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