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When Are Police Allowed to Search My Car?

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No matter who you are, getting pulled over for a traffic stop in Illinois can be intimidating and nerve-wracking. A standard traffic stop can feel even more intimidating should the police decide to search your vehicle. Under the Constitution, you’re protected against unreasonable searches, but you might not be sure when a search is… Read More »

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Important Changes in Illinois Law Provide Brighter Futures for Those with Past Arrests

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Over the summer, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed two bills into law which will improve the future prospects of Illinois residents with criminal histories. Chicagoland residents who have arrests in their pasts now have an improved ability to seal their records, either with a court filing or through an automatic process. Bill makes record-sealing… Read More »

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Cook County to Require that No Arrestee Held for Mere Inability to Afford Bail

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Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans has announced that the bail system for the Cook County Circuit Court will undergo a major overhaul. As of September 2017, Chief Judge Evans announced that no suspect will be held behind bars merely due to their inability to afford the bail set by the court. The reforms… Read More »

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Assault of Detainee Highlights Security Shortcomings in Markham Courthouse

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After an arrest, many of the suspected offender’s rights are put on hold for a time—their right to travel freely, their right to communicate with whomever they please, and many others. Certain rights must, however, remain inviolate, protected by those holding the suspect, namely the right to safety from unprovoked assault while behind bars…. Read More »

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Peer Jury Program Offers Second Chance to Young Offenders

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A program running at the Flossmoor and Homewood Police Departments is offering an opportunity to young, first-time offenders to adjust course before developing a criminal record. The program, titled Peer Jury, uses juries that are truly composed of the arrested teen’s peers to devise a consequence, rather than immediately subjecting them to the court… Read More »

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Changes to Illinois Rules on Clearing Juvenile Records May Be in the Works

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While people make unfortunate and life-altering mistakes throughout their lives, children and adolescents are especially prone to learning by doing, including those lessons that may involve criminal behavior. The latest neurological research shows, in fact, that a person’s critical thinking and decision-making centers in the part of the brain known as the cerebral cortex… Read More »

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Illinois Lawmakers Take Action to Limit Property Forfeiture by Law Enforcement

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State legislators are currently considering a bill which would alter the terms under which law enforcement officers could seize property in conjunction with an arrest. The practice of asset forfeiture has come under sharp criticism across Illinois, which often results in the seizure of property before an individual has been convicted of, or even… Read More »

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Illinois’ Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device Laws

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One of the most challenging aspects of being charged with a DUI in Illinois is figuring out how to get to work or school while your license is suspended. Fortunately, some drivers will be eligible to receive a Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP). This permit allows drivers who have received a statutory summary suspension… Read More »

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Underage Drinking and Driving Results in Harsh Penalties in Illinois

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Convictions for DUI in Illinois are never a walk in the park, but the consequences for driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs become even more serious for drivers who are under 21. If you’re being summoned to Bridgeview Courthouse or Markham Courthouse on charges based on Illinois’ so-called zero tolerance laws,… Read More »

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Bad Courtroom Behavior Can Make Serious Legal Troubles Even Worse

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After you’ve been arrested, often the best thing you can do for your case is to keep quiet and let your lawyer do the talking. Rarely will it help to do anything other than stay calm and follow the rules, silently, while you’re in custody. When you’re coming before a judge for a hearing… Read More »

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