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What the Rise in Illinois Domestic Violence Homicides Could Mean
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What the Rise in Illinois Domestic Violence Homicides Could Mean

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

 

During this month, there is a call “on all Americans to promote the safety and liberty of the women, men, and children who are subjected to violent, intimidating, or controlling behavior at the hands of those closest to them.”

 

While domestic violence is taken seriously in our state and throughout the country, Illinois is currently experiencing a rise in domestic violence homicides, which could be related to state budget cuts.

 

Let’s … Read More

Charged with Resisting Arrest in Chicago? How to Fight Back
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Charged with Resisting Arrest in Chicago? How to Fight Back

If a police officer is trying to perform their job and you resist or delay their progress, you can be charged with resisting arrest. Below you will find the legal definition of resisting arrest in Illinois, along with some defenses that may work for you.

 

What “Resisting Arrest” Means in Illinois

 

When a police officer is trying to handcuff or arrest you and take you to jail, and you act with intent to prevent them from doing so, … Read More

The Many Different Types of Felonies in Illinois
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The Many Different Types of Felonies in Illinois

Last month, three men were arrested for three different crimes in Evanston. The crimes and their penalties are all different, but the one thing they have in common is that they are all felonies.

 

There are two types of crimes in Illinois: misdemeanors and felonies. Misdemeanors are less serious crimes that are punishable by less than a year in an Illinois county jail. Felonies, on the other hand, are more serious crimes and are punishable by at least one … Read More

The Future of Title IX Violations and Consequences
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The Future of Title IX Violations and Consequences

With Betsy DeVos, school-choice champion and critic of public education, now in charge of the Department of Education, there’s a good chance that a lot of things are going to change about how our children are educated and how laws are interpreted in schools.

 

One law that has gotten a lot of attention recently? Title IX. When asked about examining Title IX in her confirmation hearing, DeVos wasn’t able to give a “yes” or “no” answer on whether she … Read More

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