DUI Driver tries to Pin Arrest on His Dog
My Dog Was Driving Drunk Officer While there can be several defenses to driving under the influence of alcohol, alleging that your dog was driving drunk, is not one of them. A driver out of Colorado switched places with his dog, placing the dog in the driver’s seat, while he exited out of the passenger
Tips for Making a Good First Impression in Criminal Court
It has often been observed that one never gets a second chance to make a first impression. When you walk into an arraignment, you will be engaging in your opportunity to make a solid first impression on the judge assigned to your case. If you are facing criminal charges for driving under the influence (DUI),
DUI Arrest with a Minor Passenger in the Car
When an individual is arrested due to a law enforcement officer’s suspicion that they have been driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or other substances, the main issue at hand is whether a motorist was, indeed, impaired while operating their vehicle. However, there may also be so-called “aggravating factors” at play that could significantly
Understanding Your Right to Legal Representation as a Criminal Defendant
Throughout American history, the Supreme Court has handed down cases that are widely characterized as “landmark” decisions because their legal, historical, and/or cultural significance is undeniable. These cases have helped to shape the American experience both for the better and, in some instances, for the worse. One landmark case that is well known among legal
How Your Social Media Activity Could Hurt Your Criminal Defense Case
If you are like most Americans, you spend a considerable fraction of your life online. At least one social media platform is also statistically likely to be among the many password-protected accounts you log onto regularly. There is nothing wrong with using social media to connect with loved ones, speak out about issues you care
Will Cash Bail Be Eliminated in Illinois Soon?
Many people believe that cash bail systems disproportionately affect certain groups of people and have the potential to harm communities as a whole. As a result of these concerns, Illinois was set to become the first state in the U.S. to completely eliminate cash bail for criminal defendants on January 1, 2023. However, a legal
Are Switchblades Legal in Illinois?
Most people assume that firearms are the only weapons subject to special rules and regulations. However, this is not the case. In Illinois, knives are also subject to certain legal restrictions. Unfortunately, many well-meaning individuals find themselves in trouble for carrying a weapon they did not know was illegal. If you or a loved one
How Does Probable Cause Affect a DUI Case?
Illinois drunk driving arrests often begin with a traffic stop. The officer pulls a driver over for suspicion of drunk driving or a traffic violation based on the officer’s observation. The officer may then ask the driver to take a breath alcohol test or perform a series of field sobriety tests. If the results of
Illinois Burglary Laws
Although the terms theft, burglary, and robbery are sometimes used interchangeably in casual conversation, these are three different criminal offenses under Illinois law. A burglary occurs when someone enters a property with the intent to steal something or commit another felony criminal offense. If you or a loved one were accused of burglary, a skilled
When an argument or other conflict escalates to physical violence, it can be hard for police officers to understand exactly what happened. Often, anyone involved in the altercation is arrested. Arrests typically happen after an officer makes a quick decision on scene as to the so called aggressor in the fight. This can lead to