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IL defense attorneyContrary to what you may think, there are quite a few ways you can lose your driving privileges in Illinois, many of which have nothing to do with driving. According to the Illinois Secretary of State, a person can expect to have their driver’s license suspended if they have unsatisfied traffic citations, unpaid parking tickets, automatic traffic violations or toll violations or even if you have not paid child support. Losing your driving privileges is a very difficult situation for many families to deal with, especially if you depend on your ability to drive to get yourself to and from work. Because of this, the state has passed the “License to Work” Act.

“License to Work” Act is Signed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker

With the passing of the recent “License to Work” Act, the state will no longer take away the driving privileges of those who have not paid traffic tickets, parking tickets or other various fines and fees. Other non-moving violations are also being taken off of the list of reasons why you could have your driving privileges taken away. Violations that no longer result in losing your driving privileges include:

  • Being considered a “truant minor”
  • Failing to pay fines and fees that were ordered by a court
  • Failing to pay parking or tollway tickets, fines or fees
  • Being convicted of motor fuel theft
  • Being convicted of criminal trespass to a vehicle

Prior to the new law, 10 violations typically resulted in a driver’s license suspension.

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IL defense lawyerOne of the more serious vehicular crimes you can be charged with in Illinois is reckless homicide. Reckless homicide is similar to involuntary manslaughter in that the perpetrator did not intend to kill another person, except reckless homicide involves the use of a motor vehicle while involuntary manslaughter does not. Often times, car accidents that result in the death of someone are the product of a speeding driver, a driver who is under the influence of alcohol or a distracted driver. Reckless homicide charges are felony charges and can result in thousands of dollars in fines and jail time. This is why it is important to hire legal counsel if you have been accused of reckless homicide in Illinois.

What Is Reckless Homicide?

According to the Illinois Criminal Code of 2012, reckless homicide occurs when a person unintentionally kills another person through the use of a motor vehicle without lawful justification. Reckless homicide involves actions that when committed are likely to cause death or great bodily harm and the perpetrator commits them recklessly. You can also be charged with reckless homicide if you kill someone with a motor vehicle while using an incline in a roadway to cause the vehicle to become airborne.

Penalties for Reckless Homicide

Basic reckless homicide is classified as a Class 3 felony. This means you face two to five years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines. Charges can increase to more serious felonies in certain situations. If reckless homicide is committed where school children cross the street and a crossing guard is performing his or her duty, or in a construction zone, you can be charged with a Class 2 felony, carrying a sentence of three to 14 years in prison. If you kill two or more people from the same incident, prison sentences are doubled to six to 28 years in prison.

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IL defense lawyerEach year, inventory shrinkage due to theft or shoplifting causes the U.S. retail industry to lose over $45 billion. This is why most stores have placed an increased focus on loss prevention strategies. In the state of Illinois, retail theft is taken very seriously and comes with severe consequences. If you get caught trying to shoplift an item, the situation is not as easy to resolve as just paying for the item and going on your way. If you are caught shoplifting, you will be charged with retail theft, which can easily turn into a felony, depending on the circumstances of your case.

General Definition

When you think of retail theft, you probably think of the first definition of retail theft in the Illinois Penal Code. According to the code, a person commits retail theft when he or she takes possession of any merchandise in a retail establishment with the intention of retaining the merchandise and permanently depriving the retail establishment of the merchandise without paying for it. General retail theft is a Class A misdemeanor, which carries a penalty of up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. While this is the most common form of retail theft, it does come in other forms.

Other Retail Theft

Contrary to what many people may believe, there is more than one form of retail theft. In Illinois, the following offenses are also punished as retail theft:

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