Sheriff's Office

Posted on: December 28, 2017

New Illinois Laws

-Illinois Bail Reform Act. The law also eliminates the requirement of cash bail for low-level, nonviolent crimes, such as drug possession and theft, for defendants deemed unlikely to flee or who do not pose a threat to the community. In those instances, courts will consider non-monetary bail options, like electronic home monitoring and in-person reporting.

-No More Driving with ‘For Sale’ Signs: Buying or selling a car in the New Year? Pay attention to this rule: All signs, decals or paperwork on a car’s front windshield or windows that could obstruct a driver’s vision must be removed before a test drive.

-Online Threats Could be Considered Hate Crimes: The new law will better protect Illinois residents from hate crimes by addressing the increasing use of technology to attack victims. The law states cyber stalking, transmission of obscene messages and certain acts of intimidation could be considered hate crimes.

-Teen Drivers Can Register as Donors: Illinois residents who are at least 16 years old can join the First Person Consent Organ and Tissue donor registry when they receive their driver’s license or state ID cards. Parents and guardians will still have the right to give or revoke consent until the donor turns 18.

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