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DuPage County DUI Defense LawyerIn Illinois, several different traffic violations and criminal offenses can lead to driver’s license suspension or revocation. One of the most common causes of driver’s license suspension or revocation is driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI). Losing your ability to drive can make it difficult or nearly impossible to get to and from work, attend appointments, and fulfill other important responsibilities. Fortunately, Illinois has programs in place for individuals who need to regain driving privileges after a DUI.

Regain Limited Driving Privileges Through an RDP

Once your driver’s license has been suspended or revoked, it becomes illegal to drive. Driving on a suspended or revoked license is a criminal offense punishable by fines and jail time. If you lost your license after a DUI, you may be able to regain your driving privileges through a restricted driving permit (RDP).

Once an RDP is issued, you are allowed to drive, but only in limited circumstances. Each RDP is different. For some, an RDP allows them to drive to and from work or medical appointments. Others use an RDP to attend classes at school. An RDP does not reinstate full driving privileges, but it may allow you to drive in limited circumstances.

How Can I Get an RDP?

Restricted driving permits are sometimes called hardship permits because they are intended for those individuals facing a hardship of some kind. To get an RDP, you must show that the loss of your driving privileges has created a hardship in your life. For example, if your work is not accessible by public transportation, driving may be the only way you can keep your job. If you are seeking an RDP after a DUI, you will also need to complete a professional drug and alcohol evaluation. Based on the results of the evaluation, you may be required to take drug or alcohol education classes or attend a substance abuse treatment program.

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DuPage County Violent Crimes Defense AttorneyRobbery involves theft with the use or threat of physical force. Illinois takes violent crimes very seriously, and robbery is considered a felony offense. Punishable by years or even decades in prison, it is one of the most harshly penalized crimes in Illinois law. If you or a loved one were accused of robbery or armed robbery, seek guidance from an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Your lawyer will help you build a strong legal strategy and represent you throughout the criminal proceedings.

Robbery Charges Threaten Your Future

Being convicted of a felony offense will have a dramatic impact on the rest of your life. In addition to significant jail time, you may struggle to find adequate employment and housing for years after your prison sentence has ended. Building a strong defense is crucial to protecting your future.

Exploring Defense Strategies After a Robbery Charge

As with any criminal charge, the best initial defense strategy is to say nothing. Do not answer police questions or submit to any interrogations. Asserting your right to remain silent is one of the best things you can do to aid in your defense. Anything you say can be used as ammunition against you during future legal proceedings.

To secure a conviction for robbery, the prosecution must prove that the defendant stole another party’s property and did so using force or threats to use force. The prosecution may use witness statements, forensic evidence from the alleged crime scene, surveillance camera footage, and other types of evidence when building their case.

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Chicago criminal defense attorney

When a person is arrested and charged with a crime in Illinois, there are a number of steps in the criminal justice process between that arrest and the resolution of the case. One of the first steps after an arrest is arraignment. The outcome of that arraignment can actually set the tone for the way the rest of the process will go. If you have been charged with a crime, it is important to have a skilled Chicago defense attorney representing you during the entire process.

What Is an Arraignment

An arraignment is a hearing held in a courtroom with a presiding judge. The person who has been arrested is now considered the “defendant.” The defendant will be called in front of the judge, who will formally read the charges the defendant has been arrested for. The judge will then ask the defendant to enter his or her plea.

Entering a Plea

The defendant has three choices for a plea – guilty, not guilty, or nolo contendere. While the first two choices are fairly well known, many people may be unaware of what a nolo contendere plea means. Nolo contendere (no contest) means that the defendant is basically telling the court that although they do not wish to plead guilty, they also do not wish to contest or dispute the charges against them. It is critical to understand that entering this plea can have the same consequences and penalties as pleading guilty and should not be done without speaking to an attorney first. 

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Chicago DUI criminal defense attorney

A 58-year-old Illinois woman who has been charged with two counts of aggravated driving under the influence is not only facing the loss of her license and potential loss of freedom – she is also facing the loss of her vehicle via a civil forfeiture complaint. While many people are aware of police seizing the assets of people convicted of drug dealing and other illegal activities, is seizing the vehicle of a person who is accused of drunk driving legal under Illinois law?

BAC Four Times the Legal Limit

According to information released by law enforcement, on the night of September 14, a police officer noticed a vehicle take a right-hand turn, however, the driver failed to use their turn signal. The officer pulled the vehicle over. As he explained to the driver why he had stopped her, he noticed she had an open bottle of alcohol near her leg that she attempted to hide when the officer questioned her about it.

The driver did admit to the officer she had been drinking. The officer requested the woman step out of her vehicle, but the police report noted she had difficulty doing so. Attempts to perform field sobriety tests were noted as “very erratic and unable to follow directions.” At this point, the woman was brought to the police station and agreed to submit to a breathalyzer. Her blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level registered 0.321. This is four times the legal limit under Illinois law.

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Chicago criminal defense attorneyLast June, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the City of Chicago released a fairly negative report regarding the lack of protocols and procedures by the Chicago Police Department for its records management and production system. Included in the report was a list of corrective recommendations for the department to implement. One year later, a new investigation has found that the department has taken almost no steps to address the issues in the OIG report. The question for the public is: How does the Chicago PD’s flawed system impact defendants’ constitutional rights and their ability to defend themselves against criminal charges?

Inspector General’s 2020 Report

In the original report in 2020, the OIG noted significant deficiencies that may make it “impossible for the department to ensure that all relevant records were identified and produced when required to.”

Some of the more serious deficiencies cited by the OIG included:

  • Failure to determine the existence of records. The OIG concluded that the Chicago PD Subpoena Unit and Office of Legal Affairs did not have any reliable means of determining what records exist of a particular incident or case, making it difficult for the unit to identify and locate relevant records for production.

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