Harold Wallin named one of Chicago’s Top Criminal Defense Lawyers for 3rd year in a row

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Expertise.com, the website that “identifies the top service professionals in over 100 business categories across 1000 cities” has released its 2018 list of Chicago’s Top 20 Criminal Defense Lawyers, and for the third year in a row, that list includes Harold L. Wallin.

According to the website, they reviewed 599 attorneys in the Chicago area, and picked their top 20 using the following criteria:  reputation, credibility, experience, availability and experience.

Dennis Rodman arrested for DUI … while on probation

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Dennis Rodman was arrested for a DUI, and it is very possible that he will be sentenced to jail time, because he was on probation at the time.

From the New York Daily News:

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman was on probation during his DUI arrest over the weekend, making the possibility of jail time a near slam dunk, a legal expert said Monday.

“Assuming the allegations are true and he was driving impaired, there’s absolutely no question in my mind he’s going to receive some custodial time. The real question is how creative does his lawyer get in working with the court,” California DUI attorney Trent Copeland told the Daily News.

“He’s likely to get some jail time, and I expect there will be an additional component including time spent in rehab,” Copeland said. “Either way, there’s going to be a component where he is going to be not free to leave.”

Rodman will check into a rehab center by the middle of the week, according to Darren Prince, his agent and longtime friend.

“He’s been dealing with some personal stuff for the past month and a half, two months, much more than usual, and I told him, this gives him an opportunity to shut it down,” Prince told the Daily News. “I’ve told him, ‘put yourself into a rehab center and find out why this is happening. Get to the underlying root.'”

Rodman’s lawyer, Paul Meyer, said it was too soon to forecast outcomes.

…Rodman, 56, was arrested late Saturday on suspicion of DUI in Newport Beach, Calif.

Police said he was pulled over for a traffic violation and failed a field sobriety test.

The Hall of Fame inductee who played on several championship-winning Chicago Bulls teams in the 1990s submitted to a Breathalyzer test and blew over the .08 legal limit, cops said.

He was released from custody Sunday morning.

At the time of his arrest, Rodman was on probation for driving his Range Rover the wrong way in carpool lane on the I-5 Freeway in southern California in June 2016.

He allegedly drove head-on toward another vehicle, causing the driver to swerve and crash into a concrete wall.

Under his plea deal last year, Rodman pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of driving the wrong way on a divided California highway, providing false information to an officer and driving without a valid license.

Orange County prosecutors dropped the more serious hit-and-run charge.

Rodman was sentenced to three years of probation, 30 hours of community service and victim restitution.

Chicago considering providing officers with Textalyzers

From WGN news:

A new piece of technology called a “textalyzer” debated at Chicago City Hall Thursday would make it possible for officers to scan drivers’ phones after pulling them over. State legislatures in New York and Tennessee are also considering the technology, but so far Chicago is believed to be the first city to discuss it.

The City Council’s Public Safety Committee discussed the growing issue of distracted driving Thursday. According to experts, distracted driving is blamed for the biggest spike in traffic deaths in 50 years. In some studies, as many as 50 percent of teenagers admit to texting or emailing while driving.

Read the entire story here:  http://wgntv.com/2018/01/11/chicago-debates-giving-cops-textalyzers-to-test-drivers-smartphones/