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CAN THEY SEARCH MY STUFF IN SOMEONE ELSE’S CAR?

You were a passenger in a friend’s car. You had your suitcase in the backseat. Your friend got pulled over by police, and police searched your bag and found drugs or weapons. Can the police search your bag if you … Continue reading

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DO YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO REFUSE TO DUI TESTING IN ILLINOIS?

If you are stopped for DUI, you can refuse to take a breathalyzer or perform field sobriety tests. But your ability to refuse is not a constitutional right and is not protected by your Fifth Amendment right against self incrimination. … Continue reading

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WHY HASN’T MY ILLINOIS DUI BEEN DISMISSED WHEN THE COP IS NOT IN COURT?

You were charged with DUI, and you’ve been to court maybe six times. Not once have you seen the officer who arrested you. Meanwhile, you’ve watched other cases get dismissed because a witness or even an officer didn’t show. Why … Continue reading

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SPEEDING IN ILLINOIS: A PASSAGEWAY TO BIG TROUBLE

Legally, a police officer cannot pull over your car without some reason. This can come in the form of community caretaking, such as when the officer sees you sleeping in your car and checks to see if you are OK. … Continue reading

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“BUT I WAS JUST SITTING IN MY CAR!:” THE “DRIVING” IN DUI

If you are stopped for driving under the influence in Illinois, the State must first prove that you were driving a vehicle. Sounds straightforward, but the definition of driving is not as obvious as you may think. Under Illinois law, … Continue reading

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THE NEW ILLINOIS DRIVER’S LICENSE REVOCATION LAWS FOR DUI-RELATED ACCIDENTS

Starting July 1, 2011, Illinois has a new law allowing the Secretary of State to automatically revoke your license after a traffic accident. The new law is geared to stiffen penalties against drunk drivers, but may impact even those who … Continue reading

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THE ABCs of DEFENDING YOUR DUI

You didn’t see the cop until you went through the stop sign. Or maybe you were in an accident after leaving a party and the cops were called. Now you are charged with drunk driving. If convicted on a first … Continue reading

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