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IL traffic attorneyIn today’s world, there is so much more that exists that can distract a driver than ever before. While distractions like outside objects such as billboards and crash sites and internal distractions such as the radio and other passengers have been around for decades, the 21st century has also brought with it unique distractions that have become a very large problem over the past two decades. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 30,000 people were killed and an estimated 319,000 people were injured in car accidents involving a distracted driver in 2015.

Cell phones and other hand-held devices have been the subject of much of the conversation around distracted driving. Most states -- Illinois included -- have adopted strict laws in an attempt to curb the dangerous and deadly habit of using your cell phone while driving. When it comes to people who hold a commercial driver’s license (CDL), the rules are even more strict and the penalties more severe.

Texting and Driving

The Illinois Vehicle Code states that a person driving a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) is not permitted to text while they are driving. In addition, a person’s motor carrier may not require its drivers to text while they are driving. If you are caught violating this rule, you will receive 20 points on your driving record. After three violations within a 12-month period, your driver’s license can be suspended or revoked.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_shoplifter.jpgJuvenile crime has decreased over the past couple of years, but certain crimes still tend to be popular with teenagers. According to the FBI, there were more than 93,000 juveniles arrested for suspicion of committing theft or larceny in 2017. In the United States, a juvenile is considered to be anyone who is under the age of 18, though the state of Illinois will prosecute those who are 17 or older for serious crimes. Although juveniles are not tried in the same court as adults, the charges that both juvenile and adult offenders face are the same and can become very serious rather quickly.

What Is Retail Theft?

Illinois law provides for general theft, but there is also a separate statute for charges relating to retail theft. General retail theft occurs when a person takes possession of, carries away or transfers any merchandise from a retail establishment with the purpose of depriving the merchant of the benefit or full or partial retail value of the merchandise.

Retail theft is a Class A misdemeanor as long as the retail value of the merchandise that was stolen was no greater than $300. Penalties for a Class A misdemeanor include up to one year in jail, up to $2,500 in fines and/or up to two years of probation. If the retail value of the merchandise exceeds $300, then the charge is increased to a Class 4 felony. Penalties for Class 4 felonies include one to three years in prison, up to $25,000 in fines and/or up to 30 months of probation.

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IL defense lawyerIn the state of Illinois, there are dozens upon dozens of things you could receive a traffic ticket for. Maybe you thought you could beat the yellow light and you ended up running a red light instead. Maybe you were not watching your speed and you were caught going 10 miles per hour over the limit. Whatever the offense, most of the time when a police officer pulls you over, you will probably only receive a ticket for a moving violation. In certain circumstances, you may be pulled over because you committed a more serious offense. One of the more serious traffic offenses you can be charged with is reckless driving. Reckless driving is more than just a traffic ticket -- you can be charged with a misdemeanor or even a felony crime, depending on the circumstances.

What Constitutes Reckless Driving?

According to the Illinois Vehicle Code, a person can commit reckless driving in one of two ways:

  • By driving a vehicle with a willful or wanton disregard for the safety of other people or their property; or
  • By knowingly driving a vehicle and using an incline in a roadway to cause the vehicle to become airborne.

As you can see, there are not really any specific actions that constitute reckless driving. It is up to the discretion of the arresting police officer and the judge to determine whether or not reckless driving has taken place. Examples of reckless driving may be:

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