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Should I Talk to The Police Without A Lawyer?

Prosecutors can be counted on to use suspects’ words against them. Even an innocent explanation may appear to link a suspect to a crime when the words are described by a police officer. People who have been accused of a crime should NEVER talk to the police without a lawyer present. To make sure that a prosecutor cannot claim that silence in response to law enforcement questioning is evidence of guilt, a person may say something like, “I do not …

Common Myths about Illinois Secretary of State Hearings

If you have had your driver’s license revoked in Illinois, you will have the opportunity to have it reinstated or at least get a restricted driving permit. This involves attending a Secretary of State hearing. The hearing is extremely important to getting your driving privileges back. However, the hearing procedures and requirements can be difficult for a layman to understand. It is therefore important to have an experienced attorney representing you throughout the process. Part of preparing for the hearings …

5 Factors that Influence Blood Alcohol Level

A blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or above is considered illegal for people operating vehicles in Illinois. If you are pulled over by law enforcement officials and found to have a BAC level above this legal limit, you will be arrested and charged with driving under the influence (DUI). BAC is a measure of the concentration of alcohol in the blood at the time. You can have a high BAC level even after only one drink and end up …

Can You Get a DUI While Riding a Bicycle?

The antics that people get up to when drunk are often the topic of humorous social conversation. You won’t have a hard time finding ‘funny clips’ of intoxicated bike riders online. While we may laugh at these videos, riding a bicycle while intoxicated presents many safety issues. According the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), close to 37% of deaths related to bicycling in the country involve a rider that was intoxicated at the time of the accident. Alcohol and …

Can I Refuse to Take the Breathalyzer Test When Pulled Over for DUI?

When law enforcement officers suspect that you are driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they may pull your vehicle over and ask you to take to a breathalyzer test or other field sobriety tests. Many drivers wonder if they have the right to refuse to take the breathalyzer test and if there are consequences if they do. The DUI laws in Illinois According to Illinois law, anyone operating a vehicle within the state has given implied consent to …

Why Is It So Important to Choose the Right Criminal Defense Attorney?

Choosing the right criminal defense lawyer to represent you can prove overwhelming and stressful. Still, finding the most accomplished lawyer is the best decision you can make as your case progresses. We have compiled a guide on retaining the best criminal defense lawyer and the red flags that you should be aware of. When you come across the following behaviors, proceed with care! Lawyers that employ scare tactics It goes without saying that criminal charges have severe ramifications, including permanent …

Common Cases for a Criminal Defense Attorney in Chicago

Any person can make a mistake regardless of their social status, ethnicity, or background. If you are charged with a criminal offense, there can be severe ramifications involved. This is why getting an accomplished and proven criminal defense attorney can mean the difference between going free and going to jail. Besides, retaining a defense lawyer will ensure that you get a fair trial, and your interests are safeguarded. At the Law Office of Robert J. Kerr, we are wholly committed …

What Should You Do If You Are Pulled Over for a DUI?

When it comes to serious driving offenses, there are few things more devastating than being charged with a DUI. The consequences of such a charge can be life-changing, and not in a good way. That is why it is important that you understand what to do should you ever be pulled over the suspicion of driving while under the influence. There are a few things in particular that you should keep in mind in order to get out of the …

Top Defenses Against Criminal Charges That You Should Know About

Whether you have been charged with the possession of a controlled substance or illicit drug, or with trafficking with the intention to sell or distribute drugs illegally, there are a number of legal defenses that can help you reduce the severity of sentencing, particularly if it is a first time offense. As a criminal defense lawyer in Chicago, our firm has seen decades of cases and designed strategic defense plans to serve our clients.  We’ll review some of the key …

How to Fight a Drug Possession Charge

Whether you have a small amount of a recreational drug on your person, or a larger quantity for distribution, there are circumstances where you can fight a drug possession charge and create reasonable doubt sufficient enough to reduce your sentencing. In all cases in the United States it is illegal to possess any amount of an illicit substance. That can also include selling medications that are prescribed to others, for recreational purposes. This article will explain how drugs are classified …

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