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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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June 9th, 2023

Can You be Arrested for the Clothes You Wear?

The adage “what you don’t know, can’t hurt you,” has been proven wrong time and time again. As the author, Margaret Atwood once said, “sometimes what you don’t know can hurt you very much.” We all think of laws as coming from the State legislature and Congress, but when is the last time you or...

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May 22nd, 2023

What Does a Prosecutor Do?

We have seen them on TV shows, movies, and in newspapers but few people understand the full role of a prosecutor in the criminal justice system. We will look at Cook County and the Cook County States Attorney Office, which represents a common lay out of prosecutor offices across the United States. The Cook County...

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May 12th, 2023

What is an Indictment?

It is hard to miss former President Donald Trump’s name in the news nowadays – with indictments and legal troubles seeming to mount from all sides. With headlines blaring “Mr. Trump indicted,” and “District Attorney Alvin Bragg files indictment against Mr. Trump,” it is easy to get caught up in the legal jargon. So, what...

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May 3rd, 2023

Can a Judge Reduce my Court Costs?

For many criminal and traffic clients, a waiver of criminal court assessments may be the first stroke of luck they have with criminal courts (a “waiver” is when the Judge agrees to forgive or ignore some of your fees).  The U.S. Census Bureau reveals that 12.1 percent of Illinoisians are experiencing poverty, which translates into...

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Written by Mitchell S. Sexner Last Updated : May 3, 2023