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Five Questions You Should Ask a DUI Attorney

May 10th, 2018 at 8:43 am

DUI attorney, DUI charges, Rolling Meadows criminal defense attorney, DUI questions, DUI trialIf you have been charged with driving under the influence (DUI) in Illinois, you need a skilled and experienced DUI attorney to handle your case. Finding the right attorney for you is important. An attorney is not one size fits all. Therefore, it is essential to ask any potential DUI attorney questions to ensure that a successful and productive attorney-client relationship will result.

Questions to Ask an Attorney

If you are facing DUI charges, make sure to ask these five questions of any attorney you contact:

  1. How much experience do you have handling DUI cases? It is important to have an attorney who has experience handling cases like yours. Experience brings about confidence and a knowledge level that can assist you in your case. Additionally, asking the results of different cases can give you an idea of what could happen in your situation.
  2. What is your caseload? It is no secret that attorneys often handle multiple cases at once; it is how they make a living. However, you want to be sure that the attorney has the time and resources available to adequately represent you.
  3. Who will actually handle my case day-to-day? The size of a law firm determines the number of attorneys employed at that firm. Additionally, a larger law firm is likely to have a larger number of cases to juggle. As a result, an attorney other than the one you hired may be the one handling your case. Or, support staff may do the heavy lifting for a case. Alternatively, at a smaller firm, the attorney you hire will likely be the one to handle your case, in addition to help from law clerks and paralegals. Knowing who will be involved in the day-to-day activities of your case is important so that you are always informed of the happenings in your case.
  4. How often do you take cases to trial? Many cases are resolved outside of the courtroom. In DUI cases, plea deals often result. Therefore, you need to be sure that your attorney can take the case all the way to trial if that is the best route.
  5. What is the cost of representation? As with any service, attorneys cost money. It is worth spending the money to make sure you have the best possible defense to your DUI charge. However, you need to be aware of the cost before you hire an attorney. There will be a fee agreement between the attorney and client to ensure that both parties know exactly what to expect in terms of fees and expenses.

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Asking these questions at the outset of an attorney-client relationship can eliminate potential problems as your case progresses. If you need assistance with your DUI case, do not hesitate to contact a talented Rolling Meadows criminal defense attorney at our firm for immediate help.


Do I Need to Participate in a Field Sobriety Test?

March 9th, 2018 at 7:18 am

drunk driving, DUI charge, field sobriety test, Rolling Meadows criminal defense attorney, DUI attorneyRed, white, and blue represent freedom in the United States, but those take on a completely different meaning when you see them flashing in the rearview mirror of your car. Being pulled over can be scary and you might not be sure what to expect. If a police officer suspects that you are driving under the influence of alcohol, a simple traffic stop turns into much more.

Illinois Field Sobriety Tests

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducted a study to determine what sobriety tests are the most effective in determining if a suspect is driving under the influence. Illinois uses “Standardized Field Sobriety Tests” on individuals to determine their intoxication. It is imperative that individuals understand what these tests are so that they are better equipped should a situation arise when they are faced with the question of participating in them.

  • Walk and Turn: This is a test that officers use to judge your balance and if you stagger while you walk. This test requires that you walk in a straight line, heel to toe, for nine paces and then turn around and walk back to the start. Arms are kept at your side, and the officer may instruct you to count the steps (one through nine) out loud.
  • One Leg Stand: This test also judges your balance and ability to follow directions. You will stand with your legs together and then the officer will instruct you to lift one leg off of the ground and stand there. Usually, the officer will instruct you to lift your foot six inches off the ground for up to 30 seconds.
  • Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus: This is a more “complex” test and it produces the most reliable results of the field sobriety tests. The officer will look for involuntary jerking of your eyes that is linked to alcohol consumption. The officer will move his finger, or a pen, from side to side and instruct you to follow it with your eyes.

Participation Requirements

Illinois law does not require you to participate in field sobriety tests. You are allowed to refuse any field sobriety test that the officer wants to conduct. There are no penalties for refusing the sobriety test. This is different than other states that will use this refusal to participate in a field sobriety test against you in further charges. Again, it is likely that you will be arrested after refusing a field sobriety test, but there are no further penalties associated with the refusal.

Contact an Experienced Attorney

If you have been charged with a DUI, or submitted to field sobriety tests, but wish you had not, contact an experienced DUI attorney as soon as possible. At The Law Offices of Christopher M. Cosley, we will explore every option and defense that is available to you. Reach out to a passionate Rolling Meadows criminal defense attorney at our office today for immediate help with your case.


Woman Who Killed Boy in Car Accident Released on Bond

August 15th, 2012 at 12:00 pm

A Skokie woman involved in a car accident in May was released on bond on August 9th after serving almost three months in Cook County jail.  The domino effect car accident ended up killing an 8-year-old named Carter Vo while he was riding his bicycle.  The woman was charged with felony aggravated driving under the influence resulting in death, and misdemeanor driving under the influence of drugs because she was under the influence of marijuana and other drugs at the time of the accident.

Hanin Goma, of Skokie was driving away from her cashier’s job at the Grecian Kitchen and traveling near the intersection of St. Louis Avenue and Main Street.  The 23 year old turned onto Main Street and hit an eastbound Ford Van.  The force of the accident turned Goma’s car around where it struck the second grader and pushed him into a parked car.  Later when she was taken to the Skokie Hospital, blood tests showed marijuana and amphetamines in her system.

She plead not guilty to the charges and was being held on a $250,000 bond under the strict guidelines that if she was released, she would surrender her passport and submit to weekly drug testing.  This was partially due to the spotty criminal history in Goma’s past which includes misdemeanor charges of unlawful possession of cannabis, criminal damage to property, shoplifting, and multiple moving violations from the last 5 years.

Goma’s defense attorney had been arguing for the reduction of her bond consistent with her families’ wishes. For cases with multiple criminal charges, negotiations need to take place inside and outside of the courtroom.  If you or a loved one are facing traffic, drug, DUI or any other charges, then do not hesitate to reach out to a talented criminal defense attorney in Rolling Meadows.

Ex- Lake County Chief Judge Cleared of DUI Charges

July 24th, 2012 at 12:02 pm

The Chicago Tribune is reporting that former Lake County Chief Judge David Hall was found not guilty of DUI charges that arose from his April 2008 arrest in Vernon Hills. However, Hall, who now suffers from Lou Gehrig’s disease, which caused his retirement earlier this month, was found guilty of resisting arrest in a manner that caused the arresting office to spray him with pepper spray. Hall received the minimum sentence of 100 hours of community service, 18 months of conditional discharge, which is a form of probation, a $1,000 fine, and court costs.

In this case, Hall was taken to the hospital following the 2008 traffic stop when he complained of chest pains after being pepper-sprayed. A doctor who examined him at the hospital testified that he appeared intoxicated at the time of the incident. However, a blood sample that was drawn at the time of the incident was thrown out of evidence by the court on allegations that the sample had been mishandled. Therefore, this case contained no blood alcohol content test levels, which is usually standard evidence in a DUI case.

To further complicate matters, the arresting officer, who also witnessed Hall’s alleged actions in resisting arrest and sprayed him with pepper spray, passed away only a few weeks after the incident occurred in 2008. The officer’s death left the prosecution with a lack of testimony from a crucial witness to their case.

This case illustrates that even what seems to be a routine DUI case or resisting arrest charge may not be as straightforward as it initially appears. When important evidence is mishandled by law enforcement officials or medical personnel, or when significant witnesses become unavailable for any reason, the state’s case can be greatly weakened, as was the case here. With the help of a seasoned criminal defense attorney in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, you can expect a thorough investigation of the circumstances surrounding your case, as well as the development of a strategy and defense designed to minimize the consequences of any criminal penalties that you might face.

Woman Steals Ambulance from Hospital

June 5th, 2012 at 9:32 am

The Chicago Tribune reports that a woman who stole a Chicago Fire Department ambulance from St. Bernard Hospital in the Englewood neighborhood was arrested after she crashed the ambulance several blocks from the hospital. Law enforcement authorities stated that 30-year-old Cassie Weathersby was not injured after she stole the ambulance for unknown reasons and soon crashed it into another vehicle. Weathersby is being held on $25,000 bond for criminal charges of vehicle theft, driving on a suspended license, and driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI).

There are a variety of situations that might lead to a driver’s license suspension, including DUI, failure to provide proof of vehicle insurance as requested, and excessive traffic citations. When your driver’s license is already suspended and you are caught driving, you undoubtedly face an additional suspension period if convicted of this crime. Furthermore, a DUI conviction results in a driver’s license suspension period, as well.  As a result, Weathersby would do well to immediately contact an experienced DUI attorney for assistance with her case, as she is facing a potentially lengthy period without her driver’s license, as well as other serious penalties.

Vehicle theft is another serious criminal charge that you cannot afford to take lightly. If convicted, you could face fines, imprisonment, and possible restitution, in this case, for the costs of the damages to the stolen ambulance. Depending on your criminal history and all relevant circumstances, this theft could result in less severe or more severe penalties. Do not risk facing a theft charge on your own. Take the initiative and contact a skilled and qualified Rolling Meadows, DUI lawyer for assistance in your case, and rest assured that you will have the best defense possible to any criminal charges.

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