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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.

ILLINOIS TIGHTENS LAW ON HAND HELD DEVICES WHILE DRIVING

As of July 1, 2019, a first offense for texting or using a cell phone while driving is now a moving violation. Before the change, a second offense incurred the moving violation. The rest of the law remains the same: … Continue reading

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DO POLICE HAVE PROBABLE CAUSE TO SEARCH YOUR CAR?

You know you blew a stop sign, so you were not surprised when the officer pulled you over. But then the officer searched your car and found an open bottle of whiskey under the passenger seat. You are now under … Continue reading

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CAN I FIGHT THE AUTOMATIC DUI SUSPENSION OF MY DRIVER’S LICENSE?

The answer is yes. There is a procedure for asking the court to review the suspension. After you are charged with DUI, the Secretary of State usually suspends your driver’s license on the 46th day after your arrest. Once you … Continue reading

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CAN I BEAT THE AUTOMATIC SUSPENSION OF MY ILLINOIS DRIVER’S LICENSE?

If you are charged with DUI, you should immediately contact an attorney because certain options to fight the automatic suspension of your driver’s license may only be available for a short time after your arrest. The Illinois Secretary of State … Continue reading

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PASSING A SCHOOL BUS IN ILLINOIS

You saw the school bus, but you honestly didn’t see the stop sign extending from it. So you drove past the bus, and next thing you know, a police car signaled you to pull over. You would never intentionally disobey … Continue reading

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CAN POLICE SEE THE RESULTS OF MY HOSPITAL BLOOD TEST?

You got into an accident after drinking at a party. You were taken to the hospital where your blood was drawn. The blood test clearly shows you were well over the legal limit. Can the police get those test results … Continue reading

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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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