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Enforcement of Illinois Child Endangerment Laws

Posted by Steven H. Fagan | Mar 20, 2019 | 2 Comments

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.

Who Decides What Crime You Face?

Posted by Steven H. Fagan | Dec 05, 2018 | 0 Comments

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.

Illinois DUI and Criminal Arrest Drop Through the Floor

Posted by Steven H. Fagan | Jun 01, 2018 | 0 Comments

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.

Suppression of evidence in Illinois DUI case upheld

Posted by Steven H. Fagan | May 28, 2014 | 1 Comment

The Appellate Court of Illinois affirmed the order suppressing evidence in a charge of driving under the influence (DUI), improper lane usage, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to give information or render aid, illegal transportation of alcohol, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

At least four claim being forgotten in southern Indiana jail

Posted by Steven H. Fagan | Feb 03, 2014 | 1 Comment

A Jeffersonville, Ind. woman who was sentenced to serve 48 hours in the Clark County Jail, ended up serving 3,696 hours or 154 days. The excuse provided by county officials was that the judge presiding over her case simply forgot to sign the order for her release. A subsequent news report revealed that besides the defendant mentioned above three other people spent months in jail despite being ordered to serve only days or weeks behind bars. Three women and a man, who were participants in the drug court program, reported that they spent months in the county's jail for violations of program rules. The attorneys at Fagan, Fagan & Davis focus on Illinois criminal defense including driving under the influence (DUI) and drug and alcohol related matters throughout Cook County, Lake County and DuPage County. If this individual had been one of our clients, this miscarriage of justice would not have been allowed to continue.

Police training to deal with disabilities is imperative

Posted by Steven H. Fagan | Jan 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Law enforcement officers need extensive training in how to interaction with persons suffering from a disease or a disability. In the case of a DUI, a diabetic in crisis can mimic signs of impairment from alcohol. A person suffering from deafness or other ear problems may exhibit symptoms an officer can easily misconstrue. Here's an extreme example.

Is the Mr. Checkpoint smartphone application a good thing?

Posted by Steven H. Fagan | Jan 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Christmas and New Year holidays have become associated with stepped up DUI law enforcement efforts. There are other holidays on the horizon such as Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day and Thanksgiving later in the year. Illinois police departments increasingly make use of DUI roadblocks or checkpoints.

You need to know this about Illinois Medical Marijuana and DUI

Posted by Steven H. Fagan | Dec 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, a new Illinois law effective Jan. 1, 2014, is a medical marijuana pilot program that makes it legal for people suffering from certain medical conditions to use medical marijuana as a treatment. But the law treats those who qualify very poorly indeed when it comes to an investigation for possible DUI.

A Chicago area police department to tweet names of DUI suspects

Posted by Steven H. Fagan | Dec 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

A suburban Chicago police chief has announced that his department will be tweeting out the names of persons who have been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI). These individuals have been accused of DUI, not convicted, and are presumed to be innocent of any wrongdoing until proven otherwise. They are about to be victimized by the people charged with serving and protecting the public, and that includes the people they arrest. This will encourage vigilantism, and cost people far more than the legal penalties that our legislature has prescribed, circumventing the legal process in Illinois Courts.

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