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Teenager’s death on highway ruled a suicide

A 16-year-old was killed last week while walking along a busy interstate. According to police reports the accident occurred on Interstate 380 near Urbana.

The teenager was killed when he was hit by a car traveling north. Police later ruled the accident a suicide.

If you have been involved in a car accident charged with murder, contact the Urbana murder defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices at 217-328-6000.


Champaign police aim to crack down on St. Patrick’s day festivities

Champaign and University of Illinois police departments are preparing for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. According to a police statement, the police departments are coordinating with city officials to potentially cut down on disruptive behavior.

The city will attempt to limit the partying by not allowing package liquor stores to open before 11 a.m. Campus police also plan on limiting the amount of drinking that students attempt to do in class.

If you or anyone you know has been arrested for an alcohol-related crime, contact the Champaign criminal defense attorneys of Bruno Law Offices at 217-328-6000.


Champaign man arrested for attempted burglary Sunday

A Champaign man was arrested Sunday for residential burglary. According to police reports, the man borke into a Champaign home Monday.

Police arrested the man later that day as he was driving away from the home. At this time, a preliminary hearing has been set for March.

If you have been charged with residential burglary, contact the Champaign burglary defense attorneys of Bruno Law Offices at 217-328-6000.


Champaign man arrested in stolen car chase

Police arrested a Champaign man who allegedly was involved in a high-speed chase Saturday. According to police reports, the man was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle.

The car was originally spotted in downtown Champaign, where police began their pursuit. The chase continued until police found the man trying to hide under a porch.

If you have been charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, contact the Champaign defense attorneys of Tom Bruno & Associates at 217-328-6000.


Why are many children sent to a juvenile court?

When children are arrested for crimes, they are often tried in a juvenile court. These courts and their accompanying prison system are designed differently than the U.S. traditional system of justice.

Instead of focusing on punishment, juvenile systems try to educate children and give them a chance to rehabilitate. In some cases, the intake officer may choose to dismiss formal charges and submit the juvenile to alternative form of penalty, such as counseling or community service.

If your child has been charged with a serious crime, contact the Champaign criminal defense attorneys of Tom Bruno & Associates at 217-328-6000.


Four students arrested for Champaign textbook thefts

Four students have been arrested for allegedly stealing a number of textbooks. According to police reports, textbook thefts were first reported about a month ago.

The thefts were occurring at bookstores near a Champaign community college. The fours students arrested, however, likely had a number of other accomplices.

If you or anyone you know has been charged with a crime related to theft, contact the Champaign criminal defense lawyers of Tom Bruno & Associates at 217-328-6000.


Two men wanted for Champaign break-in

Two men allegedly broke into a Champaign home Sunday. According to police reports, police are looking for two men who tried to sneak into the home through the back door.

The house was apparently under construction, although the home’s owner was there at the time of the break in. When she saw the men, she attempted to hit one on the head with an ax, causing both of them to flee.

If you or anyone you know has been charged with a break-in, contact the Champaign criminal defense attorneys of Tom Bruno & Associates at 217-328-6000.


Woman’s purse stolen near campus

A woman was robbed near the University of Illinois campus Monday. According to police reports, the woman was walking near campus when two men began following her.

Shortly later, one of the men grabbed the woman’s purse, and the two men ran away. The woman was not injured in the robbery.

If you or anyone you know has been charged with crime related to robbery, contact the Champaign criminal defense attorneys of the Bruno Law Offices at (217) 328-6000.


Can your roommate give the police permission to search your apartment?

If police do not have a warrant to search an individual’s apartment, they may still be able to search parts or all of the apartment.

For instance, if the individual has a roommate and the roommate gives the police permission, then the police may search parts of the apartment. This provision limits the search to common areas, meaning that police will likely not be able to search an individual’s room.

If you or anyone you know has questions about a search and seizure, contact the Champaign criminal defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices at (217) 328-6000.


Are you required to take a breathalyzer test?

When police suspect that a driver is under the influence, they may ask the driver to take a breathalyzer test. While drivers have the option to refuse the test, they may still face consequences.

In many states, drivers who refuse a breathalyzer test may receive a license suspension. This suspension may stay in effect even if the drivers later prove that they were not intoxicated.

If you or anyone you know has a question about breathalyzer tests, contact the Champaign and Urbana drunk driving defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices at (217) 328-6000.

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