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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_404002519.jpgFar too often, a fun and relaxing evening spent with family and friends can end up being a night spent behind bars, due to drinking and driving. Being charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is serious. You may lose potential employment opportunities, the ability to drive, and even your vehicle, in more serious cases. In the state of Illinois, anyone who is accused of a DUI must go through a drug or alcohol evaluation before sentencing for the offense.

Why Does the Offender Have to Be Evaluated?

The evaluation was made to determine the offender’s alcohol and drug use and the risk to public safety. The offender’s driving record, chemical test results, test score and category, and an interview with an evaluator will be reviewed during this process. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Untitled-design-16.jpgDomestic battery has been a major problem in the United States for many years. The abuser may face serious criminal charges, loss of employment opportunities, and decreased quality of life. The person affected by the abuse may face physical and emotional hardships for the rest of his or her life. In the United States alone, domestic battery and abuse happens far too often, and the consequences of the abuse have become more serious.

Facts About Domestic Battery and Violence

Domestic battery and abuse result in many more injuries that require medical attention than accidents, muggings, and forced sexual assault combined. In the United States alone, a woman is beaten every 15 seconds, with two in five women who are murdered killed by their husbands or boyfriends. Although there are situations where a woman beats a man, over 95 percent of all domestic battery and violence cases involve a man beating a woman. Domestic battery, violence, and abuse do not often happen suddenly; the abuse usually becomes more frequent and severe over time. Domestic battery, abuse, and violence can happen anywhere at any time. The abuse can also happen to anyone, no matter what social class, race, status, or educational background.

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Addison IL DUI defense attorneyBeing arrested on a DUI charge can be a frightening experience. In fact, about the only thing worse than knowing you are about to experience the consequences of a DUI is when you learn that the charge has been elevated to a felony. When and why does this happen, and what rights might you have in such a situation? The following information explains.

First Offense DUIs and Felony Charges

While, in most situations, a first offense DUI is charged as a misdemeanor in Illinois, there are few reasons why the charge might be elevated to a felony. Accidents involving the death or serious injury of another person are one of the most common scenarios. There are others, however, including:

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