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Marijuana Possession in Illinois

Posted on behalf of Donahue & Walsh, P.C. | May 4, 2021

On January 1, 2020, the law governing marijuana in Illinois changed. Illinois law now states that the possession of 30 grams or less of marijuana is legal. However, if you possess 30-100 grams of marijuana, you can be charged with a Class A misdemeanor. If you face drug charges in Illinois, you must contact Donahue…
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National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) Certified on Field Sobriety Tests

Posted on behalf of Donahue & Walsh, P.C. | April 28, 2021

Did you know that the lawyers at Donahue & Walsh, P.C. are each National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) certified on field sobriety tests? Seeking the guidance of an attorney who is NHTSA certified if you face OWI charges is crucial. Such a certification allows your attorney to recognize any improper sobriety testing administered by law…
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Illinois Overweight CDL Tickets

Posted on behalf of Donahue & Walsh, P.C. | April 1, 2021

CDL drivers regularly face more severe consequences for traffic infractions than a regular license holder.  Illinois laws prohibit overweight commercial vehicles from driving on the roads to preserve the roadways. If Illinois roadways become damaged from overweight vehicles, it ends up costing the state a substantial amount of money. Attorneys at Donahue & Walsh, P.C….
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Aggravated Speeding in Illinois

Posted on behalf of Donahue & Walsh, P.C. | March 23, 2021

In the state of Illinois, if you drive 26 mph or more over the speed limit, it is considered Aggravated Speeding. Some assume speeding is always simply a petty offense. However, aggravated speeding is actually a criminal misdemeanor under Illinois law. If you face traffic violations charges, contact Donahue & Walsh, P.C. We routinely initiate…
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How Does Illinois Law Define “Theft”?

Posted on behalf of Donahue & Walsh, P.C. | March 11, 2021

Illinois law defines “theft” as an individual taking property from an owner, without their authorization. Theft may be carried out through “threat” or “deception”. The punishment for theft in Illinois is determined by what property was stolen, and how the theft was carried out. Penalties vary from a Class A misdemeanor, to a Class X…
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March 2021 Newsletter

Posted on behalf of Donahue & Walsh, P.C. | March 8, 2021

 


First-Degree Murder Charges in Illinois

Posted on behalf of Donahue & Walsh, P.C. | March 3, 2021

In Illinois, if you are convicted of first-degree murder, you will no longer face the death penalty, as it was abolished in 2011. However, you will face a maximum sentence of a life in prison. View the specific Illinois laws regarding first degree murder here, according to the Illinois Statutes. When so much is at…
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What Does the Term “Burden of Proof” Mean?

Posted on behalf of Donahue & Walsh, P.C. | February 24, 2021

What does “burden of proof” mean in a criminal case? In order for a guilty verdict to arise, prosecutors must prove the defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. This is called the “burden of proof”. If you hope to avoid a conviction, it is crucial to obtain experienced legal counsel. A seasoned criminal defense attorney…
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Illinois Driving Point System

Posted on behalf of Donahue & Walsh, P.C. | February 17, 2021

In Illinois, if you are convicted of three or more moving violations within a 12-month period, your driver’s license will be suspended or revoked. The severity of your consequence hinges on the severity of your traffic offenses. View a detailed list of Illinois traffic violations and the number of points associated with each violation here….
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What Is the Age of Consent in Illinois?

Posted on behalf of Donahue & Walsh, P.C. | February 9, 2021

In Illinois, the age of consent, which is the age an individual is old enough to engage in sexual activity according to law, is 17 years old. This means that in Illinois, if you are 16 years old or younger, you are not old enough to consent to sexual activity. If an individual engages in…
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