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ASSAULTING A POLICE OFFICER WHILE INTOXICATED IN ILLINOIS

The officer stopped you for DUI near your home.  You tried to reason with him to let you go.  When he didn’t, you drunkenly tried to hit him.  You missed. But now you are charged with aggravated assault on top … Continue reading

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ACTING QUICKLY IS IMPORTANT IN OVERTURNING THE DUI SUMMARY SUSPENSION OF YOUR ILLINOIS DRIVER’S LICENSE

In Illinois, the Secretary of State automatically suspends your driver’s license on the 46th day after your arrest for DUI.  To have any chance of beating that suspension, you must act quickly, because there are certain deadlines. Illinois law allows … Continue reading

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HOW YOUR BAR FIGHT CAN BECOME A FELONY IN ILLINOIS

You were out with friends at a bar.  Some guy overheard something you said that he didn’t like. He came over and insulted you. You were not about to let that stand, so you punched him.  You knew you lost … Continue reading

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HOW TO CLEAR UP YOUR OLD ILLINOIS ARREST WARRANT WHEN YOU LIVE OUT OF STATE

Years ago, you were arrested in Illinois.  You ignored your court date, although you believe there is an outstanding warrant against you.  This did not trouble you for some years, because you live out of state and did not intend … Continue reading

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DO I NEED TO COME TO COURT FOR AN ILLINOIS TRAFFIC TICKET?

  Zoom has made court appearances for your traffic ticket easier than ever. Even if you are out of state, you can join court on your phone or laptop, although it remains to be seen if zoom court will continue … 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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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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CAN I BE CONVICTED OF DUI IN ILLINOIS IF I DID NOT TAKE THE BREATHALYZER?

While you can still be convicted of DUI without a breathalyzer, the prosecution’s job certainly is a bit harder. To find you guilty of DUI, the state must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you were both driving and impaired.  … Continue reading

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CAN I BE CHARGED WITH DUI FOR GETTING IN A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT?

The answer depends on a variety of factors. Were you driving? Are there witnesses to your driving?  Did the officer observe the odor of alcohol at the scene?  Were there beer cans or open evidence of drug use in the … Continue reading

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