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June 17th, 2024

The Illinois Assault Weapon Ban

In July 2022, at an annual Independence Day parade in the Chicago suburban town of Highland Park, Illinois, seven lives were senselessly lost and many more injured when a lone shooter opened fire on the parade onlookers with an AR-15 assault rifle. This mass shooting shook the community and catapulted Illinois lawmakers to create what...

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April 11th, 2024

Are There Still Cash Bail Bonds in Chicago?

The short answer is no. The necessity of posting cash money to bail someone out no longer exists in Chicago or anywhere else in Illinois. This is the result of the SAFE-T Act, which is an acronym for The Safety, Accountability, Fairness and Equity-Today Act. It has caused a major shift in criminal law within...

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February 16th, 2024

Can Police Interrogate Children Without a Lawyer Present?

Illinois Senate Bill 3321 was recently introduced in order to expand the protection of minors’ rights while in police custody. Senator Robert Peters introduced a bill, with support from Governor Pritzker, that would expand the protections afforded to minors during in-custody interrogations. The newly introduced bill builds upon prior laws which required that a lawyer...

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January 11th, 2024

What’s a Court Purposes Driving Abstract?

My attorney is asking me for a copy of my Court Purposes Driver’s Abstract. What is it, and why are they asking me for it? A Court Purposes Driver's Abstract (also called an “Affected” Abstract) is an official certified document that’s issued by the Illinois Secretary of State showing an individual’s complete driving history. An...

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December 27th, 2023

Suspended License Lawyers Near You - Sexner & Associates LLC

Driving on a suspended or revoked license is a serious crime that is generally punishable by up to a year in jail. Sometimes, depending on why your license was taken away in the first place, it can even be a felony, which is a crime punishable by more than a year in jail. But just...

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August 24th, 2023

Can I Erase My Criminal History?

What is the Illinois Statute That Deals With Expunging Records? Under the Illinois Statute (20 ILCS 2630/5.2), many people have the chance to expunge or seal their past criminal records in order to clear their names once and for all. In fact, expunging and sealing records has become easier than ever before. Since 2017, when...

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July 13th, 2023

Is Weed Legal in Illinois or Not?

I thought marijuana was legal …can I still be arrested? As of January 1, 2020, the State of Illinois signed a law that allows adults, 21 years of age and older, to purchase cannabis products for medical and recreational use from licensed dispensaries in Illinois. However, don’t let this law fool you! Legalizing marijuana is...

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Written by Mitchell S. Sexner Last Updated : July 13, 2023