug amounts with extremely high street values. If you manage to provide the needed funds to post bail despite the high amount, and the State’s Attorney’s Office, through the prosecutor, reasonably suspects that the funds for your bail come from potentially illegal sources, he or she can request a source of funds hearing. The state is allowed to initiate this hearing …
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Helping a family member can come naturally to a lot of people, even when helping the family member includes helping him or her avoid arrest, but you could be accused of aiding and abetting. It might not seem like a big deal to give a family member or a friend money for bus ticket so he or she can get out of town to get away from the police. You could be helping because you believe he or she is innocent, or because you don’t think he or she should go to jail, even if guilty. Whatever the reason, before you offer any assistance, remember that it is against Illinois law to help a person avoid …
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If you are charged with a criminal offense, you can be held in jail pending your trial unless a judge grants you bail, or you are released on your own recognizance. Without posting bail, you can be in jail for a long time waiting for trial. Whether or not you can be bailed out for an offense, and the amount you will be required to pay, is determined by a judge according to the law.
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The questions of if and when police officers may force a medical procedure on you to gather evidence that can later be used against you, often comes up in the context of DUIs. This is because evidence of intoxication can be found in someone’s blood stream for some time after he or she has consumed alcohol or drugs. The answers to these questions depend on a weighing of the police officer’s need to gather evidence against an individual’s privacy needs. While police officers generally need warrants to get a DUI blood test, there are some instances when police officers, or doctors working …
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