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IL DUI lawyerAlthough blood testing or breathalyzer tests in traffic stops are generally acceptable under Illinois law, a recent Illinois supreme court ruling suggests that this rule is subject to a bit more interpretation. As such, it is important to remember the need for experienced and aggressive legal defense from a skilled DUI attorney. Even in cases that face charges of any kind, there might be ways to tone down any fines or sentences depending on the circumstances.

People v. Eubanks

On December 21, 2009, Ralph Eubanks was allegedly driving a borrowed car and hit Maria Worthon and son Jeremiah. According to testimony at the time, Eubanks was driving between 80 or 90 miles per hour without his headlights. Maria died in the accident and her son suffered severe injuries. Ralph wound up with consecutive sentences that summed to 40 years. However, these charges were reached because the prosecution relied on blood and urine tests that were taken hours after the arrest without a search warrant.

After receiving these charges, Eubanks got the First District court to reverse his aggravated DUI conviction, remanded the first-degree murder conviction, and more on account of Illinois’ favorable stance on warrantless chemical testing to be facially unconstitutional. The Illinois Supreme Court then reached a peculiar conclusion in which they agreed to let Eubanks receive a new trial in which his DUI test results could not be used as evidence, but they consequently expanded the possible exigencies that could allow warrantless DUI testing. Although this ruling favored Eubanks and helped him receive a lesser sentence, law enforcements’ definition of exigency was expanded significantly.

Contact an Aurora DUI Attorney

With shifting interpretations of the Illinois Vehicle Code’s justifications for warrantless DUI testing, it is more important than ever to get a highly-capable Aurora DUI attorney to defend you if you face such charges. At The Law Office of Brian J. Mirandola, you will get access to experienced legal defense and a deep, intimate understanding of Illinois law. To schedule a free consultation, call 847-488-0889.

 

Source:

https://www.isba.org/ibj/2020/01/lawpulse/shouldvegottenawarrant

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IL defense lawyerFollowing the Illinois Rules of the Road can keep you from any fines, having your license revoked, and any further felony punishments. In doing so, you will also ensure your and others’ safety. As a driver, you have a responsibility to share the road properly with bicyclists, pedestrians, and horse-drawn vehicles. There are relatively new, specific laws that dictate how you are supposed to share the road, which we will explain in detail below. If you are ever charged with a traffic violation, defend your case and minimize any charges with the help of an experienced traffic violations attorney.

Illinois’ New Bike Laws

New laws that took effect in 2018 state that you must leave a “safe distance, but no less than three feet” when passing a bicycle or individual on the road. To help support this safe distance, the law allows drivers to pass in no-pass zones. A very common mistake is for drivers to feel too uncomfortable with crossing over the double yellow line, and they hardly leave enough room for the cyclist who they are overtaking. However, there is a catch. Passing cyclists is only legal if the cyclist is traveling at less than half of the posted speed limit. Also, if there is just too much traffic to prevent the guarantee that you will be able to create enough space between your vehicle and the bicycle, you should not take the chance. All of these rules apply to pedestrians and horse-drawn vehicles.

Failure to follow these laws will result in a traffic offense. In Illinois, drivers over 21 will get their license and driving privileges revoked after three or more traffic violations in a 12 month period. Drivers under 21 years old only require two traffic offenses for such. If you pass a cyclist too closely, the offense is worth 20 points, which is a system used to determine the severity of an eventual punishment. 20 is equivalent to ignoring a red light.

Contact an Aurora Traffic Violations Attorney

The consequences for traffic violations in Illinois are steep, so it is important that you get excellent legal representation from an Aurora traffic violations attorney to properly defend your case. At the Law Office of Brian J. Mirandola, you will find passionate, skilled legal aid and an attorney who will aggressively defend your rights. To schedule a free consultation, call 847-488-0889.

 

Source:

https://rideillinois.org/new-illinois-bike-laws/#:~:text=Under%20the%20new%20law%2C%20a,and%20(3)%20there%20is%20sufficient

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IL DUI lawyerAs COVID-19 changes how we live, some laws are changing or being created so that businesses can adapt accordingly. Staying informed on these changes is important, since they will give you more options with which to safely enjoy time with family and friends during the coronavirus pandemic, and they can help keep your favorite local businesses afloat, too! A recent and drastic change in alcohol laws gives you some new freedoms as a driver. If you are wrongly accused of breaking these new laws or you are charged with having an open container of alcohol in your vehicle, it is still very important to reach out to a trusted DUI attorney to thoroughly defend your rights.

The New “Cocktails to Go” Law

Up until recently, alcoholic beverages purchased at a restaurant or bar had to be consumed on the premises and nowhere else. However, as so many businesses face economic hardship due to COVID-19, the Illinois legislature is trying to make appropriate and necessary adjustments to help support the economy while keeping people safe. For that reason, you can now order ‘cocktails to go.’

If you imagine yourself sipping from a margarita on your way home, you have the wrong idea. Since restaurants have largely been operating on a “delivery or takeout” model, the Illinois government expanded the law to include liquor so that bars were not excluded from customers’ business. This means that you can go pick up mixed drinks and drive home with them, or a delivery driver has the right to drive them to you. The key tenet of this new rule that will prevent people from being charged under ‘open container’ laws is that the drinks must be in sealed and tamper-proof containers. This way, it should be immediately obvious whether or not a driver is abiding by the new rules or breaking them to drink and drive.

The “cocktails to go” law also requires that delivery drivers be 21 or older. When they arrive to drop off an order, they must verify the customer’s age, just the same as if they were at the bar themselves. Also, delivery drivers are required to take note of the customer’s level of intoxication.

Contact an Aurora DUI Attorney

With changes in alcohol and driving laws, you need a skilled attorney who can understand how to navigate a changing legal landscape to defend against open-container or DUI charges. At the Law Office of Brian J. Mirandola, you will meet an experienced Aurora DUI attorney who will aggressively defend your rights. To schedule a free consultation, call 847-488-0889.

 

Source:

https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-pritzker-cocktails-to-go-bill-20200602-4ebzrzzfnbc2lgslv7wzvr5sfi-story.html

 

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IL defense lawyerAnyone with misdemeanor or felony charges on their record used to have to fear that they would be automatically disqualified from a prospective job, but recent federal and state legislation helps provide an even playing field for all job applicants, regardless of what their criminal record looks like. Employers have a little leeway in determining whether any past convictions should bar you from the job you are applying for, but there is a much greater chance that anyone can make it much deeper into the hiring process before those discussions arise. If you ever need help determining if your criminal record can be sealed or expunged, or if you think a potential employer is violating any of the laws discussed below, reach out to an experienced criminal defense attorney.

The Illinois Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act

On January 1, 2015, the “Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act” took effect. Prior to this, employers were allowed to inquire about applicants’ criminal records during the application process. This typically led employers to make a swift negative judgment of anyone with a felony or misdemeanor on their record, even if the applicant was more than qualified for the job in question.

The Job Opportunities Act forbids this. Instead, employers are only allowed to ask about an applicant’s criminal record if they have already been deemed qualified for the position. This rule is designed to help push employers to give former convicts a second chance. There are a few fields, like medicine, that still allow for employers to conduct a criminal background check on applicants since many types of misdemeanors might immediately suggest that the applicant is not up for the task.

If an employer deems that an applicant’s past conviction is a cause for concern and they do not want to hire them because of it, they are encouraged to notify applicants in writing of the specific offense that disqualified them from the job. Although this can be up to the employer’s discretion, the Qualified Applicants Act’s purpose is to push employers to only turn an applicant away if their record poses a serious, tangible risk in that profession.

Contact a Kane County Defense Lawyer

The Illinois Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act was designed to help reintegrate those with prior felony or misdemeanor convictions reintegrate into society and receive a fair chance at attaining a job that they are capable of holding. To protect your rights and ensure that you are being given the opportunities that you deserve, work with the Law Office of Brian J. Mirandola. Our Aurora criminal defense attorney will strive to defend your case in court and help expunge or seal whatever possible from your record. To schedule a free consultation today, call 847-488-0889.

 

Sources:

https://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-illinois-laws-criminal-records-118-biz-20170117-story.html

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/fulltext.asp?DocName=073000050K5-4.5-55

 

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IL defense lawyerDomestic abuse charges have many possible outcomes, one of which is that an order of protection will be placed against the accused. In 2020, the rules regarding how an order of protection is allowed to be issued are changing slightly to grant victims of domestic abuse more safety. However, if you are accused of domestic abuse, this new rule could change how your case plays out. During divorce proceedings or if you believe you have been wrongfully accused of domestic violence, speak with an experienced domestic violence attorney to protect your rights.

New Order of Protection Laws in Illinois

Before 2020, the accused party in a domestic abuse case would be notified of any order of protection filed against them. In some cases, this encouraged abusers to contact them and potentially make these situations worse. However, the new bill that took effect in 2020 will allow orders of protection to not be available publicly until they have been served. If an OOP was served to you, this could mean that it would take longer to contest the order if it is unjustly strict or not representative of the relationship you had with your ex-partner.

Illinois Orders of Protection

With this new law in place, it is worth revisiting the implications of an Order of Protection. First, OOPs are to protect family or household members, not people in any other type of relationship. The OOP bars the abuser from contacting the person that served the order. However, these can be specifically tailored and are not the same across the board. For instance, OOPs could prevent a couple from sharing a residence, or they could just block the abuser from being near the petitioner while intoxicated or on drugs. OOPs can also have strong consequences for child custody and visitation rights.

Contact an Elgin Domestic Violence Lawyer

OOPs vary on a case-by-case basis, and whether you are trying to understand what to do next if an order was served against you or you are attempting to contest the order, the highly experienced attorneys at the Law Office of Brian Mirandola can assist you. With a deep understanding of divorce and domestic abuse law, we will aggressively defend your rights as an individual and as a parent. To schedule a free consultation with an Elgin domestic violence attorney, call 847-488-0889.

 

Source:

https://illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/women/ordersofprotection.html

https://charliemeier.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2019/12/New-Laws-2020-FINAL-2.pdf

 

 

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