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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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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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What Can Your Divorce Attorney Do for You?

A good divorce attorney is one who can perform a variety of services for clients. Divorce involves many things that are tangential to the actual dissolution of the marriage. Many divorces involve forays into financial issues, criminal offenses, juvenile law, and much more. If you are looking for a divorce attorney, consider one who can Read More

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Name Change After Divorce

Divorce comes with a great many changes, and some people are loath to add one more change to the mix. If you do want to change your name following a divorce, there are some steps you can take to make the transition somewhat smoother. Bear in mind that the law allows you to change your Read More

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Tips for Co-Parenting After Divorce

Divorce has a huge impact on children. It can lead to behavioral problems, psychological issues and physical manifestations of illness. Effective co-parenting, however, can help children have a smooth transition to the post-divorce reality. Here are some things to consider: Civility — It is vital for co-parents to be civil to each other. If there 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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Be Wary of Social Media During Divorce

If you are facing a divorce, your social media activity could come back to haunt you in court. In fact, according to a recent study from the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 57 percent of divorce cases involve evidence reflecting a party’s “Relationship Status” used online. Of those cases using social media statuses in evidence, 64 Read More

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Who Gets Pet Custody in an Illinois Divorce?

In Illinois, nearly 52 percent of households have pets. If a couple divorces, the custody of the pet can be a heated issue. The parties may feel like the pet is a member of the family, but courts view pets as personal property. If you’re concerned about pet custody following divorce, consider the following: Best Read More

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Visitation Rights for Grandparents are Still Evolving in Illinois

Before 2005, Illinois grandparents could not obtain a court order authorizing visitation with their grandchildren. From 2005 to 2007, the Illinois Legislature enacted a string of amendments to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act addressing grandparent visitation. The evolving law in Illinois exhibits lawmakers’ recognition of the important role that grandparents can play Read More

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