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IL defense lawyerShoplifting may seem like a petty crime, and some people may even consider it a right of passage. However, shoplifting charges can be a dark stain on your criminal record and show up when you apply for housing or a job.

In Illinois, to be convicted of misdemeanor shoplifting, or retail theft as lawyers and courts call it, there are several elements that must be proven. Perhaps the most common way someone shoplifts is when “he or she knowingly obtains or exerts unauthorized control over property of the owner.”

Thus, the state must prove that you knowingly shoplifted. It is not enough to be caught in possession of items allegedly stolen. The state must prove that you knew what you were doing. This can be difficult to prove in some cases and may be a valid defense.

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IL defense lawyerIt is the news you have been dreading since you first handed over a set of car keys to your teenage driver: he or she has been in a traffic accident. While it is no surprise that teenage drivers often are involved in car accidents, parents are usually upset and worried when they hear the news.

After treating any injuries that may have been sustained, parents might next have to handle any legal repercussions being faced by their teenage driver. If your child is considered at fault or partially at fault in the accident, he or she may have received a traffic ticket.

When helping your child in the aftermath of a traffic accident where they were at fault, it is helpful to keep the following things in mind:

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IL traffic attorneyMany drivers find it hard to believe, but under Illinois law, you could be sentenced to jail time for speeding. While most speeding tickets come with only a fine, aggravated speeding could be punishable by jail time. Aggravated or excessive speeding means driving at least 26 mph over the posted speed limit on an Illinois highway.

Driving 26 mph Over the Posted Speed Limit

Driving 26 mph over the posted speed limit is a Class B misdemeanor. Under Illinois law, Class B misdemeanors are punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,500 fine in addition to mandatory court costs.

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