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In 1996, Daniel Lewis Lee and his accomplice, Chevie Kehoe, tortured and murdered a family of three Jewish descent in Searcy County, Arkansas. They were found guilty of several offenses, including three counts of murder on May 4, 1999, by a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. After trial, […]

One of the several reforms that are needed to the criminal justice system is the opportunity for those individuals with a criminal record to successfully reenter and remove collateral consequences of a conviction.  Attorney Baku Patel has long been a strong supporter and advocate to expand Second Chance programs to include expanding expungement eligibility and […]

The National Trial Lawyers is pleased to announce that Baku Patel of Patel Law in Urbana has been selected for inclusion into its Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers in Illinois, an honor given to only a select group of lawyers for their superior skills and qualifications in the field.  Membership in this exclusive organization is by invitation only and […]

The coronavirus outbreak and pandemic has altered the lives of millions of Americans across the country.  Children can longer attend school, adults are not allowed to go to work, the economy is heading toward (if not already there) a major recession, and many other sacrifices asked of all of us. There is another concern that […]

Criminal justice experts at Prison Fellowship, a leading advocate for justice, recently released The Drug Report: A Review of America’s Disparate Possession Penalties . The report examines penalties for drug possession for marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl, at both the State and Federal level. The study found that in 2018, there were 1.5 million arrests […]

A public policy initiative that first began in the 1970s called the War on Drugs was passed to address the illegal drug trade in the U.S. through policies intended to prosecute the growth of distribution and consumption of illegal drugs. However, the War on Drugs resulted in overly harsh and extreme sentencing policies that followed.  […]

Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family who controlled the company agreed to devote its profits toward addressing the massive and explosive opioid crisis that has wreaked havoc across the country, including residents right here at home throughout Central Illinois. The agreement calls for the removal of the Sackler family from ownership and includes payment of […]

During the months of July and August 2019, Attorney Baku Patel has achieved several extremely successful outcomes for clients facing felony charges in Champaign County in Criminal Defense cases. In addition, the Personal Injury legal team at Patel Law has recovered 100s of thousands of dollars on behalf of clients injured in auto accidents. Below […]

In schools, students lack 4th amendment rights which protects people from being subjected to unwarranted and unreasonable search and seizure without probable cause. When it comes to searching students and their personal property, there is a lower standard which is known as reasonable suspicion in which students are searched simply based on either teachers or […]

In schools, students lack 4th amendment rights which protects people from being subjected to unwarranted and unreasonable search and seizure without probable cause. When it comes to searching students and their personal property, there is a lower standard which is known as reasonable suspicion in which students are searched simply based on either teachers or […]