Thursday, January 4, 2018

Increased Penalties For Repeat Gun Offenses

A new law in 2018 will increase penalties for repeat gun offenses.  It increases the possible prison sentence from 3 to 14 years to 7 to 14 years. The tougher penalties are designed to help deter crime.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Hate Crimes

Effective 2018, crimes committed at churches, synagogues, mosques and other places of worship can now be tried as hate crimes.  The measure came about after an increase in vandalism and racist graffiti at religious facilities across Illinois.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Gay Panic Defense

A new law, effective 2018,  states that defendants accused of murder will no longer be allowed to try to reduce their possible sentences using what is known as the "gay panic' defense by saying their violence was an act of passion after learning a victim was gay.  And sexual orientation cannot be considered provocation for second degree murder.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Unconstitutional DUI Testing

An Illinois Appellate Court found unconstitutional the state statute that allows blood and urine tests to be taken without a warrant or a suspect's consent whenever a police officer has probable cause to believe that a suspect was impaired and involved in a crash resulting in death or injury.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

New Law Alters Pet's Status In Divorces

A new law in Illinois allows judges in divorce proceedings to consider the well-being of pets in allocating sole or joint ownership, by taking the best interest of the animal into consideration. Previously, pets have been treated no differently than other pieces of property to be divided up between the couple.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

New Test For Drugged Drivers

     Police will use mouth swabs to detect drugs quickly in drivers bodies in roadside stops.  It will be used to detect for marijuana, cocaine amphetamines, methamphetamines and opiates like heroin.
     Since 2015, for the first time, the number of drivers involved in fatal crashes nationwide who tested positive for drugs surpassed the number of drivers who had alcohol in their systems.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Ignition Interlock-Baid Device

Like a breathalyzer, an ignition interlock measures the alcohol in a person’s system. If that amount exceeds a pre-programmed level, then the interlock temporarily locks the vehicle’s ignition.

INITIAL TEST

To take the test, the driver simply blows into the device. If the sample is good, then the vehicle will start as usual. If alcohol is detected, the driver must wait before testing again. The first time alcohol is detected, the wait time is a few minutes, but if subsequent tests are failed the driver is locked out for increasingly longer periods.

ROLLING RE-TEST

Most states require random re-testing while driving. At times on the road the device will beep, signaling the driver to deliver a breath sample. If alcohol is detected, the ignition interlock will not turn the engine off while the vehicle is in motion. Usually it will signal the driver to stop by blowing the horn and flashing the lights.
The rolling re-test ensures that a driver does not consume alcohol after performing the initial breath test.

LOGGING DATA

The data received from all breath samples are sent to the authority (court/DMV/probation, etc.) that ordered the device to be installed.

FREEDOM TO DRIVE

A majority of U.S. States and Canadian provinces now use ignition interlocks as an alternative to revoking driving privileges. Interlock devices prevent drunk driving while giving those with DUI convictions the opportunity to work, attend school, and perform other essential tasks. The devices are widely seen as beneficial both to the offender and the public.