Madelyn Daley
Attorney at Law

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February 2019 Archives

Defending against drug possession charges in Illinois

If you are facing drug possession charges in Illinois, it is important to remember that being charged with a crime does not necessarily lead to a conviction. You and your attorney can come up with an effective defense strategy that can help you avoid some or all of the serious criminal consequences that come with a drug crime conviction.

What to expect after a DUI arrest

A drunk driving arrest these days is not the same as it might have been 20 years ago. Safety advocates and law makers have worked hard to tighten the laws related to impaired driving, and as a result, the roads have gotten safer for many drivers. However, those tough laws may also place your future in jeopardy.

We can help seal or expunge your criminal record

Criminal convictions or even criminal charges can negatively impact the rest of your life. Potential employers may immediately rule out a qualified candidate if they see that they have been convicted of a crime, no matter how minor that crime is. A criminal record can also affect your ability to find housing, qualify for loans, or become certified in your career. It can even affect whether you get custody of your children following a divorce or separation. Many people make the mistake of falsifying their applications and attempting to hide their convictions altogether. Unfortunately, lying about your criminal history is a crime in itself and can lead to even more trouble.

Man faces multiple drug charges following search of home

Many drug-related arrests follow a search of the accused person's home or vehicle. In some cases, however, officers will perform a search in violation of the accused's Fourth Amendment rights. Under the Fourth Amendment, U.S. citizens are protected against unreasonable searches and seizures of their homes. In other words, if an officer performs a search without probable cause to do so, any contraband he or she finds may not be used in the case against the accused.

School bus driver faces DUI charges

When people think of DUI charges, they often assume that the driver was under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs. However, many DUI charges stem from drivers taking over-the-counter or prescribed medications. According to Illinois law, a person prohibited from driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, intoxicating compounds or any combination of the three that causes the driver to become incapable of driving safely.

Illinois' strict stand against retail theft

Shoplifting may seem like a minor and harmless crime, especially if it occurs in a large retail chain. However, because of the millions of dollars retailers lose each year to shoplifters, Illinois lawmakers and law enforcement consider it to be much more than a teenage prank. In fact, in certain circumstances, shoplifting can be a felony charge, placing you at risk for high fines and even time behind bars.

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