Matthew David Keenan’s Guides

Matthew David Keenan

Skokie Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. NEW ILLINOIS LAW ALLOWS MORE NON-VIOLENT FELONY OFFENDERS TO SEAL CRIMINAL RECORDS

    Written by attorney Matthew Keenan, about 1 year ago.

    Beginning January 1, 2014, certain types of felony offenders will now be eligible to leave their criminal record in the past. Under the new law, offenders with convictions for non-violent Class 2, Class 3 and Class 4 felonies may petition to seal their criminal records four yea...

  2. RETAIL THEFT: SECOND OFFENSE AND BEYOND

    Written by attorney Matthew Keenan, about 1 year ago.

    Retail theft the second time around can be a much more complicated affair than your first offense. Repeat offenses may lead to stiffer charges, violation of supervision, and a conviction that stays on your record. For starters, a second offense involving property under $300 i...

  3. THE LAKE COUNTY, ILLINOIS VETERANS COURT FOR DUI AND OTHER NON-VIOLENT OFFENDERS

    Written by attorney Matthew Keenan, about 1 year ago.

    A day in the Lake County Veterans Treatment and Assistance Court (VTAC) begins with the very compassionate Judge John Phillips selecting one of the veterans to lead the pledge of allegiance. After that, Judge Phillips hears status updates from veterans on how they are progressi...

  4. CAN THEY SEARCH MY CAR AFTER A TRAFFIC STOP IN ILLINOIS?

    Written by attorney Matthew Keenan, over 1 year ago.

    You got pulled over for a traffic violation. The cop thought he smelled alcohol, and after some tests, you were charged with DUI. After they put you in the police car, the officers began searching the passenger compartment of your car. The stuff they found got you in bigger tro...

  5. CRIMINAL/DUI DEFENSE ALTERNATIVES FOR VETERANS IN COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS

    Written by attorney Matthew Keenan, over 1 year ago.

    As a veteran of the United States Military, you may qualify for a special program to help deal with your criminal or DUI charges. The Cook County Veterans Treatment Court program aims to prevent veterans from returning to the criminal justice system and to improve their qualit...

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  6. FROM BAD TO WORSE: AGGRAVATING FACTORS FOR DRUG DEALING CRIMES IN ILLINOIS

    Written by attorney Matthew Keenan, over 1 year ago.

    In Illinois, the penalties for knowingly manufacturing, delivering or possessing with intent to deliver a controlled substance can be stiff enough. But selling drugs to the wrong person or in the wrong place can make a bad situation worse--in some cases even doubling your prison...

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  7. "IT'S JUST FOR ME:" THE CRIME OF DRUG POSSESSION IN ILLINOIS

    Written by attorney Matthew Keenan, over 1 year ago.

    Illinois law is geared toward punishing the big-time drug trafficker more than the small-time user. Nevertheless, it is a crime to knowingly possess a controlled substance, and the penalties can be quite severe. What can happen to you? What can you do? Illinois law bars you fr...

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  8. WHY YOU SHOULD FIGHT YOUR ILLINOIS DUI--EVEN IF YOU LIVE OUT OF STATE

    Written by attorney Matthew Keenan, over 1 year ago.

    Back in the early United States, if you didnt like the person you married, you could simply move to another state and marry someone else. No one would ever know. But the world has changed a lot since then. Technology has made it possible to keep tabs on youand your driving r...

  9. THEY TESTED MY BLOOD? CAN I STILL DEFEND MY ILLINOIS DUI?

    Written by attorney Matthew Keenan, over 1 year ago.

    You thought you were driving just fine, even after a few beers, but then you got into a car crash. You were injured and taken to the hospital. Police asked if they could test your blood for alcohol, and you agreed. The test came back over the legal limit, and now you are charge...

  10. THE CHARGE OF BAC EXCEEDS 0.08 IN ILLINOIS

    Written by attorney Matthew Keenan, over 1 year ago.

    Your driving was actually just fine, but your breathalyzer was well over the legal limit. Or maybe you swerved all over the lane, but you only blew a .04. Either way, you can be found guilty of DUI. How can that happen? What can you do? In Illinois, you cannot operate a mo...