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Brian Polinske’s Legal Guides

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  • New Developments in DHS Aircraft Searches

    DHS has conducted many interdictions against private pilots flying legally within the United States. People v. Marcella has analyzed one typical fact pattern associated wtih such interdictions. This precedent is valuable when attacking the criminal/civil forfeiture repercussions of such a search.

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  • Finding an Illinois DUI Attorney

    After an arrest for DUI most persons wonder if they need to hire an attorney to represent them. The consequences typically following a DUI arrest not only affect jobs, family relationships, and the court system but can also cause loss of freedom for repeat offenders. For those th...

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  • How to Successfully Contest your Illinois Statutory Summary Suspension

    Act Quickly. When arrested for DUI a statutory summary suspension (SSS) will normally trigger. The police officer who writes the DUI citation will usually fill out two additional forms. The first is called the Warning to Motorist. The second is the Notice of Suspension. What the ...

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  • How to Ensure Your Attorney is Criminal Defense Ready

    First, check out the attorney's track record. Make sure your attorney has actually tried cases. The more cases he/she has tried the better. A successful history trying felony cases through acquitta

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  • Bond Posting in Illinois

    Illinois law requires that bond be established when a person is charged with an offense. Be it a felony or a Speeding ticket, the Illinois Supreme Court has established rules that must be complied with. When the charge is low level (petty offense) the law allows a person to be is...

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  • Abuse by Nursing Home Staff in Illinois

    We expect the highest standard of care from nursing homes when caring for our elderly family members. Usually the staff at these homes is very good and provides a quality setting. However neglect and abuse does happen in some nursing homes. If your loved one is abused you need...

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  • Misdemeanor Charges in illinois

    Whether it is DUI, Battery, Domestic Battery, Violation of an Order of Protection or any of a number of cannabis offenses a misdemeanor charge usually requires the services of an experienced attorney. In my 20 years of experience as both a prosecutor with the Madison County Stat...

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  • Illinois Expungement Guide

    An expungement is an erasure of a criminal offense from your "record". In Illinois this process is created statutorily. Once a criminal offense becomes a conviction there is no means to erase it from your record. This is true for both misdemeanor and felony convictions. Howev...

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  • Illinois License Reinstatement After a DUI Conviction

    One of the most difficult things a person convicted of DUI faces is obtaining full reinstatement of their license with the Secretary of State. A first time conviction for DUI results in a mandatory minimum period of revocation for one full year. A revocation is not a suspension. ...

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  • Help, I've been Arrested for Domestic Battery

    Bond Conditions The 72 hour stay away order mandates no contact with the alleged victim to a domestic battery charge. Even though the alleged victim may wish the client back into the residence, doin

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