Effective January 1, 2017, Illinois requires judges to provide expanded admonishments with respect to guilty pleas. Admonishments are warnings of certain consequences read by the judge to a defendant prior to the judge accepting a plea bargain. The new admonishments includes a warning that in addition to any penalties imposed by the court, there may… Read more »
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Where it All Begins: The Start of a Criminal Case
It is a common scene. A distraught person calls an attorney because his or her loved one is in trouble and needs a lawyer. The conversation may start with getting some preliminary information like names, addresses, and phone numbers. Next, the attorney may begin asking questions about the charges. Was there an arrest? When was… Read more »
Is Revenge Porn Illegal in Illinois?
Is Revenge Porn Illegal in Illinois? Yes, revenge porn is illegal in Illinois. It is always nice when a lawyer can provide a straight answer. Most legal questions have complex answers that cannot be summed up in a single word. However, so-called “revenge porn” is illegal in Illinois. In fact, 38 states have now created… Read more »
Understanding the Conditions of Bail/Bond in Illinois
When a person is charged with a crime, the court must decide whether that person will sit in jail awaiting trial or be released. This is a difficult balancing act because courts do not want to jail innocent people, but they also do not want victims and witnesses put in danger. Will County has specific… Read more »