Criminal Defense in Illinois

Surprising news for most parents, if your child is being bullied at school, your hands could be tied when it comes to litigation options. Sounds absurd doesn’t it? If a child is in the schools care, isn’t it their job to ensure that the child is safe and unharmed from bullies? Not

While most criminal charges in Illinois are filed in state courts, some crimes are prosecuted in federal courts, including white-collar crimes, some drug cases, and violations of federal law. Although the basics are the same, federal court operates a bit differently, with unique rules for motions, hearings, and timelines.

In order to be successful in

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“Disorderly conduct” is a criminal charge that applies to several types of situations, a fact that can make it seem a bit vague and even confusing. Disorderly conduct is described as conduct that disturbs the public peace, offends public morals or undermines public safety. It can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending

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A BAIID is a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device. First-time DUI offenders can get special permission (a Monitoring Device Driving Permit) that lets them drive during their suspension as long as they have one of these devices installed in their vehicle. The device prevents the vehicle from starting if the driver’s blood alcohol content is

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It’s no surprise that you can lose your license if you drink and drive, but the details can be confusing because in Illinois there are two different ways in which you can lose your license. There is what’s called a “statutory summary suspension” from the secretary of state, and then there potentially is a separate

Not everyone is entitled to a public defender. There has to be financial need. Also, don’t be so sure that you want a public defender. If hiring a private attorney is an option for you, it might be a better idea.

Everyone has the right to a defense, and if you are facing jail time,

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A felony conviction can follow you for the rest of your life. It shows up on background checks, which means that you’ll have to disclose it, and many people can end up seeing it. It can make it more difficult to get and keep a job, and it can altogether prevent you from applying for

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From arrest to sentencing, here’s a general overview of what you can expect in an Illinois criminal case.

Pre-arrest. Sometimes a criminal case starts with an arrest. Other times, a victim or someone else calls the police to report a crime. If warranted, police detectives will investigate the crime. Once they have enough “probable