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Illinois Supreme Court Determining Whether the Odor of Cannabis is Cause for Vehicle Searches

Illinois Supreme Court Determining Whether the Odor of Cannabis is Cause for Vehicle Searches

The Illinois Supreme Court was presented with two cases of people getting pulled over and having their vehicles searched because officers smelled marijuana. In one case, the driver got pulled over for going three miles over the speed limit and having a loose license plate. Upon getting pulled over, the officer smelled cannabis and searched the vehicle. In both cases, the lawyers argued that the odor is not reason enough for vehicles to be searched because marijuana is legal in the state of Illinois.

​In September 2023, the Minnesota Supreme Court affirmed that marijuana odor is not reason enough for vehicles to be searched. State supreme courts in Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Vermont have determined that the odor of cannabis is not enough reason for a vehicle to be searched. In Wisconsin the state supreme court ruled in favor of searching a vehicle when the odor of cannabis is detected.

Attorney John Heiderscheidt says, “I am looking forward to an opinion from the State Supreme Court on this issue. Whether the odor of marijuana gives probable cause or reasonable suspicion for an encounter with law enforcement has turned into a problematic question for courts. I don’t think the Court will create a new ‘brightline’ rule, but I do believe they’ll clarify that the odor of cannabis no longer justifies probable cause in and of itself.” 

Chicago’s Migrant Crisis

Chicago's Migrant Crisis

Chicago’s migrant crisis is sprawling in to the suburbs. Since August 2022, over 25,000 migrants have been transported from Texas to Chicago by bus. Chicago is a “sanctuary city” for migrants. As a large number of migrants continue coming into the city and now the suburbs, city officials are scrambling to find shelter and assistance for them.

Suburbs such as Woodstock and Hinsdale have begun taking matters into their own hands by implementing ordinances to prevent buses from dropping migrants off unannounced in their communities. The winter weather is posing a great challenge to the city and suburbs as shelters are becoming overcrowded.    

Attorney John W. Heiderscheidt says, “the migrant crisis will continue to spiral at unsustainable rates until the City Council or the Mayor figure out how to coordinate with DHS to stop southern border states from bussing migrants indiscriminately across the country. Our current policies are unfair to migrants and tax-paying residents alike. Asylum seekers and long-time community residents each deserve solutions that comport with due process.”

​In recent days, Governor Pritzker has called on the US government for help with the overflow of migrants in the city and suburbs. 

Heiderscheidt Law Group, LLC Client gets EAD with TPS Approval

Heiderscheidt Law Group, LLC Client gets EAD with TPS Approval

​A very proud Subscription Lawyer client received their EAD with TPS (Temporary Protection Status) approval. TPS is granted for citizens of certain countries coming to the United States seeking safer living conditions. Once clients are approved for TPS, they are allowed to live and work in the United States temporarily. Heiderscheidt Law Group assists between 10-15 clients a week with their TPS applications. After applying for TPS, clients must wait between 6-8 months for their application to be approved.

Attorney John W. Heiderscheidt is thrilled for our client and staff who make it possible for the application process to be successful. “I am so happy for our client. TPS protects Venezuelan immigrants from being removed, so long as they follow the laws of the land. I would also be remiss if I did not thank my legal staff for their tireless work on behalf of our clients.” 

Heiderscheidt Law Group, LLC, attends Bob Fioretti’s Petition Filing for Cook County State’s Attorney

Heiderscheidt Law Group, LLC, attends Bob Fioretti’s Petition Filing for Cook County State’s Attorney

Attorney John W. Heiderscheidt attended Bob Fioretti’s petition filing for Cook County State’s Attorney. Fioretti announced in November that he would be running for Cook County State’s Attorney. This is not the first time Heiderscheidt has shown his support for Fioretti. “I am proud to support Bob in his campaign for state’s attorney. He is the lone person with the credibility and legal skill necessary to restore the office to a position of legal prominence. He will put the people of Cook County at the top of his priority list”.

Fioretti has previously served two terms as 2nd Ward Alderman on the Chicago City Council. He is active in the Chicago community and has served on several boards including the Easterseals Board, which provides assistance for children with disabilities, and the George M. Pullman Educational Foundation. For more information on Bob Fioretti’s campaign, head over to

Another successful EAD Approval Just in Time to Celebrate Thanksgiving!

Another successful EAD Approval Just in Time to Celebrate Thanksgiving!

Just in time for Thanksgiving, another client has been approved for their Employment Authorization Document (EAD)! This Thanksgiving, our staff at Heiderscheidt Law Group is thankful for our clients who trust us to assist them in the EAD process so they can work in the US. Our entire office staff consists of first-generation Americans as well as employees who have gone through the EAD process themselves.  ​

While individuals can apply independently for their EAD, applying at an immigration law firm ensures that paperwork is properly filled out and sent to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). We offer a safe and confidential space for clients to get one-on-one assistance when filing for their EAD. Attorney John W. Heiderscheidt has helped hundreds of immigrants navigate US immigration laws.

Client Approved for EAD

Client Approved for EAD

Our client was successfully approved for his Employment Authorization Document (EAD), allowing him to be employed in the US. Our bilingual office staff work one-on-one with each client to ensure that all their paperwork is properly filled out and submitted on time. Attorney John W. Heiderscheidt is always supportive of our clients and staff. “I am so pleased for our client. Thanks to the hardworking staff, another Subscription Lawyer client has permission to work lawfully.”

An EAD application can take up to 90 days for a client to be approved. Heiderscheidt Law Group helps more than 20 clients per week with EAD applications. Once the applicants are approved, they can legally work in the US. Heiderscheidt has helped over 1,000 people successfully navigate US immigration laws.

Attorney John W. Heiderscheidt attends Amundsen Park Rally in Support of Residents

Attorney John W. Heiderscheidt attended a rally in support of community members in Amundsen Park. The City of Chicago is pushing to have the Amundsen Park field house turned into a temporary housing facility for migrants. The field house could hold up to 200 migrants however, it would be taking away a valuable place for after-school activities. In a community of at-risk youths, the field house is a vital part of keeping kids in a safe environment and off the street.

​While Heiderscheidt agrees that migrants need shelter, he also understands the importance of members of the community having a voice. “It is imperative for the city to immediately find viable, realistic humane living quarters for new arrivals. The city cannot simply ignore the zoning laws that have been firmly established. All city residents, citizens and migrants alike, have the right to dignity, respect, and consideration in the way this man-made disaster is being managed.” 


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