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Columbus Day holiday

In honor of Columbus Day, the Circuit Court of Cook County is closed today. The Law Office of Lori G. Levin is open, however. Please feel free to contact the office for your legal needs. If you are off today, or going to the Columbus Day parade in downtown Chicago, please celebrate safely. Lori G. […]

Client receives record expungement after pardon granted

Last week, a client who received executive clemency from Illinois Governor Pat Quinn for a felony conviction received while a young man, had his record expunged. The executive clemency process is long and arduous. I am pleased to have drafted his clemency petition and appeared with him before the Illinois Prisoner Review Board. The Board […]

New client testimonial

I am honored and humbled to have received this client testimonial: “I got a call in Key West, while my husband and I were on vacation, about my youngest child, 29-years old, living in Chicago. We knew she was struggling with mental illness, but she had always refused to get treatment. “This child had a […]

New Illinois Law Brings Driving Relief to Repeat DUI Offenders

Until yesterday, persons who had been convicted four times of the offense of driving under the influence (DUI) in Illinois, had no hope of ever being able to legally drive in the state. In an effort to reward persons who have been rehabilitated, Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law Public Act 099-0290, https://www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/99/099-0290.htm, which allows […]

Illinois Appellate Court Rules that Constructive Possession of a Weapon May Be Proven By a Statement to Non-Law Enforcement

This week, the Illinois Appellate Court affirmed the conviction for Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon when the most significant piece of evidence was an admission to a civilian that the bag containing the gun belonged to him. In People v. Daniel Smith, No. 1-13-2176 (1st Dist. 2015), found athttps://www.illinoiscourts.gov/Opinions/AppellateCourt/2015/1stDistrict/1132176.pdf, a Greyhound bus driver saw […]

Lori G. Levin’s Law Office 6th Anniversary

Six years ago today, I started my private practice. I had left a rewarding career in public services, first as a prosecutor and then as Executive Director of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority. When I started this law office, I never knew that this chapter of my professional life would be the most rewarding. […]

Lori G. Levin Re-Elected to Illinois State Bar Association’s Assembly

I am thrilled to announce that I have been re-elected to the Illinois State Bar Association’s Assembly. I am also humbled to have received the most votes of anyone from Cook County. Bar association participation is important not only to give back to the profession but also to help hone my skills. I look forward […]

Supreme Court rules police may not extend traffic stops

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court in Rodriguez v. United States, — U.S. –, (No. 13-9972), ruled that once a routine traffic stop is completed, the police cannot without reasonable suspicion detain an automobile and its occupants for the unrelated purpose of having a dog sniff the car for illicit narcotics. The Supreme Court ruled […]

Lori G. Levin named Leading Lawyer

I am humbled and honored to have been named as a Leading Lawyer for Criminal Defense Law: Felonies and Misdemeanors. The selection is a result of a peer review process where only 5 per cent of all Illinois attorneys are chosen. The selection process is outlined on the Leading Lawyer website at: https://www.leadinglawyers.com/about.cfm I am […]

A Month of Women’s History Posts

I have highlighted inspiring women each day in March in honor of Women’s History Month at www.facebook.com/chicagodefense. I have done so to not only acknowledge the women who have influenced or intrigued me but to share a snippet of their stories to inspire others. Most of the women have excelled in the legal or governmental […]

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