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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Naperville Internet crimes defense lawyer

As technology evolves, people find new ways to use it both positively and negatively. The phrase “cyberbullying” is not new and has received a lot of media attention throughout the years as people seek to raise awareness of this modern version of harassment. Cyberstalking is a type of cyberbullying that has emerged over time. While cyberstalking has been seen by some as simply watching what someone posts on social media, the act of cyberstalking has become a real way to invade and threaten a person’s privacy. However, due to the nature of the Internet, there are instances in which someone might be falsely accused of cyberstalking if comments are taken out of context or misinterpreted. Therefore, it is important to seek legal counsel if you are facing charges for an Internet crime such as this. 

What Is Cyberstalking?

According to the Cyberbullying Research Center, cyberstalking involves the use of technology to make someone else afraid or concerned about his or her safety. This type of bullying is not typically a one-time occurrence but a consistent form of harassment. Studies from the Data & Society Research Institute and the Center for Innovative Public Health Research found that 8 percent of American Internet users age 15 and up have felt unsafe or afraid as a result of cyberstalking. Females appear to experience the most severe forms of stalking, specifically through physical threats and sexual harassment. Many perpetrators prefer cyberstalking because of the few barriers that exist between them and the victim. The stalker can instantly target their victim while remaining at a distance.

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Naperville criminal defense attorney

If you are arrested on suspicion of a crime, police officers will likely want to perform a search and seize any evidence which could be used against you. However, they must follow the laws when doing so. If you believe your rights have been violated by an illegal search and seizure, you should seek legal counsel immediately. The laws can be complicated, and there is often a fine line between what police can and cannot do when it comes to searching and/or taking your property. Even if the police found and seized drugs or other illegal contraband from your property or person, you may be able to have that evidence suppressed if it was not legally obtained. The Fourth Amendment protects you from unreasonable searches and seizures, and an experienced attorney can determine whether your rights have been violated.

What Is Search and Seizure?

A “search” is a means through which government officials (usually police officers) go through a person’s house, vehicle, documents, and more, looking for evidence of illegal activity. In general, police will need a warrant to search a home or a car, but they can sometimes get around this if they have “probable cause.”

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St. Charles identity theft lawyer

As technology becomes a more and more substantial part of everyone’s lives, so does cybercrime. This can include hacking, identity and information theft, child exploitation, fraud, phishing, online and email scams, cyberstalking, and more. Because of the anonymity, people may feel when they are on the Internet, they sometimes look at cybercrime activity as more of a game. However, cyber crimes such as identity theft are taken very seriously by law enforcement, and an alleged offender is likely to face steep fines and even jail time.

What Are the Types of Identity Theft?

There are two types of identity theft: financial and criminal. While these are two different kinds of identity theft, they can both cause a great deal of difficulty for the potential victims, and because of this, prosecutors are likely to do everything they can in pursuit of a criminal conviction. In addition, these crimes often leave a digital trail of evidence, so a person facing these charges should be aware of what types of illegal activity they have been accused of and the potential effects of their alleged actions.

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Naperville juvenile crime defense lawyer

The juvenile justice system is supposed to be geared toward rehabilitation and learning rather than punishment. Although it aims to hold children 17 and under accountable for crimes they may have committed, juveniles are not typically charged in the same way as adults. In some extreme exceptions, children 15 and older can be charged as adults, but when that happens, it is typically because the crime committed was particularly egregious, such as murder or battery causing major bodily harm. Although a child may go into the system while under the age of 18, he or she can be held in a juvenile center up to the age of 20.

What Can Parents Do to Help a Child Accused of a Crime?

Know your rights and your child’s rights. Police should contact you immediately if your child has been arrested or taken in for questioning. They must legally tell you any charges your child is facing and where he or she is being held. You also have the right to an attorney, and you have the right to be present during any and all questioning of your child.

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