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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.

WHAT IS A CANNABIS DUI IN ILLINOIS?

You find that marijuana gummies ease certain health problems, although you don’t have a prescription for them. One day, you may have eaten too many before driving on an errand.  Police stopped you for weaving and arrested you for DUI. … Continue reading

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CAN I DRIVE AFTER A DUI?

After a DUI arrest, the Secretary of State automatically sends a notice that your driver’s license will be suspended on the 46th day after your arrest.  The length of that suspension depends on whether you took the field sobriety tests … Continue reading

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WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE ON A FIRST TIME DUI IN ILLINOIS?

Once you have been arrested, you are typically brought to the police station, asked to take a breath test and released.  You will be given a court date for your first court appearance. You will also be given a Sworn … Continue reading

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WHAT IS BATTERY ON A PUBLIC WAY?

In Illinois, a battery can become an aggravated offense if you knowingly commit battery  on a public way.  See  720 ILCS 5/12-3.05(c). To convict you, the state must prove that you knowingly, without legal justification caused bodily harm to or … Continue reading

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CAN I STAY OUT OF JAIL ON AN AGGRAVATED DUI BEFORE TRIAL?

Even though Illinois abolished cash bail, you may still be held in jail on a DUI before trial if  you are a threat to safety or a flight risk. Even so, the state must show by clear and convincing evidence … Continue reading

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WHAT TO EXPECT ON A SECOND DUI

You swore you’d never drink and drive again, but you did it anyway and now you have a second DUI. What can happen to you? What can you do? As you might expect, the penalties are greater for a second  … Continue reading

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CAN I BE CHARGED WITH DUI IF I HAVE A MEDICAL CANNABIS CARD?

  The answer is yes.  But your cannabis card makes a difference as to what the state must prove. As of January 1, 2020, you may legally consume certain amounts of cannabis if you are over age 21. If you … Continue reading

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WHAT CAN HAPPEN WHEN YOU VIOLATE PROBATION IN ILLINOIS?

Your original criminal case ended in a sentence of supervision or probation, albeit with certain conditions.  You thought you were done.  But now the state is trying to violate you.  Maybe you failed a drug test, failed to pay a … Continue reading

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CAN YOU BE CONVICTED OF DUI IF YOU ARE BELOW THE LEGAL LIMIT?

Even if your breathalyzer reading is below .08, police can still charge you with DUI. That’s because the .08 limit is only a legal presumption that you were intoxicated. A reading below .08 can help disprove that presumption of drunk … Continue reading

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THE PROS AND CONS OF TAKING THE BREATHALYZER

You were on your way home from a night out on the town when the police pulled you over for a minor traffic violation.  They asked you to perform some field sobriety tests and take a breathalyzer.  Should you do … Continue reading

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