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St. Charles theft defense attorney

In December 2018, a video titled “Package Thief vs. Glitter Bomb Trap” was posted on YouTube. The video, which has since garnered over 79 million views, shows unsuspecting individuals stealing packages from porches. Once they try to open them, the packages spray glitter all over the place and record their reactions through a built-in camera. As more and more people use online shopping and delivery, concerns about the theft of packages continue to increase. In Illinois, stealing a person’s mail is a major criminal offense with significant penalties. If you or someone you know has been accused of stealing a package from someone’s property, speak with a criminal defense attorney right away to learn about your legal options.  

Taking a Package May Result in Significant Jail Time

Law enforcement and legislators are becoming increasingly vigilant about package theft in the United States. According to one survey, about 30 percent of Americans have had at least one package stolen from their property. Theft of items valued at less than $500 is a Class A misdemeanor offense in Illinois. If convicted of misdemeanor theft, a person may be sentenced to jail for up to one year and required to pay a fine of up to $2,500, in addition to paying for losses caused by the theft. However, if the offender has a previous theft-related offense on his or her record, the charge may be elevated to a Class 4 felony, which is punishable by up to three years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000. If the value of the stolen items was between $500 and $10,000, this is a Class 3 felony offense punishable by two to five years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000, in addition to payment of restitution.

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St. Charles drunk driving defense attorney

As in all 50 states, it is against the law in Illinois to operate a vehicle while impaired due to drugs or alcohol. A conviction for driving under the influence (DUI) can result in hefty fees, incarceration, and suspension of your driver’s license. After a DUI arrest, you may be extremely concerned about how the loss of your driving privileges will negatively impact your life. You may worry that you will be unable to get to and from work, transport your children, and fulfill other important responsibilities. In some cases, a Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP) can allow you to regain your driving privileges before the mandatory license suspension period is over.

What Is an MDDP?

The MDDP program allows DUI offenders to regain their ability to legally drive before they would otherwise be able to do so. In order to participate in the program, you will need to have a breath alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID) installed in your vehicle. This device works similarly to a roadside breathalyzer test in that it measures the amount of alcohol in your bloodstream by analyzing a breath sample. Once the BAIID has been installed, the vehicle ignition will only engage if you submit a passing breath sample. Your blood alcohol content (BAC) must be below 0.25 percent in order for the vehicle to start. You will also be required to submit additional breath samples throughout your trip.  

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St. Charles domestic violence defense attorney

Orders of protection are legally enforceable court orders that require a person to refrain from contacting certain individuals or being near designated locations. These orders are intended to protect victims of abuse, domestic violence, or stalking. However, protective orders are also vulnerable to being misused. Being the subject of an order of protection, sometimes called a restraining order, can be a confusing and embarrassing situation to handle. If you have recently learned that someone has filed an order of protection against you in Illinois, you may be completely unsure of how to respond. However, it is crucial that you take certain actions to protect yourself and avoid making the situation worse–even if the protective order is unjustified.   

Follow the Directives in the Order

Orders of protection can contain many different types of provisions. The protection order may require you to stay a certain distance away from the petitioner (the person who requested the protection order), as well as his or her home and workplace. You may be prohibited from calling, texting, or otherwise communicating with the petitioner. The order may even contain a requirement that you move out of your home.

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St. Charles juvenile crimes defense attorney

For many young people, age 21 cannot come soon enough. Underage individuals may attempt to use a number of methods to obtain alcohol before they are old enough to legally drink it. They may ask an older sibling or friend to buy the alcohol for them, use a fake ID to purchase alcohol in a store, or steal drinks from their parents’ liquor cabinet. Although many juveniles underestimate the danger of underage drinking and even see it as a normal part of growing up, acquiring and consuming alcohol before age 21 is against the law in Illinois. If your child has been charged with an alcohol-related offense, a criminal defense attorney can help you explore your legal options.

Underage Drinking Offenses in Illinois

There are several crimes associated with underage drinking in Illinois. Anyone under age 21 caught purchasing, possessing, or consuming alcohol will have his or her driving privileges suspended for six months for a first offense and 12 months for a second offense. Transporting alcohol in the passenger area of a vehicle can result in a one-year suspension of the offender’s driving privileges.

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St. Charles weapons charges defense attorney

Gun violence is a major concern for Illinois residents, especially those living in or around Chicago. In order to help prevent needless injuries and deaths from gun violence, Illinois has enacted several strict gun ownership policies. In order to legally own a firearm in Illinois, you must obtain a Firearm Ownership Identification (FOID) card. The Illinois State Police has the right to revoke your FOID card and therefore withdraw your legal authorization to possess a firearm for a number of reasons. If you are a gun owner, it is critical that you understand the laws pertaining to firearm possession to avoid criminal charges.    

FOID Eligibility

In order to receive a FOID card, gun owners must meet several criteria. Illinois residents are not eligible for a FOID card if they:

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