News Release: Law Office of Brian E. Small BBB Accreditation

November 10th, 2010

The Law Office of Brian E. Small EARNS BBB ACCREDITATION

Chicago, IL – November 11, 2010 – Becoming an Accredited Business with the Better Business Bureau is an honor not accorded to all businesses; because not all businesses meet eligibility standards. The Law Office of Brian Small is pleased to announce today that it has met all BBB standards and is now an Accredited Business.

“Accreditation in the BBB is by invitation only” says Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “And only those businesses that meet our high standards, and pass the review process are approved by our Board of Directors”.

As with all businesses that are accredited by the BBB, The Law Office of Brian Small has committed to the BBB Code of Business Practices.  The Code is a comprehensive set of policies, procedures and best practices on how businesses treat consumers. These standards call for building trust, embodying integrity, advertising honestly and being truthful. Bernas adds “To maintain their accreditation a business must be transparent, honor their promises, be responsive to their customers, and safeguard their privacy.”

“We are proud to be a BBB Accredited Business,” said Brian Small. “In today’s world it is imperative that our customers know how seriously we take our commitment to excellence and good customer service. Our achieving BBB Accreditation exemplifies that goal.”

The Law Office of Brian Small is a three year old firm offering consumers the best in legal representation in the area of Traffic and License law. “Our desire is to stay focused on what we do best; provide outstanding products and unsurpassed customer service,” said Brian Small

For more information contact: Brian E. Small, 312-436-1504

About the Better Business Bureau: As a private, non-profit organization, the purpose of the Better Business Bureau is to promote an ethical marketplace. BBBs help resolve buyer/seller complaints by means of conciliation, mediation and arbitration. BBBs also review advertising claims, online business practices and charitable organizations. BBBs develop and issue reports on businesses and nonprofit organizations and encourage people to check out a company or charity before making a purchase or donation.

Less Speeding Tickets Being Issued?

November 2nd, 2010

The Chicago Tribune Reported here. That speeders have one less reason to worry.  The State Police photo enforcement van for the tollway has been sent back to Springfield.  The photo vans were a powerhouse of enforcement allowing State Police to literally write hundreds of tickets.  Following a decline in construction zones the van was sent south to do some work there.  However, State Police still are patrolling the highways and other vans patrol area expressways.

Why Going To Trial May Pay Off

October 27th, 2010

Funny things start happening when a lawyer pushes a DUI case to trial.  Prosecutors get a bit flustered.   Judges may look at you and ask why.  In many cases they make comments about how this is a waste of time.  Well today a similar thing happened and the State pushed for a trial while offering plea deals left and right.  Then it happened.  The case was called for a third time that morning before the Judge and the prosecutor said “Your Honor we cannot meet our burden….”  The Judge dismissed the case.  After repeatedly telling me why I should not take this case to trial my client wins because the state did not have enough evidence.  Amazing what hiring a lawyer and listening to him/ her will do, because in this case my client wanted to plea months ago.  I explained to him the issues and he agreed trial was the best option.  Today he confirmed what I told him, he did not deserve a DUI conviction.

Helping Teens Understand

October 21st, 2010

To be honest my clients are not bad people, they are caught in bad situations.  One of the main reasons I find people coming in my door, is a lack of understanding of the law.  Most people do not realize there are entire books dedicated to teen driving.  In fact the rules that apply to teens are tougher and less forgiving than those that apply to adults.  The Illinois Secretary of State is now operating a new website just to explain the special requirements of teen drivers.  Please surf on over to to better understand the situation you or your child is in.

If you need a lawyer feel free to call.  The cost of a lawyer now will pale in comparison to the long term costs of a suspended or revoked license.

Will there be a crack down on cabbies?

March 2nd, 2010

Last week the Illinois House voted for tougher requirements for taxi drivers. Under the bill, all cab drivers must be at least 21 years old, possess a driver’s license and have no serious traffic convictions for the past three years. Mayor Daley’s administration opposed the bill, however supporters of the bill point out that people have the right to a safe ride home. For more information on the bill, visit Tougher Rules for Cabbies Nearing

Teen Driving To Be 16?

March 1st, 2010

The Chicago Tribune featured an article in the February 24, 2010 edition on teen driving.  The STANDUP Act (Safe Teen and Novice Driver Uniform Protection) would change the learner’s permit age to 16.  The current age of to receive a learner’s permit in Illinois is 15.  The article sites evidence that the long a teen waits to drive, the safer driver they are.

If you have a teen driver, encourage them to be careful, wear their seatbelt, and restrain from using cell phone while driving.  If you teen has had driving troubles, call a lawyer for assistance.  Keeping your teen’s driving record on track early on can prevent more troubles later.

Take Your DUI Penalties Seriously

February 17th, 2010

A Norridge man was convicted on February 10, 2010 for his 7th DUI charge. He was sentence to 10 years in prison. A DUI is a serious matter and worth hiring a lawyer. Jail time, loss of licenses, and fines, court costs, and lost wages are all a possibility. A lawyer can help you through the process and work for the best resolution possible. Making sure all of your legal matters are taken care of, from a basic ticket to a DUI can save you time, money and future legal troubles.

Importance of Hiring a Lawyer

February 16th, 2010

Last December, Chris Chelios the Chicago hockey all-star and former Blackhawk player was pulled over and arrested for a suspected DUI.  He completed field sobriety tests, but declined to take the breathalyzer.  Chris’ next move was to call a lawyer.  With the assistance of a lawyer the license suspension was thrown out and the charges will likely be dropped.

Having a lawyer is your guide to getting your life back on track.  The Law Office of Brian E. Small only handles traffic law and license cases, so Brian knows what to look for in your case, what evidence is admissible, and what your options are.  You don’t have to endure the legal process alone.

Lidar Speed Detectors Admissible in Court

February 15th, 2010

You may have seen in the news awhile back that courts were throwing out speeding tickets when the Lidar speed detector was used. That is no longer the case with a court ruling finding lidar speed detection scientifically sound. What does this mean for you? If you have a speeding ticket, it will not automatically be dismissed if Lidar was used. Having a lawyer present at even a basic ticket can help to save you headaches down the road.

Anita Alvarez is Soft on Cops

February 5th, 2010

It took me a little while to calm down before I wrote this post.  Recently an Officer was accused of falsifying police reports in DUI arrests.  I personally know people this officer has ruined  the lives of.  Ms. Alvarez determined she did not have a strong case to go in on.

However, why does she continue to prosecute clients of mine when she does not have any evidence?

On more than one occasion Assistant State’s Attorneys in Cook County will utter phrases like “I know I don’t have the proof, but my supervisor won’t let me drop it.”

I have DUIs that go to trial with no field sobriety or breathalyzer tests only the word of the officer that he/she smelled alcohol.  Usually these cases are dismissed by the judge, but defendants still have to go through the time and expense of trial even when there is no case.

I ask people to remember this when she comes up for re-election.  I understand a prosecutor is supposed to be tough, but if she is going to pursue cases that are weak on some fronts shouldn’t she pursue those cases which may be unpopular as well?