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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Firm News and Notes - New Videos and Custom Content on ILDefense.com - December 16, 2012

The Law Offices of M. Fakhoury has several new informative videos and custom legal content posted on its website: ILDefense.com 

We also have a new YouTube channel with the rest of our video content.  Please browse our constantly evolving website and tell us what you think.  ILDefense.com

Matt Fakhoury is a criminal defense attorney who represents clients throughout Cook County with Felony, Misdemeanor, and DUI cases.  


Sunday, December 9, 2012

Consequences of a 2nd DUI - ILDefense.com Blog - December 9, 2012

Getting arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol is serious enough but if it’s your second DUI offense the consequences are even more severe.  As with every DUI case, there are two parallel concerns: (1) Your driver’s license and (2) The criminal case itself.  

 
As a second time offender, you could be subject to a 3 year suspension of your driver’s license regardless of what happens in the criminal case.  Although it may seem hard to believe, the Secretary of State will suspend your license even if the criminal case is dismissed or if you win at trial. 
 
The criminal case itself has punishments ranging from conditional discharge, probation, and even jail.  Depending on the circumstances of your case, you could also be assessed a large fine in addition to community service.  What’s even more damaging is the fact that your license will be revoked if you plead guilty or are found guilty at trial. 
 
Contact former prosecutor Matt Fakhoury for a free case review.  Matt Fakhoury is DUI Defense Lawyer that represents clients throughout Cook County.  847-920-4540

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon: Not an Open and Shut Case - ILDefense.com Blog - December 2, 2012

 

One would naturally assume that the firing of a gun is necessary in order to be arrested for Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon.  After all, the gun has to be “used” in the traditional sense of the term as the title of the offense indicates right? The reality is that a gun does not need to be used or fired in any way to be convicted of Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon.  
 
Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon makes the simple possession of a weapon a class 4 felony punishable by 1 to 3 years in the Illinois department of corrections.  
 
Under 720 ILCS 5/24-1.6, a person commits the offense when he knowingly carries a gun…
1- Not on his own property or 
2- While in public and 
3- The gun is immediately accessible or
4- The suspect does not have a FOID card
 
Although the police and prosecutor will have you believe this is an open and shut case requiring you to plead guilty, the truth of the matter is that there are several things an aggressive and experienced criminal defense attorney can do to fight the case.  
 
Issues relating to actual or constructive possession, the right of the police to stop and search you in the first place, and the placement of the weapon in the vehicle at the time of arrest are factors that can make or break the government’s case against you. 
 
Contact Attorney Matt Fakhoury for a free case review.  ILDefense.com or 847-920-4540
 

 


Sunday, November 25, 2012

Retail Theft: A Crime of Moral Turpitude - ILDefense.com Blog - November 25, 2012

Black Friday sales brought Christmas shoppers out in droves this past weekend to take advantage of great deals.  Retailers were prepared for shoppers and had their loss prevention departments on high alert.  Many retailers caught people red handed and pressed charges against them. 

Although most of these cases are misdemeanors, the offense of Retail Theft is considered a crime of Moral Turpitude that can have serious ramifications on your life. Moral Turpitude refers to conduct that is against society’s morals and implies a deceitfulness and lack of honesty as to one’s character. Potential employers, college admissions counselors, and even vocational licensing boards exclude those charged or convicted of a crime of Moral Turpitude. 
 
If you have been arrested for Retail Theft, it is imperative to resolve the case quickly and correctly by removing from your record.  Contact the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury for a case review at www.ILDefense.com 
 
 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Tis the Season - ILDefense.com Blog - November 18, 2012

 

With black Friday around the corner, retailers around Chicago are preparing for a busy holiday season.  Many malls such as Woodfield mall in Schaumburg and Old Orchard mall in Skokie increase their security in order to prevent retail theft. 
 
The Law Offices of M. Fakhoury, a criminal defense firm, represents clients charged with theft, retail theft, forgery, and credit card fraud throughout the Chicago metro area.  Retailers who catch offenders committing crimes in their stores will prosecute in order to deter others from stealing. 
 
With retailers prosecuting to the full extent of the law, it’s imperative to have an attorney defend you to the full extent of the law.  A theft or retail theft charge can have lasting consequences if not resolved correctly.  
Contact Matt Fakhoury, a former prosecutor, for a free case review.
 
 

Saturday, November 10, 2012

We've Expanded - Welcome To Our Skokie Location - ILDefense.com Blog - November 10, 2012

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.  XpungeChicago is a Division of the firm that concentrates on Criminal Record Clearing.   We practice in Chicago as well as the suburbs including the Rolling Meadows and Skokie courthouses. 

Attorney Matt Fakhoury opened his first office in Schaumburg, IL just minutes away from the Rolling Meadows Courthouse where he was a former prosecutor.  In order to better serve clients, The Law Offices of M. Fakhoury has recently expanded to Skokie, IL – Just blocks away from the Skokie Courthouse.  The firm’s new location is on the corner of Skokie Blvd and Old Orchard road just off the Edens expressway.
 
Welcome to the Skokie Location of The Law Offices of M. Fakhoury. 
 

 


Sunday, November 4, 2012

DUI - License Suspensions: ILDefense.com Blog - November 4,2012

Being charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol is a serious offense under Illinois law.  In addition to facing criminal DUI charges, your driver’s license will also be suspended. The length of the suspension will depend on whether you submitted to chemical testing and whether you have prior DUI based suspensions.  

Although the Secretary of State will seek to suspend your license, there are ways of removing the suspension by filing the appropriate documentation and having a hearing before a judge.
 
Matt Fakhoury, A Chicago DUI Lawyer and former DUI Prosecutor will fight your DUI cases and help you keep your license. 
Call for more information: 847-920-4540
 

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Retail Theft - Feeding the Habit: ILDefense Blog, October 28, 2012

 

The first question that is usually asked after a retail theft has been committed is “what was stolen?”.  If you are charged with retail theft, the question that should be asked is if you are suffering from a substance abuse problem. 
 
This question is critical because it could provide a way of not only addressing an addiction, but also a way of avoiding jail.  At the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury we recognize that offenses such as Retail Theft, Burglary, and even Robbery are crimes that are committed in order to feed a drug habit. 
 
Unfortunately, people addicted to drugs or alcohol commit theft related offenses to covert stolen merchandise into cash to feed their addition.  The way to address this from both an individual and societal perspective is not to lock up the offender and throw away the key.  Rather, the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury we will explore other options to keep you out of custody. 
 
Matt Fakhoury, a Chicago Retail Theft Attorney has kept several Retail Theft clients out of jail by getting the Judge to approve substance abuse treatment programs monitored by the court in lieu of incarceration.  These programs get to the heart of the issue and benefit not only the individual facing charges, but also society at large. 
 
If you have been charged with Retail Theft, Contact Attorney Matt Fakhoury for a free case consultation.
 
 

 


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Assault - Words Alone Don't Cut it: October 21, 2012 Criminal Defense Blog - Law Offices Of M. Fakhoury

 

Assault is defined as engaging in conduct which places another person 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 if one truly did not occur. That is why it is vital to hire an attorney who understands the law and can convince a judge or jury that you are Not Guilty of assault. 
 
Contact The Law Offices of M. Fakhoury – A Chicago Criminal Defense Firm for a Free Consultation.
 

 


Saturday, October 13, 2012

DUI Tests - Your Right to Refuse

The law indicates that a person is under the influence of alcohol when he/she cannot think and act with ordinary care.  Police officers determine whether you are thinking and acting with ordinary care by observing the way you drive, talk, and act.  But the most obvious way police make that determination is by administering field sobriety tests.  In addition, to obtain further evidence against you, police will ask you to submit to a breath test to determine your blood alcohol level.  

 
Were you aware that you can refuse both the field sobriety tests and breathalyzer machine? By refusing to participate in testing, you are increasing the likelihood of a successful outcome at trial. The only thing left to do is to get a DUI trial lawyer to take your case to trial – Contact the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury for more information.  
 


Sunday, October 7, 2012

New Expungement and Sealing Blog

XpungeChicago is a Division of the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury that is solely devoted to the clearing of criminal records.  Clearing your criminal record is more important than ever in today's day and age.  XpuncheChicago has expunged or sealed records for clients in Cook County (Chicago, Skokie, Rolling Meadows, Maywood, Bridgeview, Markham), and even Lake and DuPage County. 

XpungeChicago has recently created a new Blog that will provide tips and new information concerning expungements and sealings in Illinois.  For more information on how to clear your criminal record, visit XpungeChicago.com

Xpunge Your Past, Xpand Your Future. 


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