What Rights Do Witnesses Have in Criminal Cases?

You probably already know many of the rights a defendant in a criminal court case has. Things like the right to counsel, the right to remain silent, or the right to a prompt trial are guaranteed to everyone regardless of the charges brought against them. Witnesses in a criminal case also have certain rights and responsibilities. Types

Illinois Reforms Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws

Effective July 1, 2018, Illinois residents will have greater protection against state confiscation of cars and other assets used in connection with criminal charges such as Aggravated DUI and narcotics possession. Illinois Residents Forfeit Over $70 Million in Assets Annually Over $30 million dollars worth of cars, boats, and other assets were seized in 2015 under Illinois’s civil forfeiture

Why Sleeping Off a Few Drinks in Your Car Can Result in a DUI

In 1993, police stumbled upon a situation which would be the source of much controversy and disagreement regarding exactly when a person is drunk driving. On a very early June morning, two Naperville police officers found a person asleep in his car, which was parked in an apartment complex parking lot. The car’s engine was running

The Difference Between Resisting Arrest and Obstruction of Justice

When law enforcement officials are investigating a crime or pursuing a suspect, they tend to expect complete cooperation from those they detain and/or question during the course of that investigation. When someone attempts to repel police orders or questions, whether by physical force, being misleading, or withholding information, they could very easily find themselves facing

If I Am Arrested for DUI – Can the Police Take My Car

When a driver is arrested for DUI, their vehicle–for obvious safety reasons–must be moved from the roadside where the traffic stop took place. Illinois police have four options for dealing with a DUI-involved vehicle, ranging from releasing the vehicle immediately to seizing it and selling it. Best Case Scenario: Sober Passenger Drives If the drunk driver

If I Am Arrested for DUI – Can the Police Take My Car

When a driver is arrested for DUI, their vehicle–for obvious safety reasons–must be moved from the roadside where the traffic stop took place. Illinois police have four options for dealing with a DUI-involved vehicle, ranging from releasing the vehicle immediately to seizing it and selling it. Best Case Scenario: Sober Passenger Drives If the drunk driver

Kidnapping Your Own Child – Yes, You Can Be Charged

An incident of kidnapping frequently conjures thoughts of ransom notes or phone calls from an individual using some device to disguise their voice. However, more and more cases of kidnapping involve disputes between parents that result in Amber Alerts and loss of visitation privileges or worse. Parental Kidnapping In many cases involving divorce and child custody arrangements,

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