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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 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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WHY DO I HAVE TWO DUI TICKETS?

It was bad enough you were arrested for DUI. But now that you are looking at your tickets, you realize you have two tickets for DUI. Are you in twice as much trouble? What does it mean? Under Illinois DUI … Continue reading

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CAN THEY SUSPEND MY LICENSE BECAUSE OF A DUI DURING THE QUARANTINE?

The answer is yes. While many offices of the Secretary of State are closed for business, the DUI unit in Springfield is still at work. Fighting a suspension during the quarantine has become more difficult as court dates are postponed. … Continue reading

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HIGH SPEED CRASHES MEAN BIG TROUBLE

The roads were clear so you zoomed ahead. But your high speed made it difficult to brake when the car in front of you stopped suddenly, and so you crashed. The police came to the scene, and you are now … Continue reading

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WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO MY DUI CASE WHILE COURT IS CLOSED?

Courts throughout Illinois are closed due to the COVID-19 quarantine. Any guess about when they will open is merely a guess at this point. If you already have a case in court, rest assured that it will be dealt with … Continue reading

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