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BAIL: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Having a judge issue a defendant a bail that a defendant can afford is part of the criminal judicial process. In many of my cases, the issue of bail and bond is ongoing throughout the case. What a judge setting bail or bond on a defendant does is sets a dollar amount the defendant must [...]

By | March 2nd, 2015|Blog|Comments Off on BAIL: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Help! I was at a Party and the Police Came.

My clients bring every scenario in the book to me when I meet them. One of the most common is when my client is at someone else’s house for a party and the police show up. When you are at a party and the police have a valid warrant authorizing a search for contraband, they can legally [...]

By | February 26th, 2015|Blog|Comments Off on Help! I was at a Party and the Police Came.

I Was a Passenger in a Car and Was Searched by the Police, Can They do That?

My clients come to me and tell me about how they were passengers in a friend’s car that was searched by the police. After some initial questioning of the driver, the police officer leans over to the passenger and asks, “Do you have anything illegal on you?” All of a sudden, as a passenger, you [...]

By | February 19th, 2015|Blog|Comments Off on I Was a Passenger in a Car and Was Searched by the Police, Can They do That?

Are You Under Arrest

Just because the police ask to talk with you does not mean you are under arrest. This is an important concept to understand because if you are speaking with the police and make a voluntary statement against your interest, your casual conversation with the police could lead to you being placed under arrest. Understand that [...]

By | February 19th, 2015|Blog|Comments Off on Are You Under Arrest

Drugs, Canine Sniffs and Police Dogs: What You Need to Know

Dogs are a powerful tool for law enforcement to find drugs and explosives. Oftentimes, courts, civilians and police officers take a positive hit from a canine as definitive proof that drugs or explosives exist. Unfortunately, dogs, like any other tool, must be calibrated and understood to be used properly. Because officers interpret any reaction from [...]

By | February 2nd, 2015|Blog|Comments Off on Drugs, Canine Sniffs and Police Dogs: What You Need to Know

Illegal Search? A Checklist for Determining Applicability of the Fourth Amendment

Often, my clients will tell me that their constitutional rights have been violated by the police. Sometimes this is the case but sometimes individuals do not have a firm understanding of the constitutional provision that protects them from illegal search and seizure. The following are some considerations a citizen should consider to determine whether their constitutional [...]

By | January 27th, 2015|Blog|Comments Off on Illegal Search? A Checklist for Determining Applicability of the Fourth Amendment

Truth In Sentencing Guide – 730 ILCS 5/3-6-3(a) (2)

Having to go through the criminal justice system is a confusing experience for most people. One of the most confusing aspects of the process is determining how much credit a defendant has gotten or will get based on the offense they have plead guilty or were found guilty of. What percentage of an actual sentence [...]

By | January 21st, 2015|Blog|Comments Off on Truth In Sentencing Guide – 730 ILCS 5/3-6-3(a) (2)

Naperville Coach Charged with Sexual Assault

sexual assault attorney Sex offenses are found in all walks of life and every part of society. Oftentimes, and, tragically, minors are the victims of these offenses. If an individual is facing a sexual assault charge, he or she could be facing a criminal conviction that could lead to several years in jail and life [...]

By | January 8th, 2015|Blog|Comments Off on Naperville Coach Charged with Sexual Assault

Felony Case Dismissed Thanks to Attorney Purav Bhatt – Review

"In my personal experience with Mr. Bhatt, he is an exceptional attorney. He provided me with a wonderful outcome, and I am forever grateful. He applied his years of experience and knowledge towards my situation and seems extremely dedicated and passionate about his work. I also appreciated the time he took with me to go [...]

By | December 9th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Felony Case Dismissed Thanks to Attorney Purav Bhatt – Review

Methamphetamine Facts

Methamphetamine possession is regulated under 720 ILCS 646 - Methamphetamine Control and Community Protection Act. Here are some facts about Methamphetamine use in Illinois and the United States. Methamphetamine accounts for 80 to 90% of clandestine lab production. In the past 15 years it has become far easier to produce Detailed instructions are available online Most ingredients [...]

By | September 19th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Methamphetamine Facts

New Law Helps Job Seekers with Criminal background checks

Starting next year potential employers will not be allowed to ask about criminal histories of job applicants. Beginning January 1, 2015, Illinois Law will not allow employers from asking about, requiring to disclose or using as a hiring factor, a person's criminal history. This law may sound curious at best, dangerous at worst, but the new [...]

By | September 2nd, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on New Law Helps Job Seekers with Criminal background checks

Attorney Purav Bhatt named “Rising Star for 2015” by Superlawyers Magazine

I am honored to be named a "Rising Star for 2015" by Superlawyers Magazine.

By | August 28th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Attorney Purav Bhatt named “Rising Star for 2015” by Superlawyers Magazine

US Supreme Court Rules Police Need Warrant to Search Cellphones

Cellular Phones are Microcomputers, Police Need a Warrant. Last  month, the U.S. Supreme Court held in a unanimous decision that the police must obtain a search warrant from a judge before searching a defendant's cellular/mobile phone. In Riley v. California, the court addressed the case of a man who was stopped by the police. After [...]

By | August 27th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on US Supreme Court Rules Police Need Warrant to Search Cellphones

26th and California – You’ve Been Charged & Have Court

If you've been charged with a criminal offense and have court at 2650 S California, Chicago Illinois (commonly known at 26th and Cal), you have been charged with a felony offense. A felony offense is a criminal offense that is punishable by more than one year. Why you are going to 26th and California could [...]

By | July 28th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on 26th and California – You’ve Been Charged & Have Court

The Law Office of Purav Bhatt awarded National Trial Lawyers Top 100

It is with great honor and pleasure that The Law Office of Purav Bhatt has been admitted to the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 lawyers for 2014. The Top 100 is an invitation-only award given to the premier criminal and civil trial lawyers in each state across the country. Membership is extended to only the [...]

By | July 7th, 2014|Blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Law Office of Purav Bhatt awarded National Trial Lawyers Top 100

Current Topics in Health Care Fraud

federal healthcare fraud attorney Health Care Fraud has been a focus of federal prosecutors across the country. In recent years, the prosecutions for federal health care fraud cases has increased tremendously. This is because with the cost of healthcare rising tremendously in the last decade, the amount of money being paid by the [...]

By | June 25th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Current Topics in Health Care Fraud

Federal Judge Virginia Kendall publishes opinion based on Healthcare fraud Case I argued before US Federal Court

Federal Judge Virginia Kendall publishes opinion based on Healthcare fraud Case I argued before the Northern District of Illinois Federal Court. See the opinion below.... U.S. v. FERRELL NO. 11 CR 595. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff, v. KEENAN FERRELL, Defendant. United States District Court, N.D. Illinois, Eastern Division. May 14, 2014. Keenan R. Ferrell, [...]

By | May 19th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Federal Judge Virginia Kendall publishes opinion based on Healthcare fraud Case I argued before US Federal Court

Bomb Threat 720 ILCS 5/26-1 Dismissed

Bomb threat dismissed Recently, I represented a young man who found himself in an unfortunate situation. He is a diabetic and his mother packed him some food and soda cans so that his blood sugar levels would not get too low while he was out during his day. On this particular day, my [...]

By | May 9th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Bomb Threat 720 ILCS 5/26-1 Dismissed

Expungement can Help Job Seekers Find Jobs

Having a criminal record is a major obstacle to those trying to find a job. Most individuals don't know that some of these job seekers can remove these criminal arrests and dispositions through a process known as expungement or sealing. In Illinois, individuals can qualify to have all arrest that resulted in dismissals, misdemeanors that [...]

By | May 9th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Expungement can Help Job Seekers Find Jobs

Federal Sentencing Guidelines

Federal sentencing guidelines are very different from the sentencing structure of Illinois courts. If you are being questioned by the federal authorities, under investigation, or fighting federal criminal charges, it is vital that you contact an experienced attorney who has the knowledge and experience of handling federal cases but is also a skilled negotiator when [...]

By | May 6th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Federal Sentencing Guidelines