Thursday, April 20, 2017

Will marijuana use in Illinois become legal?

Illinois lawmakers consider a proposal to make marijuana use legal in the state.  It would allow possession of up to one ounce of pot by people 21 and over.  Driving under the influence wold remain illegal and smoking in public would be prohibited.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Illinois passed a new law which will eliminate the requirement that a person have no convictions on his record in order to expunge a case. Under the old law, a conviction for even the smallest infraction (for example, a fine on a ticket for underage drinking) would mean that a person could not expunge anything else from his criminal record, even if those charges were dropped.

Although that person could have sealed the dismissed case, there are certain circumstances where an expungement is necessary for furthering someone's goals. Now, the law will determine the eligibility to expunge based solely on the case itself, rather than also on the person.

The new law will also waive the filing fees for many expungement petitions in Cook County during 2017. Petitioners in Cook County will not have to pay filing fees when the case(s) sought to be expunged resulted in acquittal or dismissal. This provision is set to expire at the end of 2017

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Majority of car accidents caused by distracted driving

A new study from Cambridge Mobile Telematics (CMT) found that, in most car crashes, distracted driving plays a role. They dug deep on this problem, examining phone logs from drivers in hundreds of thousands of real accidents.
The new study found in 52 percent of all wrecks, drivers had been on their phones. These aren't just fender benders -- 29 percent of drivers were doing over 56 miles per hour.