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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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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Category Archives: DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE
You have just been arrested for your first DUI. You are mortified and afraid that you may be fired or might have a hard time finding a new job. Can you get your DUI reduced to a reckless driving? Is … Continue reading
After the officer stopped you for a traffic violation, she searched your car and found illegal drugs. As a result, you were arrested for driving under the influence of drugs. Sure there were drugs in the car, but does that … Continue reading
In order to charge you with DUI or another offense, the prosecution must prepare written charges against you. Under Illinois law, the charges called the indictment, must contain certain elements. If the indictment is missing an important element, the charges … Continue reading
There is no doubt that laws regarding marijuana are liberalizing. A new law effective July 29, 2016 takes marijuana out of the trace law–the law that convicts you for DUI if you cause a serious accident whether or not you … Continue reading
In 2005, the United States Supreme Court changed the law regarding police stops. Before Illinois v Caballes, police needed specific and articulable facts to change the nature of a stop. After 2005, an officer could change the nature of the … Continue reading
NON-CITIZEN DEFENDANTS, BEWARE! COURTS NEED NOT WARN YOU ABOUT THE IMMIGRATION CONSEQUENCES OF YOUR GUILTY PLEA
Decades ago, when a non-U.S. citizen was convicted on a charge such as DUI, their lawyer could tell them not to worry about their immigration status. It was highly unlikely that the government would bother to deport you. Those times … Continue reading
After you were charged with DUI, the court allowed you to drive with a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID). But you’d had a couple beers and you knew you’d get in trouble if you blew into the device. So … Continue reading
The answer to that question depends on how comfortable you are using the English language. If there is any doubt, it may be best to err on the side of caution and ask for an interpreter early in your case. … Continue reading
A proposed Illinois law would resolve some of the conflict between liberalized marijuana laws and their impact on DUI. Under a current Illinois law, known as the “trace law,” you may be convicted of DUI if you have any unlawful … Continue reading
If you are walking down the street, it seems reasonable to assume that you aren’t in the act of driving. Yet, under Illinois law, you can be charged with drunk driving even if you are nowhere near your car. How … Continue reading