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Bail Bonds in Cook County

In Illinois, a defendant charged with a felony criminal offense is entitled to a bond hearing to determine the amount of bail. A person charged with an offense is allowed counsel at the hearing at which bail is determined under Article 110 of this Code. If the defendant desires counsel for his or her initial…

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Motion to Dismiss Criminal Charge for Improper Venue

A court’s jurisdiction is “the authority given by law to a court to try cases and rule on legal matters within a particular geographic area and/or over certain types of legal cases.” Basically, it is a court’s area of authority. For example, the State of Indiana would not have jurisdiction to hear cases that happen…

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Right to Refuse a Portable Breath Test (PBT)

In Illinois, there are two chemical breath tests that may be offered to a person suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol. First, after an officer administers the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFTS), he may request a driver take a Portable Breath Test (PBT) on the side of the road. Second, after a suspect…

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