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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.

CAN I BE STOPPED FOR PARKING IN A LOT LATE AT NIGHT?

You like driving late at night.  It’s quiet, and it lets you think.  One night, you pulled over to eat in a store’s parking lot.  The store had been closed for several hours, and the area was deserted.  An officer … Continue reading

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CAN POLICE CHANGE THE REASON THEY STOP ME?

An officer can stop you for one reason then investigate you for another as long as the stop is not unduly prolonged. Whether a stop was unduly prolonged, and thus illegal, is a very fact-intensive question, which different judges may … Continue reading

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CAN POLICE SEARCH MY CAR BASED ON MARIJUANA WHEN POT IS LEGAL IN ILLINOIS?

According to the Illinois Supreme Court, the answer is yes, especially if combined with other factors. In People v. Hill, an officer stopped the defendant, then searched his car based on the strong odor of cannabis and a cannabis bud … Continue reading

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CAN YOU BE STOPPED FOR FAILING TO WEAR A SEAT BELT?

The answer is yes. Police can stop your car when they have probable cause to believe that a traffic violation has occurred.  Failure to wear a properly adjusted and fastened seat belt can be enough. During any stop, the driver … Continue reading

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HOW QUICKLY SHOULD YOU STOP WHEN POLICE PULL YOUR CAR OVER?

If an officer pulls you over, you must stop as soon as you can safely do so. Stopping too slowly could give police the probable cause they need to search your car. Police may think you are hiding something or … Continue reading

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DOES A MINOR TRAFFIC VIOLATION GIVE POLICE THE RIGHT TO STOP MY CAR?

In most situations, the answer is yes. Police need probable cause before they can stop your car for a suspected offense. Violating even a minor traffic law can be enough. Furthermore, police may conduct a brief, investigatory stop where the … Continue reading

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HOW CAN A LAWYER HELP MY CHILD WITH A TRAFFIC TICKET?

    Your child only recently started driving.  Although generally responsible, he or she got a rather high speeding ticket with the possibility of a criminal record as a result.  Should you get an attorney?  What can an attorney do? … Continue reading

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WHAT IS THE EFFECT OF AN ILLINOIS DUI UNDER AGE 21 AND HOW CAN AN ATTORNEY HELP?

If you are arrested for DUI when you are under age 21, you can face somewhat stiffer penalties than if you were older.  For one thing, the Illinois Secretary of State can revoke your driving privileges for at least two … Continue reading

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CAN A THIRD PARTY CONSENT TO A POLICE SEARCH OF MY POSSESSIONS?

You left your car at your friend’s house while you were out of town. You wanted the car moved every few days so you left him the keys.  While you were gone, the police stopped your friend in the car … Continue reading

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OVERTURNING YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE SUSPENSION BASED ON THE UNDERLYING TRAFFIC STOP

Once you are arrested for DUI, the Secretary of State usually suspends your driver’s license for at least six months beginning on the 46th day after your arrest.  Your attorney may file a petition to rescind or overturn that suspension.  … Continue reading

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