Archive, December 2015.

With holiday parties and family gatherings, the holiday season is a popular time to drink. Illinois also sees an increase in intoxicated drivers and accidents involving alcohol during this season. If you are planning on drinking, it is important to take appropriate safety measures to avoid a DUI arrest or conviction. If you have been charged with a DUI, an attorney can help you defend your rights.
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After you have been arrested for a crime, you often have to post bail before you can be released from police custody. The bail process can be confusing. If you do not post bail, you will held in jail until your trial. This can affect the way you fight your case and can influence you to take a plea deal that you might not otherwise take.
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In criminal cases in Illinois, there are two types of guilty pleas available: regular guilty pleas and Alford pleas. In an Alford plea, the defendant pleads guilty to the charges, but does not admit guilt. The defendant acknowledges that the prosecution has enough evidence to convict him or her, but does not admit to committing the offense.
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In August, Governor Rauner signed the Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act. The law imposes a variety of requirements on institutions of higher education in regards to their policies and procedures concerning sexual violence on campus. The law took effect immediately, although most of its requirements do not become applicable until August 1, 2016.
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In Illinois, the publication of sexual images of another person without his or her consent is a serious offense. A charge of posting what is popularly known as revenge porn can have devastating consequences on the lives of the accused and his or her family. Aside from imprisonment and the required payment of heavy fines, this crime will go on a person’s permanent record, making it difficult to secure future employment and housing. Since the December passage of the law, which took effect in June, Illinois has become one of 16 states that criminalizes revenge porn.
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