If your business is party to a legal matter, you may receive a subpoena for business records. A subpoena duces tecum — or a subpoena for documents — requires you to submit requested paperwork in your possession that is relevant to the case in question. A subpoena is an Order of Court and should never […]
Grand juries review evidence in criminal investigations and decide if probable cause exists to hand down indictments and proceed to trial. If you receive a grand jury subpoena, it means that a prosecutor wants you to appear as a witness before a grand jury. If you have received a subpoena you need to contact an […]
A criminal defense attorney can make a motion to suppress evidence from a trial for several reasons. In most cases, the attorney may believe that the evidence was collected illegally by police or that it violates a defendant’s rights in some way. If you’ve been charged with a crime, your attorney may submit a motion […]
Eyewitness Identification Expert Dr. Geoffrey R. Loftus is a Professor at the University of Washington in Seattle. For 50 years, Dr. Loftus has been studying human perception and memory. On January 24, 2017, Dr. Loftus flew to Chicago to testify as an eyewitness identification expert in a trial at the 26th Street court house in Chicago. Chicago criminal lawyer Michael J. […]
Jesse Featherly challenges the denial of his motion to quash the search warrant that led to the discovery of child pornography on his computer. Featherly was living in a trailer park in Wisconsin when an agent in Oklahoma discovered that Featherly’s Internet-service account was being used to share files containing child pornography. An Agent applied for a […]
A new Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (“IDFPR”) state law taking effect in January will make it easier for previously barred health care workers and first-time applicants with felony convictions to once again become eligible for an Illinois license. Effective January 2017, previously barred health care workers and applicants with criminal convictions may once […]
Chicago Criminal Lawyer Michael J. Petro explains why the new amendments to Illinois Juvenile Transfer Statute applies retroactively to all pending criminal cases.
Chicago White Collar Attorney Michael J. Petro discusses the mail fraud, a barber who don’t cut hair strait and the “lulling letter” doctrine.
Someone used the email address firstname.lastname@example.org to contact a Vietnamese website in an attempt to buy sassafras oil—a chemical that can be used to make the illegal drug known as ecstasy. A key step in the investigation was learning that Caira was the person behind the email@example.com address. The DEA made that discovery by issuing […]
White Collar Attorney Michael J. Petro discusses rules public officials must know to avoid corruption charges for “official acts.”