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DOG SNIFFS AND THE UNDULY PROLONGED TRAFFIC STOP

In 2005, the United States Supreme Court changed the law regarding police stops. Before Illinois v Caballes, police needed specific and articulable facts to change the nature of a stop. After 2005, an officer could change the nature of the … Continue reading

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HOW LONG CAN POLICE STOP MY CAR IN ILLINOIS?

There are no hard and fast rules about how much time police can take to perform a routine traffic stop. However, police may keep you no longer than necessary to accomplish the purpose of that stop. How long is necessary … Continue reading

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SNIFFING AROUND YOUR CAR: DOG SNIFF SEARCHES IN ILLINOIS

Generally, you do not have the same privacy rights in a car that you would in your home. So while a trained narcotics dog may not sniff outside your apartment door, the dog may sniff around your car. Worse yet, … Continue reading

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“THEY JUST FOLLOWED ME:” POLICE STOPS IN ILLINOIS

You pulled out of the gas station and set off on your way home. You’d just had a few beers after work. A couple blocks later, you noticed a squad car behind you. The car continued following you and then … Continue reading

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THE POLICE NEED A REASON TO STOP YOU: ILLINOIS LAW ON ARRESTS

You really hadn’t done much. You and your friend were parked side by a side in a deserted lot. You handed a small package to your friend, and he pulled off. Next thing you know, the police blocked your car. … Continue reading

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“SOMEONE TOLD THE POLICE I WAS DRUNK!”: WHEN YOU ARE STOPPED FOR DUI BASED ON A TIP

You had a few drinks at the bar over the course of a few hours. You hadn’t broken any laws on your way home, but the police stopped you and arrested you for DUI. Turns out someone from the bar … Continue reading

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