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Scott’s Law Gets an Update

In 2019, three Illinois State Police troopers died in roadside crashes, even after Illinois passed Scott’s Law. Scott’s Law is also known as the “move over law.” Scott’s Law requires Illinois drivers to reduce their speed and switch lanes in order to give first-responders more space when their hazard lights are flashing and they are pulled over on the side of the road.

The law was enacted in 2000 because the legislature sought to address the death of a lieutenant of the Chicago Fire Department. A speeding drunk driver crashed into the lieutenant and pinned him against a fire truck, killing the lieutenant.

Scott’s Law Violations are at an All-Time High

In 2019, Illinois State Police wrote eight times as many citations for Scott’s Law violations than they did in 2018. From January 1, 2019 to November 3, 2019, law enforcement officers wrote 5,860 tickets. In 2018, law enforcement only handed out 5,860 citations for Scott’s Law violations. In addition to violations, three law enforcement officials died as a result of Scott’s law violations. Illinois drivers also struck 26 trooper cars that were pulled over on the side of the road.

The Penalties for Scott’s Law Violations are Harsher

As a result of the three Illinois State Police troopers who died after being struck by drivers while on the side of the road, the Illinois legislature has responded. How has Scott’s law changed this year? Beginning January 1, 2020, the following provisions will take effect regarding Scott’s Law:

  • Drivers who violate Scott’s Law and cause the death or injury to a law enforcement officer will face a Class 4 felony charge.
  • The Illinois Secretary of State must include at least one question regarding Scott’s Law on Illinois’ written driving test.
  • The state government will create Scott’s Law Fund to educate motorists on the importance of Scott’s Law. Drivers who violate Scott’s Law must pay a fee and these fees will fund Scott’s Law Fund.
  • The minimum fine for violating Scott’s Law will increase from $100 to $250 for a first-time violation. Drivers who violate Scott’s law a second time face a fine of $750. The maximum fine amount is $10,000.

What Constitutes a Scott’s Law Violation?

Scott’s Law is also known as the “Move Over” law. The law requires that drivers do the following when they are approaching a police or other emergency vehicle that is stopped on the side of the road:

  • Proceed with due caution
  • Change lanes if possible
  • Reduce speed

Which vehicles fall under the category of emergency vehicles under Scott’s law?

Any vehicle that is authorized by law to be equipped with flashing lights, rotating, or oscillating lights require passing motorists to move over.

Facing Charges for a Scott’s Law Violation?

Those who have been charged with Scott’s Law violations face significant penalties, such as license suspensions and fines. If you are facing a Scott’s Law violation charge, contact the criminal defense attorneys at Glasgow & Olsson as soon as possible.

Fighting Concealed Carry Charges in Illinois

A Chicago man watches all of the unrest happening in his neighborhood. He has never owned a gun before, but after hearing gunshots several nights in a row, he decides it is time to purchase a weapon to defend himself and his family. He buys a gun from a trusted friend.

One day while jogging in a public park, a person approaches him and threatens to hurt him if he does not hand over his wallet right away. He pulls out his gun and tells the robber to leave him alone. He does not discharge the gun, and the assailant ends up walking away without incident. A witness nearby calls the police, and the gun owner is now facing criminal charges for carrying a weapon without a concealed carry license.

Gun Sales Have Skyrocketed in Illinois

Gun sales in Illinois have skyrocketed. Shutdowns due to COVID-19, protests over the killing of George Floyd, and the upcoming presidential election have all placed people on edge. Rising movements to defund the police have also pushed non-gun owners to consider buying a gun for self-protection.

According to the Illinois State Police, during the first two weeks of June, over 42,000 people applied for gun permits in Illinois. For context, only 7,000 people applied for gun permits during June of 2019.

Hard Working Citizens Can Face Gun Crimes Charges

Many of those who purchased guns last month are first-time gun owners who have never owned a gun before. Illinois residents are buying guns with the purpose of protecting themselves. Violent crimes are at an all-time high in Chicago. On a recent weekend, 72 people were shot in Chicago and 15 people died, including a 7-year-old girl. On father’s day 104 people were shot and another 15 people were killed.

Illinois has some of the most restrictive gun laws. It is easy for hardworking citizens who have never had any criminal charges in the past to face gun charges. In some cases, new gun owners may not know all of their obligations and all of the ways they can violate Illinois gun laws. Below are some commonly charged gun crimes in Illinois:

  • Unlawful use of a firearm
  • Possessing an unregistered or stolen gun
  • Illegally carrying a concealed weapon
  • Probation violations involving guns
  • Aggravated Discharge of a firearm
  • Reckless discharge of a firearm

Concealed Carry Without a Permit

Illinois was the last state to allow residents to carry a concealed weapon. If law enforcement finds that you are carrying a weapon in public without a concealed carry permit, you will face criminal charges. Even with a concealed carry permit, you can face charges for carrying a handgun in a place that prohibits firearms, such as airports, playgrounds, schools, and hospitals.

You can drive into a prohibited area with a firearm when the firearm is stored in a case, out of view, locked in a vehicle, and in a parking lot. The penalties for concealed carry violations depend on whether the defendant is facing a first, second, or third offense. Convicted defendants face a punishment of up to 180 days in jail for a first-time offense.

Contact Our Experienced Defense Lawyers Today

If you are a gun owner who is facing charges related to concealed carry, Glasgow & Olsson is here to help. Contact our Chicago criminal defense law firm today to schedule your initial consultation.

As Bars and Restaurants Reopen in Illinois, DUI Arrests Will Increase

John runs a mid-sized marketing firm in Schaumburg. The shutdown and related economic downturn have hurt his business severely. Many of his clients are fellow small business owners who cut off their advertising budgets in an attempt to survive this financial crisis. At several points during the last few months, John feared he would need to file for bankruptcy. The last few months have been the most stressful in his life.

When his high school friend texted him and asked if he wanted to grab a drink, John enthusiastically agreed. He had not been to a restaurant in ages, and he wanted to celebrate Chicago allowing restaurants to reopen at 25% capacity. The friends found a bar that was reopening, and John enjoyed three drinks. He left the bar feeling optimistic about his future, only to be pulled over by a police officer minutes later. Now, he is facing his first DUI charge.

As Bars and Restaurants Reopen, DUI Arrests Will Likely Increase

Illinois residents have been cooped up in their homes for months. Many of them have lost their jobs or have had their salaries cut significantly. Domestic strife has also created tension among spouses, parents, and children. Many of us will be jumping at the chance to safely go to a bar or restaurant and enjoy a nice meal with our loved ones.

As more people venture out and visit restaurants in Chicago, we may see an increase in DUI arrests. In some cases, people will be so excited to get out that they may not pay as much attention to their level of intoxication. It will be easier for people to let their guard down and get behind the wheel while intoxicated.

Facing a First-Time DUI Charge

If you are facing a first-time DUI charge after making a mistake, you are likely extremely concerned. At Glasgow & Olsson, we know that all of us have made mistakes. A simple error in judgment should not ruin your life. Working with an experienced lawyer will help you protect your rights and fight your DUI charges.

A first-time DUI conviction is a misdemeanor in Illinois. A conviction carries the following penalties:

  • A maximum jail sentence of 364 days in jail, and
  • Six months in jail when the defendant had a passenger under the age of 16 in the vehicle with him or her
  • Fines ranging up to $2,500
  • Community service
  • A license suspension of up to one year
  • Completion of a substance abuse evaluation

Contact Our Experienced Schaumburg DUI Lawyers

If you are facing a first-time DUI charge in Illinois, Glasgow & Olsson can help. We have extensive experience representing clients in DUI charges. We know all of the tactics that prosecutors use to secure a conviction. We also know how to negotiate on your behalf and protect your constitutional rights. Contact our Schaumburg DUI defense lawyers as soon as possible to schedule your initial consultation.