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President Biden Orders End to Private Prison Contracts

Posted on behalf of Donahue & Walsh, P.C. | February 3, 2021

President Biden has signed an executive order requiring the Justice Department to halt contracts with private prisons. The action was put forth along with three other executive orders, all aimed to address racial inequity. In initiating the order Biden aims to “stop corporations from profiting” off of the incarcerated. Biden states the order is solely…
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February 2021 Newsletter

Posted on behalf of Donahue & Walsh, P.C. | February 2, 2021

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A Jail Sentence Proves More Dangerous Than Ever Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted on behalf of Donahue & Walsh, P.C. | January 26, 2021

The Marshall Project and the Associated Press have been tracking data pertaining to COVID-19 in United States prison since March. According to the report, there had been 10,544 COVID-19 cases in the Wisconsin prison system as of January 12. Nationally, there have been at least 2,144 COVID-19 related deaths in prisons. After examination of these…
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Chicago Sees Rise in Gun Violence During 2020 Year

Posted on behalf of Donahue & Walsh, P.C. | January 20, 2021

In 2020, there were 750 Chicago murders. This was a 50 percent increase when compared to numbers in 2019. There is speculation however, that increased gun violence could have been caused by stressors unique to the 2020 year. Stay-at-home order caused many to feel trapped, and as if they had limited ways to escape conflict….
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Is a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device Required After a First-Time DUI in Illinois?

Posted on behalf of Donahue & Walsh, P.C. | December 26, 2020

What Is a BAIID? BAIID stands for Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device. Even for a first time DUI, the state of Illinois could potentially require you to have a BAIID installed in your car. It acts as a personal breathalyzer. Before being able to start their vehicle, the driver must blow into a mouthpiece that…
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What is the technical reason behind conducting field sobriety tests during a traffic stop?

Posted on behalf of Donahue & Walsh, P.C. | October 26, 2020

In the event as officer suspects you are driving under the influence of alcohol and pulls you over, what should you expect during this traffic stop? The three standardized field sobriety tests are the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test, Walk-and-Turn Test and the One-Leg Stand Test. Let’s take a look at what these tests entail, and…
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Can you be charged with a DUI for driving under the influence of marijuana in Illinois?

Posted on behalf of Donahue & Walsh, P.C. | October 1, 2020

Illinois Law Pertaining to Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana National campaigns preaching against driving under the influence of alcohol are widespread. However, discussion about drug DUIs, which includes driving under the influence of marijuana, is not nearly as common. Medical and recreational use of marijuana remains legal in Illinois. However, driving under the influence…
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New Illinois Law Makes It a Felony To Assault Workers Enforcing Social Distancing Guidelines

Posted on behalf of Donahue & Walsh, P.C. | August 20, 2020

Videos and stories of patrons assaulting employees for enforcing mask mandates and social distancing guidelines have been steadily grazing national news outlets. In response, a new Illinois law elevates the consequences of such assaults from a misdemeanor battery charge to a felony aggravated battery charge. Battery vs. aggravated battery in Illinois An aggravated battery charge…
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Closed Courts Don’t Mean Your Case Is Closed

Posted on behalf of Donahue & Walsh, P.C. | June 15, 2020

The presence of COVID-19 has turned so many things in our lives upside down and the criminal justice system is no exception. If you have been charged with a crime or ordered to appear in court due to a citation, the pandemic has added an extra wrinkle to the equation. To slow and limit the…
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Lake County Court Shutdowns Extended

Posted on behalf of Donahue & Walsh, P.C. | May 6, 2020

Lake County extends and modifies Court shutdown through May 29, 2020 and beyond for many cases. All cases with court dates through May 29, 2020 will receive new court dates via the clerk. To check your court date, click here, and search by your name, or call our office at 815-605-5687 and we will assist…
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