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Illinois woman facing criminal charges for embezzlement

Criminal charges involving white collar crimes are often viewed as less serious than allegations for things like burglary or drug possession. However, the reality is that all criminal charges can have serious and life-long consequences for people in Illinois. This means that someone who is charged with embezzlement should be sure to treat their criminal law situation just as seriously as any other.

One woman is facing charges for allegedly embezzling funds from her former employer, Planned Parenthood of Illinois. This accusation stems from a financial reconciliation in April 2017. It does not appear as if there was any suspicion prior to this as the financial reconciliation was described as a routine process for the organization.

How does alcohol cause someone to feel buzzed?

People all over the world enjoy drinking alcohol because of the pleasant “buzzed” feeling it causes. However, the science behind that buzzed feeling is not well-known.

Most people understand that if they drink the right amount of an alcoholic beverage, they will get drunk. The more they drink in a short period of time, the more drunk they will become. In addition to the buzzed feeling, someone may experience lowered inhibitions, may begin to slur his or her words and may become less coordinated. In extreme circumstances, he or she may even pass out, but what causes these effects?

Residential real estate: When can I turn down an offer?

A home is much more than just a bit of property. Homeowners pour their time, effort and money into creating a loving and welcoming environment for their families. So when it comes time to sell, people can easily get caught up in their emotions. However, residential real estate law does not allow someone to refuse to sell his or her home for just any reason.

The Fair Housing Act levels the playing field for people in Illinois who might otherwise not have a fair shot at buying a home. This means that a seller cannot consider a potential buyer's race, national origin, sex or familial status when deciding if he or she wants to refuse an offer. Declining an offer because the person who made it practices a certain religion or is of a certain race can lead to a lawsuit.

New reckless driving and traffic laws in Illinois

State laws are not fixed, and Illinois lawmakers regularly implement new laws or update old ones when they think doing so is necessary. Recent updates involve a number of traffic violations, including reckless driving and speeding while in a construction zone. Most of these updates involve increased fines, although lawmakers also clarified how an existing traffic law can be applied.

In addition to reckless driving and construction zone speeding, drivers can also be cited and fined if they pass a stopped school bus or hit a worker in a construction zone. Police could pull over and ticket drivers for these offenses prior to the updates, but the new fines will be much higher. The Illinois Rule of the Road handbook will also include a greater emphasis on zipper merging, which means that it will show up during driver's license testing.

Traffic stop results in arrest for Illinois drug crimes

Traffic stops might seem fairly routine, but it is not uncommon for drivers to end up facing serious criminal charges. This was one Illinois man's recent experience when he was pulled over by police and then arrested for drug crimes. A judge set his bond at $50,000, although he would only need to come up with $5,000 in cash to secure his release. At last update he was still in police custody.

On Dec. 19, 2019 shortly after midnight, police officers say they noticed a vehicle with an expired registration. One of the deputies claims that he smelled what he believed to be raw cannabis when speaking with the 35-year-old driver. He then decided that the scent was justification for probable cause and the deputies conducted a search of the vehicle.

What you should know about embezzlement allegations

White collar crime is an umbrella term that refers to a number of different criminal offenses. Embezzlement is one such offense, although it may be frequently confused with other white collar crimes like fraud or money laundering. Illinois defendants who are charged with embezzlement may find that having a better understanding of this charge can be helpful when creating a criminal defense plan.

There are three main elements of an embezzlement charge. To be charged with embezzlement, a person must have first had lawful possession of someone else's property. During the period of lawful possession, he or she must have converted or taken the property for personal use. Finally, there must be no intention of returning the property.

Using an officer's written note to fight license suspension

Illinois drivers generally do not treat traffic tickets seriously until it is too late. Even if a ticket is for a seemingly minor traffic violation, it can still result in fines and even license suspension. Losing driving privileges, even temporarily, is simply not an option for most people. Fighting a traffic ticket can minimize the risk of these consequences, but doing so can be difficult without the right information.

The fine usually stands out as the most important thing on a traffic ticket, but there is plenty of other valuable information. When issuing a ticket, an officer should write a note detailing the reason he or she decided to ticket the driver, as well as any relevant conditions. Drivers should be sure to request an official copy of the notes, even if they have handwritten copies on their tickets.

Illinois man, woman arrested for drug crimes

Illinois police recently arrested two people during the course of an investigation. The pair are both charged with drug crimes for unlawfully possessing methamphetamine and unlawfully possessing drug paraphernalia. One of the two -- a man -- had one other warrant out for his arrest at the time, and was also taken in for violating his probation.

The situation that police were investigating is not entirely clear, but they were able to secure a court-authorized search warrant for two individuals. The first of these two was a 52-year-old woman. The other was a 35-year-old man. While executing the search warrant, police claim they found drug paraphernalia, methamphetamine and cash. They seized all of these items and arrested both people.

Keeping roads safe with new texting and driving laws

Distracted driving accounts for all too many car accidents. And sitting right in your pocket or the cup holder in your car is one of the biggest distractions — your cell phone. Even a seconds-long glance down at your phone can have catastrophic consequences.


Illinois man charged in fatal drunk driving accident

An Illinois man was recently indicted for his alleged role in a fatal pedestrian accident, although he is not yet in police custody. He is facing a single count for leaving the scene of a fatal accident and eight counts for aggravated drunk driving. His blood-alcohol content -- BAC -- was allegedly above the legal limit at the time of the wreck, which is why he is facing DUI charges.

The wreck happened on June 6, 2019 at approximately 4:05 a.m. A 36-year-old pedestrian was crossing a road when a 30-year-old driver approached the intersection. Police claim that the driver struck the pedestrian but did not stop, even though he was aware of what had just happened. It is not clear when or how they encountered the driver they believe to be responsible, but when police administered a BAC test, they say his registered higher than .08.

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