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Illegal drug charges in Skokie, Illinois. Skokie drug offense attorney Matthew R. Gebhardt discusses what options you may have in court.

If you have been arrested for a drug crime in Skokie, Illinois, you have rights. It’s important that you have a skilled and experienced criminal law attorney to fight for those rights. At the Law Offices of Matthew R. Gebhardt, P.C., we are experienced in defending clients charged with drug offenses. A former prosecutor, Attorney Matthew R. Gebhardt understands how prosecutors build their cases. We know how to identify weaknesses in the prosecution’s case and how to use those weaknesses to effectively advocate for our clients.

Our firm concentrates in the area of Skokie, Illinois drug offense cases like yours. You have many options at your disposal and do not have to settle for a conviction on your record. Cases of this type have many defenses and can often be defeated through evidentiary motions or trial.

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Illegal drug charges in Niles, Illinois. Niles drug offense attorney Matthew R. Gebhardt discusses what options you may have in court.

If you have been arrested for a drug crime in Niles, Illinois, you have rights. It’s important that you have a skilled and experienced criminal law attorney to fight for those rights. At the Law Offices of Matthew R. Gebhardt, P.C., we are experienced in defending clients charged with drug offenses. A former prosecutor, Attorney Matthew R. Gebhardt understands how prosecutors build their cases. We know how to identify weaknesses in the prosecution’s case and how to use those weaknesses to effectively advocate for our clients.

Our firm concentrates in the area of Niles, Illinois drug offense cases like yours. You have many options at your disposal and do not have to settle for a conviction on your record. Cases of this type have many defenses and can often be defeated through evidentiary motions or trial.

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P.A. 97-1050 Effective January 1, 2013 Amends 625 ILCS 5/11-501.01 and provides that moneys in the State Police DUI Fund shall be used to purchase law enforcement equipment that will assist in the prevention of alcohol related criminal violence throughout the State (instead of for enforcement and prevention of driving while under the influence of alcohol, other drugs, intoxicating compounds or any combination thereof, including but not limited to the purchase of law enforcement equipment and commodities that will assist in the prevention of alcohol related criminal violence throughout the State; police officer training and education in areas related to alcohol related crime, including but not limited to DUI training; and police officer salaries, including but not limited to salaries for hire back funding for safety checkpoints, saturation patrols, and liquor store sting operations).

This negates the requirement that the funds be used strictly for the purchase of in-squad video cameras, radar and laser speed technology, and breath-alcohol testing equipment.

DUI and You

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If you are under investigation during a traffic stop for a DUI in Cook, Lake or DuPage county one of the Field Sobriety Tests your are likely to be asked to perform is the “Walk and Turn” test.

The “walk and turn” is fairly straight-forward. The officer will direct you to stand with your arms at your sides and place one foot directly in front of the other (heel-to-toe). The officer will then have you stay in this position while he gives you the following instructions: Take nine heel-to-toe steps forward, turn, and take nine heel-to-toe steps back. Sometimes the officer will tell you to imagine you are following a straight line on the ground. Sometimes there may be an actual line to follow (parking stripes etc.). He will tell you to keep your hands at your sides and possibly count the steps out loud.

While its fairly obvious that if you lose your balance and fall you will score poorly on the test, the are other more subtle clues the officer is looking for to confirm his suspicions of DUI. Some of these clues include: losing your balance while listening to instructions, starting the test before being instructed to do so by the officer, stopping while performing the test, failing to touch heal-to-toe on all steps, stepping off the line, using your arms to balance, making an improper turn, and failing to take the correct number of steps.

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Driving with a suspended/revoked license in Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Skokie, Niles and Northbrook is a serious offense.

Driving with a suspended license is typically a misdemeanor in the State of Illinois. There are some aggravating circumstances that can cause it to become a felony, however. Either way, this charge can seriously jeopardize your driving privileges, lead to a lengthened suspension, and may even lead to jail time.

The first step to defending this charge is often to attempt to resolve the issue(s) that originally caused the suspension. We can examine your driving record to determine why your license was suspended and if there is an opportunity to remedy the problem. In some cases, there are many problems on your record that have caused the suspension, and you should attempt to remedy as many as possible.

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