driving while intoxicated, DUI, Naperville DUI lawyer, field sobriety test, blood alcohol contentWhen you are pulled over under the suspicion of driving while intoxicated (DUI),you may be asked to perform a field sobriety test. You have seen these in television and movies—they are the roadside exercises that show whether an individual is impaired by alcohol or another drug, such as standing on one leg or walking in a straight line and turning.

If you are asked to perform this type of test, politely decline. Although you might think that performing the test will prove that you are not impaired, the truth is that the test is far more likely to hurt your case than help it.

After you are arrested, contact an experienced DUI defense lawyer as soon as possible to develop your legal defense strategy.

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marijuana possession, Naperville criminal defense lawyer, Illinois marijuana possession, intent to deliver, Class 1 felonyAlthough a wave of marijuana legalization is currently sweeping the nation, marijuana possession is still a criminal offense in Illinois. Like many other offenses, marijuana possession is not charged in a “one size fits all” manner.

How much cannabis an individual had at the time of his or her arrest, whether the court can prove that he or she intended to sell it, and whether the individual could legally possess cannabis for medical reasons all impact the charge and penalties he or she faces.

How Much Marijuana you had at the Time of your Arrest Matters

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criminal charges, Naperville criminal defense lawyer, dress professionally, court dress code, legal defense strategyCourt appearances, whether they are for your criminal trial or for required check-ins as part of your probation or participation in a diversion program, require you to follow specific protocol. Part of this protocol is following the court’s dress code.

You can often find the dress code for the court handling your case on its website. If this information is not available, call the court to ask about the dress code or simply play it safe by dressing professionally.

How you present yourself will impact how the court views you, which is especially important when you are defending yourself against a criminal charge.

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Naperville criminal defense attorney, juvenile defense, juvenile crime, juvenile justice system, juvenile justice system,Young men and women make mistakes. This is simply a part of growing up for many individuals. But when a teenager’s mistake results in an arrest, he or she can face life-changing penalties like large fines and incarceration. In this type of situation, it is in the teen’s best interest to start working with an experienced juvenile defense attorney as soon as possible. 

Stay Calm 

Hearing that your child has been arrested can be earth-shattering. Despite how you feel about the arrest, you need to stay calm and think logically. You child has been arrested, not found guilty. During the initial contact after your child’s arrest, assure him or her of his or her rights and responsibilities, such as the responsibility to be cooperative and polite with police, but the right to refuse to answer questions without a lawyer present. 

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domestic violence charge, domestic violence conviction, Naperville criminal defense lawyer, Class A misdemeanor, criminal defense strategyDomestic violence is a crime. Like other crimes, it is possible to avoid conviction by fighting a domestic violence charge in court. The most effective way to do this is to work with an experienced criminal defense lawyer who can examine all aspects of your case to determine the most effective defense strategy based on your specific circumstances.

Be proactive and start working on your defense strategy as soon as you can after being arrested for alleged domestic violence—domestic violence is a Class A misdemeanor for which the penalties are a mandatory counseling course, up to one year in jail, and a fine of up to $2,500.

Below are a few possible defense strategies to use against your domestic violence charge. Talk to your lawyer to determine which is most appropriate for your case.

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