Cocaine – Not a pound of baking flour in Illinois

Author: Joe Pioletti Posted on: . Filed in: Criminal Law.

Walk around the streets of Illinois with a pound of baking flour, and you can be assured that you will not be arrested, but have some (less than an ounce) of cocaine on your person, and the rules severely and drastically change. Cocaine is derived from the coca bush, which is a plant native to… Read More »

Can The Police Order Me Out of My Car?

Author: Joe Pioletti Posted on: . Filed in: Criminal Law.

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There are many misconceptions concerning traffic stops and what law enforcement is lawfully allowed to do when they have stopped you. One of the questions often asked is if the police are allowed to make you get out of the car once they have stopped you.   Read further to learn what other rights you… Read More »

What Are My Rights if I Am Accused of a Crime?

Author: Joe Pioletti Posted on: . Filed in: Criminal Law.

When you are arrested, it is because the police have reason to believe that you have committed a crime. But, police officers are human and just as likely to make mistakes as anyone else. When you are accused of a crime, being aware of the rights granted to every criminal defendant by the United States… Read More »

When Can The Police Search Me Without A Warrant?

Author: Joe Pioletti Posted on: . Filed in: Criminal Law.

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The Fourth Amendment to the constitution states, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the… Read More »

The Difference Between a Criminal Case and a Civil Case

Author: Joe Pioletti Posted on: . Filed in: Criminal Law.

Criminal cases and civil cases are the two main types of law cases you hear about in your day-to-day lives. You hear them talked about on television, on the radio, and you read about them in print media. But if you are like most people, you probably don’t have a firm grasp on the difference… Read More »