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Month: November 2015


How Does a Domestic Violence Conviction Affect Custody Rulings?
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How Does a Domestic Violence Conviction Affect Custody Rulings?

A domestic violence conviction can alter your life in many ways. One of the most important impacts a conviction can have is on current and future child custody arrangements.

 

Illinois law considers the best interest of the child paramount when ruling on a custody case. Consequently, custody cases often start with the presumption that it will not be in the child’s best interests to live with or have visitation from an alleged abusive parent.

 

In family courts, a … Read More

5 Ways to Avoid A DUI over the Thanksgiving Holiday
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5 Ways to Avoid A DUI over the Thanksgiving Holiday

When you think of holiday drinking, New Year’s Eve or Saint Patrick’s Day probably come to mind. Thanksgiving probably isn’t first the holiday that you would associate with drunk driving.

 

But the Thanksgiving Holidays have more than their fair share of drinking. In fact, a study conducted by Forbes found that the Thanksgiving Holidays have the highest number of traffic fatalities each year, many of which are due to drunk drivers.

 

For many, Thanksgiving celebrations begin the night … Read More

What is Public Indecency in Illinois?
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What is Public Indecency in Illinois?

There are a number of misconceptions regarding the criminal charge of public indecency.Click To Tweet

 

Public indecency is a serious but complicated charge, and the conviction, penalties, and other consequences depend heavily on the circumstances surrounding the incident.

 

Generally speaking, the crime of public indecency is prosecuted as a misdemeanor in Illinois. In the most simplistic terms, public indecency charges allege that you exposed yourself in a public place. If convicted, you could face up to a year … Read More

What Happens When You Violate the Terms of Your Probation?
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What Happens When You Violate the Terms of Your Probation?

 

Violating the terms of your probation is a serious matter. When you break your agreement with the courts, you risk going to jail or prison, incurring heavy fines, and more.

 

If you have been convicted of a crime, one thing that may happen is that you will be sentenced to probation. During this time period, you are given the opportunity to remain in the community instead of being incarcerated. In exchange, you agree not to breach any of … Read More

Fighting an Illinois Theft Charge
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Fighting an Illinois Theft Charge

Theft crime is a group of crimes encompassing everything from shoplifting to burglary to embezzlement. All of the criminal acts under this term are centered on taking something that doesn’t belong to you.

 

Under Illinois criminal statutes, theft occurs when an individual… Read More

takes unauthorized control over property of another
obtains control over property of another by threat or deception
obtains stolen property – either knowing the property is stolen, or under circumstances that should lead to a reasonable belief