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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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Adultery’s Impact on Your Divorce

In Illinois, you have the option of filing for a no-fault divorce. Using adultery as a ground is of rare benefit to recommend its use, especially where the parties seek to settle the issues on an uncontested basis. However, if custody and visitation are issues, then the adultery of one of the spouses may have Read More

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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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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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When Is Supervised Visitation Appropriate?

When a court determines that a noncustodial parent poses a danger to a child, the judge might order supervised visitation. The details of the visitation must be delineated in a parenting plan and agreed upon by both parents. Supervised visitation is often ordered for a specified period of time and reevaluated according to the agreement. 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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Illinois Enacts New Domestic Violence Laws

Illinois governor Pat Quinn has just signed a series of four bills strengthening the state’s domestic violence policies. In a statement, the governor emphasized the right of every Illinois resident to feel safe on the streets and in the home. Two of the new laws were effective immediately, and two are to become effective on Read More

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Seeking Modification in Child Support

There are many things humans cannot predict, and a change in circumstances is one of them. Inasmuch as we know that children grow and their needs change, we are not always able to anticipate the pace or financial implications of that change. When life circumstances change in any significant manner, it might be time to Read More

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Can Minor Children Choose Where to Live?

Many people are under the impression that a magic age exists at which a minor child can decide with whom to live. In Illinois, as in most other states, the physical custody of a child is determined by the court according to what is in the child’s best interest. If an older child requests to Read More

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