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TAKING THE BREATHALYZER IN ILLINOIS: WHAT IF YOU DON’T HAVE ENOUGH AIR?

The police pulled you over under suspicion of DUI. You knew you’d only had one drink, so you agreed to take the breathalyzer. But somehow you didn’t blow enough air into the machine. After several tries, the police officer marked … Continue reading

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TAKING THE PLEA FOR DUI IN ILLINOIS

In my practice, having my client take a guilty plea is a last resort, not a first option. When a DUI client comes to me, I first review all the evidence against him or her for any possible defense. Did … Continue reading

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The Crime of Obstructing Identification in Illinois

While it may hardly seem like a crime, under certain circumstances, you can be charged with a Class A Misdemeanor for failing to give your correct name, address or birthdate to police. In Illinois, Obstructing Identification involves knowingly and intentionally … Continue reading

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HOW TO DRESS FOR DUI COURT

I am often surprised at how casually some parties dress for court. The judge may pass sentence on you, so you need to impress him or her. A defendant should remember that the judge is a human being who will … Continue reading

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“I MISSED MY COURT DATE!:” THE ILLINOIS LAW ON BOND FORFEITURE WARRANTS

You overslept and didn’t make it to court. Or maybe you couldn’t get off from work. In any case, you missed the court date for your DUI. What can happen to you? What can you do? When you are charged … Continue reading

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OUTSIDE THE CITY LIMITS: HOT PURSUIT IN ILLINOIS

When you saw the siren, you panicked. You knew you were near the city limits or the state border and you thought if you crossed it, the police would have to stop just like in the movies. Can police follow … Continue reading

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RECKLESS HOMICIDE IN ILLINOIS

You were just joyriding. You knew you were going way too fast in that neighborhood subdivision but it was late at night and you didn’t think anyone was around. But you hit a man walking his dog. Now you are … Continue reading

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“BUT IT WASN’T MY CAR!”: STOPPED FOR SOMEONE ELSE’S CRIMES

You borrowed a friend’s car. Unbeknownst to you, your friend had some legal troubles. When the police stopped the car, they ran a check on your license and discovered you had some legal trouble of your own. Can they do … Continue reading

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HOW TO CHOOSE A DUI ATTORNEY

No matter how great they are, not all attorneys are right for all clients. So how do you choose the criminal defense attorney that will best represent you? Here are some pointers: 1) Communication: This factor would likely be at … Continue reading

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THE LAKE COUNTY, ILLINOIS VETERANS COURT FOR DUI AND OTHER NON-VIOLENT CRIMES

A day in the Lake County Veteran’s Treatment and Assistance Court (VTAC) begins with the very compassionate Judge John Phillips selecting one of the veterans to lead the pledge of allegiance. After that, Judge Phillips hears status updates from veterans … Continue reading

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