The ratings site Expertise.com selected Harold Wallin as one of the best DUI defense attorneys in Evanston. Their site makes their ratings based on attorney licensing, reviews and mystery calls. According to their website, “Expertise.com finds and reviews the top service professionals in over 200 industries across the U.S. Each month, we research more than 60,000 businesses to help customers find the best-qualified professional for their needs. Our research process is always evolving to keep up with industry changes, so we’re confident that when we say a provider is one of the best, it is.”
Mr. Wallin would like to add that while he has represented many clients who either live or were arrested in Evanston (as well as other nearby suburbs), his physical office is in downtown Chicago.
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Committee members devote hundreds of hours of their time each election cycle in order to ensure the quality of our Cook County Judiciary. I should know because I am currently one of the Vice Chairs of the Committee. I will also add that these are the findings of the Committee as a whole, not my own, and do not necessarily reflect my personal opinions.
Here are the findings:
ILLINOIS APPELLATE – HALL VACANCY 111 | Debra B. Walker (D)| HQ
ILLINOIS APPELLATE – HARRIS VACANCY 112 | Raymond W. Mitchell (D)| HQ
COOK COUNTY CIRCUIT- BRENNAN VACANCY 113 | Lisa Michelle Taylor (D)| Q
COOK COUNTY CIRCUIT- CALLAHAN, JR. VACANCY 114 | Tracie Porter (D)| Q
COOK COUNTY CIRCUIT- GORDON CANNON VACANCY 115 | Diana Lopez (D)| Q
COOK CIRCUIT- HYMAN VACANCY 116 | Thomas E. Nowinski (D) | Q
COOK COUNTY CIRCUIT- INGRAM VACANCY 117 | Elizabeth “Beth” Ryan (D)| Q
COOK COUNTY CIRCUIT- LEEMING VACANCY 118 | Rena Marie Van Tine (D)| HQ
COOK COUNTY CIRCUIT- LYNCH VACANCY 119 | Michael Weaver (D)| Q
RETENTION CANDIDATES 201 | Mary Jane Theis YES 203 | James Fitzgerald Smith YES 205 | Terry J. Lavin YES 207 | Maureen E. Connors YES 209 | Mathias William Delort YES 211 | Nathaniel Roosevelt Howse, Jr. YES 213 | Jesse G Reyes YES 215 | Sophia H. Hall YES 217 | Timothy C. Evans YES 219 | Charles Patrick Burns YES 221 | John Patrick Kirby YES 223 | Leroy K. Martin, Jr. YES 225 | Robert “Bob” Balanoff YES 227 | Kathleen Marie Burke YES 229 | Thomas J. Kelley YES 231 | Clare Elizabeth McWilliams YES 233 | Mary Lane Mikva YES 235 | Patrick T. Murphy YES 237 | Jim Ryan YES 239 | Thaddeus L. Wilson YES 242 | Daniel James PierceNO* 243 | William H. Hooks YES 245 | Thomas V. Lyons YES 247 | Daniel Malone YES 249 | Geary W. Kull YES 251 | Steven James Bernstein YES 253 | Bonita Coleman YES 256 | Ann Finley CollinsNO** 257 | Daniel J. Gallagher YES 259 | Linzey D. Jones YES 261 | Susan Kennedy Sullivan YES 263 | Terry MacCarthy YES 265 | Sandra Gisela Ramos YES 267 | Daniel Patrick Duffy YES 269 | Anna Maria Loftus YES 271 | Aleksandra “Alex” Gillespie YES 273 | Eve Marie Reilly YES 275 | Fredrenna M. Lyle YES 277 | Jerry A. Esrig YES 279 | Alison C. Conlon YES 281 | Rossana P. Fernandez YES 283 | William B. Sullivan YES 285 | John Fitzgerald Lyke, Jr. YES 287 | Carrie E. Hamilton YES 289 | Patricia “Pat” Spratt YES 291 | James L. Allegretti YES 293 | Eulalia “Evie” De La Rosa YES 295 | Carolyn J. Gallagher YES 297 | Maureen O’Donoghue Hannon YES 299 | D. Renee Jackson YES 301 | Daryl Jones YES 303 | Steven A. Kozicki YES 305 | Matthew Link YES 307 | Mary Kathleen McHugh YES 309 | Leonard Murray YES 311 | Brendan A. O’Brien YES 313 | Kevin M. O’Donnell YES 315 | Susana L. Ortiz YES 317 | Jesse Outlaw YES 319 | Patrick Joseph Powers YES 321 | Marguerite Ann Quinn YES 323 | Catherine Ann Schneider YES
* Judge Pierce indicated he is not seeking retention. However his name remains on the ballot. ** Judge Collins indicated she is not seeking retention. However her name remains on the ballot.
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Georgia defensive back Javon Bullard was arrested early Sunday morning by University of Georgia police on seven misdemeanor charges, including driving under the influence of alcohol. Bullard’s arrest came hours after the sophomore made his fourth start at nickel for the Bulldogs.
Per Athens-Clarke County’s online jail log, Bullard was booked at 4:57 a.m. on seven charges: DUI (alcohol) under 21 years of age with a concentration of 0.02 grams; license to be carried and exhibited on demand; improper turning; furnishing, purchasing, and possession of alcoholic beverages as a person under 21 years old; failure to maintain lane/improper driving on road; not using lighted headlights and other lights when required; and physically holding or supporting — with any part of his body — a wireless device. All seven charges are considered misdemeanors.
Bullard was released at 8:30 a.m. on $4,250 worth of bonds, per the jail log.
I recently received an email congratulating me on once again being selected as one of Illinois’ Super Lawyers.
The email read in part, “Congratulations! You have been selected to the 2023 Illinois Super Lawyers list, an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice. Only 5% of attorneys in Illinois receive this distinction.”
The husband of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pleaded guilty Tuesday to misdemeanor driving under the influence charges related to a May crash in California’s wine country and was sentenced to five days in jail and three years of probation.
Paul Pelosi already served two days in jail and received conduct credit for two other days, Napa County Superior Court Judge Joseph Solga said. Paul Pelosi will work eight hours in the court’s work program in lieu of the remaining day, Solga said during Paul Pelosi’s sentencing, which he did not attend…
As part of his probation, Paul Pelosi will also be required to attend a three-month drinking driver class, and install an ignition interlock device, where the driver has to provide a breath sample before the engine will start. He will also have to pay nearly $7,000 in fines, the judge said.
Paul Pelosi was arrested following a May 28 crash in Napa County, north of San Francisco, after a DUI test showed he had a blood alcohol content of .082%, just over the legal limit.
Officers responding to the crash after 10 p.m. near the wine country town of Yountville said they found Pelosi in the driver’s seat of a 2021 Porsche Carrera and the other driver standing outside a sport utility vehicle, according to the complaint.
California Highway Patrol officers reported that Pelosi was “unsteady on his feet, his speech was slurred, and he had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage.”
Pelosi offered to officers his driver’s license along with an “11-99 Foundation” card when asked for identification, the complaint says. The 11-99 Foundation supports CHP employees and their families.
Atlanta Braves outfielder Marcell Ozuna was arrested and charged with DUI and failure to maintain lanes early Friday morning in Atlanta. He had a previous arrest for domestic assault and battery last May.
Defensive end Stanley Lambert has been charged with DUI after he allegedly struck and killed a pedestrian while he was driving with a BAC greater than 0.08. The pedestrian, Norah Bruther, was attempting to cross Camelback Road in Scottsdale, Arizona at 1:30 a.m.
Blake Jenner of “Glee” fame got hit with a DUI charge after police in Burbank, Calif., caught the actor driving above the legal limit last Saturday, July 9, according to a TMZ exclusive published today.
The allegations, as described to TMZ by the Burbank Police Department, are that the 29-year-old Miami native caught the attention of on-duty officers after he sped through a red light at 11:30 p.m.
He was then asked to undergo sobriety testing — which he evidently failed.
The “Billy Boy” star was then arrested and booked for a DUI, though he was reportedly released from jail within a day.