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The purpose of bail is to ensure the presence of the defendant at future court dates. How the amount is set depends on many factors, such as the defendant’s criminal history and biographical information (living situation, level of education, employment status and so forth). The allegations of the current crime are also heavily considered, along with any prior failures to appear in court. Conceptually, bail, except for the most serious of allegations where the defendant…
The purpose of bail is to ensure the presence of the defendant at future court dates. How the amount is set depends on many factors, such as the defendant’s criminal history and biographical information (living situation, level of education, employment status and so forth). The allegations of the current crime are also heavily considered, along with any prior failures to appear in court. Conceptually, bail, except for the most serious of allegations where the defendant…
I once had a case where my client was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm found in his car. I filed a motion to suppress the gun. Though many facts were in dispute at the hearing on that motion, the issue was clear: does a spouse have the legal authority to consent to the search of their husband’s/wife’s car? The main allegation in my motion was that my client’s wife did…
I once had a case where my client was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm found in his car. I filed a motion to suppress the gun. Though many facts were in dispute at the hearing on that motion, the issue was clear: does a spouse have the legal authority to consent to the search of their husband’s/wife’s car? The main allegation in my motion was that my client’s wife did…
Following the unlikely August 2011 Kenneth Green verdict there appeared an article the next morning in one of the suburban Chicago newspapers. For those unfamiliar with this case it was like this: Kenneth Green shot two Chicago police officers who were executing a search warrant in his home. There was no dispute about that fact. He did shoot two police officers, and was charged with the attempted murder of the those two police officers. On…
Following the unlikely August 2011 Kenneth Green verdict there appeared an article the next morning in one of the suburban Chicago newspapers. For those unfamiliar with this case it was like this: Kenneth Green shot two Chicago police officers who were executing a search warrant in his home. There was no dispute about that fact. He did shoot two police officers, and was charged with the attempted murder of the those two police officers. On…
This is a story from my time in Chicago representing felony defendants. This is a perfect example of how an innocent person can end up in the county jail facing a felony charge. A young woman began to have problems with her boyfriend. The relationship was turning abusive. The boyfriend was calling her job all day long. He would even come and stand outside of her work at times. It was a major disruption at…
This is a story from my time in Chicago representing felony defendants. This is a perfect example of how an innocent person can end up in the county jail facing a felony charge. A young woman began to have problems with her boyfriend. The relationship was turning abusive. The boyfriend was calling her job all day long. He would even come and stand outside of her work at times. It was a major disruption at…
Detectives will typically ask to speak to you for one of two reasons: either they believe you witnessed a crime or you’re a suspect in a crime they are investigating. I am going to briefly discuss the second scenario. By the time a detective contacts you there’s a pretty good chance you’re the prime suspect. In my experience detectives often get tunnel vision when they like a suspect for the crime they are investigating. When…
Detectives will typically ask to speak to you for one of two reasons: either they believe you witnessed a crime or you’re a suspect in a crime they are investigating. I am going to briefly discuss the second scenario. By the time a detective contacts you there’s a pretty good chance you’re the prime suspect. In my experience detectives often get tunnel vision when they like a suspect for the crime they are investigating. When…