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Does Crime Increase on Halloween?

Posted on in Criminal Defense

Will County criminal defense attorneyHalloween can be an incredibly fun holiday. Parties are happening everywhere, filled with adults and children alike in costumes they have picked out or made themselves. Wearing a costume can allow a person to assume a sort of alter-ego for the evening. It can be said that the holiday itself invites trouble. Unfortunately, some individuals take the fun too far and find themselves in jail. It is generally true that certain crimes become more common than usual in the time period surrounding Halloween. Property crimes and drunk driving tend to spike during this time period.

It is easy for people celebrating the holiday to be peer-pressured or goaded into doing something that is against the law, especially where alcohol and other substances are involved. If you are among the crowd arrested this Halloween, it is important that you take the situation very seriously. Criminal charges do not go away when the Halloween season ends, and a record could follow you for the rest of your life. 

Crimes Commonly Committed Around Halloween

If you plan to go out and celebrate this Halloween, it is wise to be cautious about who you spend time with and what you get involved with. A spur-of-the-moment decision could leave you with a criminal record that will far, far outlast the fun of causing mischief. Common crimes people are charged with around Halloween include: 


Joliet drugged driving defense lawyerAdult residents of Illinois are now permitted to possess and use cannabis for medical or recreational purposes. THC products are generally regulated similarly to the manner in which alcohol is regulated. These regulations control how people in Illinois can handle and use cannabis. A few important rules include those governing how cannabis may be transported in a vehicle. Most Illinois residents know that they cannot drive with an open beer or glass of wine in their cupholders, as allowing people to do so would make it very easy for drivers to become intoxicated while behind the wheel. 

Similar open-container rules apply to cannabis. Even if you are not actively under its influence, you could be charged with a misdemeanor drug offense for having open and accessible containers of THC products in your vehicle. You can also be charged with a DUI for driving after using cannabis based on the concentration of THC in your body. If you are charged for possessing cannabis in a vehicle or driving under the influence of cannabis, it is important to secure legal representation as soon as possible. 

Understanding Illinois’ Cannabis Transportation Laws

Certainly, there are legal manners in which an Illinois resident can lawfully transport their legal cannabis products in a vehicle after visiting a licensed dispensary just as there are legal ways to drive home with liquor store purchases. However, the law aims to prevent a situation where people could be using cannabis inside a moving vehicle. A driver who is under the influence of cannabis generally cannot drive safely, as they will likely experience effects such as slowed reaction time. 


Will County personal injury attorneyMaintaining a vehicle is an important duty of drivers who own their cars. When a vehicle is properly maintained, it is far less likely to experience a critical malfunction in the course of operating it. When a vehicle is improperly maintained, it is far more likely that a mechanical or parts failure will occur in the course of operation. Vehicle malfunctions can cause a driver to lose control of the vehicle, increasing the odds of a collision exponentially.

While accidents stemming from a parts malfunction are sometimes the responsibility of the failed part’s manufacturer, or even the mechanic who installed the part, it is also quite common for the fault to lie with the driver and owner. Drivers often have some form of warning that a breakdown is imminent - rarely do these accidents occur entirely unexpectedly. If you have been injured in a car accident involving a vehicle parts malfunction, you may be entitled to compensation. An attorney can help you decide how best to proceed with a claim. 

Drivers Have a Duty to Maintain Their Vehicles to Prevent an Accident

Drivers very commonly have notice that their vehicle is in need of maintenance. Whether the check engine light is on, an ominous noise can be heard emitting from the engine, or their tire treads have begun to shrink down, a responsible driver would have their vehicle checked by a mechanic to determine whether it is safe to dive or in need of essential maintenance. Not all maintenance concerns render a vehicle unsafe, but the important thing is to discover whether the problem observed is one of them. 


Top 5 Causes of Rollover Accidents

Posted on in Car Accidents

Will County personal injury lawyerRollover accidents are a severe form of traffic accident in which at least one vehicle is flipped upside down or sent rolling. Inversion is not a normal result of a motor vehicle accident. Rolling over occurs only as a result of collisions involving extreme forces. As the roof of most personal automobiles offers little protective material, occupants of flipped vehicles commonly sustain life-altering injuries such as spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries. Wrongful death lawsuits brought by a victim’s surviving close family members are often born out of these terrible wrecks.

If you have been injured in a rollover car accident caused by another driver, it is very likely that the at-fault driver was negligent, if not reckless, in causing your injuries. You may be entitled to recover compensation for your current and future medical expenses, lost wages and lost future income, pain and suffering, and more. It would be wise to consult an attorney when dealing with a claim of this magnitude. 

Negligent and Reckless Mistakes That Can Lead to Rollover Accidents

Causing a vehicle to roll takes substantial force, far beyond what is frequently seen in typical motor vehicle accidents. The grave mistake that the at-fault driver likely made may have been: 


Joliet criminal defense lawyerHearing a knock on the door when you were not expecting anyone can be anything from annoying to alarming. When the knock is aggressive and followed by a call of, “Police! Search Warrant!” it is normal to feel afraid. You may or may not know why the police are interested in searching your home, but the search will occur either way. Having your home searched can be terrifying, or even deadly in some cases. It is important to respond correctly when the police arrive with a warrant to search your living space. Common errors made by a suspect during a search could impact any criminal prosecution that may result from the search.

It is difficult to retain composure during this frequently intimidating process. You will need to maintain a cooperative demeanor - even if you are arrested - without inadvertently making an incriminating admission. As soon as possible, you must then contact a criminal defense attorney. 

Guidelines for Handling a Search Warrant

Your instinct may be to run away out the back door or to hide somewhere, but these courses of actions are likely to lead to more complications. Guidelines for addressing the situation well when the police arrive with a search warrant include: 

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