Harold Wallin chosen as One of Chicago’s Top Three DUI Lawyers for fourth year in a row

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For the last four years, the rating site “ThreeBestRated” has put out its list of the Top Three DWI (DUI) Lawyers in Chicago.  And for the fourth year, Harold L. Wallin has made the list.  He is the only attorney who has made the list each year.

According to their website, the ratings are based on their “50-Point Inspection [which] includes everything from checking reputation, history, complaints, reviews, satisfaction, trust and cost to the general excellence.”

 

Harold Wallin named one of Chicago’s Top 20 Criminal Defense Lawyers, again

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For the second year in a row, the people at the website Expertise.com named Harold L. Wallin as one of Chicago’s Top 20 criminal defense lawyers.

According to their website, Expertise reviewed 599 attorneys as part of their process.  It states “that [o]ur goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored criminal defense lawyers on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analysed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best criminal defense lawyers in Chicago, IL.”

Expertise.com’s Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect

Harold L. Wallin selected one of Chicago’s Top DUI attorneys

For the third year in a row, Harold L. Wallin has been rated as one of Chicago’s Top Three DWI/DUI attorneys by the website ThreeBestRated.com.

Since they have been rating Chicago’s DUI attorneys in 2015, Harold L. Wallin is the only attorney to make it on their list each year.

Thank you ThreeBestRated, for the honor and recognition!

Harold Wallin ranked as one of Chicago’s Top 20 Criminal Defense Attorneys

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The analysts at Expertise.com rated over 250 attorneys to come up with their list of the 20 best criminal defense attorneys in Chicago.  Yours truly made the list.

From their site:

Why These Criminal Defense Lawyers?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. To do so, we analyzed and scored criminal defense lawyers on more than 25 variables across six categories to give you a hand-picked list of the best criminal defense lawyers in Chicago, IL.

Our Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers as a signal of outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, industry accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing customers a seamless experience both online and off.

  • 6. Engagement

    Actively engaged with their customers across a number of platforms.

Thank you, Expertise.com!

What I received this holiday season.

thankyouI just wanted to share with you a couple of “Thank you” notes that I received from two clients who had a combined four years of license suspensions rescinded this month.

I cannot thank you enough for all of your help regarding my case! … you have helped me keep my job and save my license! This was indeed a early Christmas present and I can safely feel I am given a second chance … you have given me hope and strength to keep my head held high and go on! I am forever grateful! Thank you, thank you, thank you!  I wanted to reach out and say it after being difficult and so worried about it! You really made an impact on my life and I’m forever grateful! Have a wonderful holiday season!

– Client with case in Markham

You were able to obtain for me the results that I was looking for and I am grateful for that.  It would have been a big deal had I lost my drivers license, so I am glad you were able to get the summary suspension rescinded.  I will definitely recommend you if someone I know is ever faced the legal situation that I encountered.

– Client with case in Rolling Meadows

My blogiversary!

It has been one year since I started this blog.  I had been thinking about blogging since I first read about blogs back around 2000, but I wasn’t sure if I would have enough items to blog about, especially since I have to be cautious about not revealing any client confidences and I didn’t want this to be forum to gripe about what happens in court.  I also didn’t intend this blog to be a celebration of drunk driving, but instead provide a reasoned look at our DUI laws and how they work in reality.

At the same time, I also wanted to keep this blog interesting and not be just a bunch of keywords.

So after one year, 274 blog posts and over 10,000 page views, I have to thank:

  • the worlds of politics, Hollywood, and professional and collegiate sports for constantly giving me new celebrity DUIs to blog about;
  • and police officers from around the nation, who keep falsifying cases while dash cameras or surveillance tapes are recording;
  • and the police unions, that keep trying to keep it a felony for a citizen to video record police officers who are working and are outside in public view;
  • and the drunk drivers, who have provided me with some very memorable DUI arrests to write about.

Hopefully, everyone reading this will continue to enjoy the blog and have a safe and happy year.

 

The Story behind this Thank You Card

Today I received a nice surprise in the mail.  This thank you card from a former client:

This client was stopped by Chicago Police after someone called in a report of a drunk driver.  The caller gave specific information as to the make and model of the vehicle, the license plate number and a direction and street where it was traveling.  A few blocks away from there, a police officer saw the vehicle, and without observing any moving violation, made an immediate traffic stop.  My client pulled over promptly and stopped his car.

As a result of the traffic stop, the officer was able to confirm that my client was indeed intoxicated.

I filed a Motion to Suppress Evidence, alleging that the stop was unconstitutional in violation of Terry v. Ohio (1968), 392 U.S. 1, 20 L.Ed.2d 889, 88 S.Ct. 1868Florida v. J.L., 529 U.S. 266, 120 S.Ct. 1375 (2000) and several Illinois cases that require that an informant tip must be corroborated in order to justify a traffic stop.  This is to ensure that the informant is actually calling in a truthful and correct report.  Otherwise, the police would be authorized to stop anyone because someone with a vendetta or who thinks every bad driver is drunk calls in a report.  In this case, the officer did not observe any bad driving, or any vehicle infraction before pulling over my client.  In fact, the officer testified that he observed my client for less than two seconds before signalling him to stop.

After a hearing, the Motion was granted, and the judge suppressed all evidence that had been obtained after the stop from being admitted into evidence at trial.  After the State’s Motion to Reconsider the decision was denied, the State elected to dismiss the case as there was insufficient evidence remaining to support a conviction.

Some may say that dismissing a case is a harsh remedy for a mere technical violation of one’s Constitutional rights.  I don’t agree.  (And not everyone agrees on this issue; Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts has indicated that he would vote to overturn this legal rule because he doesn’t see why the police should have to wait until someone commits a traffic violation, or god forbid, causes an accident, before making a traffic stop).  However, even if you agree with Chief Justice Roberts and not me, keep in mind that my client did suffer a penalty:  he was arrested, fingerprinted, jailed, had to a pay a large impoundment fee to get his car back, had a six month license suspension, had to pay attorney’s fees, and deal with multiple court dates.  As you can see from his thank you card, he says that “this whole experience has most definitely changed my life.”