January 27, 2012 | otmseo

GPS Tracking and the 4th Amendment

In United States v. Jones, 2012 U.S. LEXIS 1063* (January 23, 2012), the Supreme Court addresses the question of whether the installation of a GPS tracking device is a search under the 4th Amendment. In Jones, a GPS tracking device was installed on a car being driven by Jones and monitored his movement for four […]

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January 25, 2012 | otmseo

Fourth Amendment – Search warrant for drugs lacked probable cause.

In People v. Miranda, 2012 Il App (2d) 100796, the appellate court found that a search warrant issued after a driver was arrested for DUI lacked probable cause to search for controlled substances but did contain probable cause to search for alcohol. The court found that the affidavit submitted by the police officer was insufficient […]

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January 6, 2010 | otmseo

Certificates of Good Conduct

New Illinois law allows the circuit court to issue a “certificate of good conduct” to certain defendants to assist them in getting employment.  This new law also allows the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation to issue a non-binding opinions as to whether a person’s criminal record bars him or her from the license or certificate […]

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February 11, 2008 | otmseo

Get that arrest expunged!

Unfortunately, many people in their lifetime get charged with a criminal offense.  Fortunately, many of these people are charged with minor criminal offenses, or even municipal ordinance violations, and have never committed a crime before and never will again.  Fortunately, most prosecutors, assistant state’s attorneys, and most judges are sympathetic to these defendants and agree […]

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