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Legal Articles from Waukegan Law Offices of Winer and WinerThe attorneys at the Law Offices of Winer & Winer are well-respected in the legal community.  One reason is that they are active in publishing legal articles that contribute to the advancement of the profession.

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The following articles are examples of the work created by the attorneys at the Law Offices of Winer & Winer.  Feel free to read as many articles as you find relevant to your situation or for nothing more than general knowledge. You can never be too prepared.

 

New LegistlationArticle: New Legislation for Secretary of State Hearings and DUI Offenses, Effective January 1, 2016

On January 1, 2016, several new laws go into effect relating to Secretary of State Hearings and Driving Under the Influence offenses. As with any newly penned legislation, many of them will be subject to varying interpretations, and in time, will become settled law. For practitioners in this area, these changes will have a significant impact on many of our clients. As anticipated, many of these laws increase the use of Breath Ignition Interlock Devices commonly called a BAIID. The staff of the Secretary of State is currently preparing new administrative rules regarding the increased issuance of…  Continue reading here…

 

SOS-Out-Of-State-DUIArticle: Secretary of State Hearings for Illinois Residents with an Out-of-State DUI

The effect on the driving privileges of an Illinois resident arrested for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in Wisconsin, or any other another state, is vastly different than being arrested in Illinois. Although, this article will primarily deal with Wisconsin DUI’s much of the information applies to any state.

In Illinois, the great majority of first offenders receive Court Supervision which is defined as “A disposition of conditional and revocable release without probationary supervision, but under such conditions… Continue reading here…

 

The Unintended Conequences of a Criminal ConvictionArticle: “Collateral Damage”

Criminal defense practitioners understandably concentrate on the immediate strategy involved in a pending case.  With a focus towards the potential sentence, most attorneys rarely cast an eye beyond the potential consequences imposed in court. However, the impact of a conviction can extend well beyond the confines of the court system. Defense attorneys should be aware of, and take into consideration, those extra-judicial consequences.  Continue reading here…

 

 

 

Waukegan Traffic LawyerArticle:  “Minor Traffic Tickets”

The vast majority of drivers who receive minor traffic tickets simply go to Branch Court and plead guilty.  Ordinarily, the judge will give supervision with a fine and/or traffic school.  On minor traffic violations this disposition is not sent to the Secretary of State and will not affect driving privileges or insurance rates.  However, if the driver mails in the fine, pays the ticket over the counter to the Clerk or fails to appear in court a conviction is entered.   Continue reading here…

 

 

 

Waukegan DUI Lawyer ArticleArticle:  “Another method to vacate a conviction following a failure to appear and entry of a drivers license forfeiture”

Most attorneys who practice traffic law are intimately familiar with a 2-1401 Motion to Vacate which is the favored method to remove a Bond Forfeiture conviction from a Defendant’s driving record following a failure to appear. However, the discretion of the prosecution to object on the basis of jurisdiction involving judgments that are more that two years old is a severe limitation.  Continue reading here… 

Get Your Drivers License BackArticle:  “Hearings before the Secretary of State Hearing for Restricted Driving Permits and Reinstatement”

The revocation of driving privileges is one of the most serious long term consequences of a DUI conviction while penalties for a DUI based Driving While License Revoked ticket are extremely harsh.  Defendant’s convicted for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) face increasingly complex administrative hearings before the Secretary of State (SOS) to obtain a Restricted Driving Permit or reinstatement.   Continue reading here…

 

  

Informal Hearings Before the Secretary of StateArticle:  “Informal Hearings before the Secretary of State For Restricted Driving Permits and Reinstatement”

In Illinois there are no shortage of ways to get your license suspended or revoked.  Under the Illinois Vehicle Code at 625 ILCS 5/6-206 there are currently forty five ways to have your driver’s license suspended while under section 6-205 there are thirteen ways to have your license revoked.  Predictably, the list grows every year, so practitioners must constantly keep up with the myriad of ways to lose one’s driver’s license and the requirements to obtain a Restricted Driving Permit (RDP) or for Reinstatement.  To obtain driving privileges following… Continue reading here…

 

Waukegan Criminal Lawyers Be AwareArticle:  “Criminal Practitioners Be Aware of the Effect of a Drug Offense Conviction on College Financial Aid”

On July 1, 2000, the Federal government announced that the amendment of section 484(r) of the Higher Education Act became law and has serious consequences for college students who are convicted of a drug offense and receive financial college aid under Title IV. The amendment to the Act, which was signed by President Bill Clinton, represented an important development in the public attitude toward student drug use and the receipt of federal financial aid. The potential severe consequences on the client’s college aid must be recognized by any legal practitioner who represents a student charged with a drug offense.  Continue reading here…

 
Article:  “Hal Winer receives his High School Diploma, 68 years Late!!!”

This article was published in the Daily Herald on June 20, 2010.

There was a sense of fatigue and serenity on the plane as the ninety WWII veterans settled in for the flight back to Chicago from Washington, DC.  The had all been up very early before boarding a 4:30am flight to visit the World War Two memorial with the Honor Flight Chicago.  It was a long day for these aged veterans who averaged 85 years old and several were in their nineties.  Almost all of them were in wheel chairs.  But the trip was not over as these WWII vets were unaware what lay ahead for them in just a few minutes…  Continue reading here.