Illinois Criminal Defense Blog

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 --
(847) 920-4540.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Increased Penalties for Speeding Violations: 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. or 847-920-4540


Friday, June 28, 2013

Assault – Easy to Arrest, Hard to Convict: Blog

720 ILCS 5/12-1 defines the offense of Assault in Illinois:  A person commits an assault when, without lawful authority, he or she knowingly engages in conduct which places another in reasonable apprehension of receiving a battery.

“Conduct” is the most important word in the definition of assault because it implies that words alone do not constitute an Assault.  The words have to be coupled with action in order for an assault to occur.

For example, making a fist and chasing after someone while yelling “I’m going to kill you” is an Assault.  But standing 30 feet away from someone and simply saying “I’m going to kill you” without any other action is not an assault.

Police routinely arrest people for assault even when an assault truly did not occur. Unfortunately, our system of justice makes it easy to arrest someone with little evidence to support the charge. However, it is much harder to convict someone in a court of law because the evidence must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. That is why it is vital to hire an attorney who understands the law and can establish your innocence.

Contact The Law Offices of M. Fakhoury – A Chicago Criminal Defense Firm for a Free Consultation at 847-920-4540 or

Monday, June 17, 2013

The Impact of Domestic Battery Accusations: Blog

Allegations of domestic violence can have lasting effects.  In addition to legal penalties, including jail time and steep fines, a person convicted of domestic battery will be adversely affected in a divorce and/or child custody case.

If you have been accused of domestic violence in Chicago, hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney is the best way to fight the case and protect your future. As a former prosecutor, Attorney Matt Fakhoury is aware of the tactics the State will use in prosecuting you.  Domestic battery charges are often filed solely based on the alleged victim's accusations, regardless of the evidence (or lack thereof).  

At the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury, we concentrate in representing those charged with Domestic Battery in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.  Time is of the essence when defending yourself against accusations of domestic battery.  Call Attorney Matt Fakhoury today for a free case review -- 847-920-4540.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Memorial Day Weekend - DUI Check Points: Blog

While most are aware of the risk of drinking and driving during Memorial Day Weekend, there is typically a rise in DUI arrests during this time of year.  In preparation for the increased numbers of motorists on the road, Chicago law enforcement and state patrol officers will often set up DUI checkpoints.  The best offense is a great defense: when planning your Memorial Day weekend, designate a sober driver.

While it is obviously the best decision not to drink and drive, mistakes do occur -- often when impaired by the consumption of alcohol. If you are arrested for DUI, do not hesitate to call the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury.  Former prosecutor Matt Fakhoury has extensive experience representing those charged with DUI throughout Chicago.

With offices located in Schaumburg and Skokie, we are just minutes from the Rolling Meadows and Skokie courthouses.  In addition, our prime locations are just 15 minutes from Downtown, making DUI representation throughout the Chicagoland area thorough, effective, and convenient.

Call the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury today for a free case review.  Our firm will work vigorously to defend you in court and ensure the best possible outcome for your DUI case.  You can count on the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury to provide you with the best defense.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Domestic Battery: Blog

A Domestic Battery conviction can ruin your life.  As a former prosecutor, Attorney Matt Fakhoury is aware that a contentious divorce may sometimes lead to accusations of domestic violence when one spouse accuses the other of a battery in an attempt to gain leverage in a divorce.

In cases of Domestic Battery, the police will arrest the accused and take him or her to the police station lockup.  After posting bond, the accused is released, but is not allowed to return to the home for a minimum of 72 hours.  In addition, an order of protection is often issued and a court date is assigned.  During this period, the defendant is not allowed to be in the family home.  If there are children involved, he or she will have to wait several weeks, if not months, before being allowed to see the children.

If you have recently been charged with Domestic Battery, Attorney Matt Fakhoury has the experience to aggressively defend your case.  A conviction can significantly affect your life and will have permanent, lasting effects.  Under Illinois law, Domestic Battery is a Class A misdemeanor.  A second Domestic Battery conviction could be a felony.  Attorney Matt Fakhoury will aggressively defend you in court and seek to avoid a conviction.

If you have been accused of Domestic Battery in Illinois, it is imperative that you hire an attorney.  At the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury, we will review the evidence against you and carefully examine all aspects of your case.  We will meticulously craft a thorough, aggressive defense that addresses the specific elements of your case, thereby assuring the best possible outcome.

Do not allow a Domestic Battery accusation to impact your life and future plans.  Call the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury today for a free case review at (847) 920-4540.  

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Driving On a Suspended License: 625 ILCS 5/6-303 - Blog

Being arrested for driving on a suspended or revoked driver's license is a serious offense in Illinois.  Your license may have been suspended for a number of reasons, from failure to pay child support, to lack of insurance, or even a DUI.

Without proper representation, your suspension could be lengthened or your license permanently revoked.  Defendants are often under the impression that driving on a suspended license is simply a ticket/citation.  However, depending on the circumstances, this seemingly simple citation could be charged as a felony.

If you have been arrested for driving on a suspended or revoked license, call former prosecutor Matt Fakhoury today.  As your attorney, Matt Fakhoury will vigorously defend you in court.As a former traffic prosecutor, Matt Fakhoury has an extensive record of success in fighting suspended or revoked license cases.  Matt Fakhoury and his team will listen to your side of the story, and craft a thorough defense based on your individual needs. 

For a free case review, call Attorney Matt Fakhoury today: (847) 920-4540.  

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Client Testimonials – Blog

When searching for a criminal defense attorney, it is important to find a lawyer who is familiar with the courtroom, judge, and prosecutor where your case is being held.  

As a former Cook County Prosecutor, Matt Fakhoury is very familiar with the criminal justice system in Cook County. Now, as a Criminal Defense Lawyer, Matt Fakhoury is in the Skokie, Rolling Meadows and Chicago Court Houses daily defending clients accused of criminal offenses.

Please visit our new Client Testimonial Page at to read the success stories of our recent clients.

If you are looking for a Chicago, Skokie, or Rolling Meadows Criminal Defense Attorney, call the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury for a free consultation.  847-920-4540

Monday, April 1, 2013

Prosecutors, judges ignore federal ruling against state concealed carry ban

Despite a federal ruling that Illinois' concealed carry ban is unconstitutional, police, prosecutors and judges alike say they are disregarding the finding and continuing to enforce the law — at least for now.

Police say they continue to arrest those who violate the state's ban on carrying a gun in public, and prosecutors continue to charge them. Backing up the authorities — but perhaps creating more confusion — a state court ruled last week that the federal decision is not binding on Illinois courts and upheld the nation's last concealed carry ban as constitutional.

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Criminal Damage to Property - Blog

Criminal damage to property can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the specific elements of your case.  As such, it is vital to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney.  As a former prosecutor, attorney Matt Fakhoury will analyze the state’s case against you to ensure an aggressive, thorough, and well-crafted defense. 

The specific charges and penalties for criminal damage to property vary greatly.  For instance, if the state contends that you damaged the property of a school, government, or place of worship, the offense will be charged as a felony.  Charges of this nature often carry more severe penalties.

Attorney Matt Fakhoury represents those charged with criminal damage to property throughout Cook County.  Furthermore, Mr. Fakhoury’s experience as a prosecutor provides vast insight into the Cook County criminal court system and Illinois criminal law procedures.  

If you have been charged with criminal damage to property, do not hesitate to contact the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury today.  Time is of the essence in ensuring the best possible defense. We offer free consultations and flexible scheduling with offices in Skokie and Schaumburg: (847) 920-4540

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Man arrested with gun in holster challenging concealed carry ban

A Chicago man found with a loaded gun in his car says felony weapons charges against him should be dropped because of a court ruling that tossed out Illinois' concealed carry ban.

Deafalla Haddad was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon after he was pulled over for speeding in November in Schiller Park and informed the officer he was carrying a loaded gun in a waistband holster.

His attorney, Matt Fakhoury, said the case should be dismissed because the law Haddad broke was found to be unconstitutional and because his actions would be legal in any other state.


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