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What is criminal sexual abuse part 2

I have represented hundreds if not thousands of clients who have been charged with crimes in the Chicago area for over seventeen years. Some of these are misdemeanor charges in Illinois and some of them are felony charges. One such charge that can carry a heavy sentence is criminal sexual abuse.

A person commits criminal sexual abuse if that person: commits an act of sexual conduct by the use of force or threat of force; or commits an act of sexual conduct and knows that the victim is unable to understand the nature of the act or is unable to give knowing consent. A person commits criminal sexual abuse if that person is under 17 years of age and commits an act of sexual penetration or sexual conduct with a victim who is at least 9 years of age but under 17 years of age. A person commits criminal sexual abuse if that person commits an act of sexual penetration or sexual conduct with a victim who is at least 13 years of age but under 17 years of age and the person is less than 5 years older than the victim.

For more information about criminal sexual abuse and the consequences you could face, contact our office to speak with an experienced defense attorney.


- Posted by lawyer John W. Callahan

My teen is facing a DUI charge, can I face charges as well?

I have been representing clients who have been charged with a DUI, around the Schaumburg and Chicago areas, for over 17 years. Minors who drink and drive face stiff penalties. However, parents of minors who drink can also face stiff penalties in some cases.

What is a parent's responsibility when their teen is drinking? A parent/legal guardian who knowingly allows anyone under age 21 to consume alcoholic beverages at a private residence or other private property is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. A parent/legal guardian who knowingly allows anyone under age 21 to consume alcoholic beverages by failing to control access to either the private residence or to alcoholic beverages in the residence, and bodily harm results to any person as a result of this access, is guilty of a Class 4 felony.

It is unlawful for any parent/legal guardian to knowingly allow his/her property to be used for the illegal consumption of alcoholic beverages. If the consumption of alcohol results in great bodily harm or death to any person, the parent/guardian is guilty of a Class 4 felony.

For more information about DUI and associated charges, contact our office to speak with a defense attorney.


- Posted by Chicago DUI lawyer John W. Callahan

What types of relief can you receive if your license was suspended for a DUI?

I have represented hundreds if not thousands of clients who have been charged with crimes including a DUI in the Chicago area for over seventeen years. A DUI charge can have criminal consequences and cause you to have your driver's license suspended or revoked. First, as your attorney, I will do everything I can to prevent your drivers license from being suspended 46 days after your DUI arrest. The best way to do this is to immediately file paperwork in the court within the first day or two after the DUI arrest. This gives you the best chance to eliminate the suspension.

However, if your license is suspended or revoked, as your attorney, I can help you to apply for driving relief. Driving relief can take the form of filing for a hearing to appeal the suspension, applying for a monitoring device driving permit, applying for a restricted driver's permit, or having a breath alcohol ignition interlock device installed in your car. Time is very important in keeping you up and driving so contact a DUI lawyer to talk about your case right away!

For help dealing with a DUI charge or preventing your license from being suspended or revoked, contact our office. Don't face a DUI charge alone!


- Posted by DUI lawyer John W. Callahan

What is criminal sexual abuse?

I have represented hundreds if not thousands of clients who have been charged with crimes including DUI and sex crimes in the Chicago area for over seventeen years. Some of these are misdemeanor charges in Illinois and some of them are felony charges. One such charge that can carry a heavy sentence is criminal sexual abuse.

A person commits criminal sexual abuse if that person: commits an act of sexual conduct by the use of force or threat of force; or commits an act of sexual conduct and knows that the victim is unable to understand the nature of the act or is unable to give knowing consent. A person commits criminal sexual abuse if that person is under 17 years of age and commits an act of sexual penetration or sexual conduct with a victim who is at least 9 years of age but under 17 years of age. A person commits criminal sexual abuse if that person commits an act of sexual penetration or sexual conduct with a victim who is at least 13 years of age but under 17 years of age and the person is less than 5 years older than the victim.

For more information about criminal sexual abuse and the consequences you could face, contact our office to speak with an experienced defense attorney.


- Posted by lawyer John W. Callahan

How could driving under the influence arrest happen to me?

John W Callahan has been representing clients charged with a DUI in Illinois, around the Schaumburg and Chicago areas, for over 17 years. What many people do not realize is that they could just as easily be facing DUI charges as a someone else. All it takes is getting behind the wheel of a car without realizing how much you have had to drink or even drinking a few beers with very high alcohol content like an IPA.

According to the Illinois Secretary of State, the average DUI offender in Illinois is: male (77 percent arrested are men); age 34 (59 percent are under age 35); arrested between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. on a weekend; and caught driving with a Blood Alcohol Content of 0.16, which is twice the illegal limit. What people also do not realize is that they face not just criminal charges, but also the loss of their driving privileges.

In 2012, 93 percent of drivers arrested for a DUI, who refused to submit to or failed chemical testing, lost their driving privileges; 86 percent of those were first offenders. Of the driver’s license revocations in 2012, 2,756 were for second offenses, 803 were for third offenses, and 352 were for fourth or subsequent offenses resulting in lifetime revocation.

If you have been arrested for a driving under the influence of alcohol charge, we have been helping people eliminate the suspension the face from the DUI arrest as well as helping people minimize the effects of a driving alcohol criminal action for many years.

For more information about the consequences of a DUI charge, contact our office to speak with an experienced defense attorney. Don't face your DUI charge alone!


- Posted by DUI lawyer John W. Callahan

Schaumburg DUI arrest

I have been a DUI defense lawyer in Schaumburg for the past 17 years and have seen numerous cases where people have been charged with DUI in the Schaumburg, Arlington Heights, and Barrington communities. All of these DUI arrests will be brought to the third district of Cook County Courthouse located in Rolling Meadows Illinois.

If you have been arrested for a DUI in any of these towns you should feel free to contact an experienced DUI lawyer to help you prevent the negative ramifications of a DUI arrest. First, an experienced DUI lawyer will do everything he can to prevent your drivers license from being suspended 46 days after your DUI arrest. The best way to do this is to immediately file paperwork in the court within the first day or two after the DUI arrest. This gives you the best chance to eliminate the suspension.

Next, your lawyer should do everything he can to try to win the criminal charges that you will be facing in court. Taking the DUI arrest seriously is very important to prevent jail, revocation of driving privileges, and high fines at the very least.

If you have any questions about a DUI arrest that occurred in Chicago or the Schaumburg area, feel free to contact our office any time to speak about your DUI charge.

- Posted by DUI lawyer John W. Callahan

What are the penalties for underage drinking and driving after a first DUI conviction?

I have been representing clients who have been charged with a DUI, around the Schaumburg and Chicago areas, for over 17 years. Minors who drink and drive face stiff penalties.

For a first DUI conviction, the underage individual face losing full driving privileges for a minimum of 2 years, face the possible imprisonment for up to 1 year, and a maximum $2,500 fine. For a second DUI conviction, the underage individual can lose full driving privileges for a minimum of five years, face mandatory five days imprisonment or 240 hours of community service, possible imprisonment up to one year, and a maximum fine of $2,500.

A third DUI conviction is a Class 4 Felony, and the underage individual will lose their driving privileges for ten years, face mandatory imprisonment of 18 to 30 months, possible imprisonment for seven years, and a maximum fine of $25,000. For an Aggravated DUI, where a crash results in great bodily harm or permanent disfigurements, which is a Class 4 Felony, the underage individual will lose full driving privilege for a minimum of one year, face possible imprisonment for up to 12 years, and a maximum fine of $25,000.

For more information about the penalties an underage individual faces for a DUI charge or if your son or daughter faces a DUI charge that you need help with to prevent the serious consequences from occurring, contact our office to speak with a DUI defense attorney experienced in DUI charges.


- Posted by DUI lawyer John W. Callahan

What are the consequences for producing or possessing the cannabis sativa plant?

I have represented hundreds if not thousands of clients who have been charged with drug arrests. Some of these are misdemeanor charges in Illinois and some of them are felony charges. One such drug charge in Illinois is for the production or possession of the cannabis sativa plant.

It is unlawful for any person knowingly to produce the cannabis sativa plant or to possess such plants. Any person who produces or possess the cannabis sativa plant will face the following penalties: possession of less than 5 plants is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor, possession of more than 5, but not more than 20 plants, is guilty of a Class 4 felony, possession of more than 20, but not more than 50 plants, is guilty of a Class 3 felony, possession of more than 50, but not more than 200 plants, is guilty of a Class 2 felony for which a fine not to exceed $100,000 may be imposed, possession of more than 200 plants is guilty of a Class 1 felony for which a fine not to exceed $100,000 may be imposed.

For more information about the production or possession of the cannabis sativa plant, contact our office to speak with an experienced defense attorney.

- Posted by drug charge lawyer John W. Callahan

What are the consequences for delivering Cannabis to a minor?

I have represented hundreds if not thousands of clients who have been charged with drug arrests. Some of these are misdemeanor charges in Illinois and some of them are felony charges. One such drug charge in Illinois is the manufacture or delivery of cannabis to a minor.

Any person who is at least 18 years of age who delivers cannabis to a person under 18 years of age who is at least 3 years his junior may be sentenced to imprisonment for a term up to twice the maximum term authorized. Any person under 17 years of age who possesses, manufacture, or delivers cannabis may be treated in Juvenile Court.

For more information about the consequences of delivering Cannabis to a minor, contact our office to speak with an attorney experienced in drug crimes.


- Posted by criminal drug defense lawyer John W. Callahan

What are the consequences for drug trafficking?

I have been representing clients who have been charged with a drug crimes, around the Schaumburg and Chicago areas, for over 17 years. One drug charge that can have serious consequences is the trafficking of cannabis.
Any person who knowingly brings or causes to be brought into this State for the purpose of manufacture or delivery or with the intent to manufacture or deliver 2,500 grams or more of cannabis in this State or any other state or country is guilty of cannabis trafficking.

A person convicted of cannabis trafficking shall be sentenced to a term of imprisonment not less than twice the minimum term or twice the maximum term and fined an amount based upon the amount of cannabis brought or caused to be brought into this State.

For more information about the consequences of trafficking Cannabis, contact our office to speak with an experienced defense attorney.


- Posted by drug defense lawyer John W. Callahan