Governor Rauner signed SB 2034, reforming Illinois cash bail system.  The new law makes a number of changes to the current bail system.   Most notably, the new law attempts to provide relief to indigent persons accused of low-level, non-violent crimes.  Under the current system, many low-level offenders spend significant time in jail simply waiting for…

In Birchfield v. North Dakota, the United States Supreme Court held that it is unconstitutional to prosecute an individual for refusing to submit to a warrantless blood test when that person is arrested for DUI.  In the consolidated cases before the Court, each of the petitioners had been arrested for DUI.  The states in which the…

The Illinois House passed a bill on Friday, April 17, 2015, which would lead to a stiffening of the penalties for offenders with multiple DUI convictions.  The bill, House Bill 3533, would increase the requirement for DUI offenders with two or more convictions to have a BAIID* (Breath Alcohol Interlock Ignition Device) installed on their…

While getting a DUI is a major life-altering event for anyone, the consequences of a DUI for a CDL holder may prove to be much more serious.  To a CDL holder, a suspended license as a result of a DUI or other violation is not just an inconvenience as it may be to a non-CDL…