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IL defense lawyerExpungement is when Illinois government erases criminal charges from a person’s record. This is different from sealing which is when the charges are simply hidden from public view but still exist.

Not all crimes are qualified to be expunged and not every person has the ability to petition for an expungement. It boils down to the type of crime as well as the number of charges already against the person petitioning to expunge a crime.

Understanding the Expungement Process

The first step in getting a charge erased from a personal record is to determine whether or not the charge is qualified to be expunged. Also, a person must find out if they are a candidate that is able to petition for an expungement.

Factors that could keep a person from expungement include the amount of time that has passed since the crime was committed as well as the person’s citizenship status.

Once it is decided that a crime is eligible for expungement, the petitioner should:

  • Collect copies of the criminal record
  • Fill out the appropriate forms
  • File the forms with the Illinois Circuit Clerk
  • Attend court hearing with all relevant material
  • If the petition is denied, ask for reconsideration

 A crime will most likely be expunged if the person has no prior history of criminal behavior. It is also good to have evidence such as proof of completion of a drug program or a letter of recommendation from someone who can show the court that the petitioner is not likely to repeat their offense.

What Crimes Can and Cannot Be Expunged?

Illinois does not allow every crime to be expunged from the record and it is wise to know whether a crime can be expunged before going through the process. This eliminates disappointment later on when the petition is denied.

Crimes that cannot be expunged include:

  • A federal conviction outside of Illinois
  • Minor traffic offenses
  • Convictions for misdemeanors or felonies
  • Court supervision that was not completed
  • Court supervision for reckless driving or DUI
  • Court supervision for sexual abuse of a minor

Arrests made for a misdemeanor or felony crimes which did not lead to conviction are eligible for expungement along with:

  • Convictions of a misdemeanor or felony charges which were reversed or pardoned
  • The petitioner is an honorably discharged veteran
  • Sentences for supervision if the waiting period has passed
  • Sentences of qualified probation if five years have passed

Contact an Elgin, IL Expungement Lawyer

It can be an overwhelming process to petition for expungement. Hiring a lawyer from the Law Offices of Brian J. Mirandola can help alleviate confusion and help you figure out if your crime is eligible for expungement. Our lawyers can also represent you when you go to court and fight to clear your record. To schedule a free consultation with a Kane County expungement lawyer, call our office at 847-488-0889.

 

Sources:

https://www.illinoislegalaid.org/legal-information/criminal-offenses-can-be-expunged-or-sealed

https://www.illinoislegalaid.org/legal-information/starting-case-expunge-or-seal-criminal-record

https://www.illinoislegalaid.org/legal-information/expunging-or-sealing-criminal-record

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IL DUI lawyerEvery state has different rules when it comes to DUI convictions . There are punishments such as fines, jail time, and suspension of licenses after a conviction is made. In Illinois, first-time offenders - and subsequent offenses - are required to drive with a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID).

The purpose of a BAIID is to stop offenders from drinking and driving. The device is installed into the automobile and drivers will have to breathe into the tube to start their car. This is similar to a breathalyzer used during a traffic stop. If someone has a blood alcohol content (BAC) of over 0.025, the car will not turn on. Anything lower than 0.025 will allow the car to start without a problem.

In the past, DUI offenders would have someone else breath into their BAIID in order to start their vehicle. So, along with the device, a camera will also be installed into the car to capture images of the driver performing their breath test.

Why Is a BAIID Mandatory?

The device is required mainly for the driver’s benefit because, after a conviction, the driver’s license will be suspended or revoked. In order to apply for a restricted license, the driver’s vehicle will need a BAIID to regulate safe driving.

The down-side to needing a BAIID installed is that the driver will be responsible for all of the monetary fees involved with acquiring the device:

  • Installation fee of $85.
  • Monthly rental fee of $80.
  • Monthly monitoring fee of $30; paid to the Secretary of State.

When Can a License be Reinstated?

Along with the BAIID, a driver looking to reinstate their license will be issued a Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP) which allows the offender to drive their car while they pay their suspension term. As long as the offender obeys the driving laws during the time their license is suspended, it will be returned when the time has been served.

However, there are further punishments that can be enforced if a driver violates the terms of their MDDP. The most common offense is driving without their BAIID installed. If a violation occurs, the driver can expect a letter from the Illinois Secretary of State asking for an explanation. If the letter is ignored or the explanation is not good, the driver’s license will be suspended for an extended three months per violation:

  • Three extensions will result in the driver’s car being impounded for 30 days.
  • Four extensions will result in the seizure of the driver’s car.
  • MDDP can be revoked if only one violation occurs.

Contact an Elgin, IL DUI Defense Attorney

Fighting back against DUI charges can seem tough when you try to go through it on your own. If you or someone you know is facing DUI charges, hire a lawyer from the Law Offices of Brian J. Mirandola to help build a strong defensive strategy. To schedule a free consultation with a Kane County DUI defense lawyer, call 847-488-0889.

 

Source:

https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/BAIID/baiid.html

 

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Here in the state of Illinois, misdemeanor charges can come with significant criminal punishments. While some people underestimate the potential impact of a misdemeanor when compared to a felony, the long-term ramifications of a conviction can include difficulty securing employment, housing, or loan opportunities. Legally speaking, a misdemeanor can result in jail time and significant fines. 

Below we will discuss what crimes could lead to a misdemeanor conviction, and what you should do if you have been charged.

Misdemeanor Crimes in Illinois

According to Illinois state law, there are a number of crimes that can ultimately result in a misdemeanor charge. Assault or disorderly conduct (examples of disorderly conduct include public intoxication or a violation of noise ordinances) constitute a Class C misdemeanor. This is the least severe of the three misdemeanors, but can still result in up to 30 days in jail, a two year probation period, and maximum fines of $1,500. 

Common examples of criminal offenses warranting a Class B misdemeanor include but are not limited to aggravated speeding (driving more than 25 miles per hour over the legal speed limit) and minor drug charges. In the event of a conviction, you could face as much as 60 days in jail. The third and most serious charge is a Class A misdemeanor. This includes DUI, burglary, and unlawful possession of a weapon. If you are convicted of a Class A misdemeanor, possible punishments include up to one year of incarceration and fines as high as $2,500. 

How a Criminal Defense Lawyer Can Help 

After being charged with a misdemeanor, it is important to act quickly. A skilled criminal defense attorney may be able to have the case thrown out due to improper execution of arrest procedures. In the event of a conviction, you still have a number of options. According to Illinois state law, a large number of misdemeanor crimes are eligible for expungement or criminal sealing. It should be noted that in the event of a record seal, the misdemeanor can still be viewed on your criminal record by law enforcement, but it will make the criminal record inaccessible via background check or public record. 

Contact an Elgin, IL Criminal Defense Attorney

With well over a decade of experience in the state of Illinois, including as an assistant state’s attorney of the Kane County, Attorney Brian J. Mirandola is uniquely prepared to help you fight against a misdemeanor charge. Through careful examination of your case, he will develop a strategy to pursue dropped or reduced charges. To schedule a free consultation with an experienced Kane County criminal defense attorney, call us today at 847-488-0889. 

Sources:

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/documents/073000050K5-4.5-55.htm

http://www.illinoiscourts.gov/forms/approved/expungement/ExpungementSealing_Instructions_Approved.pdf

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holiday drunk driving, app, illinois criminal defense attorneyA new service hit the market just in time for last year&s holiday season, aimed at reducing the number of drunk drivers on the road. As the holidays roll back around, the app, BeMyDD, continues to allow drunken party revelers to contact a team professional, fully-insured drivers who will drive a person and his or her car home for a mere $25, plus mileage.

Safety and Technology

The app, which first launched in Cleveland in 2010, was rolled out in Chicago at the beginning of December 2014. It also allows users to hire a driver for the entire evening, with a two-hour minimum time commitment. While there are several other car services vying for the attention of people who are unable to drive home, BeMyDD is different because it allows for people to use their own vehicles, rather than relying on an unfamiliar car. A spokesperson for the app said in a press release that, "between unpredictable prices and unprofessional drivers, the working professional and luxury set would rather rent a professional driver to drive their own cars for an important night on the town."

Major Impact of DUI

It is a novel idea, and one likely to take hold in a city such as Chicago. Around Illinois, there were than 36,000 DUI arrests were recorded in 2013. More than 90 percent of those arrested lost their driving privileges, at least temporarily, and more than 85 percent of people arrested are first-time offenders. Thirty-five percent of all crash fatalities were those sustained in an alcohol-related crash.

The holiday availability of BeMyDD is especially appropriate, if the developers are attempting to court would-be drunk drivers. Drunk driving statistics traditionally spike during the holiday season—the percentage of crash fatalities involving alcohol increases to more than 40 percent during Christmas and New Year’s. In Chicago, where an average of 10 people are pulled over for DUI every night, that is a lot of drunk drivers on the road during the holiday season.

Contact a Lawyer

If you are arrested or accused of driving under the influence or any other DUI-related charge, the most important step is to seek legal counsel. Do not go through it alone—speaking with a qualified legal professional can help you to mitigate the effects of your case and save you time and money. Contact an experienced Elgin criminal defense attorney at the The Law Office of Brian J. Mirandola today.

Sources:

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141203/logan-square/too-drunk-drive-bemydd-will-drive-you-your-car-home

https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/dsd_a118.pdf

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