Archive, March 2015.

In Illinois, reckless driving is one of the most serious traffic offenses. Its consequences are much more severe than those of a mere speeding ticket: reckless driving, unlike many other traffic offenses, can result in an arrest and criminal charges.
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In Illinois, a person accused of a crime can claim a defense of insanity or some other mental incompetence under Illinois 720 ILCS 5/6-2 (d). According to this statute, a person who is found mentally incompetent cannot be held legally accountable for a crime they have committed.
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A man from Savoy, Illinois, was convicted late last month of the first-degree murder of his brother. Sentencing is set for this month, and the man faces a minimum of 45 years in prison. In 2011, he was sentenced to 35 years after pleading guilty to the shooting.However, after the sentencing, the man moved to withdraw his guilty plea on the grounds that he had received too little prison time. He argued that his sentence was unconstitutional because it did not include the legislature-mandated enhanced sentence for crimes involving the use of a firearm. He presumably moved to withdraw his plea …
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Two bills have been introduced to the Illinois General Assembly, one filed in each chamber, that would that would legalize small amounts of recreational marijuana. Senate Bill 783, sponsored by state Sen. Michael Noland (D-Elgin), and House Bill 218, filed by state Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago), would eliminate the possibility of incarceration for the possession of up to thirty grams (just over an ounce) of marijuana for adults age 21 and older. There are, however, some differences between the two bills.The House BillThe proposed legislation in the House decriminalizes the possession of up …
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