What is the required drug/alcohol evaluation in an Illinois DUI case?

In Illinois anyone arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs must undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation for sentencing purposes. Evaluations can also be conducted when requesting reinstatement of driving privileges. Joliet, Plainfield, and other Will County area residents should be informed of what this evaluation is because it can have serious

What to do if You Are Ticketed for Driving with an Expired Registration

If you are a Will County or Illinois resident who has been ticketed for driving with an expired registration, your first step should be renewing it to show you are now driving with a valid registration. In Will County or anywhere in Illinois, the penalty for driving with expired registration is a $90 fine. Additionally, a

Can I Get a Lower fine for a No Insurance Ticket?

Driving without in insurance in Joliet or Will County, Illinois could result in some very high fines. The minimum fine for traffic in Illinois is $500 for a first time offense. The maximum fine is $1,000 for a first time offense. An Illinois’ resident who is fined for driving without insurance will also have his/her

How Do I Expunge My Criminal Record in Will County, Illinois?

If you live in Joliet or Will County, Illinois, and have struggled one way or another because of a criminal conviction on your record, what can you do? In 2010 Illinois passed the Criminal Identification Act which will allow you, or anyone you know with a criminal conviction to “expunge” that conviction off of your

I found out I have a warrant for my arrest in Will County, Illinois? What’s next? Should I hire an attorney?

A warrant is a written order from a court directed to an officer of the law commanding them to arrest a person. There are two types of warrants that can be issued. The first type of warrant is a bench warrant. A bench warrant is one usually issued when a person has failed to appear

How Do Criminal Offenses Affect Deportation in Illinois?

A non-citizen facing a criminal misdemeanor charge in Joliet or Will County, Illinois, is subject to federal deportation laws. Under federal law a legal or illegal immigrant can be deported for committing certain criminal actions. Not all criminal misdemeanors in Illinois are deportable offenses, but many of them are. The first class of deportable offenses

What Is Considered ‘Beyond a Reasonable Doubt’ in Will County, Illinois?

The standard of evidence used for criminal cases in Joliet and Will County Illinois is beyond a reasonable doubt. In order to validate a criminal conviction the state as prosecutor bears the burden of proving all material facts beyond a reasonable doubt. This means that the proposition being presented by the prosecution must be proven

Required alcohol/drug evaluation in a Will County, Illinois DUI case

Illinois law requires anyone arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) to undergo an alcohol and drug evaluation. The statute says: “After a finding of guilt and prior to any final sentencing or an order for supervision … individuals shall be required to undergo a professional evaluation to determine if an alcohol, drug, or intoxicating

New law allows undocumented immigrants to apply for driver’s license in Illinois

Back in January 2013, Illinois passed a law extending driving opportunities to undocumented immigrants. Prior to its implementation, non-U.S. citizens without a visa could not legally drive in Will County or anywhere in Illinois. Yet out of necessity, many did so anyway. Faced with this reality, the Illinois legislature decided to provide non-visa-status drivers with

What is ‘Scott’s Law’ in Illinois?

The only thing more annoying than a traffic ticket in Will County, Illinois, is getting a ticket for violating a law you didn’t even know existed. Since its enactment in 2002, drivers throughout Illinois have been learning about Scott’s Law the hard way, facing fines up to $10,000 and even having their licenses suspended. Scott’s