A criminal and school law attorney with over 20 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, Illinois State Bar Association.
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2017 Top 100 Illinois Lawyers in Criminal Defense by American Society of Legal Advocates. See
We wrote the chapters on DEFENSES and ARRESTS AND INVESTIGATORY STOPS.. Illinois Jurisprudence: Criminal Law and Procedure. Vol. 1. (LexisNexis 2014).
We wrote the chapters on SEARCH and SEIZURE, MOTIONS AND DISCOVERY, and EVIDENTIARY MATTERS GENERALLY.Illinois Jurisprudence: Criminal Law and Procedure. Vol. 1. (LexisNexis 2014).
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Keenan, Matt and di Liscia, Eleonora, Chapter 3 “Defenses,” Illinois Jurisprudence, Criminal Law and Procedure, Vol. 1, published by Lexis Nexis, (March, 2014). To order, see https://store.lexisnexis.com/categories/area-of-practice/criminal-law-procedure-161/illinois-jurisprudence-criminal-law-and-procedure-skuusSku6539
Keenan, Matt and di Liscia, Eleonora, Chapter 5 “Arrests and Investigatory Stops” Illinois Jurisprudence, Criminal Law and Procedure, Vol. 1 published by Lexis Nexis (March, 2014). To order, see https://store.lexisnexis.com/categories/area-of-practice/criminal-law-procedure-161/illinois-jurisprudence-criminal-law-and-procedure-skuusSku6539.
Keenan, Matt and di Liscia, Eleonora, Chapter 8, “Search and Seizure,” Illinois Jurisprudence, Criminal Law and Procedure, Vol. 2, published by Lexis Nexis (2014).
Keenan, Matt and di Liscia, Eleonora, Chapter 16, “Motions and Discovery” Illinois Jurisprudence, Criminal Law and Procedure, Vol. 2, published by Lexis Nexis (2014).
Keenan, Matt and di Liscia, Eleonora, Chapter 17 “Evidentiary Matters Generally,” Illinois Jurisprudence, Criminal Law and Procedure, Vol. 2, published by Lexis Nexis (2014).
Keenan, Matt and di Liscia, Eleonora “Representing Students and Parents in School Residency Challenges,” Illinois Bar Journal. Vol. 99 No. 1 p. 40 (January, 2011).
Keenan, Matt and di Liscia, Eleonora “School Discipline: Get the Help Your Child Needs,” Our Children, The PTA National Magazine, October-November 2009, Vol. 35 Number 2.
Also see: Keenan, Matt, “When Your Child Needs a Lawyer.”
Keenan, Matt and di Liscia, Eleonora, “Help Your Child Social-Network Safely and Wisely.” National PTA 2010.
INTERVIEWS:"Quirky Chicago Judge Helps Put Accused Felons Back on Track," by Fiona Ortiz. Reuters. May 24, 2015. Quirky Chicago Judge Helps Put Accused Felons Back on Track.
"Where are the Radar Speed Traps?" San Diego radio KOGO 95.7 and 600, Chip Franklin Mornings. Oct. 3, 2012 7 a.m.
"Caught Speeding? There's an App for That," by Sylvia Hsieh, Oct. 1, 2012 at http://blogs.lawyers.com/2012/10/caught-speeding-theres-an-app-for-that.
"Aurora Massacre Sparks National Debate on Gun Laws," by Aaron Kase. July 26, 2012. http://blogs.lawyers.com/2012/07/aurora-massacre-spurs-national-debate-on-gun-laws/.
"Anti-Bullying Law Not Enough," Nov. 16, 2011, River Bender News.
"Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don't: Behaving at a DUI Stop," by Art Buono, lawyers.com.
"Time to Shock Schools into Deploying Difibrillators," by Art Buono. November 3, 2011, lawyers.com
"Student Discipline: The Expulsion Hearing Games" as part of the Illinois State Bar Association continuing legal education program: "The Student and Parent Side of School Law Issues" on November 15, 2012.
"Wrong Place, Wrong Time." Winnetka PTO Parent Roundtable, Carleton Washburne School, Winnetka, IL.April 20, 2011 Guest Lecturer. "The Art of Direct and Cross Examination." Constitutional Law course. Wright College, Chicago, IL.
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In Lake County: http://19thcircuitcourt.state.il.us/1438/Maps-Directions
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Illinois State Police: http://www.isp.state.il.us
MUNICIPAL POLICE DEPARTMENTS:
Mount Prospect: http://www.mountprospect.org/departments/police-department
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Category Archives: traffic offenses
If police stop you for a traffic violation, they don’t need a reason to change the reason they stopped you. For example, they can stop you for speeding but then bring in a narcotics dog to sniff your car. However, … Continue reading
With ever-expanding access to information, police in one state can easily learn about any criminal charges you have open in another state. And that can lead to extradition. Extradition means you could be arrested in your current state and brought … Continue reading
Illinois law requires that any driver involved in a motor vehicle accident must stay at the scene, file a police report and/or call for assistance. The law further requires that you reasonably assist any injured person including carrying that person … Continue reading
The answer is yes. Recent U.S. and Illinois Supreme Court cases have held that a request for a driver’s license is reasonable regardless of the reason for the stop. Before 2005, police could not change the nature of a traffic … Continue reading
(UPDATE – June 16, 2016 – In People v Rizzo, the Illinois Supreme Court held that the law denying supervision to first-time excessive speeders does not violate the proportionate penalties clause of the Illinois Constitution.) A Cook County Circuit Court … Continue reading
As of January 1, 2016, Illinois is toughening its speeding laws once again. This time, the legislature has created the offense of aggravated special speed limit. Aggravated special speed limit applies to school and construction zones. If you drive 26 … Continue reading
It’s not hard for police to justify a traffic stop. There are a host of potential traffic violations, and chances are, you’ve violated at least one of them. But not in every case. A recent Illinois Appellate case found that … Continue reading
A new Illinois law makes it tougher to ignore those routine traffic tickets. Before the new law, your ticket could be dismissed even if you didn’t show up for court. As long as the arresting officer or complaining witness were … Continue reading
You were just joyriding. You knew you were going way too fast in that neighborhood subdivision but it was late at night and you didn’t think anyone was around. But you hit a man walking his dog. Now you are … Continue reading