Celebrate Responsibly on Halloween

Celebrate Responsibly on Halloween

Halloween 2017 is here!  On Halloween, we see an increase in people being charged with DUI, Burglary, and other crimes.  The police are on high alert and you must be too!  While it is unclear why police see an increase in crimes on this day, it is safe to say they will be on high alert.  So have fun and don't let things get out of hand.  And lastly, if you find yourself in trouble this Halloween contact The Jordan Law Firm and have Attorney Anisa Jordan take a look at your case for free! 

The Jordan Law Firm Goes the Extra Mile

How much do attorneys care about their clients? At The Jordan Law Firm it’s all about going the extra mile.  Attorney Anisa Jordan asks the questions that others won’t. Here’s a great example.

Early in 2017 the firm had a client charged with both Aggravated Speeding and Reckless Driving; both offenses carrying a maximum of 1 year in jail.  Because of the client’s background and the specifics of the client’s traffic tickets, the client was eligible for supervision.  Normally, this is a great sentence in Illinois as it not considered a conviction.  Turns out that though the client received the ticket in Illinois, the client was from a different state.  Attorney Anisa Jordan’s experience in traffic and criminal law has taught her that when considering different states, you must also consider there may be different laws in that state.

So, Attorney Jordan got on the phone trail, calling the proper authorities in the client’s home state. This isn’t easy. It’s taxing and takes time and thoughtful navigation to talk to the right party. However, The Jordan Law Firm cares about clients and if there’s a chance of reducing their penalties, fines and consequences, Attorney Anisa Jordan will go the extra mile.

After a half day on the phone, Attorney Jordan discovered that the client’s home state law on the traffic matter indeed was different.  Had we simply plead the client to the charges in Illinois the client would have lost their driving privilege in their home state.  Armed with her research from the client’s home state, The Jordan Law Firm was able to obtain a disposition where the client was able to keep their driving privileges and quickly put the situation behind them. 

This is just one example of something The Jordan Law Firm does every day for the clients who rely on Attorney Jordan to give them a diligent and passionate defense.  Attorney Jordan considers multiple sources, knows Illinois law, and will do everything possible to give you the best outcome in your case.

If you or someone you know needs to speak with an experiencedtraffic, DUI, Driver’s License or other criminal defense attorney in the Chicago area, we invite you to contact attorney Anisa Jordan at The Jordan Law Firm for a free consultation at (312) 380-9221.

Why Should I Hire an Attorney?

If you just received a DUI or a speeding ticket, you might feel that you are between a rock and a hard place – you know you need solid legal representation to win your case or lessen your consequences. However, you might not have the means to hire an attorney.

However, the cost of not hiring a lawyer can be even higher, and have more personal effect on your life - fines, license suspensions and even jail time. These can stay on your record and give you problems for years on job applications, loan applications and more.

Not having an experienced lawyer can result in more serious penalties, and having a court appointed lawyer is not always going to get you exactly where you need to be. Many court-appointed lawyers have large caseloads and do not necessarily have the time to give you the personalized attention that you need.  This is not the case at The Jordan Law Firm.  Attorney Anisa Jordan treats all her clients as individuals.  One satisfied client recently commented on The Jordan Law Firm google business page that they felt as though they were Anisa Jordan’s only client.

Not having a lawyer at all when you go to court can dramatically alter your circumstances. Most people who go into court without a lawyer don’t know what they are getting themselves into - they don’t know the full law, previous similar comparable cases, etc. If you decide to represent yourself, you will be expected to know the law and the rules of evidence.  You will find yourself up against an experienced prosecutor and you will not be given a break because you are not a lawyer. 

Attorney Anisa Jordan of The Jordan Law Firm is nothing short of diligent, knowledgeable and experienced when it comes to taking charge in the courtroom. As a former prosecutor she has litigated hundreds of cases and stood before numerous judges as an aggressive, yet professional trial attorney.  Contact The Jordan Law Firm today to schedule your free consultation.  

The Jordan Law Firm Customer Reviews

We know how important it is to make sure that you’re finding the right lawyer to take care of your case. Here at The Jordan Law Firm, we are dedicated to giving you the best quality care and attention to your case. Here are a few brief excerpts from extremely satisfied clients that were kind enough to leave us a review about their experience with us:

 “Very dedicated to her job. I was very nervous on this one ...Her strength and passion could be felt all around the courtroom.  You can definitely count on her to deliver. Thank you...” - Osei A., Google Review

 “Very nice and super professional, making it easy to relax and allow Anisa to handle my legal affairs more than once for a favorable outcome. I highly recommend the Jordan Law Firm as a viable option, to handle and inform you of your own legal matters.” Michael T., Google

 Since The Jordan Law Firm is always looking for areas to improve in, please take a moment to tell us how we’re doing. We pay attention, and if your review is less than spectacular we will listen to what you are saying and make changes accordingly. Our goal is to provide excellent service and the best outcomes possible for our clients.

 For your convenience, here are a few links to get you going! We hope to hear from you soon!

 Google (5 out of 5 stars) - Google is one of the fastest, easiest ways to find us! Leave us a review here!

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How Do I Hire A DUI Court Appointed Attorney?

A court appointed attorney (aka public defender) is paid by the government and can represent criminal defendants facing jail time. If you cannot afford a lawyer for a DUI case, the court will appoint and pay for one. Unfortunately, you don't get to choose the lawyer you get.

To do this, you must ask the court for a court appointed lawyer and also provide information about your financial situation as evidence that you can't afford a private defense attorney.

Can Everyone Get a Court Appointed Attorney?

Yes, if you qualify. Public defenders are appointed by the court for defendants who can’t afford private counsel. Usually, if you have not bonded out of jail, the court will automatically appoint a public defender for you at your first court date, also known as your arraignment.

Public Defender vs. Private Attorney for DUIs

Public defenders went to law school and passed the Illinois State Bar Exam, just like private attorneys. Public defenders are governmental employees, so typically make less income than private lawyers, but also, they have more cases to handle.  Typically, because of the case load, they may have limited time to speak with you individually as a private attorney may have.  Public defenders also can only represent you in your criminal case. They cannot help with related civil or administrative matters like a driver license suspension.   Lastly, since the attorney was chosen for you, it may be difficult to get a new public defender if you are unhappy.

On the other hand, private lawyers like Anisa Jordan of The Jordan Law Firm can spend more time with their clients. They can get to know your case in detail  and give you the individual attention you deserve. A private lawyer has more time to find weaknesses in the prosecution’s case that may help get the case dismissed or the charges reduced. Private lawyers can be reached much more easily; whereas public defenders can be difficult to get a hold of.  Of course, you also can choose your private attorney, and change to another if you are unhappy. They want your business, so they tend to be more serious about serving you and your case.

If you find yourself charged with a DUI please contact Attorney Anisa Jordan of the The Jordan Law Firm today for a free consultation.  We are ready to help!

Do Lawyers Care About their Clients?

Let’s face it, lawyers are the butt of many jokes. It’s OK. We understand – it’s fair game. It’s not easy – especially for defense lawyers – doing the unbiased, objective job that they have sworn to do. It can be an emotional ride. But, similar to doctors and counselors, lawyers do have to learn to step back and look at each case in a measured, professional manner.

With that professionalism understood, we at the Jordan Law Firm still take our clients very seriously. We empathize with their situations. Most calls we receive are from people in a tough situation. We try to imagine it being our family or friend. After all, the person on the other end of our first phone call together is indeed a person that is loved and needed by others. If they end up with minor legal troubles, like fines, to something larger – loss of driver’s license, or even jail time, it affects many people around them and changes their life forever. We do our best to remember this each day, and never let people become “numbers” or “cases.”

Taking this a step further, we believe everyone makes mistakes in their life, and that everyone deserves second chances. We know that each one of us fails, some just more public than others. Sometimes it’s an unfortunate circumstance that leads to legal issues.

Lastly, we believe each person deserves a fair hearing. Not everyone accused of a legal issue is guilty. Not all have substantial evidence against them. Our job is to state the case of our clients fairly and justly. We try for the best outcome possible and hope you’ll trust us with your case.

Anisa Jordan is a young, grounded attorney who cares for her clients. We think you’ll feel this when you first speak to her. Anisa listens to each person she speaks with to understand the whole situation. Our job at the Jordan Law Firm is to make sure your legal journey is one we share with you. You will never be just another “case” for us. 

Rules of the Road

For many of us, it’s been years, maybe even decades, since we were first issued our driver’s license. Though we might remember some of what we learned when preparing to take our first driving test, most of us depend on practice and general experience to guide us through every day traffic. Unfortunately, that’s not always enough to keep drivers in Arlington Heights, Schaumburg, and Rolling Meadows free from violations. While The Jordan Law Firm is there whenever you need help dealing with a traffic ticket, it’s also helpful to be proactive by refreshing your memory on Illinois traffic rules and regulations.

Your License

First, if you’re looking to get a new license you should be aware that the process for issuance has changed in order to meet federal standards for boarding airplanes and preventing identity theft. No longer can you get your license the day you renew or apply; instead you’ll be issued a temporary paper document which is valid for 45 days, with your license being sent to you via mail. This is especially important for those making a permanent move to Illinois, as out-of-state licenses are only valid for 90 days after moving.

Distracted Driving

These days, drivers are faced with a variety of distractions, from high-tech music players to navigation systems and cell phones. According to Illinois law, drivers are prohibited from using handheld cellphones, texting, or using other electronic communications while operating a motor vehicle, with hands-free or Bluetooth technology only allowed for drivers ages 19 and older. The only time you can use a cellphone that is not hands-free is to report an emergency, while parked on the shoulder, or when stopped in traffic with the car in park or neutral. A crash resulting from distracted driving could mean criminal penalties and incarceration.

Special Stops

It may not happen often, but there are times where drivers need to come to a complete stop in recognition of special circumstances, and failure to adhere could be costly. For instance, you may know that you need to stop for loading or unloading school busses, but you may not know that the penalty for illegally passing a stopped school bus is a three-month license suspension.

If any of these facts caught you by surprise, it may be time to study up and re-learn some regulations from the official Illinois Rules of the Road document. But if you’re unclear about your rights as a driver, are facing a tough traffic ticket, or just want general consultation, be sure to give The Jordan Law Firm a call!

 

Tackling Traffic Tickets

Traffic tickets can be an unforeseen burden for drivers everywhere. In Illinois, traffic tickets fines, court costs, and surcharges vary by violation and location and may additionally cost you points on your driving record. In the worst cases, you could have your license suspended or revoked all together, making life difficult for anyone who needs to commute. Although traffic tickets can be tough to tackle, having The Jordan Law Firm by your side will help you to sort your options and know your rights.

Remember, getting a traffic ticket doesn’t just mean you can pay a fine and forget about the whole thing. Traffic tickets can affect your auto insurance, can prevent you from parking and living in your community, and, in serious cases like a DUI, can hinder you from finding employment. But with a little help, you can make sure that your recent ticket bears the least consequences possible by hiring an experienced, knowledgeable attorney familiar with all Illinois traffic laws.

The worst part about getting a traffic ticket is not knowing what’s next. Can you drive the next day? How much will the total costs be? Can you dispute the violation? If so, how? Whether you want to be sure the least amount of points is issued to your license, want to dispute the violation in court, or are unsure about the necessity of traffic school, The Jordan Law Firm can help. The kind of experience we bring to the table means that you’ll get the best advice possible and that we’ll do everything we can to help you beat a ticket or avoid serious consequences.

Whatever your situation, we’re here to make sure you know all your options. Get the process started with a free consultation today and let us work with you to get to the best outcome possible.

Clinton and Trump on Legal Issues

The 2016 presidential election has had so much media attention, but very little substance. Even the debates resorted more to mudslinging than political stances on issues. Being a law firm, we thought it would be helpful to provide a list of each candidate on hot legal issues. Pulled from several sources (CNBC, BBC, ProCon.org, USA Today and the Washington Post), we hope this can be a clean, non-partisan breakdown of the issues.

Police/Community Issues:

Hillary Clinton has spoken out against "mass incarceration" and mandatory minimum sentences and said that there is still racial bias in police departments that must be addressed. She supports laws prohibiting racial profiling and wants to emphasize rehabilitation over long prison sentences for non-violent drug offenders. She says policies allowing police to "stop and frisk" those they suspect of illegal activity have proven ineffective.

Donald Trump says law enforcement agencies are unable to fight crime because of runaway "political correctness" and says they should be allowed to get tough on offenders. He says police profiling is necessary to prevent terrorist attacks on US soil. He supports "stop and frisk", claiming the policy was highly successful in New York, even though many experts disagree.

Capital Punishment:

Both candidates support the death penalty.

Freedom of Religion:

Clinton is unclear on whether churches should continue to be tax-exempt. Trump supports the tax exemption.

Drugs:

Both candidates support marijuana as a medical option. Neither have clearly stated their stance on its use recreationally.

Gun Control:

Hillary Clinton has responded to mass shootings by repeating her support for tighter background checks and a ban on assault weapons. She denies the Second Amendment is in peril if she is in the White House.

Donald Trump has blamed some shootings on lax gun laws, saying armed people could have intervened and saved lives. He accuses his opponent of wanting to eliminate gun rights and promises his supporters that the Second Amendment would be safe.

Immigration:

Clinton is against raids to enforce existing immigration laws. Trump is for the practice. Trump is also for verification as a mandatory practice for employers. Clinton is unclear on this issue.

Trump believes that Muslims should face extra immigration hurdles while Clinton does not.

Abortion:

Hillary Clinton takes the standard Democratic Party line on abortion. She is against efforts to ban the procedure after 20 weeks of pregnancy. She opposes state legislation that increases regulation of abortion providers and is in favor of allowing the federal government to provide funding for non-profit organizations that provide abortion services. She has criticized conservative efforts to cut off government funding for Planned Parenthood's women's health efforts because they also provide abortion services.

Donald Trump said in March that abortions should be illegal. His campaign quickly backed down from that statement, however, and asserted that the candidate believed the legality of the procedure should be left up to individual states, with any criminal penalties being reserved for abortion providers. He has said he supports an abortion ban exception for "rape, incest and the life of the mother". He has called for defunding Planned Parenthood. As recently as 2000, Mr. Trump supported abortion rights but has said that, like Ronald Reagan, he changed his views on the matter.

Supreme Court Nominees

One of the most important decisions for the next president is shaping the future of the Supreme Court. There is currently one vacancy, but with several justices of retirement age, the next president could have more than one appointment to make.

Trump's has released a list of 21 potential nominees to replace Scalia and fill any future vacancies. Hillary Clinton has not released a similar list. She has stated, however, that she wanted justices who would defend women's rights, back LGBT rights, support Roe v. Wade and reverse the Citizens United decision and its ability to funnel dark money into elections.

Measure Yourself

Finally, if you are still not sure who to vote for, try the online quiz at http://www.isidewith.com/ - it provides you with an unbiased look at your own stances on issues and which candidate you best match.

Unforeseen Consequences of a DUI

We all know that a DUI has immediate consequences. There’s the fine you’ll have to pay, the potential for imprisonment, suspension or revocation of your driver’s license and dealing with the legal process of sorting it all out. It can be really difficult to deal with a DUI in the immediate time afterward, but what about in the future? How will a DUI affect your life months and years after your arrest?

Long term there will be some hurdles to overcome after a DUI. For example, although some license suspensions can be somewhat brief, there is a chance that you can lose your license permanently. Losing your driver’s license limits your ability to get around for personal needs, and it could also affect your ability to get to work or tend to other responsibilities. Though losing your license may seem like the lightest of your punishments, over time it can begin to have a serious impact.

Further affecting your work, a DUI in your background check could impact your ability to get certain jobs. Whether driving is part of the job description or the company has a policy against hiring candidates with a DUI on their record, seeking work could become difficult in the future. Although you may think the fines and legal fees are all you have to pay for, there’s also the likelihood that your insurance rates increase as a result of your arrest. Some insurance companies will raise your rate, while others may decide to terminate their relationship with you altogether. Whichever the case, it’ll be something you need to face going forward.

The consequences of being arrested for a DUI are real, both short and long term. This is why it is imperative to seek legal representation to help you sort through all potential issues you’ll face following a DUI. The Jordan Law Firm, has the knowledge, expertise, and experience to help you navigate the process and ensure the best possible result.

The Advantages of a DUI Attorney

Being arrested for driving under the influence is no small matter, and each instance is a bit different from the next. One thing all DUI cases have in common though, is the question, “What’s next?” It’s an important question to ask, given the potential consequences, but it’s not always easy to find answers without help.

For an optimal outcome following a DUI arrest, invest in a law firm that focuses in such cases. The ways in which a DUI attorney benefits clients are numerous and in these situations it pays to be informed of how they can help.

How Can a DUI Attorney Help Me?

A search for “lawyers in Arlington Heights” will surely prompt a number of results. However, not all attorneys are the same. A family attorney or general criminal defense lawyer may be able to defend you, but without up-to-date knowledge on DUI related regulations and procedures, their services may fall short. A knowledgeable DUI attorney knows the best ways to defend your case. When there’s a potential for a maximum sentence of 364 days of imprisonment, in the case of a misdemeanor DUI, or permanent loss of your driver’s license, it’s essential to have a skilled and knowledgeable DUI attorney on your side.  

More than just representation, having a DUI attorney as counsel ensures that you’ll know all possible options and outcomes. Although individual situations will vary, DUI lawyers have seen many similar cases and know exactly where each option leads. While preparing your case, you’ll have access to your lawyer’s expertise and can discuss with them any concerns you might have. The peace of mind knowing there are more choices than just taking a plea or going to trial goes a long way.

If you’re still asking yourself, “what’s next?” and are unsure about hiring an attorney, just consider a simple next step. Contact the Jordan Law Firm for a free consultation so you can explore the right option for you. All you need to do is schedule an appointment and we can help you understand your choices.

 

Can You Go To Jail For a Speeding Ticket? Arlington Heights Traffic Lawyer Anisa Jordan Discusses Speeding Ticket Consequences.

Can You Go To Jail For a Speeding Ticket?  Arlington Heights Traffic Lawyer Anisa Jordan Discusses Speeding Ticket Consequences.

When can you face jail time when you get a speeding ticket?  Speeding tickets 26-34 MPH over the speed limit on a highway, school zone, or construction or maintenance speed zones can result in jail time up to six months.  Speeding tickets for speeds of 35 MPH or more over the speed limit on highway, school zone, or construction zones can result in jail time up to 364 days in jail.  Arlington Heights Traffic Lawyer Anisa Jordan discusses the consequences of speeding tickets in Illinois.  

Local Lawyer Named to Illinois State Bar Association's Traffic Laws & Courts Section Council

Local Lawyer Named to Illinois State Bar Association's Traffic Laws & Courts Section Council

Arlington Heights Traffic Lawyer Anisa Jordan has been named to the leadership team of the Illinois State Bar Association's Traffic Laws & Courts Section.  In collaboration with other members of the Traffic Laws & Courts Section Council, Anisa Jordan will work to address how to improve state traffic laws and educate the public.  

 

Can I drive after an arrest for DUI? Will my driver's license be suspended? Arlington Heights DUI Lawyer Explains.

Can I drive after an arrest for DUI?  Will my driver's license be suspended?  Arlington Heights DUI Lawyer Explains.

If you are arrested for a DUI in Chicago or anywhere throughout Illinois your driver's license will be suspended.  The length of the suspension depends upon two primary factors. The first is whether you agree to submit to chemical testing (for example a breathalyzer, which is  common for alcohol-based DUI arrests).  The second depends on whether you are a first time offender.