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Work Zone Safety is Taken Seriously by Illinois Law Enforcement

May 18th, 2016 at 12:35 pm

Illinois work zone safety, Rolling Meadows Traffic Offense AttorneyIn honor of National Work Zone Safety Week, law enforcement across Illinois put forth effort to raise awareness about exercising care when driving through active and inactive work and construction zones. National Work Zone Safety Week was the week of April 11th 2016, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration.

Highway construction is a problem that is acutely experienced by drivers in Illinois, especially around big cities. However, road construction is a necessary part of maintaining our highways and byways. As such, it is important that drivers exercise care when driving through a work zones. Law enforcement takes traffic violations in work zones very seriously.

Work Zone Safety Stats

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, there were more than 4,300 accidents that occurred in construction zones in 2015. Of these accidents, 1,000 resulted in injuries to construction workers, drivers and passengers. There were also 46 fatalities resulting from work zone traffic accidents. More often than not, it is motorists who are passing through a work zone who are involved in traffic accidents. Inattentiveness, driving at too high of a rate of speed, and following too closely are some of the leading causes of work zone traffic accidents.

Work Zone Speeding Tickets

Speed limits are strictly enforced in work zones, and you can get a speeding ticket even if no workers are present when you are caught speeding. 625 ILCS 5/11-05.1 is the Illinois statute for speeding tickets issued for offenses committed while driving through a work zone. It does not matter whether the workers are present in the work site or not, and work zones are one of the few locations where law enforcement is permitted to use radar and lidar detection means to determine a driver’s speed as evidence that the driver was speeding in the work zone.

Work zones are clearly identified as they are required to have posted signage indicating where a work zone begins and terminates, as well as the posted maximum and minimum speed limit. Fines for a first offense can range from $250 to $750. A second-time offense within a period of two years can cost a driver his or her license. Court appearances are mandatory, and dealing with the courts for a traffic ticket can be difficult as there are very specific rules that must be followed. You should consider working with an experienced traffic offenses lawyer to fight your ticket.

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Traffic tickets can happen to anyone, even the best drivers. When a traffic offense occurs in certain locations, such as in a school or work zone, the associated fines and penalties can be more severe. If you have been cited for a traffic violation, you should contact an experienced traffic offenses lawyer immediately. Please contact a Rolling Meadows traffic offense attorney at our firm for assistance. We will help you throughout each step of your case.


Selling Fake Drugs is a Crime in Illinois

February 18th, 2016 at 7:00 am

selling fake drugs, Rolling Meadows Drug Crimes AttorneySurprising as it may seem, if you are busted for selling fake drugs, you can be charged with a felony. While the substance that you are peddling may not in fact be the illegal substance you are advertising it to be, if it looks like the drug you allege it to be, and you are trying to sell it as the real stuff, that is a crime. Illinois law enforcement is just as serious about look-alike drugs as they are about real drugs. Police will arrest you, and you will be charged, just like you would if you had committed a crime with real drugs.

What is a Look-Alike Drug?

Just as the name implies, a look-alike drug is a substance that looks like the real thing. The alleged drug could be marijuana, crack, heroin, pills, etc. that is designed to look legitimate. The substance could have the correct coloring, appearance, smell, consistency, size, branding, packaging, and flavor as the real stuff and yet be counterfeit. If the fake drug could deceive a reasonable person into thinking the fake is the real drug, it is a look-alike drug.

How Do People Get Caught Selling Look-Alikes?

Under 720 ILCS 570/404, it is illegal to manufacture, distribute, advertise, or possess look-alike drugs or controlled substances in Illinois. Most often when criminal defendants get caught with fake drugs it is because the defendant is trying to sell them. The defendant might be advertising that what he or she is selling are legitimate, real drugs. The defendant might even offer “samples” of real drugs, only to swap out fake drugs after a sale has been made. Defendants often get caught selling fake drugs to undercover law enforcement officers, or are reported to police by anonymous tips left by jilted customers.

Potential Defenses

When facing drug charges, it is important to evaluate every possible defense available to the criminal defendant. While it may not be much of a consolation, the defendant must have knowledge that the drug is fake in order to be convicted on look-alike charges.

Another potential defense lies in how the look-alike drugs were found. If the look-alikes were found as part of a search, was the search properly conducted by law enforcement? Was there reasonable suspicion? Was there probable cause? Was a warrant necessary? Did the police have the warrant they needed to conduct a legal search? Your criminal defense lawyer should consider every possible angle of your criminal defense.

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Selling imitation drugs can get you into just as much trouble as selling the real stuff. If you are facing criminal charges for selling real or fake drugs, please contact a skilled Rolling Meadows drug crimes attorney immediately. The attorneys at our office are happy to help you.


Drug Charges Resulting From Police Mistake or Corruption

February 2nd, 2016 at 11:36 am

drug charges, police mistake or corruption, Rolling Meadows Drug Crimes AttorneyThere are instances where drug charges are made against a criminal defendant, yet some sort of foul play or mistake was made by law enforcement during the search, seizure or arrest. At times, it can be a matter of error. For instance, a police officer may not follow protocol appropriately during a search and seizure or may fail to properly perform an arrest. Additionally, an officer may forget to read a defendant his or her rights upon arrest.

When errors occur, it can render certain evidence inadmissible at trial, or the charges could be dropped completely, because the criminal defendant’s rights were violated. Other times, an arrest could be made due to foul play by an officer. It is not often that law enforcement deliberately and intentionally acts in a corrupt or unethical way; however, it can happen.

Being Framed with Drugs

Nothing is as unfair or as unjust as being framed for a crime that you did not commit. There have been instances where criminal defendants in Illinois have successfully beaten drug charges or had their criminal convictions reversed in cases where they were framed by law enforcement. Being framed for drug charges can take many forms. Examples can include but are not limited to the following:

  • Drugs were planted by law enforcement on the defendant or in the defendant’s personal property or home;
  • The criminal defendant was entrapped by law enforcement into committing a crime that he or she would not normally have been inclined to commit without the encouragement of law enforcement;
  • Charges were fabricated by the arresting officer; or
  • Police gave false statements or created false reports in order to obtain a conviction or protect one another.

Many people do not realize that there are laws in place to protect the people from police corruption and misconduct. Police conduct is governed by two sets of statutes:

  • 720 ILCS 5/33-3, which is directed to official misconduct, whereby law enforcement is not permitted to break the law; and
  • 720 ILCS 5/33-4, which prohibits police officers from engaging in activities similar to that of gang members.

Proving that a defendant was framed for a drug crime is very difficult. Moreover, accusations that law enforcement acted unethically is a serious matter. Police officers are tasked with serving and protecting, and the court gives the testimony made by police officers hefty weight. A judge and jury inherently wants to trust law enforcement, and police officers swear an oath to serve and protect, of which it is presumed that they abide.

Let Us Assist You Today

You should not be charged or convicted of a crime you did not commit. Therefore, having an experienced criminal defense attorney representing you and fighting for your rights is essential. If you are facing drug charges, please contact a Rolling Meadows drug crimes attorney immediately. A skilled attorney at our office can assist you today.


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