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The Fifth Amendment in the Information Age

When we go on line, most of us are unaware of just how visible we are and how easy it is for con artists and fraudsters to use information we provide to relieve us of our possessions or exploit our social connections. While nefarious hackers “phish” for information on the Web, numerous legitimate organizations, such Read More

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Does It Matter if You Have a Lawyer at Your Bail Hearing?

The state of Illinois does not routinely provide counsel at bail hearings. Yet, the assistance of a lawyer could make the difference between a reasonable bail amount or a sum that you cannot hope to raise. If you are able to make bail, you can speak with your lawyers in their office instead of in Read More

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Search and Seizure 101

In May of this year, trouble was brewing between two rival gangs in Evanston, Illinois and shots were fired into a playground. Police Chief Richard Eddington decided that a “stop and frisk” campaign to get illegal firearms off the streets was a necessary response to this dangerous situation. Pros and cons of a stop and Read More

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Illinois Calls Upon Parents to Help Prevent Underage Drinking and Driving

Every state regulates the conduct of its drivers under the aegis of providing for the health, safety, and welfare of its citizens. Recently, however, Illinois has included legislation aimed at parents and adult hosts, laying the responsibility for the supervision of their underage guests directly at their feet.  Parent advisory: Do not give people under Read More

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Gambling Addiction and Crime

The Rivers Casino in Des Plaines recently paid a fine of $25,000 for offering perks and cash advances to compulsive gamblers who had voluntarily placed themselves on a state-maintained list barring them from the casinos. Indeed, it is well-recognized that a gambler may find it very difficult to control the desire to gamble and thus Read More

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Defending Against Distracted Driving Offenses

Illinois law bans texting while driving and other forms of distracted driving. The law rightly prohibits actions that cause visual, manual, or cognitive impairment to the driver. Distracted driving is extremely dangerous and is now one of the nation’s leading causes of auto accidents. However, not all perceived violations of the distracted driving laws are Read More

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How a Defense Attorney Can Help You Win Your Case

If you have been arrested, you could be facing years behind bars or serious monetary fines. Many aspects of your personal freedom may be at stake. Sometimes, defendants make the mistake of representing themselves in court or waiting until the last minute to hire an attorney. This can have a devastating impact on a criminal Read More

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Courtroom Conduct Tips for a Criminal Defendant

When you are a criminal defendant, your courtroom behavior can have a big impact on the outcome of your case. This was certainly the case with NFL player Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson during a recent courtroom appearance. After Johnson patted his attorney on the rear end, the judge rejected his plea bargain and sentenced Johnson to Read More

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What is Assault?

Assault is one of the most common criminal charges. It is also one of the most misunderstood. If you have been charged with the crime of assault in Illinois, here is what you need to know: Legal definition In Illinois, assault is when one person intentionally causes another person to be in reasonable apprehension of Read More

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What Should I Do if I’m Arrested?

An arrest can happen to anyone at any time. In fact, in 2011 there were 132,863 arrests in the State of Illinois. Knowing how to properly handle an arrest can make all the difference in the outcome of a criminal matter. Here is what you need to know: Legal definition of arrest An arrest is Read More

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