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New Illinois law helpful for those charged with certain felonies

Dennis F. Dwyer is a seasoned Chicago criminal defense lawyer committed to protecting the rights of his clients. His extensive experience with criminal law allows him to provide his clients the best legal defense in Illinois. The Illinois General Assembly has passed a new law allowing for deferred prosecution for certain non...
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Illinois to allow undocumented immigrants to receive driver’s licenses?

It looks like the Illinois General Assembly will pass a bill to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses. As an attorney who practices in the traffic courts throughout the Chicagoland area, all I can say is that it is about time. I cannot tell you how many times I...
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10 Reasonable Suspicion Traffic Stops and DUI

In order for a Chicago law enforcement officer to stop a motor vehicle, he or she must have reasonable articulable suspicion that a public offense has occurred or is occurring.  A few legitimate reasons for a suspicious stop include, but are not limited to, traffic violations, equipment violations and suspicious...
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Guestspeaker about DUIs on Radio Program

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/moneyforlunch/2012/09/05/september-5-2012 Google
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How can I get a permit to drive if my license is revoked for a DUI?

The first questions clients have when they get convicted of a DUI are how and when can I drive again. Well, the fastest way to get back behind the wheel of a car is to get a restricted drivers permit(RDP). If this is your first conviction, you can get a...
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New Statutory Summary REVOCATION created in Illinois

The Illinois General Assembly has created a statutory summary revocation of driving privileges Under 625 ILCS 5/1-197.6. This revocation is for a driver who refuses to submit to chemical tests after a DUI arrest involving an accident that causes personal injury or death to another. Before this law, if you...
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Victim in domestic battery case put in jail in Will County

see http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-victim-jail-0719-20110719,0,1456646.story Imo, just an awful decision by a judge in Will county. The victim in a aggravated domestic battery case refused to testify against the alleged attacker, who was her boyfriend. Happens every day in courtrooms around the country. Many if not most of the victims of domestic violence...
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Does the Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures even exist anymore?

Search and Seizure Defense Attorney A recent Illinois Appellate Court decision in People v. Neal, No. 1-09-2814 (June 29, 2011) Cook Co., 3d Div. is just another example of the current eroding of the Fourth Amendment. A Chicago Police Officer detains a man who is out on the yelling "blows"....
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Can the State prove DUI based on drugs?

Prosecuting a DUI case based on drugs can be much more difficult for the State to prove than a DUI based on alcohol use if the driver refuses to take chemical tests. The law states that if a person has any amount of drugs in their system while driving they...
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Should you plead guilty to DUI in exchange for a rescission of the statutory summary suspension?

Every case is different, and it is often hard to negotiate a rescission even if the DUI case is weak. But what do you do if you have a DUI case that is winnable at trial and the prosecution offers to rescind the statutory summary suspension to induce you to...
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Collateral consequences to a criminal conviction

There are many collateral consequences involved when someone is charged with a criminal offense that many people do not give appropriate consideration to when handling their case. What is a collateral consequence? It is any consequence of the criminal charge outside the court consequences, which I will call direct consequences....
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Should I Clear Up an Old DUI Warrant?

The answer is absolutely. That outstanding warrant is keeping you from getting your license. Many people worry that they are automatically going to go to jail because they fled the case a while back. However, each situation is different. If you are able to post whatever the bond is on...
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Be Careful What You Post on Social Networking Sites

Interesting article in the Tribune last week: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chibrknews-prosecutors-bragging-on-facebook-leads-to-charges-20110504,0,5797986.story A woman bragging on Facebook about a battery she committed the night before at a nightclub leads to her being charged with Aggravated Battery. It should be rather obvious, but if you commit a crime and do not get caught, probably not...
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Illinois Expungement Attorney

Do I qualify to get my record expunged? There is a lot of misinformation out there concerning expungements in Illinois. I get many phone calls from people who assume they are eligible for expungement but they are not. Here, I will attempt to give a little more information about expungements....
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Consequences of an out of State DUI

Unfortunately equal protection under the laws does not necessarily apply to someone who gets an out of state DUI. In Illinois, first time DUI offenders can receive a sentence of supervision. If the conditions of the supervision are completed satisfactorily, the Secretary of State will not revoke the DUI offender’s...
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