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When do I have a right to an attorney?

This may seem like an easy question to answer, especially if you are familiar with Miranda rights.  However, there are some differences between Miranda and your specific right to counsel.  Although Miranda rights include notice that you have a right to counsel, the two rights come from different constitutional amendments.  The Miranda warnings are derived from the Fifth Amendment, which basically (Read More)

What are the Consequences of a No-Contest Plea in Illinois?

When charged with a crime, you must enter a plea to that crime.  You can plead not guilty, guilty, or no-contest.  You are likely familiar with the first two, but may not be aware of what a no-contest means and what effect it could have on your future. The Latin term that is often used for (Read More)

How to Clear Your Criminal Record in Illinois

These days, you can’t get passed most applications for all sorts of things without some kind of background check.  If you have a criminal record of any kind, this could prevent you from renting an apartment, getting a job, or qualifying for some services.  A criminal history report will include both arrests and convictions from (Read More)

Sobriety Checkpoints

This is the age of Facebook, Twitter, and any other instant message update available.  These social media platforms have been useful for consumers to warn each other about speed traps and sobriety checkpoints.  Illinois motorists should take a lesson from this recent news report by being aware how tweets and posts about sobriety checkpoints may inspire police (Read More)

Warrants in Illinois

Most people are quite familiar with the word “warrant.”  We can see the drama play out on popular TV shows when the police hastily get a judge to issue one so that the proverbial bad guy can be caught.  This fictional characterization of criminal law doesn’t really tell us what a warrant really is and (Read More)

When Does an “attempt” to Commit a Crime Become an Attempted Crime in Illinois?

Inchoate Offenses The law considers crimes that have yet to occur, but near to occur to be inchoate offenses.  An inchoate crime is defined as, “something which has begun but has not been completed, either an activity or some object which is incomplete. It may define a potential crime like a conspiracy which has been (Read More)

What Is Reasonable Doubt?

No mater whether you reside in Illinois or any other state, no matter whether you are tried in state or federal court, no matter if you are put on trial for possession of a controlled substance or homicide, the standard of proof used to convict is reasonable doubt.  Reading the phrase conveys a well-known sentiment (Read More)

NY Police Stop and Frisk Methods: Unconstitutional

What is Stop and Frisk? Of late, there has been much discussion revolving around NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s stop and frisk policy.  What is stop and frisk?  Stop and frisk involves a brief, non-intrusive, police stop of a suspect.  The Fourth Amendment requires that the police have a reasonable suspicion that a crime has been, is being, or is (Read More)

Medical Marijuana in Illinois

The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act On August 1, 2013, Gov. Pat Quinn signed HB 1, which will create a medical marijuana pilot program for the state of Illinois. Entitled the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, the law represents nearly 10 years of hard work on the part of legislators, the (Read More)