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Vijay Ratan Sharma

Skokie DUI / DWI Attorney.

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  1. Why Are Criminals Punished?

    Written by attorney Vijay Sharma, almost 4 years ago.

    There are several reasons to punish a person for a crime. A person may want to rehabilitate a Defendant or let them have whats coming to them. Here are some reasons, Punishment based on Utilitarianism (Deterrence) The utilitarian theory is essentially one of deterrence punish...

  2. Expungements

    Written by attorney Vijay Sharma, almost 4 years ago.

    There are ways to get past criminal acts off of a persons record. First there are a few things were talking about. Expungement and Sealing of records are two separate things. An expungement involves either physically destroying the records or returning them to the Petitioner. Ty...

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  3. When Should You Go to Trial?

    Written by attorney Vijay Sharma, almost 4 years ago.

    I had a conversation with a law student one time and he was telling me that he wanted to go into civil litigation over criminal law. I told him that if hes lucky, he might be able to try a case within a couple of years whereas he could be doing criminal trials before hes even ou...

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  4. Police Roadblocks

    Written by attorney Vijay Sharma, almost 4 years ago.

    I recently saw an extremelyaccomplished attorneyput on a hearing for roadblocks. This weekend I was warned of a roadblock after a college football game(not that I needed a warning). It obviously gave me a topic to talk about. Under the Fourth Amendment, the State is restricted f...

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  5. Can Police put use a GPS device to track movements?

    Written by attorney Vijay Sharma, almost 4 years ago.

    California. In law school, I was told once that if California does something, then you need to nod your head and say ok. California has done it again. The 9thCircuit Court of Appeals has recently decided US v. Juan Pineda,http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-9th-circuit/1497005.html. A...

  6. Timeline of a Case: Arrest to Appeal

    Written by attorney Vijay Sharma, almost 4 years ago.

    Timeline of a case A criminal case has its own life. It has a specific timeline that follows; this can be fairly confusing to someone new to the system. First for the sake of clarity, a States Attorney, District Attorney, and County Prosecutor are the same thing so I will use St...

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  7. Order of Protections and Violations of Orders of Protections.

    Written by attorney Vijay Sharma, almost 4 years ago.

    Stalking is bad. Let me make that clear right off the bat. It is scary and dangerous for the victim. I do not condone, but I want to discuss abuses by a victim on a defendant. Getting a restraining order is not hard. There are advocates at court to help and unlike most filings, ...

  8. Misdemeanor Violations after a Plea or Finding of Guilty

    Written by attorney Vijay Sharma, almost 4 years ago.

    Ill keep this to misdemeanors, felony violation can be more fact specific and complex. When someone is sentenced to supervision, conditional discharge or probation in Illinois, they can be ordered to do several things. The most common are some term of community service, SWAP, DU...

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  9. Do I have to be Searched?

    Written by attorney Vijay Sharma, almost 4 years ago.

    Do I have to be searched at an airport or train station? If I really didn't want to be searched at an airport I could have taken the train or my car. I give up the right NOT to be searched the moment I walked to my gate and was interrupted by the TSA. We all give up that right. ...

  10. Do I need a Lawyer

    Written by attorney Vijay Sharma, almost 4 years ago.

    I get this question. A lot. The answer is typically that it depends. Many people want to handle their own cases. This is understandable since I like doing things for myself. The difference here is to recognize when you are out of your depth. I loved my old car. It was a 1993 Toy...

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