What should I expect on my first Court date?

First Court Date: On the first court date in a DUI or criminal case several events happen.  First, your attorney will file an Appearance.  You may have an arraignment.  Further your attorney will enter a plea of not guilty and request discovery.  Lastly, the case will be continued for further proceedings.   What is an…

Electronic Communication Device While Driving

Electronic Communication Device While Driving: Using a cell phone while driving is a violation of the Illinois Statute 625 ILCS 5/12-610.2.   Can I use a cell phone when I am stopped in traffic? Yes.  The law states a cell phone can be used if the following conditions are met.  First, the vehicle is stopped…

Illinois Secretary of State removes 30 waiting Period for BAIID

Effective January 1 2016, the Illinois Secretary of State has removed the 30-day waiting period before a person with a suspended license based upon a Statutory Summary Suspension can begin driving. When a person receives a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) they usually (but not always) also receive a Statutory Summary Suspension. This…

Video of your Illinois DUI Arrest

Is there a video of your DUI arrest?  The answer is most likely “yes”.  More and more police departments are using dash and body cameras to record police interactions.  However, each police department has its own video recording rules. Some police departments do not have in-car video and other’s do. By law, all Illinois State…

CDL Driver, Speeding 60mph in a 30mph Zone = Not Guilty

This is a Lockport, Illinois matter.  My client, a CDL truck driver was driving his commercial vehicle (a Vovlo truck with 53 foot trailer) on Route 7 into Lockport. He was coming down from the bridge into Lockport when a Lockport police officer used radar and clocked him going 60mph in a 30mph zone. This…