Traffic stop and subsequent Terry search valid when based on non-anonymous tipJuly 2008Illinois Law Update, Page 340On April 15, 2008, the Illinois Appellate Court, Third District, reversed the judgment of the Circuit Court of McDonough County granting the defendants' motions to suppress two bags containing approximately 28 or 29 boxes of pseudoephedrine collected during a search of the defendant's motor vehicle after a traffic stop for improper lane usage.
DUI changes effective June 1By Helen W. GunnarssonJune 2008LawPulse, Page 278Thanks to a law signed last year, a crazy quilt of DUI laws taking effect June 1 isn't so crazy. But ambiguities remain.
No error in allowing evidence of past convictionsJune 2008Illinois Law Update, Page 284On April 3, 2008, the Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth District, affirmed the judgment of the circuit court allowing the prosecution to present evidence of the defendant's prior convictions for aggravated battery and aggravated assault.
No ineffective assistance where motion to dismiss would have failedJune 2008Illinois Law Update, Page 284On April 3, 2008, the Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth District, affirmed the judgment of the circuit court rejecting an ineffective-assistance claim because a motion to dismiss one of the charges on the basis of a speedy-trial violation would not have been successful.
Prosecutors on prosecutroial discretionBy Helen W. GunnarssonMay 2008LawPulse, Page 230Two state's attorneys from opposite ends of illinois discuss their philosophies about deciding whether, and if so how, to prosecute a case.
Problem-Solving CourtsBy Helen W. GunnarssonApril 2008Article, Page 184Supporters of drug, mental-health, and other specialty courts say they reduce recidivism and help offenders get control of their lives.
How to Admit or Exclude PBT ResultsBy Eric R. WaltmireFebruary 2008Article, Page 92Police sometimes administer preliminary breath tests to drivers stopped on suspicion of DUI. When and how are the results admissible in a hearing? Here's a look at the cases.
No withdrawal allowed for a “blind plea”January 2008Illinois Law Update, Page 16On October 26, 2007, the Illinois Appellate Court, Third District, affirmed the judgment of the Circuit Court of Will County sentencing the defendant to 22 years for pleading guilty to two counts of first degree murder.
State must establish foundation for admittance of electronic conversation transcriptDecember 2007Illinois Law Update, Page 632On September 28, 2007, the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, reversed and remanded for new trial the judgment of the Circuit Court of Cook County convicting the defendant of indecent solicitation of a child because the State did “nothing to establish a foundation for the admissibility of the transcripts as evidence.”
“Sex Offenders” but No Sex Crime?By Marion Buckley and J. Michael TrueSeptember 2007Article, Page 482Under the original law, some people who didn't commit sex crimes had to register as "sex offenders." The legislature addressed the issue last year with a new law that creates its own problems.
New DUI bill replaces JDPs with “monitoring device driving permits”By Helen W. GunnarssonAugust 2007LawPulse, Page 398A major overhaul of DUI law doubles the summary-suspension period and requires offenders to submit to alcohol monitoring devices in return for driving permits. Critics charge that it will produce unintended consequences, including fewer guilty pleas.