Archive, January 2014.

You’ve made the unfortunate mistake of choosing to get behind the wheel after having a few drinks, and now you spy flashing red and blue lights in your rearview mirror. Immediately gripped with terror, you can’t help but panic. However, staying calm and thinking rationally can make the situation much less overwhelming. An Illinois police officer can pull you over if they have reason to believe you are driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol or if you have committed a traffic violation. Once you have been asked for your license, registration, and proof of insurance, the officer …

“Assault and battery” is a combination of words so common it’s difficult to distinguish between the two. However, there are differences between these two crimes and if you have been charged with either/both of them, it is important to be familiar with them. Let’s start with taking a closer look at “assault.” Contrary to popular belief, assault does not include acts of violence against another individual. Under Illinois law, someone who is charged with assault has “engaged in conduct which places another in reasonable apprehension of receiving a battery.”  Assault is …

In a perfect world, the push of just one button would allow us to erase our past mistakes. Unfortunately that is not the case in the world we live in. However, if your criminal record is affecting your ability to rent a home or land a job, you can turn to expungement or sealing your criminal record. While not erasing your past, these two acts can make life much easier. Expungement legally refers to the process of having your records be destroyed or returned. Essentially, once an arrest or supervision has been expunged, it does not have to be shared with potential employers or landlords. Not …

You’ve found yourself facing criminal charges…now what? Whether you are guilty or not, in order to ensure the best possible outcome for your case, it is important to take the time to search for the best criminal attorney you can. Although the research may take time, it will be worth it in the end. Here are a few tips for searching for a good criminal lawyer. When searching for an attorney, you first want to look at prior experience. There is no doubt that an experienced attorney will know how to better serve his/her clients. Experienced attorneys are more familiar with the ins and outs …