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  • Is Cannabis a controlled substance in Illinois?

    While doing taxes, you are asked if you have convicted of a felony possession or delivery of controlled substances. Since the conviction is not for a controlled and substance, would it be correct to answer "no" while filing for the American Oppor...

    Benjamin’s Answer

    Yes, cannabis is a controlled substance in Illinois.

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  • Got a ticket for driving under suspended license while still in the process of a DUI case.

    I was able to win my summary of suspension hearing and still going to court for the crimial part of the DUI but have court for driving suspended first then my DUI court, Does winning my summary suspension help my driving suspended case? what type ...

    Benjamin’s Answer

    Ironically, it may work against you. The prosecutor on the Driving Suspended case may take the fact that you already got a "break" in the DUI case as a sign that he/she shouldn't give you a second break. You already have a lawyer on the DUI case, you need someone representing you (possibly the same person if you're happy with your attorney) on the driving suspended charge.

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  • Traffic Ticket with no Court Date or Fine Amount

    I received a traffic ticket for "Failure to Reduce Speed/Accident" - both the other driver and I received this ticket, as the officer claimed it was impossible to say who was at fault (although I was the one who was hit). On the ticket, there i...

    Benjamin’s Answer

    No, it's common for tickets to take a little while to be entered into the system. If you want to fight this ticket, consider hiring an attorney.

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  • Go to Court to get Traffic Ticket Thrown Out?

    I was recently involved in a traffic accident. In the "Driver Information Exchange" provided by the officer, there are multiple inconsistencies - my phone number is in the place of both my and the other driver's numbers (so I have no contact numbe...

    Benjamin’s Answer

    No, it's common for tickets to take a little while to be entered into the system. If you want to fight this ticket, consider hiring an attorney.

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  • Can i get locked up for aggravated speeding and illegal transportation alcohol?

    Have never been in jjail in my life

    Benjamin’s Answer

    Yes, you can although it's not terribly likely if you have a reasonably good record. You still need to hire an attorney, preferably before your first court date. Call around and choose the one you feel most comfortable with.

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  • I got dui in in with my cdl.BAC 0.088. Do i have chance to win the case ?

    I got dui with my personal car in chicago. Also i have cdl license . My BAC 0.088 . What is my chance to fight with case. ?

    Benjamin’s Answer

    You can fight the case, but the first thing you need to do is consult with a DUI attorney. This is not something you can handle on your own. If you do not hire an attorney, the court will appoint a public defender for you. I'd advise you to call several and hire the one you feel most comfortable with. Almost all will offer a free consultation, so take advantage of that and call around. A private attorney (as opposed to a public defender) will be very important in your particular case since you have a CDL and public defenders do not deal with license issues. Try to hire one before your first court date if possible. Best of luck to you.

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  • Can a voice recording be admitted in a criminal case.

    Can the state use a recording of message left on an answering machine in court during a criminal case. If there is no record of who placed the call but simply by a victim saying they recognize the voice.

    Benjamin’s Answer

    The answer, which is probably not the one you want to hear, is "maybe." If you've been charged with a crime, you need to hire a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. These are not simple issues, they require experienced analysis.

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  • Does the set fourth below amended law apply to the crimes that was committed before thereof amendment was promulgated?

    Gov. Quinn signs law to remove statute of limitations for child sexual abuse, ensuring survivors no longer run out of time to seek justice Press Release: August 16, 2013

    Benjamin’s Answer

    The fact that the law is not retroactive means that it does not apply to crimes that occurred before it was "promulgated."

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  • My car was stolen and the city has now towed and destroyed it. Now what do I do?

    My van was stolen 10/31/14. We reported it stolen 11/1. We JUST got a notice 12/31 in the mail for 3 tickets that the van got on 11/1, 11/3 & 11/4 for being parked too close to the hydrant. It was sent to our old address because we just moved and ...

    Benjamin’s Answer

    Tickets and notices are generally mailed to the address listed on your registration. If you haven't updated your information with the Secretary of State, then you will have a harder time suing or recovering from the towing company. My guess is they'll say they mailed the notice to your the address listed on your registration. As for the tickets, if you have a police report showing that the van was stolen on 10/31, that should go a long way toward getting those tickets dismissed. I'd still recommend hiring an attorney. You may have a hearing scheduled already at the administrative hearing courthouse, or you may simply have to contest the tickets by requesting a hearing date. Either way an attorney can help.

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  • Will my license get revoked and will I go to jail?

    I got pulled over recently and found out I was suspended. I took the 4 hour class to reinstate my license along with the reinstatement fee right away. When I received my second speeding ticket within 24 months I was never told I would be suspended...

    Benjamin’s Answer

    When you go to court the judge will inform you that you are charged with a Class A misdemeanor. The judge will then ask you whether you have an attorney. If the answer is no, the judge will either appoint the public defender or tell you to hire an attorney, possibly the bar attorney present in court if you are in Cook County. If you want to save yourself some time, hire an attorney before your court date.

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