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DuPage County ordinance violation defense lawyerMany people may have heard of different types of city violations, but they may not fully understand their meanings or consequences. An ordinance violation is a charge issued by local governments for violations of their municipal rules. In many cases, a person may unknowingly violate a rule because he or she did not even know the activity was illegal. It is important to note that this type of violation is typically processed in the local courts as opposed to the state circuit courts. This means it is not the same as a criminal charge; rather, it is typically civil rather than criminal in nature. However, these violations can still incur steep fines in addition to other consequences. 

Examples of Ordinance Violations

The United States criminal justice system contains various levels. For example, each state has its own set of criminal statutes, and federal laws apply throughout the country and override state laws. Cities, counties, villages, towns, and municipalities have the power to pass and enforce ordinances that apply to their own jurisdictions. It can often be difficult for a person to know what constitutes a violation since they may differ from town to town.

The following are some common examples of violations:

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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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DuPage County marijuana DUI lawyerWhile medical marijuana became legal in Illinois in 2014, and despite the potential for future legalization of recreational cannabis, serious penalties remain in place for possession and irresponsible use of the drug. Here is a look at the various charges and punishments for a marijuana arrest in Illinois:

Marijuana DUI

Any person found to be under the influence of marijuana while driving can be charged with DUI, regardless of whether the individual is an approved medical marijuana card holder. In Illinois, a driver is considered impaired if they register a THC concentration of 5 nanograms per milliliter of blood or 10 ng/ml of another bodily substance. Medicinal marijuana card holders suspected of impairment must submit to field sobriety testing or face driver’s license suspension.

A first-time DUI can result in a six-month license suspension, and that duration increases with any subsequent offense. Some DUI offenders are eligible to keep their driving privileges with a monitoring device driving permit, which can be negotiated with the help of a skilled criminal defense attorney.

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Wheaton juvenile crime defense attorney school threatsWith horrific incidents like last year’s shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, any threat conveyed toward an elementary school, middle school, or high school is taken very seriously. Teachers, school administrators, and law enforcement want to ensure students’ and teachers’ safety, even if it means a full investigation of joking interactions between students. The primary goal is to make sure no valid threat goes unnoticed. 

With that in mind, a student who makes threats against a school can face dire consequences that may affect their ability to attend school now and in the future.

Threats of Violence and False Alarms 

Illinois law classifies threats against schools as disorderly conduct. Charges are universal for juveniles and adults, and because of zero-tolerance policies, charges are always filed. This includes:

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