Category: felony

When does a DUI become the felony offense of Aggravated DUI?

Aggravated DUI Illinois | Felony DUI Attorney Chicago
Illinois DUI Statute 625 ILCS 5.0/11-501-A Dennis Dwyer is a DUI attorney in Cook County, and a leading DUI attorney in Illinois. Rated A+ on BBB, 10 out of 10 on Avvo, and Top 20 Criminal Defense Lawyers on Expertise.com. Contact Dennis Dwyer when you receive a felony DUI in...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Should Strip Club be Liable for Allowing a Patron to Drive Drunk?

The Illinois Supreme Court recently ruled that a strip club could be sued for allowing a patron to drive drunk. The patron then crashed into a car in oncoming traffic, killing that motorist and her unborn child, as well as the passenger in his car. See http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/beaconnews/news/2110464,Diamonds-strip-club-lawsuit_AU031810.article. While I feel...
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Texting While Driving

It is hard to debate the merits of the new Illinois law that bans texting while driving. Sure we all have done it, but it is hard to argue that it is not dangerous. Certainly texting distracts drivers to the point of creating a real danger on the road for...
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