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Illinois defense attorney, Illinois criminal lawyer, Illinois criminal law statutesHave you been following the case of Adnan Syed, which was chronicled in the podcast Serial? According to a recent report from NPR News, Syed was granted a hearing due to new evidence several months ago, and just last month he was granted a new trial. The reported quoted the Baltimore City Circuit Judge, Martin Welch, who vacated the conviction. In vacating that conviction, the judge indicated that Syed’s “attorney fell below the standard of reasonable professional judgment” during the initial trial.

In case you have not been following the Serial podcast and the case of Adnan Syed, here is a quick recap: Syed was charged with and convicted of the first degree murder of Hae Min Lee, his ex-girlfriend and a Baltimore high school student. Lee was found strangled in early 1999, and Syed was convicted in 2000. He has maintained his innocence since then, and he has now served more than 15 years of his life prison sentence.

What Does This Mean for the Defendant?

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Illinois defense attorney, Illinois criminal lawyer, Illinois DUI attorney,For many Muslims in DuPage County, having a driver’s license is necessary to get to work in the area, to conduct business on a daily basis, and to provide for the needs of your family. As we have discussed previously, your driver’s license can be suspended for a number of different reasons under Illinois law, including but not limited to:

  • DUI conviction;
  • Violation of a Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program;
  • Failure to appear in court;
  • Excessive points for other traffic violations;
  • Unpaid parking tickets; and
  • Failure to pay child support.

If you are facing a license suspension, we know that one of the most important things is doing all that you can to have your driving privileges restored. There are different ways in which you may be able to have your license restored, and you should do everything you can to abide by the terms of the driver’s license suspension until your driving rights are restored. At the Farooqi & Husain Law Office, we understand that facing a driver’s license suspension can be frustrating and extremely concerning if you rely on your car as your sole mode of transportation. We can examine the facts of your case and can discuss your options with you today.

Hearing to Have Your Driver’s License Reinstated

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Illinois defense attorney, Illinois criminal lawyer, DuPage County defense lawyerIf you are arrested on drug charges, it is important to understand your rights. In particular, members of the Muslim community in Oakbrook Terrace should have a sense of their rights under the Fourth Amendment, which prohibits illegal searches and seizures of property. Constitutional law can be extremely complicated, and you should always discuss your case with an experienced DuPage County criminal defense lawyer.

However, it is nonetheless a good idea to have a sense of when and how the Fourth Amendment can protect you in the event that you are stopped or your property is searched. For example, when you refuse to give consent, can a law enforcement official still search your car or your home? And what does it mean for a law enforcement official to have “probable cause” to stop to conduct a search of your automobile or your home?

Fourth Amendment Overview

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Illinois defense attorney, Illinois criminal lawyer, DuPage County defense lawyerIn Illinois, your driver’s license can be suspended for many different traffic violations. The length of driver’s license suspension can depend upon your age as well as the specific offense. Losing your driver’s license—even temporarily—can be a frustrating and costly experience. Indeed, many members of the Muslim community in DuPage County rely on their vehicles for transportation to work. Given that it can be a long commute into downtown Chicago, for instance, we understand how important it is to have your license reinstated quickly.

Reasons a Driver’s License Can Be Suspended

Depending on the type of traffic violation committed, you can lose your driver’s license for a temporary period of time (which we call a “suspension” of your driving privileges), or it can be revoked (meaning that you may never be able to get your driving privileges back). According to the website for the Illinois Secretary of State, the situations through which a driver’s license can be suspended vary greatly. One of the primary reasons for which a license can be suspended is driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI). The following are some facts concerning DUI-related license suspension:

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Illinois defense attorney, Illinois criminal lawyer, Illinois Domestic Violence Act,If you have been served with an order of protection or are facing domestic violence charges, it is important to have an experienced Oakbrook Terrace criminal defense lawyer on your side. Being charged with domestic violence is a criminal offense, and it can have a serious impact on your life. Crimes involving domestic violence are government by the Illinois Domestic Violence Act of 1986 (750 ILCS 60/). According to the statute, our state recognizes domestic violence as a “serious crime against the individual and society which promotes family disharmony in thousands of Illinois families.”

If you were charged with domestic violence, you could be facing serious penalties. At the Farooqi & Husain Law Office, we are committed to helping members of the Oakbrook Terrace Muslim community with a wide variety of family law and criminal defense matters. Many Muslims in Illinois face domestic violence charges, and an experienced attorney can help to ensure that you are treated fairly and have a proper defense.

Criminal Misdemeanors and Domestic Violence

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