Category: Criminal Law

Stop Cops from Searching your Vehicle

The law protects against unreasonable search and seizure, making it so that cops can’t just search your car because they think you might be doing something illegal. While they usually must obtain a search warrant to search your property, they can search your car during a traffic stop if they...
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What You Need to Know About Bail Bonds in Illinois

After an arrest, there is a period of time before you go to trial. If you do not wish to remain in jail for the duration, you can post bail. The law in Illinois prohibits the use of bail bondsmen, which means no commercial organization can post your bail. Your...
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New Illinois Laws for 2017

Once again, with the New Year, a bevy a new laws become effective. This year there are quite a few changes to criminal law. Expungement opportunities have expanded, allowing people with previous convictions to get expungements for offenses that didn’t result in conviction, and you better return rental equipment unless...
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What Happens to My Money if I go to Jail or Prison?

Going to jail or prison doesn’t make your financial obligations go away. Even if you are serving time, you may still have bills that need to be paid. When you are incarcerated, you will not have the same access to your bank account, and that can make taking care of...
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Can I Get Rid of Online Mugshots?

Mugshots are public records. This means that they are not private and anyone can request a mugshot. Many websites have been created to give people quick access to mugshots. People have found that after an arrest their mugshot is available online for public viewing. This can result in embarrassment, and...
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Top Criminal Defense Lawyer in Chicago The Law Offices of Dennis Dwyer has recently been chosen as one of the top 20 criminal defense lawyers in Chicago by Expertise, a company whose goal it is to connect customers with experts. Out of 251 criminal lawyers reviewed, the Law Offices of Dennis Dwyer rose to the...
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When DUI Results in Death

Dennis Dwyer is a Chicago DUI Lawyer that is experienced and dedicated to protecting your rights. The news feed is full of death related DUI cases across the country. In Jackson, Mississippi a man has been sentenced to 24 years for the death of a 14 year old boy during...
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Theft-Related Offenses

Stealing is a crime that falls under several different offenses. While taking something that doesn’t belong to you, without permission, is always a crime, certain factors will determine the severity of the crime and what type of punishment is possible. The value of what is stolen, whether a person is...
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Innocent Until Proven Guilty

Innocent until proven guilty is a term that we are all familiar with, but what does it mean? Though the term is not actually found in the constitution, the idea of presumed innocence has long been part of English jurisprudence and is considered common law. The constitution does embody the...
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Driving on a Suspended or Revoked Driver’s License

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DUI Illinois License Suspension Losing your driver’s license is difficult. These days we depend on having a car to get around to work or school. Most communities are spread apart and a car is required to get from one place to another. If you lose your driver’s license, you may...
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Internet Crime: A Growing Offense

Internet crime often overlaps with other criminal offenses, because criminals increasingly use the internet to commit or to aid in committing criminal offenses. Internet crime is also known as cyber crime and can include online fraud, Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) matters, hacking, espionage, extortion, money laundering, identity theft, and child...
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Accused of Disorderly Conduct?

Disorderly Conduct Definition Disorderly conduct is defined as behavior that disrupts the peace. This is a broad term that envelops unruly behavior such as using vulgar or obscene language in a public place, vagrancy, loitering, causing a crowd to gather in a public place, or annoying other passengers on public...
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Can I Get an Interpreter for Court?

Court interpreters are available in Illinois for those that need them. Interpreters are available to ensure that all participants in the Illinois criminal justice system are given equal access to justice. Justice can only be achieved if all defendants understand what is happening during the court proceedings. If you feel...
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Does Illinois have Castle Doctrine?

The term Castle Doctrine refers to laws that allow people to use force against trespassers to their “Castle” or home without legal prosecution or liability. Several states have enacted Castle Doctrine laws that protect people from trespassers. Illinois has statutes that protect those that use force in certain instances. Use...
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Can a Lawyer Get Felony Drug Charges Dropped to a Misdemeanor?

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. Every criminal case is unique. Though Illinois statutes define offenses and prescribe penalties, the results of...
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