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With some exceptions, the answer is generally no. Illinois law grants limited immunity from prosecution for drugs found where the evidence against you was discovered because you sought emergency help in good faith, and the amount of the substance was within certain limits (See 720 ILCS 570/414 for limits.) [...]
Mon, Sep 28, 2020
Source Skokie Criminal Lawyer
According to recent Illinois case law, the answer is a probable yes. Under Illinois law, any person who drives or is in actual physical control of a motor vehicle upon the public way shall be deemed to have consented to chemical tests.  This is known as implied consent. Generally, you must [...]
Mon, Sep 21, 2020
Source DUI Lawyer Skokie
You have just been charged with domestic violence based on interfering with your ex’s personal liberty. What does that mean? What can you do about it? Under the Illinois Domestic Violence Act, "'interference with personal liberty' means committing or threatening physical abuse, harassment, intimidation or willful deprivation so [...]
Sat, Sep 12, 2020
Source Skokie Criminal Lawyer
Under Illinois law, you may only be terminated as a teacher for cause once your probationary period has expired. To do so, however, the school district must follow certain procedures. See: 105 ILCS 5/34-85. If the alleged “cause” is remediable, you must receive a reasonable written warning specifically stating [...]
Wed, Sep 09, 2020
Source North Shore School Law
An officer stopped you for DUI and had you taking field sobriety tests. While doing so, a second officer searched your car without speaking to the first officer.  The search uncovered some narcotics, and now you are charged with DUI and illegal possession. Was the second officer’s search legal? The answer [...]
Sat, Sep 05, 2020
Source DUI Lawyer Skokie
You have been indicated for child abuse from the Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS). You want to appeal but you recall from TV that criminal defendants usually don’t take the stand. You are afraid you could say the wrong thing out of sheer anxiety and confusion. [...]
Tue, Sep 01, 2020
Source Skokie Criminal Lawyer
After a DUI arrest, the Illinois Secretary of State suspends your driver’s license beginning on the 46th day after your arrest.   An attorney can petition the court to overturn (or rescind) that suspension on certain grounds. To succeed, however, you must act quickly. Illinois law requires that you receive a hearing [...]
Fri, Aug 28, 2020
Source DUI Lawyer Skokie
As of June 1, 2020, high school students old enough to vote will not have to choose between exercising their constitutional rights and facing trouble over an unexcused absence. Of course, this law may be less critical during the pandemic. Under 10 ILCS 5/7-42, a student may leave school in order to [...]
Sat, Aug 22, 2020
Source North Shore School Law
According to Illinois law, the answer is probably not--especially if the police used force. In People v. Augusta, defendant was stopped for failure to signal when turning. The officer asked defendant if he had something in his mouth, which defendant denied. The officer ordered defendant to open [...]
Sat, Aug 22, 2020
Source Skokie Criminal Lawyer
Illinois again raised its penalties against drivers distracted by cell phones.  The minimum fine as of July 1, 2020 is $1,000 for aggravated use of an electronic communication device when causing an accident resulting in great bodily injury, permanent disability, disfigurement or death.  Also effective July 1, 2020, your driver’s [...]
Mon, Aug 17, 2020
Source DUI Lawyer Skokie
Under the law, public schoolteachers cannot be fired except for cause. In many cases, a teacher may go through a remediation process in order to keep their job. But some types of conduct are not eligible for that process. What kind of charges allow a Board of Education to bypass [...]
Wed, Apr 29, 2020
Source North Shore School Law
As of August 23, 2019, Illinois has new ground rules regarding the need to notify a parent before questioning your minor child at school. Before questioning a student on school grounds who is suspected of a crime 1) a law enforcement or school security official must try to notify [...]
Thu, Sep 26, 2019
Source North Shore School Law