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Section Newsletter Articles From Lisa L. Dunn

Blood suppression requires proof of blood draw in Brooks By Lisa L. Dunn Traffic Laws and Courts, March 2018 This article reviews the Brooks case and offers tips for prosecutors and defense lawyers about how to successfully present their case.
Improper lane usage: What you need to know to prepare a defense By Lisa L. Dunn Traffic Laws and Courts, May 2017 The law in Illinois is very clear: even the slightest, most minor lane violation can be a basis for an investigatory stop. Here's what you need to know.
Representing a suspended or revoked driver before the Secretary of State; formal administrative hearing for relief pursuant to Section 6-206(a) 9, 10 OR 14 of the Illinois Vehicle Code By Lisa L. Dunn Traffic Laws and Courts, June 2015 A discussion of how to successfully represent a client who is suspended or revoked pursuant to Sections 6-206(a)9, 10 or 14 of the Illinois Vehicle Code.
Guilty of driving while license suspended even if the suspension is rescinded after the fact By Lisa L. Dunn Traffic Laws and Courts, May 2014 In People v. Elliott, the Supreme Court considered whether conduct that occurred after the commencement of, but before the rescission of the defendant’s statutory summary suspension, renders the charge invalid.
To expunge or seal, what do you do? By Lisa L. Dunn Traffic Laws and Courts, September 2013 It is your job to inform your client that in many instances the case should be expunged or sealed. First, you need to understand the difference between expunging a record and sealing a record. Second, you need to know where to look in the statute to determine if your client’s record can be expunged or if not expunged, then sealed.
A primer on motions to vacate in traffic cases By Lisa L. Dunn Traffic Laws and Courts, September 2012 A properly pled §5/2-1401 petition to vacate can be a highly effective and expeditious means to “correct” your client’s actions from failing to appear in court and the resulting suspension of his driver’s license.
Summary suspension after a motor vehicle accident By Lisa L. Dunn Traffic Laws and Courts, August 2011 A discussion of the recent appellate case of Odom v. White, in which the injuries suffered in two motor vehicle accidents met the statutory definition of a type A injury, which confers implied consent for a blood-alcohol test.
The Illinois Supreme Court rules on the constitutionality of suspension of driving privileges if a person receives court supervision for unlawful consumption of alcohol under 21 years of age By Lisa L. Dunn Traffic Laws and Courts, August 2010 Section 6-206(a)(43) of the Illinois Vehicle Code requires suspension of driving privileges if a person receives court supervision for unlawful consumption of alcohol under 21 years of age.
Use and misuse of the MDDP By Lisa L. Dunn Traffic Laws and Courts, September 2009 This article will discuss: (1) the parameters of the MDDP program; (2) the MDDP offender’s responsibilities in conjunction with the use of the MDDP; (3) violations of the MDDP program; (4) sanctions authorized for violations of the MDDP program; and (5) the right to a hearing to contest the cancellation of the MDDP or extension of the summary suspension.

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