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What occurs at a criminal defendant’s first court hearing?

When an individual is arrested for a crime, that person will likely appear before a judge. At that court date, if the individual cannot afford an attorney, then he or she will be appointed a public defender.

Usually at the first court hearing, the defendant will offer a plea or request a preliminary hearing. While many of the events of an initial court hearing may seem to be a formality, it is important for any individual charged with a crime to have an experienced lawyer on their side.

If you or anyone you know is seeking an attorney for a criminal charge, contact the Champaign and Urbana criminal defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices at (217) 328-6000.


What’s the difference between parole and probation?

Parole and probation are different types of criminal supervision after sentencing. Parole is supervision of an inmate released from jail.

Probation, on the other hand, is supervision that is given to a defendant either instead of jail time or in addition to jail time. Both probation and parole, however, can be revoked if the individual breaks the terms of the parole or probation.

If you have any questions about parole or probation, contact the Champaign-Urbana criminal defense lawyers of Tom Bruno at 217-328-6000.


Two women injured in car accident, one charged with DUI

Two women were injured in a car accident Saturday. According to police reports, one of the women was driving under the influence when her car collided with the other woman’s car.

The woman who allegedly caused the accident was charged with driving under the influence. According to medical officials, one woman was seriously injured in the accident.

If you or anyone you know has been charged with driving under the influence, contact the Champaign DUI defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices at 217-328-6000.


Man shot multiple times Tuesday

A man was shot multiple times Tuesday. According police reports, the man was shot while getting out of his car.

When medical officials arrived, the man was treated for serious injuries and taken to a nearby hospital.

If you or anyone you know has been charged with a crime, contact the Champaign criminal defense lawyers of Thomas A. Bruno at (217) 328-6000.


Is your child safe on the Internet?

Every day children are solicited online for sex. When this crime occurs for children 14 years old and younger, this crime is known as internet solicitation of a minor.

This crime usually occurs in chat  room or via other forms online communication like instant messaging. What usually occurs is that the individual will ask the minor to meet him or her in person. When this takes place, a crime has occurred.

If you have been charged with online solicitation of a minor, contact the Champaign Internet solicitation of a minor defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices at (217) 328-6000.


Pedestrian robbed by man with knife

A man was robbed and stabbed near Second street last month. According to police reports, the robber jumped out of some bushes, knocked the man to the ground, and brandished a knife.

Robberies occur every day. While not all of them can be avoided, pedestrians should take certain precautions. These include walking in groups, traveling only during the day time, and staying away from non-public places.

If you or anyone you know have been accused of armed robbery, contact the Champaign criminal defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices at (217) 328-6000.


City council forum focuses on Taser use

The use of Tasers by police was discussed at a recent Champaign city council study session. According to news reports, police, city council members, and the general public discussed under which circumstances Tasers could be used.

The discussion, however, had no impact on the Champaign police department, which had previously banned officers from carrying Tasers. A potential policy change would affect non-Champaign police officers dealing with crime in the Champaign jurisdiction.

If you have been charged with a crime involving the use of Taser, contact the Champaign criminal defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices at (217) 328-6000.


Protection against unreasonable search and seizure

The fourth amendment protects individuals against unreasonable searches and seizures. This right guaranteed by the Bill of Rights is especially important in drug cases.

In many cases, people will be charged with illegal drug possession after police search their home. However, police often need a warrant to make such a search.

If an officer does not have the proper legal authority to search a property and finds illegal substances, then the evidence can typically be thrown out in court.

If you or anyone you know has been charged with an illegal drug possession crime, contact the Champaign-Urbana criminal defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices at (217) 328-6000.


The time limit on filing an appeal

When an individual is convicted of a crime, that individual generally has the option to file for an appeal. However, there is often a certain time limit for appeals.

The time limit often depends on state law and may last between 30 and 90 days. Once the time limit elapses, convicted criminals typically have very few options, unless new evidence is presented that could significantly change the verdict.

If you or anyone you know has been convicted of a crime and is seeking an appeal, contact the Champaign criminal defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices at (217) 328-6000.


Illinois police set to increase patrols of University of Illinois campus

A Champaign police spokesperson announced that University of Illinois and Champaign police  will increase campus controls. The announcement follows a recent reported robbery on campus.

According to police reports, a man was walking on campus when he was approached by another man who asked him for marijuana. The man tried to walk away, but the other man followed him and threatened him if he did not hand over his  money.

If you have been charged with a crime related to robbery, contact the Champaign criminal defense attorneys of Bruno Law Offices at (217) 328-6000.

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