Archive, October 2017.

Generally, an image of a drunk driver comes to mind when you hear the term “DUI.” When a driver is found to have a higher blood alcohol concentration (BAC) than the legal limit, he or she can be charged with driving under the influence (DUI) and, if convicted, face penalties that include fines, a driver’s license suspension, and even potential jail time. Drivers can also face DUI charges for driving while impaired by other substances, both legal and illegal.
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Shoplifting is a form of theft. Like other forms of theft, such as identity theft and fraud, many different actions constitute an act of shoplifting. In its most basic sense, shoplifting is the act of stealing merchandise from a retailer. Stealing money from a retailer is not an act of shoplifting, though stealing merchandise is a roundabout way of stealing money. Breaking into a store to steal from a cash register or forcing a cashier to hand over cash under threat of violence are burglary and robbery, respectively.
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The Illinois State Police Department must issue a concealed carry permit for handguns to any individual age 21 or older who completes the required 16-hour training course and holds a Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) card. The state imposes numerous limits on concealed carry permit holders, including the right of any law enforcement agency to object to issuing such a permit to an individual who the agency reasonably believes to be a hazard to him- or herself or others.
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If you were arrested for an alleged criminal offense, this arrest remains on your criminal record even if your charge is dismissed or disposed of through court supervision. This can create difficult, awkward situations later if you are subjected to a background check or asked if you have ever been arrested.
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Alcohol impairs an individual’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. Because drunk drivers are a hazard to themselves and all others on the road, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Doing so can result in a driving under the influence (DUI) charge.
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