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An act of compassion or the crime of Child Abduction or Indecent Solicitation?

Posted by Steven H. Fagan | Feb 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

A semi-viral video available via YouTube shows a kid sitting at a bus stop in freezing cold weather in Oslo, Norway. While compassion is admirable, residents of the state of Illinois need to be aware of criminal offenses like child abduction and indecent solicitation. Would residents of the state of Illinois act in a similar fashion? Should they act in a similar fashion? Interesting legal questions.

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.

A Glossary of Illinois Legal Terms

Posted by Steven H. Fagan | Nov 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

Please enjoy this glossary of some common legal terms. If you are facing a Criminal, DUI or Traffic Charge in the Greater Chicago area, including Cook, Lake and DuPage Counties, we will review your case with you for free.

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