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Illinois Woman Booked For DUI While Bailing Her Husband Out Of Jail For His DUI

 Posted on November 22, 2019 in DUI

When a loved one is arrested, your first instinct is probably to rush down to the police station and bail them out of jail. It’s an admirable response, but you shouldn’t head down to the station if there’s a chance you could end up in handcuffs too. An Illinois woman learned that lesson the hard way when she tried to bail her husband out of jail earlier this month.

Clarice Singer, the wife of Moultrie County Democrat Party Chairman Timothy Singer, was booked into Moultrie County Jail on DUI charges. That may not sound all that crazy in and of itself, but here’s where things get interesting. She was arrested on suspicion of DUI at the police station when she arrived to bail her husband out, who was arrested for drunk driving just hours earlier.

Husband and Wife DUIs

According to the police report, Mrs. Singer drove to the station to bail her husband out of jail. Mr. Singer had been booked into jail at 1:43 a.m., and Mrs Singer arrived to the station around 3:00 a.m. She then spoke to the same officer who arrested her husband, and the officer suspected that Mrs. Singer had also been drinking. At 3:18 a.m., the same officer who arrested her husband booked Mrs. Singer into jail on suspicion of DUI. You can see the charge sheet here. Mrs. Singer’s jury trial is set for 9:00 a.m. on February 3rd of next year.

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The Cost Of An Ignition Interlock Device In Illinois

 Posted on November 15, 2019 in DUI

You’ve probably heard that a DUI can be expensive, which is why we always recommend that you contest the charges, even if you think the odds may be stacked against. However, many people aren’t fully aware of how a DUI can hit you in the pocketbook. A few months ago on the blog, we explained how your insurance rates can skyrocket if you’re convicted of a DUI. In today’s blog, we take a closer look at another significant cost associated with a DUI – the cost of an ignition interlock device.

How Much Does An Ignition Interlock Device Cost?

If you’re unfamiliar with an ignition interlock device, and most people are, you may assume that you just pay to have the device installed on your vehicle and you return it when your required time period is over. That’s an overly simplified version, and it ignores a few costs associated with the device. Here’s a breakdown of what the average person in Illinois will pay to have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicle for a year.

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Scott’s Law Tickets Skyrocket – How To Avoid A Ticket In Illinois

 Posted on November 08, 2019 in Criminal Law

Scott’s Law was a law that came to be after a Chicago firefighter was killed by a drunken driver while providing medical assistance on the side of the road. To ensure Lieutenant Scott Gillen was not forgotten and to reduce the likelihood that a similar accident would happen to a first responder, Illinois enacted Scott’s Law, which requires drivers to reduce their speed and move over a lane if possible when approaching any vehicle on the side of the road with their hazards on.

Although the law has been on the books for years in Illinois, it’s only been loosely enforced. In 2018, fewer than two people a day received a citation for violating Scott’s Law, as officers only handed out 728 citations on the year. But due to an increase in drivers striking emergency vehicles and a renewed effort to crack down on violators, tickets have spiked in 2019. Through November 3, police have already issued more than 6,000, more than eight times the citations handed out last year.

Fighting And Avoiding A Scott’s Law Citation

One of the reasons for the renewed effort to crack down on Scott’s Law violators is that there has been an increase in crashes with police and emergency vehicles. 26 trooper squad cars have been struck in 2019, including three just last week. Two officers died as a result of these collisions.

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The Most Common Traffic Violations In Illinois

 Posted on October 31, 2019 in Criminal Law

Millions of people drive to work, school or just run some errands in Illinois each and every day, but for a small percentage of those drivers, their day involves being stopped by a police officer for a traffic infraction. But which driving laws are Illinois residents breaking most frequently, and how can you best defend yourself against one of these traffic charges? We answer those questions and more in today’s blog.

Most Common Driving Infractions

You can probably guess some of the infractions that make the list, but here’s a look at 10 of the most common traffic infractions in Illinois:

  1. Speeding
  2. Failure to Stop
  3. Failure to Provide Proof of Insurance
  4. Failure to Signal
  5. Not Wearing a Seat Belt
  6. Violation of the Hands-Free Phone Law
  7. Reckless Driving
  8. Failure to Maintain Lane
  9. Driving Without a License or Registration
  10. Drunk Driving

If you are issued a citation for any of the above actions, your ticket will include the following information – the nature of the charge, the date and time of the incident, the location of the violation and the statute or ordinance you are accused of violating. The officer will ask you to sign the ticket, and you should do so. Signing the citation is not an admission of guilt. Your signature constitutes an agreement to either contest the citation in court or comply with the terms of the ticket. Failing to sign can lead to additional penalties.

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Common Halloween Crimes And How To Stay Safe

 Posted on October 25, 2019 in Criminal Law

Halloween is coming up quickly, and while it can be an enjoyable night for the whole family, it also provides an opportunity for mischief and crime. Police know this and will be out in full force, so we thought we’d take this chance to share some tips so you can avoid some legal trouble this Halloween. Below, we take a closer look at some common Halloween crimes and how you can avoid legal problems this Halloween.

Common Halloween Crimes In Illinois

Here’s a look at some of the more common crimes we get calls about in the days after an arrest on Halloween.

  1. DUI – Halloween falls on a Thursday this year, so we don’t expect as many DUI calls this year as we will in 2020 when it falls on a Saturday, but many people still head out to the bars or to a party and overindulge on spirits. Police know that there will be more drunk drivers on the road compared to a normal night, and when you factor in small children walking around neighborhoods, you can bet that police will be out in full force looking to keep communities safe. They’ve conducted extra DUI enforcement patrols in the past, and we expect them to do the same again this year, so make smart decisions if you’re going to drink on Halloween.

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What You Need To Know About Annulments In Illinois

 Posted on October 18, 2019 in Family Law

A divorce is the most common way for two individuals to end their marriage, but it’s not the only way. Individuals unsatisfied with their marriage can also petition for what’s known as an annulment. The key difference between the two is that in a divorce, the state views the parties as having separated after marriage, while in an annulment, the state views the marriage as invalid and as if it never happened in the first place. One process is the legal ending of a valid marriage, and the other is the legal ending of what the parties hope to get declared an invalid marriage.

However, when it comes to an annulment, there are some more factors that need to be present and timelines that need to be met in order for the marriage to be declared invalid. We explore those factors and timelines in today’s blog.

Getting An Annulment in Illinois

Many individuals seek an annulment because of how their religion views divorce, but ultimately it doesn’t matter why you’re seeking an annulment as long as you meet the requirements for pursuing an annulment. You can file for divorce for something as general as irreconcilable differences, but for an annulment, you need to prove that one of these four reasons exist in your marriage. The four grounds for annulment in Illinois are:

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Contesting Texting While Driving Citations in Illinois

 Posted on October 11, 2019 in Criminal Law

Illinois has some of the harshest laws in the country when it comes to texting and driving. Texting and driving citations are considered moving violations in Illinois, and if you get three or more moving violations in a year, you can actually lose your driver’s license. The fines also add up quickly, as the base fine for a first offense citation is $75 and easily hits triple digits when court fees are added. There’s also the possibility that the citation could affect your insurance rates.

When you consider all that you have to lose and that it’s often difficult for the prosecution to prove that you were using your phone behind the wheel, it should come as no surprise that more people are challenging the tickets in traffic court than ever before. Below, we explain how to put yourself in the best position to contest a citation for texting and driving in Illinois

Helping Your Case

The main evidence against you is going to be the observations of the officer who wrote your citation, but police also hope that you provide them with evidence during your interaction with law enforcement. You might try to get out of a ticket by saying you were only checking your phone to see the time or you were just putting it on speaker phone, but these aren’t going to fly with the officer. In fact, these statements will serve to hurt you if you’re going to contest your case. That’s statements are essentially admissions of guilt that you were in fact using your phone while driving, which is in violation of the law.

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Why You Need A Lawyer If Your Child Is Facing Criminal Charges In Illinois

 Posted on October 04, 2019 in Criminal Law

We all make mistakes in our youth, but some mistakes can have longer consequences than others. However, a lot of teens and their parents don’t fully understand the true consequences of certain actions until it’s too late. We understand that you are going to be angry and frustrated with your child if they end up in handcuffs, but we can’t stress enough how important it is that you collectively make smart choices in the wake of an arrest or citation. Failing to do so can have lifelong consequences.

There’s no perfect playbook for how to handle the days and weeks after your child has been arrested, but there’s one thing every family should do, and that’s talk to a lawyer. Even if you don’t end up hiring the lawyer to defend your case, you’ll walk out of that meeting with a clearer idea of what your child is facing and how to best go about fighting back against the charges. You probably don’t need a lawyer for a misdemeanor speeding ticket or for a curfew violation, but if they were caught going over 100 miles per hour, found to be vandalizing school property or were accused of sexual assault, you absolutely need a lawyer.

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Hit and Run Defenses In Illinois

 Posted on September 27, 2019 in Criminal Law

When you think of a hit and run crime, you probably think of a driver who causes a major accident and then quickly flees the scene to escape taking responsibility. While this does happen, most hit and run cases are much more innocuous, but that doesn’t mean the criminal charges are any less severe. In today’s blog, we take a closer look at hit and run charges in Illinois, and we explain how we help defend clients against these charges.

Hit And Run Charges In Illinois

Illinois law states that individuals involved in an automobile accident must stop their vehicle and render assistance to a reasonable extent. What’s “reasonable” is open to interpretation, but drivers are also required to exchange contact and insurance information. If you fail to do this, and the other party wants to file a claim, you can be charged with a hit and run.

This happens more than you might imagine in Illinois. We actually rank fourth in the nation in terms of individuals with a prior hit and run violation (we’re twice the national average). Many of those individuals aren’t involved in the types of accidents we described above, either. They are much more likely to tap a bumper while parallel parking or unknowingly clip a side mirror while leaving the grocery store. If someone witnesses these actions, or they are caught by a surveillance camera, you can be charged with leaving the scene of an accident. The consequences of a hit and run conviction are often much more severe than had you stayed around, reported the accident and filed a claim with insurance.

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What Is An Aggravated DUI Charge in Illinois?

 Posted on September 20, 2019 in DUI

Depending on the circumstances surrounding your DUI arrest, there’s a chance that you’ll face the upgraded charge of aggravated DUI. But what factors have to be present for you to be charged with aggravated DUI, and what are the potential penalties for the crime? We answer those questions and explain why you should always consider hiring a lawyer if you’ve been charged with aggravated DUI in Illinois.

Factors That Contribute To Aggravated DUI In Illinois

A standard first offense DUI in Illinois is typically classified as a Class A misdemeanor, which carries the potential of a modest fine and up to a year in jail, although penalties usually aren’t all that severe. However, certain factors can lead to an upgraded aggravated DUI charge, which is a felony-level offense. If a person is convicted of aggravated DUI, the judge is legally required to sentence them to a minimum of 10 days in jail or 480 hours of community service, and sometimes sentences are months or even years long.

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