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Rolling Meadows, IL criminal defense attorney no-knock search warrant

For anyone who finds themselves in trouble with the law, their involvement with the criminal justice system begins with an arrest. There are many rules governing arrests and how they must be performed, all to protect the constitutional rights of the arrestee, who is by default, innocent until proven guilty. Many defendants facing a variety of charges may find that they were the subject of a search warrant, which is a document that allows police officers to enter certain places to attempt to retrieve evidence. However, in recent months, a specific type of search warrant, dubbed a “no-knock” search warrant, has been facing extreme scrutiny across the country.

What Is a “No-Knock” Search Warrant?

If the police need more evidence to officially charge a person with a crime, they may ask a judge to issue a search warrant. However, to do so, they must know the location they are searching, what they expect to find there, and what evidence they believe ties the person to the crime. If the police have reason to believe that the suspect is violent or that evidence may be destroyed, they may ask the judge to allow a no-knock provision in the warrant. This would allow the officers to enter the premises without having to announce their presence.


Arlington Heights criminal defense attorneyAlthough it is illegal to for anyone to drive while intoxicated, and illegal anyone under the age of 21 to drink alcohol, figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that one out of 10 high school teens drive drunk. This makes them 17 times more likely to die in an automobile crash, and it places them at high risk for a DUI arrest, which can impact their criminal record and licensing status. To combat this issue and hopefully deter teens from driving while intoxicated, the Illinois Neurological Institute is conducting DUI accident reenactments at local high schools.

Realistic Reenactments Attempt to Drive the Message Home

The DUI accident reenactments are gory and brutal. Those responsible for putting them together – local police and fire departments, the local morgue, and the Neurological Institute – have designed them that way to drive the message home: humans have one life, and even just one episode of drinking and driving can rip it away. This, in and of itself, should be enough of a deterrent. But sometimes, it is not. It is then that parents should talk to their teens about the other potential consequences and, if possible and necessary, take action. 


proposed law, Arlington Heights criminal defense attorneyA newly-introduced bill that recently received the endorsement of an Illinois Senate committee would ban the state from suing former and current inmates for the cost of their incarceration. There are dozens of cases in which inmates have been sued by the Department of Corrections after they have come into money. Even the current Attorney General – whose office is in charge of the litigation – has referred to the practice of seizing prisoners’ assets as raising “moral” questions and needs to be reevaluated. Lawmakers in favor of banning the lawsuits say that going after inmates’ assets defeats the purpose of rehabilitation, making it difficult for them to get back on their feet once they are released.

Tragic Example

In one case, a man was incarcerated for 15 months following conviction on drug charges. During his sentence, he received a settlement for the wrongful death of his mother totalling just under $32,000. The man had planned on using those funds to start a new life when he was released, however, the Corrections Department sued him for the cost of his incarceration and won. When the man was released from prison, he had no money and was forced to live in a homeless shelter. The man died last June and his family reports he was destitute.


alcohol laws, new laws, Arlington Heights defense attorneyMore than 200 new laws went into take effect in Illinois on January 1, 2016. A few of them relate specifically to alcohol or driving while under the influence. Know how they are expected to change, and how they may impact your life for the better (or for the worse).

Powdered Alcohol Ban 

Powdered alcohol, otherwise known as Palcohol, has been on the state’s radar since early summer, 2015. Beginning in 2016, the product has been completely banned in the state and is being pulled off the shelves. Capable of being used to spike drinks, it carries a high risk of overdosing and could be used to maliciously spike the drinks of an unsuspecting individual. Five other states (Alaska, Delaware, Louisiana, South Carolina, and Vermont) have already banned the substance.


police, dui, Illinois criminal defense attorneyWe are in the middle of the holiday season, and that often means more drivers on the roads. It also means office parties, family get-togethers, and special events that can amp up our propensity to drink, speed, or attempt to do too much all at once. Illinois State Police officers are encouraging everyone to stay safe, think twice, and avoid the fatal four moving violations: drinking and driving, speeding, forgetting seatbelts, and being a distracted driver.

Drinking and Driving (DUI)

It is difficult to find a holiday event without some form of alcohol. State officers expect and understand as much. What they will not allow is for you to have a few drinks and then get behind the wheel of a car – not without giving you a moving violation for driving while under the influence.