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7 Oct, 2018

Chillicothe police to start using body cameras

By | October 7th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Chillicothe police to start using body cameras

Body cams are a good thing -- if they work.  You'd be surprised how many of those just didn't seem to be working when a defendant's attorney really needs to get her hands on the footage! http://www.pjstar.com/news/20181004/chillicothe-police-to-begin-using-body-cameras-friday

24 Aug, 2018

Peoria refuses to prosecute Pekin defendant cleared of kidnapping

By | August 24th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Peoria refuses to prosecute Pekin defendant cleared of kidnapping

Peoria County State's Attorney will not pursue charges against a Kewanee man who was recently cleared of kidnapping in Tazewell County. In June in Tazewell County, though facing as many as 14 years for convictions on two felony counts of domestic battery — and despite a police record including another domestic-battery conviction — a judge [...]

23 Aug, 2018

Law Offices of Maureen Williams is 25 today!

By | August 23rd, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Law Offices of Maureen Williams is 25 today!

Today, The Law Offices of Maureen Williams celebrates 25 years of leveling the playing field in criminal matters.

23 Aug, 2018

Cell phone & texting laws

By | August 23rd, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Cell phone & texting laws

Recent legislation makes it a moving violation to text and drive. If you are accused of texting while driving, call The Law Offices of Maureen Williams. Cell phone, texting news: The governor has signed into law state Rep. John D’Amico’s plan to make all offenses relating to electronic communications devices moving violations. Currently, first offenders [...]

10 Dec, 2014

Gov Quinn works on backlog of clemency petitions

By | December 10th, 2014|clemency or pardon petitions|Comments Off on Gov Quinn works on backlog of clemency petitions

Good news. Governor Quinn is attempting to decrease the backlog of clemency petitions that stacked up during the former governor's tenure. Even better news-- one in three petitions is granted! Prior thought was that only 2% of petitions were granted. http://www.cleanrecordillinois.com/blog/governor-quinn-decides-on-311-clemency-petitions-in-advance-of-thanksgiving

8 Dec, 2014

Judge stumbling on video of DWI arrest– case dismissed

By | December 8th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Judge stumbling on video of DWI arrest– case dismissed

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-v4qEa8yG0c

23 Jul, 2014

US Supreme Court: Drug-Sniffing Dogs and the 4th Amendment

By | July 23rd, 2014|Drugs|Comments Off on US Supreme Court: Drug-Sniffing Dogs and the 4th Amendment

Recently, two men from Illinois were pulled over while driving in South Dakota. Although the two were stopped by a police officer due to an unrelated traffic violation, a drug-sniffing dog was brought to the side of the vehicle. A subsequent search of the car reportedly uncovered 62 pounds of marijuana. The two men are [...]

23 Jul, 2014

Ignition Interlock Requirements May Be Changing In Illinois

By | July 23rd, 2014|DUI|Comments Off on Ignition Interlock Requirements May Be Changing In Illinois

Illinois has required Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Devices (BAIID) for some years. Since 2009, even first-time offenses triggered the requirement. The Illinois Secretary of State, which administers the program, recently proposed several changes. More DUI offenders would be subject to the requirement and those driving without the devices could face jail time. A BAIID-equipped vehicle requires the [...]

23 Jul, 2014

New Research Sheds Light On False Confession Risks

By | July 23rd, 2014|Crime|Comments Off on New Research Sheds Light On False Confession Risks

For people who have never experienced a police interrogation, it can be hard to imagine why anyone would confess to a crime they did not commit. However, especially in Illinois, this situation occurs with startling frequency. According to the Innocence Project, an advocacy group for wrongfully convicted prisoners, about one in four DNA exoneration cases [...]

1 Mar, 2014

Illinois Drug-Sniffing Dogs Startlingly Unreliable, Reports Show

By | March 1st, 2014|Drugs|Comments Off on Illinois Drug-Sniffing Dogs Startlingly Unreliable, Reports Show

Illinois police officers often use drug-sniffing dogs to provide probable cause for warrantless vehicle searches during routine traffic stops, but statistics show that these dogs may be surprisingly unreliable. In what is known as an "alert," drug-sniffing dogs are trained to sit or dig when they detect certain scents during a traffic stop, sending a [...]