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Voting with a criminal record

Voting is a right all U.S. citizens share. However, different states may vary on how their citizens can exercise those rights, especially if they have a criminal record.

Some states require ex-convicts to wait until the end of their parole or probationary period. Others may withhold a felon's voting freedoms based on the severity of their conviction. In other cases, states may grant former criminals voting rights automatically upon release.

Police charge truck driver with DUI

Police in Illinois say that the truck driver who hit a squad car was possibly under the influence at the time of the accident. A trooper suffered injuries in the collision. The driver is facing multiple criminal charges, including two counts for aggravated DUI, aggravated reckless drawing and at least four other charges. A judge set his bail at $150,000, which he later posted and was released from custody.

At around 10:30 p.m., a car had hit a light pole, causing it to fall across the interstate, blocking all of the traffic lanes. Another seven vehicles ran into the light pole. A 26-year-old police officer was one of the people who responded to the accident. He apparently exited his squad car to signal approaching vehicles to slow down. The lights were activated at the time.

Undisclosed defects in residential real estate

Buying the perfect home can be a dream come true. Discovering there is something wrong with the house can quickly turn that dream into a nightmare. During the extensive home selling and buying process, sellers are responsible for disclosing defects to buyers. Failing to disclose those defects could give buyers the option to seek financial compensation. Illinois residents who discovered a defect after purchasing residential real estate should keep some of the following in mind.

Selling a home can be difficult, especially if the house has a few significant problems. Defects are more than just older appliances that might break down or need repairs in the near future. Instead, defects are specific problems with components or systems of residential properties, and these problems pose a significant threat to property value or personal safety. Sellers can either address this problem by repairing defects, or can disclose the issues to potential buyers.

When can police lawfully search my car?

You’ve probably heard about criminal cases that began with an officer pulling over a driver, and resulted in law enforcement claiming to have found something illegal during a search of that person’s vehicle. That uncovered evidence is often the basis for criminal charges.

It’s important to know, however, that law enforcement officers can not go through your vehicle on a whim. In fact, unlawful searches can result in inadmissible evidence – and potentially a flawed criminal case. To help you be better informed, here are some situations in which an officer may be able to legally search your vehicle.

Driver charged for fatal DUI accident

A fatal car accident yielded criminal charges for the driver allegedly responsible for the collision. Police arrested the man on two counts for aggravated DUI involving a death and on another two counts for aggravated DUI with a revoked or suspended licenses. Both of these are Class 2 felonies in Illinois.

The accident in question occurred back in Dec. 2018, when police say the 41-year-old was driving his vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. On Dec. 18, shortly before 6:30 p.m., he allegedly drifted across the center line and into the path of oncoming traffic. He hit a van head-on, causing it to hit a third nearby vehicle. The 32-year-old driver of the van survived the wreck but required treatment at an area hospital, and his 41-year-old passenger suffered fatal injuries. The driver accused of causing the wreck was also injured, but the driver of the third vehicle was not.

Is fighting a speeding ticket worth it?

Receiving a traffic ticket might seem like a minor inconvenience, but it can be a much bigger problem, depending on the situation. For some Illinois drivers, it might make sense to fight charges for traffic offenses, especially those that come with hefty fines, such as for speeding or reckless driving. However, drivers should carefully consider both the benefits and drawbacks of fighting traffic tickets.

Many police officers do not fully understand the details of the laws they believe they are enforcing. Because of this, many officers issue tickets for nonexistent problems or even initiate unjustified traffic stops. A ticketed driver may want to carefully examine the law that he or she is accused of violating, as this may reveal that a ticket was not warranted. Better understanding that law can also help demonstrate a driver's assertion in court.

Commercial real estate involves negotiations

Finding the right commercial space in an ideal location is an important part of owning a business in Illinois. However, securing that perfect space is often more complicated than it appears. Business owners need to understand how to negotiate a lease when dealing with commercial real estate in order to secure a favorable outcome.

Unlike residential leases, commercial leases usually have much more leeway when it comes to the terms of the agreement. Negotiating over those terms is usually a given, but a business owner may find that the property owner's situation can affect the outcome. For example, if a property owner has a mostly vacant building or business park, he or she could be more willing to make allowances. A property owner that has a recently vacated premium space or who is located in a hot rental market may have more control over where the negotiations lead.

BAC tests: How reliable are the results?

During a traffic stop for suspicion of drunk driving, a police officer may ask you to participate in tests to determine your level of intoxication. The first of these tests typically include roadside or field sobriety tests, which determine whether you are intoxicated. However, police officers commonly use other tests following the field sobriety tests to evaluate whether your blood alcohol content (BAC) level exceeds the legal limit of .08%.

How accurate are these tests? In a DUI traffic stop, you may not even consider your options or question their accuracy. However, various complications can result in inaccurate results that can potentially worsen the penalties you face.

Illinois traffic offenses often yield surprisingly stark outcomes

It’s much ado about nothing, right? Just how serious can the downside be relevant to a traffic citation in Illinois?

Many motorists in Northern Illinois and elsewhere across the state routinely find out in a hurry just how dire the consequences can be following their receipt of a ticket for a driving-related infraction.

Why should you care about the law if you are under 18?

You may not have always had an interest in the law. Many kids might consider legal matters to be unimportant. And if you are not yet a legal adult, you might think you do not have to truly take responsibility for your actions. However, that is not necessarily the case.

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