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Illinois residents can face criminal charges for hazing

There are many rites of passage for those going into high school and college, especially when it comes to sports or academic clubs. Hazing is not considered an acceptable tradition, although it still occurs frequently in schools across the country. According to Illinois law, those who participate in hazing rituals may face criminal consequences.

What you need to know about plea bargains

At the Law Offices of Johnson & Buh, we know that many criminal cases in Illinois never go to trial because the prosecutor offers and the defendant accepts a plea bargain. We also know that while a plea bargain may be the best choice for any given defendant, you should never accept one unless and until you know exactly what you are agreeing to do and the consequences thereof.

Can I face criminal charges for aggressive driving?

Many drivers in Illinois and elsewhere react differently to stressful situations behind the wheel than they would in person, and you might agree. If someone bumps into you at the grocery store, you both might apologize and go on your way. However, a mistake in traffic can have different results.

Can field sobriety tests prove intoxication?

If you know someone who has been charged with a drunk driving offense, you might be wondering just what evidence the police officer or officers involved may have used to support making the arrest. Contrary to what you and many other people may think, the field sobriety tests commonly used before a person is arrested for driving under the influence are not able to conclusively prove that they were actually impaired.

Is swatting a crime?

You may have heard about the prank called “swatting.” This joke often occurs after a disagreement online, but anyone can do it – from teenagers trying to prank their school officials to experienced callers dialing in false reports against government officials, politicians or social media personalities. It is important for you and other Illinois residents to understand that there are serious consequences to making a fake call to authorities.

The difference between plea bargaining and diversion

You may have heard how some people charged with criminal acts plea down their charges to a lesser offense. It is true that many criminal cases do not even make it to a trial. However, you may not know that plea bargains are not the only avenue open to someone in Illinois charged with a crime. Particularly for first time offenses, courts are open to a process called diversion that can eliminate the need for pleading guilty at all.

What does it mean if I receive a restraining order in Illinois?

If you’ve received a restraining order—known in Illinois as an order of protection—you need to be clear on the terms of this order to avoid facing unnecessary penalties. Today we examine the fundamentals of this type of court order.

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