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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 MY CONSENT TO CHEMICAL TESTS BE USED AGAINST ME IF I WASN’T UNDER ARREST FOR DUI?

According to recent Illinois case law, the answer is a probable yes. Under Illinois law, any person who drives or is in actual physical control of a motor vehicle upon the public way shall be deemed to have consented to … Continue reading

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CAN AN OFFICER SEARCH MY CAR BASED ON ANOTHER OFFICER’S PROBABLE CAUSE?

An officer stopped you for DUI and had you taking field sobriety tests. While doing so, a second officer searched your car without speaking to the first officer.  The search uncovered some narcotics, and now you are charged with DUI … Continue reading

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ACTING QUICKLY COULD SAVE YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE FROM AUTOMATIC SUSPENSION AFTER DUI

After a DUI arrest, the Illinois Secretary of State suspends your driver’s license beginning on the 46th day after your arrest.   An attorney can petition the court to overturn (or rescind) that suspension on certain grounds. To succeed, however, you … Continue reading

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WHAT ARE THE PENALTIES FOR USING A CELL PHONE WHILE DRIVING IN ILLINOIS?

Illinois again raised its penalties against drivers distracted by cell phones.  The minimum fine as of July 1, 2020 is $1,000 for aggravated use of an electronic communication device when causing an accident resulting in great bodily injury, permanent disability, … Continue reading

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CAN POLICE ARREST ME FOR DRIVING ON A REVOKED LICENSE EVEN IF I DID NOTHING ELSE WRONG?

The U.S. Supreme Court says that they can under certain circumstances. In Kansas v. Glover, an officer ran a check on a truck’s license plate which revealed that the truck’s owner, Glover, had a revoked license.  Assuming Glover was the … Continue reading

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WHAT ARE THE GROUNDS FOR OVERTURNING A DUI –RELATED SUSPENSION OF MY DRIVER’S LICENSE?

When you are arrested for DUI in Illinois, the Secretary of State automatically suspends your driver’s license on the 46th day after your arrest.  You may be able to overturn that suspension, particularly on a first offense.  Illinois law sets … Continue reading

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CAN POLICE SEARCH MY CAR WITHOUT A WARRANT?

The answer is yes, if the search falls under the “automobile exception” to the warrant requirement. Because automobiles are mobile, a driver could easily take off with the evidence before police have time to get a warrant. Therefore, the automobile … Continue reading

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DO POLICE NEED A WARRANT TO GET MY BLOOD TEST RESULTS FROM A  HOSPITAL?

After having too much to drink, you were involved in an auto accident and taken to the emergency room.  The nurse was very friendly while taking a sample of your blood.  The hospital had your blood tested for alcohol which … Continue reading

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CAN I BE CONVICTED OF DUI WHEN THE CAR WAS OFF?

The answer is yes. In Illinois, you may be guilty of DUI if you are in actual physical control of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. To convict you, the state need only show that you had the … Continue reading

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CAN POLICE SEARCH MY CAR AFTER THEY IMPOUND IT?

After you were arrested for DUI, the officers impounded and searched your car. The search yielded several capsules of an illegal narcotic. The officers did not have a warrant. You are now charged with possession with intent to deliver as … Continue reading

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