Illinois Criminal Defense Blog
Monday, February 17, 2014
Domestic Violence at the Rolling Meadows Courthouse: ILDefense.com Blog
If you were arrested for a domestic violence offense in the northwest suburbs, your case will proceed to the Rolling Meadows courthouse located at 2121 E. Euclid Ave, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008.
All misdemeanor domestic violence cases, such as Domestic Battery (720 ILCS 5/12.3.2) are heard in courtroom 207 at 9:30 a.m. Domestic Battery is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $2500.00 fine. The Law Offices of M. Fakhoury has extensive experience with domestic related offenses particularly in the Rolling Meadows courthouse.
As a former Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney, Matt Fakhoury was assigned to the 3rd Municipal District - Rolling Meadows - for several years. In addition, Mr. Fakhoury has successfully defended numerous clients facing domestic violence charges in Rolling Meadows. The Law Offices of M. Fakhoury has and will continue to vehemently defend individuals falsely accused of domestic battery and related offense.
If you have a domestic violence case in Rolling Meadows – 2121 E. Euclid Ave, call the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury for a free case review. 847-920-4540 or ILDefense.com
Sunday, February 09, 2014
Chicago Courts: ILDefense.com Blog
The Law Offices of M. Fakhoury has offices in Skokie, Rolling Meadows, and Schaumburg and represents clients throughout Cook County. Conveniently located just north of Chicago, we are minutes away from almost every courthouse in the city of Chicago.
Chicago -The First Municipal Court District - has several criminal and traffic courtrooms:
- 2650 S. California Ave., 60608 (Felony Court)
- 50 W. Washington St., 60602 (DUI and Traffic Court)
- Branch 23 & 50: 5555 West Grand, Chicago (Misdemeanor and Felony Court)
- Branch 29 & 42: 2452 West Belmont, Chicago (Misdemeanor and Felony Court)
- Branch 35 & 38: 737 East 111th Street, Chicago (Misdemeanor and Felony Court)
- Branch 34 & 48: 155 West 51st Street, Chicago (Misdemeanor and Felony Court)
- Branch 43 & 44: 3150 West Flournoy, Chicago (Misdemeanor and Felony Court)
- 555 W. Harrison St., Chicago (Domestic Violence Court)
Matt Fakhoury, attorney at law, practices at each one of the Chicago court houses listed above. Whether you were charged with a Misdemeanor or Felony, a DUI or a Domestic Battery, or a Drug or Weapons offense, The Law Offices of M. Fakhoury will vigorously represent you throughout Chicago and the suburbs.
Were you arrested in Chicago? Do you have court at one of the locations listed above? If so then call Matt Fakhoury at 847-920-4540 for a free case review.
Sunday, January 19, 2014
Debunking Popular Myth - Possession of a Controlled Substance Cases: ILDefense.com Blog
My clients often think that if the police did not find the drugs in their possession at the time of arrest, they cannot be convicted. However, this is a false assumption.
Possession of a controlled substance can be actual or constructive. Possession is actual if narcotics are found on your person, you are aware that you are in possession, and, either alone or with others, you have the power and intent to control disposition or use of the narcotics. Constructive possession exists when you do not have actual possession, but still have the intent and capability to maintain control over the narcotics. Only if the prosecution fails to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you had either actual or constructive possession of drugs will you be found not guilty.
If the police witnessed you drop what they later deemed to be a controlled substance, or if you had control of the item in which the drugs were found, are circumstances that can lead to a finding of constructive possession.
The bottom line is that if the state can link the narcotics to you, you can be convicted. So even if you did not have drugs in your possession at the time of your arrest, it is imperative that you retain an attorney that can zealously defend you in court. A PCS conviction can result in substantial prison time. If you have been charged with possession of a controlled substance in Cook County, contact the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury for a free and confidential case review -- (847) 920-4540.
Friday, January 03, 2014
New Year’s Eve DUI Arrests – ILDefense.com Blog
Statistically, more people are arrested for DUI on New Year’s Eve than almost any other holiday. Law enforcement agencies were out that night patrolling the streets and highways looking for drunk drivers.
Were you pulled over and charged with DUI last night? If so, you’re not alone. Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (625 ILCS 5/11-601) is a very common offense in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Although the consequences are serious, a seasoned DUI defense attorney can help you overcome this difficult time.
Attorney Matt Fakhoury, a former DUI prosecutor, will provide the best DUI defense available. Get a free consultation by visiting ILDefense.com or calling 847-920-4540.
Sunday, December 22, 2013
Welcome to Our Rolling Meadows Office - 1600 E. Golf Rd. #1200 Rolling Meadows, IL 60008: ILDefense.com Blog
The Law Offices of M. Fakhoury is a Chicago based criminal defense law firm that represents clients charged with Felony, Misdemeanor, DUI and Traffic offenses. We practice in Chicago as well as the suburban districts including the Rolling Meadows and Skokie courthouses.
In order to better serve our clients, The Law Offices of M. Fakhoury has expanded once again to Rolling Meadows, IL – 1600 E. Golf Rd. Suite 1200 - Just blocks away from the Rolling Meadows Courthouse. With Offices in Schaumburg, Skokie and now Rolling meadows, the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury is here to serve your legal needs.
Welcome to the Rolling Meadows Location of The Law Offices of M. Fakhoury. 847-920-4540 or ILDefense.com
Monday, December 09, 2013
Arrested For Retail Theft? ILDefense.com Blog
Retail Theft is a serious offense. Illinois law imposes severe penalties on those convicted of theft from retailers. The typical case of retail theft involves a situation in which an individual knowingly took an item or items from a store without paying. This is referred to as shoplifting.
The penalty for retail theft depends on the dollar amount of the goods that were taken. The offense can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the value of the items involved. The possible sentence for a misdemeanor retail theft includes up to one year in jail and fines. Should the offense be charged as a felony, however, the penalties are considerably more severe, including higher fines and possible prison time. In addition, this type of felony conviction cannot be expunged.
A individual arrested for this offense should expect to receive notices in the mail demanding payment for civil penalties. The law stipulates that the store can collect up to $1,000 in addition to the value of the goods taken. All too often people believe that if they pay the penalty, the case will be dropped. However, this is not the case.
If you have been charged with a retail theft in Illinois, call the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury for a confidential case review. Former prosecutor Matt Fakhoury has a proven track record representing clients charged with retail theft throughout the Chicagoland area. Call us today at (847) 920-4540.
Thursday, October 03, 2013
New Driver's License Law: ILDefense.com Blog
The New Driver’s License Law for Immigrants in Illinois Without a Valid Visa
In January of 2013, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed SB 957 into law. This law enables immigrants without a valid visa or green card to obtain a state-issued driver’s license, known as a Temporary Visitor Driver’s License (TVDL). When signed in January of 2013, it was estimated that the law would go into effect in Fall of 2013 -- in other words, NOW! Illinois is now the fourth state to authorize undocumented immigrants to drive legally.
The TVDL is an existing document that is now available to many foreign-born individuals living in Illinois. Since 2005, Illinois has issued TVDLs to individuals who do not have social security numbers, but who do have lawful immigration status. SB 957 makes TVDLs available even to undocumented motorists who need to drive for employment, educational, or other purposes.
The requirements to obtain a TVDL are as follows:
• Proof of Illinois residence for at least one year;
• Proof of a valid passport or consular ID;
• Proof of ineligibility for a Social Security Number;
• Pass all applicable vision, written, and road tests;
• Proof of insurance for the vehicle to be used for the road test;
• Pay a $30 fee.
For more information on Illinois’ newest driver’s license law, call the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury today. We offer free and confidential consultations -- (847) 920-4540.
Friday, August 30, 2013
Labor Day Weekend: ILDefense.com Blog
With Labor Day just around the corner, Chicagoland residents are anxiously awaiting the extended weekend. That extra day of weekend relaxation is wonderful (and often long overdue). If you plan on celebrating this Labor Day weekend, make sure everyone has a safe ride home. Make sure you and others do not get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol.
While my clients understand the risks of driving while intoxicated, they sometimes underestimate (a) just how much alcohol they consumed and (b) the physical and mental impairments stemming from said alcohol consumption. Please plan ahead and designate a sober driver prior to any weekend celebrations. There will be extra police patrols in force this weekend. Police can and will use any minor violation to conduct a traffic stop, especially if they suspect the driver is under the influence.
Drunk driving is a serious offense in Illinois. A DUI conviction could result in fines, a license suspension, and even jail time. If you have been arrested for DUI, it is imperative to work with an experienced attorney. As a former Cook County prosecutor, Attorney Matt Fakhoury will aggressively and strategically defend your DUI case.
Call the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury today for a free case review -- (847) 920-4540
Thursday, August 15, 2013
The Complexities of Retail Theft: 720 ILCS 5/16-25: ILDefense.com Blog
The laws in Illinois regarding retail theft have been significantly overhauled in the past several years. Most importantly, the penalties for retail theft have been dramatically increased.
The offense of retail theft is found under 720 ILCS 5/16-25. The statute states that a person is guilty of retail theft when he or she knowingly takes possession of any merchandise displayed or offered for sale in a retail establishment. The key here is intent: the accused must have the intention of permanently depriving the merchant of property without paying for it.
I recently had a client in my office who had been charged with felony retail theft. She had altered an item’s price tag by replacing it with that of an item with a lesser price tag. While she acknowledged her actions were unethical, she did not realize that she was in violation of the law and would have to answer to felony charges.
Despite the complexities of 720 ILCS 5/16-25, a retail theft case is still beatable in a court of law. I have defended numerous people who have unintentionally left a store without paying for merchandise. One woman simply forgot she had an item in her hand when she exited the store, while another man simply left an item in his grocery cart and strolled out of the store, with a cart full of purchased groceries and one item for which he did not pay.
A retail theft conviction can have a devastating impact on your life. Potential employers, college admissions counselors, and even vocational licensing boards often exclude those charged or convicted of a retail theft.
If you have been arrested for retail theft, it is imperative to resolve the case in a manner that does not impact the rest of your life. Do not let a retail theft conviction become a life sentence. Contact the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury for a free and confidential case review. (847) 920-4540
Monday, July 29, 2013
The Severity of DUIs in the Chicagoland Area
While drinking and driving is never advisable and needlessly puts lives in jeopardy, the truth of the matter is that DUI violations are common in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.
If you have been charged with a DUI in the Chicagoland area, it is imperative that you hire an experienced and knowledgeable attorney. As a former Cook County prosecutor, attorney Matt Fakhoury will fight your case from start to finish, thereby ensuring the best possible outcome.
Former prosecutor Matt Fakhoury is an incredibly experienced DUI attorney. Mr. Fakhoury represents clients charged with DUI in Cook and surrounding counties. As a former state’s attorney, Matt Fakhoury has prosecuted hundreds of DUIs, including Aggravated DUI. DUI law is incredibly complex. As such, it requires a criminal defense attorney with substantial experience in this realm of the law. Whether facing a misdemeanor DUI or a felony DUI, attorney Matt Fakhoury has the experience, compassion, and knowledge to fight your case the right way.
Most do not realize the heavy penalties associated with a misdemeanor DUI. A misdemeanor DUI conviction can result in jail time and steep fines. A felony DUI conviction can result in substantial prison time. If you have been charged with a DUI in Cook County, contact the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury for a free and confidential case review --
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Increased Penalties for Speeding Violations: ILDefense.com Blog
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has officially signed a law known as Julie's Law, which increases the legal penalties for those who exceed 25 mph over the posted speed limit. Julie's Law, which will go into effect July 1st, 2013, prohibits judges from issuing court supervision, a type of driving probation that can be likened to a slap on the wrist for speeders.
Speeding is one of the most common offenses in Cook County -- yet its severe consequences are often overlooked by Chicagoans. Most Illinois drivers are unaware that speeding can be charged as a Class A misdemeanor, which carries the same penalties as drunk driving and battery offenses -- also Class A misdemeanors. While speeding over 25 mph may still be charged as a Class A misdemeanor, Julie’s Law will intensify the penalties and bar judges from placing speeders under court supervision.
This new law will likely result in an upswing of Cook County residents jailed for speeding violations, which legislators hope will prevent speeding-related accidents and deaths.
While a speeding ticket may appear to be a simple citation, do not underestimate its legal consequences. As a former traffic prosecutor, Attorney Matt Fakhoury has an extensive record of success in fighting speeding violations. If you have been cited for speeding in the Chicagoland area, call the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury today for a free case review.
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