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  • The First Year of Law School

    The first year of law school can be the most stressful level of education youve ever had. I started in January of 2002, a day after I graduated college. I remember I would ask a couple people what law school is like and the most common answer was hard. The reality is that its n...

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  • How Does Evidence Get Thrown Out of Court?

    One way this can happen is due to the exclusionary rule. The US Supreme Court has said that States have a Constitutional duty to make sure unconstitutionally seized evidence is not used against a person. If it can be shown that evidence was seized was in an unconstitutional way,...

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  • The Basics of Going to Law School

    Why would you go through three years of punishment? Law school is this wonderful, terrible experience. I was in my junior year of college before I decided to go to law school. I was a history major trying to figure out what to do since I didnt want to teach high school. When I f...

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  • Basics of a DUI

    Administrative License Suspension/RevocationThe Administrative License Suspension/Revocation penalties indicated here refer to minimum mandatory penalties imposed on drivers whose BAC is above the state limit for intoxication, or drivers who refuse to submit to BAC testing. The ...

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  • Probable Cause for a DUI

    Police must possess probable cause to make an arrest for DUI. Judges can typically consider evidence of erratic driving, the defendant's appearance, the defendant's conduct, statements made by the defendant, and the defendant's performance on field sobriety tests. Under case law...

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  • How to Deal with a Police Officer?

    I cant count the number of cases where a police officer gave a ticket or made an arrest based on a Defendants bad attitude. I recently defended two marijuana possession cases where my client was arrested, not for their attitudes, but their passengers attitudes. In both cases, th...

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  • Alibi Defenses

    The alibi defense doesnt says that a crime didnt occur. It says that if a crime occurred, someone else was the perpetrator The defense says that the defendant was not the perpetrator and was not at the scene but elsewhere. The state has to prove the defendant committed the crime...

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  • Where Can A Person be Arrested?

    I read an article a couple of days ago wheremourners at a funeral assaulted a couple whose car accidentally crashed into the procession in Logan Square. One person turned herself in to police later on. But can police arrest someone at a funeral or even a wedding? The short answe...

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  • Did My Attorney Commit Malpractice?

    What can a person do when they think their attorney has committed malpractice? First, a lawyer is required to exercise an ordinary and reasonable level of skill, knowledge, and prudence common to members of the legal profession in the community.If an attorney fails to exercise a...

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  • What is on "My Record?"

    I get asked this a lot. To be clear, there is no ONE record. Many clients imagine something that is kept in a database somewhere that shows where you went to elementary school to high school, college and all of your jobs. There is no such thing. When a client asks if something i...

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