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.
Do y'all remember Judge John White? He was the judge who made it a point to remind us all that our courts function to protect our constitutional rights. I'll share another memory of Judge White. It was a beautiful morning, early spring, a misdemeanor criminal court call in a Cook County suburb ...
Today would be Shelly Anderson's birthday. Sadly, Shelly passed away very recently. If you've had any interaction with our office over the last 14 years, you know who Shelly is, and you need no explanation how important she was to us. For those who don't, read on.
What will BACtrack's new Skyn device for the Apple watch and wearable smart devices mean for DUI in Illinois?
Memories of a Cook county Judge and his exemplary attitude towards the accused - "This Court sits to protect your Constitutional rights."
Chicago Police Department - Working Video and Audio Recording Required For Criminal and DUI Police Contacts
Chicago DUI and criminal defense lawyer Jeffrey Fagan discusses that Chicago Police Department interim Superintendent Escalante has made clear police vehicles are expected to have working video and audio recording capabilities, and if they don't, officers will face consequences.
It's Veteran's day, and while we join everyone today in honoring and showing gratitude to those who serve and have served, we want to take the opportunity to talk about Veterans dealing with criminal charges in Illinois courts. Illinois law has had law on the books since 2010 authorizing county ...
The Markham Courthouse is the Sixth municipal district court within the Cook county judicial system. The main business of the Court happens in the criminal trial courtrooms. Join us for a walk-through and discussion about a recent felony Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault jury trial.
A Chicago man was found guilty of Child Abduction in a Skokie courtroom this week according to the Chicago Tribune. We believe it's more likely he was convicted instead of the Illinois criminal offense of Unlawful Restraint. Read why inside.
Illinois State Police crime labs are under fire for shoddy DUI blood testing procedures including possibly switching samples and failure to conduct method validation studies.
Illinois DUI laws regarding permits after statutory summary suspension and revocation get a makeover.
Chicago DUI saturation patrols scheduled for the Jefferson Park district this weekend. The so-called "Strike Force" will also be ticketing other violations like speeding.
Illinois criminal lawyers explain why jury selection on trial requires awareness that smartphones, tablets and computers have become integral parts of our lives, creating social media and other online footprints that are fair game for scrutiny. Social media like Facebook and Google are now important tools in criminal jury selection.
The state of Illinois is one of 16 states, which uses laws to regulate happy hour promotions in an effort to stop driving under the influence DUI and to promote public safety.