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The purpose of this article is to provide a basic explanation of Motions to Suppress Evidence seized as a consequence of an illegal search and seizure by government authorities during investigatory stops. Search and Seizure law can be very technical and is very fact specific. One single difference in a factual situation can mean...

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Hello, my name is Matthew Miller and I am a former prosecutor and currentcriminal defense lawyer who defends people accused of crimes. During my years of practice, first as a prosecutor, and now as a criminal lawyer I have observed that much of the general public harbors many misconceptions about the criminal justice system and criminal courts in particular. The ...

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Many drug charges or drug cases in Peoria, Grundy, Putnam, Stark, Livingston, and Marshall Counties originate during a traffic stop where the police utilize a drug sniffing dog to justify the search of a person or of their car. Both the United States Supreme Court and the Illinois Supreme Court have held that a canine sniff to the exterior of ...

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It’s a phrase from the old 1940 film noir and while few people, if any, call police “coppers” anymore, the idea of having a person get a search warrant is still alive and well in Illinois. However, the ins and outs of what rights a person has or what police must do are still widely known

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In Illinois, when a person is convicted, a judge usually has to assign some type of punishment, either being confinement such as jail or prison or probation which can come in many forms. Most crimes allow a person to be placed on probation as a form of punishment after a conviction.

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Every year, thousands of jam band fans and others descend upon Chillicothe, Ill., for the annual Summer Camp music festival. Since 2001, the three-day music festival over Memorial Day weekend has more than doubled the population of Chillicothe.

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Illinois was the pioneer in the juvenile court process as the nation’s first court for children was established in 1899 in Cook County. Then, as now, the idea behind the separation was that children aren’t yet of full maturity, either legally or developmentally. As such, lawmakers then thought they should not be treated the same as adults.

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In our modern times, people have become increasingly reliant on their cell phones. People’s phones, particularly if they are a smartphone, serve not only as a phone but also will be used as a camera, photo album, schedule book, and phone contact list. Further, people’s conversations via text...

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After an arrest, a person often faces the prospect of large fines, incarceration, the loss of a job and income. Additionally, even if a large fine or incarceration are avoided, many a defendant who finds himself or herself convicted of a crime will find that their future prospects for advancement via schooling or future job prospects are...

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