In Illinois criminal and DUI trials, the defendant has the right to watch the arrest video presented as evidence in court, and a decision by the defendant not to watch the video must be made based on a clear understanding of that right.
Illinois State Police Troopers have been giving motorists special attention lately, focusing on enforcement of Scott's Law or Failure to Yield to an Emergency Vehicle. Not a lot of Illinois motorists know about this law, and unfortunately, that lack of awareness has resulted in serious injury and...
A new Illinois law will allow those convicted of criminal offenses committed as adults but under the age of 21 at the time to seek mandatory supervised release, as parole is called in Illinois.
Jussie Smollett's felony Disorderly Conduct charges were dismissed in Chicago, and the court ordered the records sealed. But was that order illegal and thus void? We believe it was.
Could what happened to an Ohio man also take place here in the state of Illinois. Recently, a normal Sunday morning for a Blanchester, Ohio resident became a nightmare. Law enforcement officers arrested him because his son skipped church services in order to play with friends. The child's father could be sentenced to six months in jail if he is prosecuted and convicted of his alleged crime.
Persons arrested for driving under the influence (called DUI in Illinois) tend to assume that they will be automatically convicted. In fact, there are several options for dealing with an Illinois DUI that will avoid conviction.
The PBT, or the portable or preliminary breath test is an evidence gathering tool for police in Illinois DUI investigations. Whether to refuse or take the test requires knowing more.
R Kelly's Million Dollar Bond in Chicago Criminal Case Explained A warrant for arrest was issued for singer R. Kelly from the Cook County Criminal Court. That was a "no bond" warrant. A "no bond" warrant does not mean no bond will be set once the subject of the warrant is taken into custody - th...
In Illinois law, whether you're facing a DUI, a traffic ticket like Aggravated Speeding or a felony like UUW or Criminal Sexual Assault, there are decisions made all along the process to determine what charges you'll face. Prosecutorial Discretion is about who decides your criminal charges.
Chicago DUI at the Daley Center: a Practical Guide for what to expect, where go, and what to do when you get there, prepared by Chicago's best DUI lawyers - the law firm of Fagan, Fagan & Davis
DUI at the Skokie Courthouse: A Practical Guide Any Illinois DUI arrest is an upsetting event. Most people arrested for DUI have never had any significant contact with the court system like experienced DUI lawyers might, and certainly never contemplated facing serious criminal penalties, but the...
There are 5 basic questions you should ask BEFORE you hire any Illinois criminal defense attorney or DUI lawyer. 1. What is my fee and will you put it in writing? 2. Who will be in Court with me? 3. Will I be able to ask questions later, and how? 4. Will I know what my bill is and how to pay it? 5. Will I get reminders of schedule court appearance dates?
A sentencing law has prompted serious debate among Chicago criminal defense lawyers about the Van Dyke murder, and the debate means the difference between a minimum possible sentence of 6 years in prison versus a minimum of 96 years. We explain.
Sensational gotcha headlines are claiming that Open Carry of firearms has been found to be Constitutionally protected by a Federal appeals Court, and implying that makes open carry of guns legal. What does that mean for Illinois gun law?
In a recent decision, the Supreme Court tightened the search and seizure protections of the Fourth Amendment as relates to drivers lawfully driving even a car they do not own, where previously, the government relied on looser protections to allow warrantless searches. Illinois criminal attorneys should take note.
Total DUI arrests by the Illinois State Police dropped from 10,734 in 2010 to 5,619 in 2016. Chicago Police DUI arrests went from 3,695 in 2010 down to 2,592 in 2016. Chicago Police criminal arrests for the same years declined form 167,541 in 2010 to a meager 85,493 in 2016. We think this is an enforcement slowdown, not evidence of an improved society - let us know what you think.
The Illinois law firm of Fagan, Fagan amp; Davis is proud to announce our selection as one of the 20 Best DUI Lawyers serving Chicago for 2018 by Expertise.com. Expertise.com reviewed 665 Chicago DUI lawyers and law firms based on 25 different criteria including reputation, credibility, expe...
A new Illinois gun crime law takes effect January 2018. This “pilot program” will expire on January 1, 2023. Illinois criminal defense lawyers Fagan, Fagan amp; Davis explain the effects on UUW and AUUW laws, and how new minimum sentencing requirements are set.
On January 1, 2018, a new law focused on Illinois gun crime called the Safe Neighborhoods Reform Act goes into effect. This is a “pilot program” that will expire on January 1, 2023. Illinois criminal defense lawyers Fagan, Fagan & Davis explain the effects on UUW and AUUW laws, and the increased sentences that result.
Illinois Unlawful Use of a Weapon law (UUW) changes in 2018 for non-violent first offenders under the age of 21. The new alternative sentencing program designed to rehabilitate. The Illinois criminal defense attorneys at Fagan, Fagan & Davis can help assess your eligibility.
Does the Slants Supreme Court ruling in Metal v Tam affect the Illinois hate crime law? The Chicago criminal lawyers at Fagan, Fagan & Davis discuss why it may.