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You have a loved one in prison. He hung out with some people who were not his friends and got involved in a robbery. You want to shorten what seems like an unfair sentence. Are you looking for a commutation or a pardon? It depends on [...]
Sat, Apr 10, 2021
Source Skokie Criminal Lawyer
You like driving late at night.  It’s quiet, and it lets you think.  One night, you pulled over to eat in a store’s parking lot.  The store had been closed for several hours, and the area was deserted.  An officer spotted you and came over to investigate.  He smelled alcohol [...]
Sat, Apr 03, 2021
Source DUI Lawyer Skokie
An officer can stop you for one reason then investigate you for another as long as the stop is not unduly prolonged. Whether a stop was unduly prolonged, and thus illegal, is a very fact-intensive question, which different judges may see very differently. A traffic stop is unduly prolonged if it [...]
Sat, Mar 27, 2021
Source DUI Lawyer Skokie
The answer is yes. If you fled from a crime, your flight can be one of the circumstances considered to establish your guilt. Whether an inference of guilt may be drawn from your flight depends on if you knew (1) that an offense had been committed, and (2) [...]
Tue, Mar 23, 2021
Source Skokie Criminal Lawyer
It may seem silly, but you can be disciplined for something otherwise perfectly legal at home if you do it in front of a school camera. For example, a Colorado 12-year-old was suspended for briefly passing a toy gun in front of a camera during an online art class. (See [...]
Mon, Mar 15, 2021
Source North Shore School Law
According to the Illinois Supreme Court, the answer is yes, especially if combined with other factors. In People v. Hill, an officer stopped the defendant, then searched his car based on the strong odor of cannabis and a cannabis bud spotted in the backseat.  Defendant argued that because marijuana had been [...]
Fri, Mar 12, 2021
Source DUI Lawyer Skokie
The answer depends on the charges brought against you. If you are a convicted sexual predator or child sex offender, you cannot knowingly be present in any public park or loiter in a public way within 500 feet of a public park. This is true even if you are [...]
Sun, Mar 07, 2021
Source Skokie Criminal Lawyer
The answer is yes. Police can stop your car when they have probable cause to believe that a traffic violation has occurred.  Failure to wear a properly adjusted and fastened seat belt can be enough. During any stop, the driver and passengers may be ordered out of the vehicle and questioned without [...]
Sat, Feb 27, 2021
Source DUI Lawyer Skokie
You commit the offense of traveling to meet a child (under age 17) when you travel any distance by any means, or attempt to do so, in order to engage in sexual conduct with that child after using an online service to seduce or solicit the child. (See 720 [...]
Mon, Feb 22, 2021
Source Skokie Criminal Lawyer
The answer is yes, but it is important to read your school district’s policies carefully to understand all the ins and outs of the rules. For example, the Chicago Public Schools Policy Manual Sec. 502.1 requires teachers hired after November 20, 1996 to move into the City within six months [...]
Tue, Jan 05, 2021
Source North Shore School Law
However you may feel about COVID restrictions, school administrators are taking this public safety threat very seriously. As a result, you could actually face school expulsion if you ignore the rules. For example, University of Illinois requires all students, employees and visitors to wear masks inside any university facility, building [...]
Fri, Nov 13, 2020
Source North Shore School Law
Under Illinois law, a teacher who is past their probationary period cannot be removed except for cause. But what is cause? Cause may be remediable or irremediable. Remediable conduct may include substandard teaching. Irremediable conduct may include conduct that is cruel, immoral, negligent or criminal or in any [...]
Sat, Oct 10, 2020
Source North Shore School Law