I have stitched together some resources for Illinois criminal defense attorneys. Actually, some of these resources are applicable in any state. However, I definitely had Illinois criminal courts in mind as I created them.
The links below will take you to…
- Audio-Only CLE
- Sample Motions
- Procedure Resources
- Search & Seizure Resources
- Evidence Resources
- Defending Against Charges Resources
- Sentencing Resources
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Top Five Resources for Criminal Attorneys (Hint: Nobody told me about these when I started)
These are some of the resources I discovered along the way. All available online and largely free. The internet can make us all better lawyers if we have the time to benefit from what is offered. This section covers sentencing, sample motions, technology, and more.
DUI Checkpoint Reference Chart and List of Relevant Cases
The law on DUI checkpoints is anything but obvious. Like most search & seizure issues, there is no easy answer to legal questions about DUI Checkpoints. This chart summarizes key points and provides a list of cases that speak to the issue.
Doggy Discovery Motion, Sample Motion for Better Discovery in Police Dog Sniff Cases
Well, the Supreme Court has decided a line of cases that make this area of the law tougher to defend against. At the very least, the criminal defense bar should be learning as much as possible about the dog and handler that discovered the contraband. This section contains a sample motion that can be used to obtain better discovery in these cases. Get access to this resource now.
Hearsay Checklist, A Protocol for Analyzing Hearsay Statements and Finding Admissibility (or Exclusion) Arguments
When it comes to hearsay statements, every trial attorney goes through a checklist or some type of protocol for analyzing the statement. Here is a sample checklist that organizes the mental bullet points hit by an attorney in trial.
In Motion to Exclude Unfair or Prejudicial Evidence, the Judge Should Conduct a Cameron Hearing Before Deciding if the State Can Admit Evidence to Explain Police Conduct
I had never heard of a Cameron Hearing until I read about one in a 4th District decision. The most common example of prosecutorial misconduct that occurs is to admit clearly prejudicial evidence for the limited purpose of explaining the steps in a police investigation. This is a sample motion that can be used by litigators to stop this in its tracks.