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St. Charles traffic violation defense attorney

When motorists are stopped by the police for speeding or other traffic violations, they may feel very anxious. Most drivers hope to receive just a “warning” to avoid the dreaded high-priced ticket police officers deal out to many reckless drivers. Despite the immediate relief of a warning, there can be serious consequences for frequent warnings or traffic tickets that extend past a one-time fee. Illinois drivers should be aware of the state's driver’s license point system and how it might affect their driving records.

What Does a “Point System” Mean?

Like many other states, Illinois has a point system that exists for traffic violations. These points act as a record of the number and severity of violations held by each driver. A person’s driver’s license acts as a record card for police officers to view their driving history. Every infraction results in added points to a person's grand total. According to Illinois law, three or more offenses within a 12-month period will result in the suspension or revocation of a person's driver's license, and offenses with a higher number of points may result in more severe penalties.

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retail theft, shoplifting, Naperville criminal attorney, felony crimes, felony, misdemeanor, retail theft misdemeanor, stealing, Illinois law, St. Charles Illinois lawyer, forgery, residential burglary, blocking security devices, removing bar codes, Class 4 felonyIt could be necessity, desperation, mistake, or even thrill seeking that leads to shoplifting. Whatever the motivation, you may be better prepared to deal with the dread and embarrassment you feel as the store’s security team takes you aside, than with the legal trouble that follows. Depending on the value of goods taken, retail theft, also known as shoplifting, can be a misdemeanor or felony under Illinois law. You could face both criminal and civil penalties. You do not even have to plead guilty or be convicted in order to be sued in civil court.

Basics of Retail Theft

The crime of retail theft involves more than just taking something, hiding it, and trying to leave the store. The following actions are all considered part of retail theft:

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illinois-domestic-violenceAlthough none of us like to think about it, domestic violence is a rapidly growing issue in our society. Legally, any individual who abuses, harasses, or interferes with the personal liberty of another family or household member has broken the domestic violence law here in Illinois. According to the Illinois State Police, a “family or household member” can include any of the following:

  • Spouses and former spouses
  • Parents, children, and stepchildren
  • Those who previously shared the same home
  • People who dated or were engaged, regardless of gender
  • Those who allegedly have a child in common
  • People with disabilities and their personal caregivers

Abuse can take on different forms depending on circumstance. While many people associate domestic violence abuse with physical violence, such as hitting, kicking, pushing, forced sex, etc., some do not always consider the other forms. These can include, but are not limited to, harassment (threats, following, preventing you from seeing your child), forcing a child or other person witness abuse, making someone do something you do not want to do, or denying a disabled person access to required care. Domestic violence can occur in any region, among any ethnic, religious, racial, socioeconomic, or age group. It is present in relationships of all ages, and even in same-sex relationships. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, almost one in every four women in the United States will be physically battered or raped by a close partner at one point or another during their lives.  Out of the cases reported, approximately 2 million to 4 million assaults on women by partners are estimated each year. Domestic violence is not a joke. It is a serious problem in our society that affects millions of people each and every day. While advances are being made to put an end to the problem, there is still work to be done. If you or someone you know is or has been the victim of domestic violence, do not hesitate to contact an Illinois criminal attorney to assist you in freeing yourself from the dangerous situation.

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Embezzlement tends not to be an everyday word that people hear often. It is most often spoken in action movies in which the characters create fake identifications and get high-paying jobs, which they use to embezzle money from the company to become rich before retiring to a far-away, tropical island.  The word “embezzlement,” though, was defined in Moore v. United States in 1895 by the Supreme Court. “Embezzlement is the fraudulent appropriation of property by a person to whom such property has been entrusted, or into whose hands it has lawfully come.” What this means is that, for example, if someone is hired for a job working for the government doing some financial work, he or she is then legally responsible for that money. If that person then decides to misuse or use that money for a reason other than its intended purpose, such as putting it into a personal bank account, he or she is embezzling that money. Moore v. U.S. also stated that there is a difference in embezzlement and larceny because in embezzlement the criminal received control of the money or property lawfully and knowingly of those who own it. In larceny, the criminal intends to misuse the money when he or she takes the money or position in which he or she can take the money. Within the crime of embezzlement, there are six elements:

  1. There is some type of trustworthy relationship between the property owner and the alleged embezzler
  2.  The property is government property
  3.  The defendant gained possession or responsibility of the property through his or her employment
  4.  The property did not belong to the defendant, it is the property of the United States
  5.  The actions taken with the property by the defendant was not appropriate  for its own use, it was used for something other than its intended use
  6.  The defendant intended for the owner of the property to no longer have that property

If you have considered using a government position to embezzle money for your own gain, first consider that it is a serious offense. If you have been  accused of embezzlement, contact a Naperville white collar crime defense attorney for help. Law Office of Glenn M. Sowa, LLC, Attorneys at Law can assist you with your embezzlement case in Naperville, Ill. today.

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