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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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How long will I lose my license if I am found guilty of a DUI?

In Illinois, a first time DUI offender is ELIGIBLE for supervision. As long as you complete your supervision period successfully, usually meaning completion of all alcohol classes, payment of fines and no new arrests, the Illinois Secretary of State will not revoke your driver's license. Upon first conviction for a...
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Statutory Summary Suspension after a DUI arrest

What is a Statutory Summary Suspension? When a driver is arrested for a DUI, he/she is asked by the police officer to submit to a breath, blood, or urine test to determine if their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is greater than .08 or if there are any drugs in their...
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Drug Sniffing Dogs

Interesting article in the Tribune today detailing how drug sniffing dogs are not always correct in alerting for drugs on a traffic stop. See http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-canine-officers-20110105,0,6649157,full.story This is certainly an alarming problem because the Supreme Court has stated that the police can have a drug sniffing dog sniff the outside of...
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What can I expect when charged with domestic battery?

Having talked to many clients as a defense attorney handling domestic violence offenses and to many victims as a prosecutor, I have learned that there is a lot of misinformation out there concerning how the court system handles domestic violence cases. This blog hopefully will clear up some of those...
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Timeline of a Criminal Case (Part 4)

The next stage in the progression of a criminal or traffic case is a bench or a jury trial. If the matter is set for a bench trial, a judge will hear all of the evidence introduced during the trial and make a finding of guilty or not guilty. In...
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Timeline of a Criminal Case (Part 3)

The next stage of a felony criminal or traffic case is the arraignment. It is at this hearing where the defendant is read the formal charges against him or her. The defendant must then enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. If the plea is guilty, either through an...
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Timeline of a Criminal Case (Part 2)

The next court date for a criminal defendant charged with a misdemeanor offense is generally a status date for the defendant to have his defense attorney file an appearance and request any evidence in the case that the State will be using against the defendant. If the case is going...
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Timeline of a Criminal Case

Many people enter the criminal justice system in the chicagoland area and they have no idea what the procedure is and the normal timeline for a criminal case. In fact, some criminal defendants who come to court with no attorney or an attorney who has not explained the process to...
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Attacking Field Sobriety Tests at a DUI Trial

When a motorist refuses to take a breathalyzer test, field sobriety tests are often a very important piece of evidence the State uses to prove a defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of DUI. Judges rely on the police officer’s expertise in giving field sobriety tests, and the police officer’s...
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Woman Suing Lake County Over DUI Arrest

This is an interesting story from the Daily Herald: http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=405169. A woman is suing the police and the Lake County State’s Attorney’s office for malicious prosecution and wrongful arrest for DUI. She was pulled over for DUI and Police and the State’s Attorney’s Office obtained a warrant to take her...
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Court Supervision Illinois

Is Court Supervision Always the Right Move? Often times criminal defendants and their attorneys think that court supervision is the best solution for a client and should always be taken if offered by the prosecution. In most cases, supervision is a very good disposition of the case. It does not...
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Chicagoland Municipalities Charging Innocent Car Owners for Other People’s Criminal Offenses

Dennis F. Dwyer is a seasoned Chicago criminal defense attorney committed to protecting the rights of his clients.  His extensive experience with DUI law allows him to provide his clients with the best DUI representation in Cook County. Municipalities in the Chicagoland area have been hit by this recession hard....
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