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Reckless Homicide: Texting Can Be Fatal

In a landmark case, a teenage driver was sentenced to one year in prison and a given a 15-year suspension of his license after he was convicted of running down a 55-year-old man while he was texting. Although he claimed that he was not texting at the time of the impact, the cell phone records Read More

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What You Can Do About Stalking

A Peoria police officer accused of stalking a fellow officer has been in the headlines recently as Illinois taxpayers join the fray. The accused officer has been receiving the legal defense services of a city-employed attorney, according to an agreement negotiated by the police union of Peoria. The city council recently voted to stop paying Read More

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What Property Do I Keep After My Illinois Divorce?

Divorce is a financial process as well as an emotional one. The parties must formally divide their assets as well as their debts. If they cannot come to an agreement, the issue is decided by a judge under the legal principles of equitable distribution. Here are the basics of Illinois property division: Non-marital property In Read More

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Divorce Tips for Domestic Violence Victims

Every year, more than 1.3 million women experience domestic violence nationwide. In Illinois alone, there are more than 100,000 domestic violence incidents reported every year. Oftentimes, victims are trapped in a marriage with their abuser. If you are a victim of domestic violence seeking a divorce, the following tips may serve to enhance your safety: Read More

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U.S. Supreme Court Approves Taking DNA from Arrestees

The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guards people from unwelcome and legally unjustified and seizures. A deeply divided U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that taking a cotton swab of an arrestee’s cheek to obtain a DNA sample is like fingerprinting and photographing, and not a violation of the Fourth Amendment. Illinois already allowed post-arrest Read More

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Unwed Parents and the Custody Rights of the Father

Illinois law provides that when the parents are unmarried, the mother has sole and physical custody until paternity is established—in these cases, the father needs to initiate a legal action for custody if he wants it. A paternity action may be filed to assign custody and visitation rights by a woman who is pregnant or Read More

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