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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.

DOES ADMITTING I WAS DRUNK CONVICT ME OF DUI?

When the officer pulled you over, you were very compliant. Perhaps a little too compliant. You readily told the officer you’d had too much to drink. Is your DUI defense over before it begins? While statements like “I am drunk” … Continue reading

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MY DUI WAS IN CHICAGO, BUT MY CASE IS IN SKOKIE

You live in Chicago, a Chicago officer stopped your car in Chicago, so you fully expected your court would be in Chicago. But to your surprise, your case is assigned to the Cook County Circuit Court in Skokie at 5600 … Continue reading

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CAN THEY MAKE ME TAKE A BREATHALYZER IN COURT?

You stayed up late drinking the night before court. You thought you would sober up in time, but that didn’t happened. Can the court force you to take a breathalyzer? The answer is absolutely. In Illinois, you are required to … Continue reading

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WILL MY DUI BE DISMISSED IF THE OFFICER FAILS TO APPEAR IN COURT?

You are at your first court date for a DUI. You glance nervously about the room and are surprised not to see your arresting officer. Will your case be dismissed if the officer fails to appear? In Illinois, the answer … Continue reading

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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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