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  • Did the warrant have probable cause?, and do they have the right to destroy my property and let my pets out?

    Police showed up at my house tonight with a warrant for my home. The warrant was issued for a guest I had at my home. Might I add I knew virtually nothing about him and this was only the second time ever he had been at my home. He was a friend of...

    Gal’s Answer

    Unfortunately if a judge issued a search warrant for your home, you virtually have no right to complain about it or about the police conduct. Only if they arrested and charged you with a crime, you may be able to file a motion under the Fourth Amendment. You may also be able to file a civil lawsuit against the police but that's a long shot. A search warrant is approved by a judge, and thus the officers executing it almost always can "hide" behind the warrant. I posted an article from today's the Chicago Tribune on my Facebook page you can read about this issue.

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  • Can the d.o.c add on to your prison term mandated by the courts? this regaurding the sex offender 3-life parole law...

    in 2006 i was charged in 2007 i plead out for 7Yrs at 85% for a predatory criminal sexual assault i was 17 and my victim was 12...in 2012 when it was time for me to go home they said i would be on parole for life and my judge or public defender di...

    Gal’s Answer

    The length and terms of your supervised release must be determine by the judge that sentenced you.

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  • What is a Wait Time to Expunge or Seal Reckless Conduct (720 ILCS 5/12-5) Conviction in Illinois?

    I need to know for how much time I have to wait to either Expunge or Seal Reckless Conduct (720 ILCS 5/12-5) Conviction in Illinois? Am I eligible for No-Disclosure Order?

    Gal’s Answer

    You cannot expunge a conviction, but you may be able to seal it. You have to wait at least 3 years, and have no other arrests during that time

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  • How long does Coles county ,il have to arraign a person in custody on felony charges with no other holds or warrants?

    Was arrested for <2000 gram marijuana,ex felon in poss of firearm Once taken into custody,how long do they have to bring formal charges against me And doesn't that mean that I would personally go to court to be formally arraigned ? I ...

    Gal’s Answer

    Once you are arrested they must take you before a judge for a bond hearing as soon as possible. Then the state has 30 (if you're in custody) or 60 (if you're on bond) to indict you or give you a preliminary hearing. Your arraignment is scheduled after that.

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  • Will he get out on probation or prison time?

    He received an aggravated DUI three years ago but didnt show up to his last court so he was issued a no bond warrant. Now he got picked up again but he was sober no alcohol in blood. He has been in Cook County Jail for 3 months already. That is th...

    Gal’s Answer

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    There are two issues here. One is the DUI, the other his violation of bail. Depends if the prosecutor is going to file a new charge of violation of bail. Also, Agg DUI usually under the law requires some mandatory jail time, but probation is very possible. Hire a good lawyer and he'll have a much better chance at probation

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  • Violation of parole in illinois

    Does the parole officer decide if someone goes back to prison for a misdemeanor?

    Gal’s Answer

    If the person is on probation, the probation officer is only the person that supervises over the person. It will be the judge that will make the decision, if the officer files a violation. Also, if the person is on supervised release, or parole, then the parole board makes the decision, if the violation is reported.

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  • If u get sentenced to 2 years, & you have served half of that already, what happens to the remaing time?

    I would like to know, if offered a 2 year sentence, but I was incarcerated for a year already & decide to take the 2 year sentence. What happens to my remainder time I have served? I am required to do half of the 2 year sentence, which is day for...

    Gal’s Answer

    If you get a 2 year sentence with day-for-day credit, then you need to serve only one year, minus the time you already spent in custody. So if you already spent one year in custody that means you did your time.

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  • Chances of dismissing village ordinance cannabis charges?

    18 year old stopped and ticketed for expired plates; cops said smelled something suspicious and searched 17 year old passenger & ticketed both for less than 10 grams; the expired plates was dismissed last week; 18 year old wants to go into servi...

    Gal’s Answer

    There is always a chance, but never a guarantee. It all depends on the facts, the prosecutor and how good your lawyer is. Negotiation skills are the key.

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  • My son is facing an armed robbery charge. He has no priors. What they recovered was a BB Gun can he get probation in Illinois?

    Even though what they recovered was an empty BB gun and NOT a FIREARM they attached the words with firearm to the armed robbery charge. Trying to get the enhancement...

    Gal’s Answer

    Your son needs a very aggressive attorney that will know how to fight the case, only then an offer of probation may be given. He is facing very serious charges.

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