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Matthew David Keenan

Skokie Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. First offense, DUI and a life was taken, how much time will i have to do?

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Matthew David Keenan
    2. Ted Harvatin
    3. Michael J. Helfand
    3 lawyer answers

    First of all, cease making any comments to anybody about what happened and contact a qualified attorney. This is a very serious situation and there may be potential defenses, At the very least, you will want to get all the mitigation that you can if you are found guilty and sentenced. The sentence itself will vary based on numerous factors. To put it mildly, however, you are at risk of receiving a sentence of at least ten years in prison, quite possibly much more than that. Get an...

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  2. What rights does a jr high student have against the teacher,principal,school etc.?

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Matthew David Keenan
    2. Michael L Rich
    2 lawyer answers

    In answer to your question, teachers have very broad powers to refer allegations to the dean. That said, this may indicate that there is a more serious overall problem. More often than not, teachers single out students they distrust and hold them to a higher standard of behavior than others in the same class. This may also cause an additional problem in that observations of this sort are often passed along to future instructors at the same school. In the event that the dean tries to take...

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  3. How obtainable is it to get permission from the court to send my son to boarding school? What similar cases can I reference?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. David Matthew Gotzh
    2. Matthew David Keenan
    2 lawyer answers

    Hi-- This answer is more of a domestic relations issue. Therefore, I do recommend that you consult with an attorney who specializes in that area. Please also be aware that a prolonged legal battle could prove terribly expensive. Quite often, some sort of a sensible compromise is the best decision for everyone, Best wishes, Matt Keenan

  4. I am in F1visa and attended a full time student last semester in IL but I got a F which automaticaly change my status to part

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Alan James Brinkmeier
    2. Matthew David Keenan
    2 lawyer answers

    As an immediate problem, you need to have the advice of a local immigration attorney before you get to the school issues. Genrally, schools are very reasonable about these things, but you referenced some sort of an appeal, and there isn't enough here to give you more specific advice. Call somebody in the area for advice on the issue of your status and the other issues may resolve in time. Best wishes, Matt Keenan

  5. Can the cop give me a drinking ticket after the fact and if I'm honest with him can I get in trouble for drinking?

    Answered about 4 years ago.

    1. Alan James Brinkmeier
    2. Anthony William Vaupel
    3. Matthew David Keenan
    3 lawyer answers

    Hi-- This matter is not necessarily over. If asked to comment, do not say anything, You should be cordial, but that does not mean that you should admit to any wrongdoing. The laws are very stringent in Illinois, and your county truly has a reputation for being the toughest around underage drinking offenses. (And they will not be sorry to hear that . . .) Again, do not cooperate, but also avoid ramping the situation up to a new level of hostility. Best wishes, Matt Keenan

  6. Can I leave the country if i failed to pay a petty speeding ticket?

    Answered about 4 years ago.

    1. Matthew David Keenan
    2. Robert Edward Pugh
    2 lawyer answers

    Hi-- If this ticket is truly a petty offense, you should not have any problem. Recall, however, that Illinois has greatly enhanced speeding penalties for cases 30 miles and above the limit. Most of these changes will go into effect on January 1, 2011. Failure to pay a ticket may lead to a wide variety of problems and ultimately cost you more money that you might have expected, but this is not a matter likely to cause immigration issues. Best wishes, Matt Keenan

  7. I am being forced into rehab by my school

    Answered about 4 years ago.

    1. Alan James Brinkmeier
    2. Matthew David Keenan
    2 lawyer answers

    Hi-- The short answer to your question is that schools frequently do whatever they want to do and then stretch definitions and rewrite facts to justify their actions. You are certainly not obligated to do what they want, but their threats are probably not in jest. Your question does not fully identify your role at the school, or whether or not this is a public institution, so I can only say that you should consult an attorney before deciding what to do. And bear in mind that merely...

  8. Probation for 3rd DUI - Failed Drug Test.

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Matthew David Keenan
    2. Steven H. Fagan
    3. Alexander M. Ivakhnenko
    3 lawyer answers

    Hi-- First of all, start by assuming this is a serious problem. Some judges are relatively tolerant of a bad test result. Others view it as a grave violation. The exact substance may be different, but judges view alcohol as a drug, and the use of controlled substances is always illegal, while alcohol use is not. Your friend should speak to an attorney, preferably one who is familiar with the judge. As a rule, judges prefer for defendants to bring an attorney to court. One of the main...

  9. I was put on court supervision for reckles conduc an i was resentaly arrest for cannabis what go happen when i have court

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Matthew David Keenan
    2. Owen David Greenberg
    3. Alexander M. Ivakhnenko
    3 lawyer answers

    Hi-- You have at least two problems here. Assuming that you are still on court supervision, it is likely that a petition to violate you will be filed. In theory, this means that you could be resentenced completely for the original offense. In order to prove you violated your supervision, by the way, the state would only need to make a showing by a preponderance of the evidence, a rather light burden for them to meet. My advice is that you contact an attorney immediately. You did not...

  10. How to handle a speeding work zone ticket?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Matthew David Keenan
    2. Owen David Greenberg
    2 lawyer answers

    Hi-- I am not quite clear where your son holds a license, and that is a critical factor. Speeding zone tickets are rather severe, however, and a conviction (more properly, a conditional discharge) is typically issued automatically when you pay a citation by mail. It is not unusual for the consequences of out-of-state tickets to be more severe than the consequences for offenses in the same state. Hard to say why, but many states are pressed for funds, and suspensions often lead to more...