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DuPage County toll violation lawyer

The Illinois Tollway’s mission is to provide and promote a safe and efficient system of highways while ensuring the highest quality of service to motorists who use these roadways. The system includes the Tri-State Tollway (I-94/I-294/I-80), Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90), Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88), the Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-355), and the Illinois Route 390 Tollway. Drivers on any of these tollways are required to pay designated toll amounts at each toll plaza according to posted signs. Failure to pay the tolls can be considered a traffic violation, and it can result in hefty fines and even loss of driving privileges.  

What Is I-PASS?

I-PASS is a prepaid electronic toll collection system that allows for automatic payment of tolls. Designated “open road tolling” lanes eliminate the need to stop at toll plazas to pay the required toll. Users can register an account online and enter a credit card number to have the tolls automatically charged to the card. Drivers have an incentive to use an I-PASS, since they will only have to pay 50 percent of the regular toll amount when using this method. This can help traffic flow better by eliminating backups due to the need for drivers to stop to pay tolls in cash. For I-PASS holders who respond within 30 days of a violation, the Tollway may remove all the extra fines, so the driver will only pay the actual missed toll amount.  

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Wheaton, IL texting while driving defense attorney

It is common these days to see people using their cell phones while driving, including both talking and texting. However, this is a dangerous activity, and distracted driving has been shown to be a significant factor in car accidents that can cause serious or fatal injuries. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), cell phone use contributes to approximately a quarter of police-reported collisions in the United States. Under Illinois law, it is illegal to make a call on a hand-held phone, send a text message, or use any other form of electronic communication while operating a motor vehicle. Recent changes to that law could affect the penalties someone may face if pulled over for this moving violation

Distracted Driving 

Distracted driving refers to driving while doing any activities that take a driver’s attention and eyes away from the road. While the use of phones is one of the most common forms of distraction for drivers, technology has improved in recent years, enabling users to make phone calls without using their hands. In Illinois, hands-free devices and BlueTooth technology are permissible for drivers who are 19 years or older. However, even using hands-free devices can be distracting and endanger the driver, as well as other motorists and pedestrians on the road. If a text or voicemail notification sounds an alert on someone’s phone, this may cause the driver to look down. Even if a motorist takes his or her eyes off the road for a few seconds, an accident can happen that quickly.  

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Wheaton gun crimes defense attorney

The issue of firearms and gun control is a heated topic these days, with many people on both sides of the issue. Many Illinois gun owners were not happy when the Firearms Restraining Order Act took effect on January 1, 2019. This law is one of the “red flag” laws that a number of states have passed in recent years in response to the acts of gun violence that have occurred throughout the United States. It allows family members or police officers to ask a judge to issue an order to temporarily confiscate guns from someone they believe is a threat to themselves or others. If you are served with a firearms restraining order, or if you are facing weapons charges, you should understand the restrictions you will face and the potential legal consequences that could come with violating an order.

Firearms Restraining Order Process

The person asking for a firearms restraining order (FRO) is called the “petitioner,” and the person the order is against is referred to as the “respondent.” A family member of the respondent can request the FRO if they believe the respondent is a danger to themselves or another person. People who can request an FRO include:

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DuPage County drug charges lawyer

Drug possession, distribution, and manufacturing are not the only drug charges in Illinois. It is also against the law to possess drug paraphernalia, and punishments can be substantial, especially if you are also arrested for one of the aforementioned drug crimes at the same time.

Drug Paraphernalia Laws 

According to Illinois law, drug paraphernalia includes equipment and materials used to consume, plant, grow, harvest, store, test, or conceal a controlled substance. This does not include items related to methamphetamine production or use, which are addressed under a different law. Pipes or bongs used to smoke marijuana, hash oil, cocaine, or synthetic drugs fit into this category, along with drug manufacturing and testing equipment, and drug cutting agents.

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DuPage County asset forfeiture defense lawyerIllinois law enforcement organizations maintain a steady flow of cash through the seizure of property confiscated from criminal suspects and those convicted of a crime. More than $30 million in property is taken each year through civil asset forfeiture, which allows confiscation from convicted persons and even citizens who do not end up facing criminal charges. Additionally, research indicates that these seizures disproportionately affect poor and minority communities. 

If your property has been seized by law enforcement, you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer who can determine the validity of the actions taken by police and who will stand up for your rights in court.

Illinois Asset Forfeiture Laws

Asset forfeiture is the legal process in which the government can confiscate an individual’s property. It can be enacted under state or federal law if investigators believe the property was used in a crime or if it was purchased with proceeds from a crime. Asset forfeiture is commonly used in drug cases and white-collar crime cases. Seized property is typically sold by the government at auction for a profit, unless the property owner acts quickly with the help of a skilled attorney. 

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