Skip to main content
No photo

Ronald Hanna’s Answers

10 total

  • How are inmates eligible for RDAP ?

    What are the determining factors for a inmate to be accepted into the RDAP program ?

    Ronald’s Answer

    Typically an inmate must have a documented pattern of substance abuse in the 12 months prior to arrest; They must be diagnosed as having a drug use disorder; The inmate must be willing to participate in the program and sign a statement accepting responsibility for obligations of the program; They must have at least 24 months of their sentence remaining and be able to complete all three phases of the program including the community-based program in the halfway house. Ice detainees, pretrial inmates, and state or military inmates are excluded. There are also a number of particular offenses which will make the inmate ineligible for the program. See the FAMM website on RDAP

    See question 
  • I was arrested for shoplifting $60 item. Was fingerprinted. In court I was asked to pay a fine and case was dismissed.

    Will this show in Fingerprint background check? In regular background check this does not come up and I get an all clear for employment.

    Ronald’s Answer

    If you were arrested, booked, and fingerprinted, it is likely that a record exists. Arrest records continue to exist even in dismissed cases unless you proceed with an expungement or sealing procedure. You should request a background check on yourself from the Illinois State police and the FBI. If the arrest is disclosed and you wish to clear it from your record, you should contact an attorney that specializes in that area of law.

    See question 
  • On Court Supervision for DUI, got a speeding ticket.

    I am on supervision until November 2013 for a first time DUI. I have completed all the classes required, and just have to pay my fines. Unfortunately, today I got pulled over for speeding on my way to work. Does this violate my supervision for ...

    Ronald’s Answer

    You have specifically asked whether s speeding ticket violates your court supervision. Given that the number one condition of court supervision is that you shall not commit further offenses, the answer is "yes" to your question. Your concern should be whether the state will consider the violation serious enough for them to proceed with a petition to revoke your court supervision. If so, the state will petition the court to revoke your court supervision and bring you back to court for a hearing where they would be required to prove by a lower standard of preponderance of evidence that you violated the terms of your DUI supervision. If the violation is proved, you would be subject to resentencing on the DUI. Given the serious possible implications, it is definitely worth speaking to a lawyer prior to taking action.

    See question 
  • Do I need an attorney to request court supervision for 2nd speeding ticket within 12 months?

    I got a conviction in June 2012 for speeding. I got another citation today 3/13 for speeding. I would like to request court supervision. Do I need an attorney? Is it very difficult toget one without a lawyer?

    Ronald’s Answer

    It depends on the county in which your most recent ticket is pending, your overall record, and the speed which you were traveling in this case. Some counties can be more conservative and difficult to deal with than others. You should probably inquire with a local attorney for more information.

    See question 
  • Will a drug paraphernalia ticket stay on my record if its a civil ticket?

    I was in Champagne - Urbana for unofficial when we got pulled over for no headlights . The cops had a k - 9 unit so there was no escaping it . The cops found my bowl so i took the blame for it . I have a $ 320 dollar ticket and i asked the p...

    Ronald’s Answer

    It sounds like you were charged with a municipal ordinance violation. If that is the case, most municipalities do not create an official court record if you pay the fine within a prescribed period advance of the court date. You should check with the clerks office.
    If you are concerned about this appearing on your record, you should contact an experienced attorney to inquire further and look into performing a background check.

    See question 
  • Is a nolle presequi a conviction?

    I went to get my crimal record, I had two cases from 2002 and 2005. It says "nolle presequi" I didn't went to jail or fined.

    Ronald’s Answer

    No.

    See question 
  • What is the likely outcome of my next probation hearing?

    I was convicted of Activated Battery ( class 3 felony ) and Unlawful Use of a Weapon ( misdemeanor ) on June 14 2012 in Mason County Illinois . I accepted a plea agreement of 2 years probation to run concurrent and fines . I have worked off ...

    Ronald’s Answer

    According to the information you provided, you will be on probation until June 2014. Most of the time a judge will schedule a day or appear date at the time of sentencing. If the defendant cannot pay their fines in time, they must show up in court and explain why. It may be as simple as requesting additional time to pay but I would highly recommend speaking to a local attorney or visiting with your state's attorney to look more closely at your particular situation.

    See question 
  • In what year did Illinois classify a DUI as a Class A misdemeanor?

    I received a DUI in Illinois in the year 2000 but I am not sure if it was classified as a Class A misdemeanor.

    Ronald’s Answer

    Most first offense DUIs are charged as a class A misdemeanor unless certain aggravating factors are present. To be absolutely certain you should check your sentencing order and court documents from the county where the case was handled.

    See question 
  • I was asked by a job if I ever been convicted of a criminal Felony. Is a Felony DUI considered a criminal Felony?

    I want to answer correctly on my job application. I have a felony DUI but never have had any criminal charges are these 2 one in the same?

    Ronald’s Answer

    A DUI is a criminal offense. It is typically a misdemeanor unless certain aggravating factors are present that make it chargeable as a felony, including two or more prior DUI dispositions. A felony offense is any crime where the possible penalty exceeds one year imprisonment. Under our current statutory scheme, you cannot expunge or seal a felony DUI, or misdemeanor DUI for that matter.

    See question 
  • Do I have even a slim shot of winning this DUI case?

    I was arrested for DUI in Woodford county in May 2012. The entire driver's side of my car was wrecked ($6000 in damage). I was found on the side of the road, unconscious in my vehicle. No property damage was reported, and a mechanic said it was 5...

    Ronald’s Answer

    I agree with the posted comments. From what you have described it might be a difficult case for the State to prove. However, it is impossible to provide any reasonable assessment of a case without reviewing all of the State's evidence including the officer's narrative report(s) and any video evidence from either the squad car or booking room.
    You probably also know from interning there that Woodford County is notoriously conservative, something to take into consideration when considering your options. Please feel free to contact me to discuss.

    See question