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About mdkeenan

A criminal and school law attorney with over 17 years of experience, I have successfully represented clients all over the Chicago area. My practice includes DUI, felony, criminal, misdemeanor, homicide, internet crime, retail theft, traffic offenses, cyberstalking, drug crimes, weapons violations, domestic battery and juvenile crime. I also represent families involving school cases. My clients come from all over the Chicago area including Skokie, Wilmette, Niles, Northbrook, Glenview, Evanston, Winnetka, Highland park, Northfield, Park Ridge, Des Plaines and Mount Prospect. I am a member of the ACLU and the Illinois State Bar Association. I serve as a volunteer for First Defense Legal Aid. Se habla espanol.

WHAT IS IMPROPER LANE USAGE UNDER ILLINOIS LAW?

You may enjoy hearing the song “The Long and Winding Road,” but you don’t exactly like driving on one. Because you had trouble staying in your lane, an officer pulled you over for Improper Lane Usage. Having smelled alcohol on … Continue reading

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CAN YOUR SHOES CONVICT YOU OF DUI?

Wearing the wrong shoes can affect the way you walk, give you back pain and damage your performance on field sobriety tests! If you are stopped for DUI in Illinois, an officer will likely ask you to perform two standard … Continue reading

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CAN YOU BE STOPPED BY POLICE BASED ON A TIP?

            You were driving home one night when you were surprised to see police sirens behind you.  You weren’t doing anything wrong, so why were they stopping you?  Turns out someone phoned in a tip that you were weaving out … Continue reading

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WHAT IS PROBABLE CAUSE FOR DRUNK DRIVING IN ILLINOIS?

Before a police officer can arrest you for DUI, he or she must have probable cause. But what does that really mean? According to People v. Williams, probable cause exists when “the totality of the facts known to the officer … Continue reading

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WHAT IS DRUNK DRIVING IN ILLINOIS?

We all know that drunk driving is something you shouldn’t do. But legally speaking, what exactly is it? How does a court decide when you crossed the line and became too drunk to drive? Under 625 ILCS 5/11-501(a)(2), a person … Continue reading

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HOW CAN I KEEP OUT EVIDENCE FROM MY POLICE STOP? THE ILLINOIS MOTION TO SUPPRESS

You really were doing nothing wrong. You didn’t run a stop sign, and you weren’t speeding. You’d had more than a couple drinks at the bar, but your driving was just fine. Then suddenly the police are behind you. During … Continue reading

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CAN YOU BE STOPPED FOR MAKING A LEFT TURN INTO THE FAR LANE?

You noticed the officer’s car behind you. You’d had a few drinks but your driving was really spot on. Then you made a left turn into the far lane of an intersection. The officer signals you to pull over. He … Continue reading

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THIRD TIME DUI IN ILLINOIS

You’ve seen this movie at least twice. The police pulled you over for a traffic offense, smelled alcohol on your breath and the next thing you knew, you were under arrest. Because it’s your third time, the state has upgraded … Continue reading

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CAN YOU EXPUNGE OR SEAL A DUI ON YOUR CRIMINAL RECORD IN ILLINOIS?

Long after the ordeal of court, the embarrassment of a DUI lingers. You even fear it might affect your job search. Can you get it off your criminal record? The answer depends on the outcome of your case. Under Illinois … Continue reading

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U.S. SUPREME COURT FINDS POLICE SEARCH OF RENTAL CAR NOT LEGAL

You and a friend are driving across country. Your friend leased the rental car and is its sole authorized driver. In spite of that, your friend said you could take the car to run an errand. That’s when the police … Continue reading

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