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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 »

Fighting for Justice for Every Client Every Day

  Mankind’s Eternal Search for Justice: Hunefer’s Judgment in the Presence of Osiris Among the earliest records of human history, we find evidence of mankind’s desperate search for balance and justice, both in life and in death. For the ancient Egyptians, social order was paramount, and one’s eternal existence in the afterlife depended on living… Read more »

Atticus Finch: Early Lessons in Justice

Atticus Finch: Early Lessons in Justice  A common staple in high school English classes, Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, has been the inspiration for many to enter into the field of law. From its rich symbolism to the core lessons of democracy, the story paints a rich and valuable picture of America’s struggle… Read more »

New Illinois Cannabis Law Effective July 29, 2016

Effective July 29, 2016, New Illinois Cannabis Possession Law   Effective July 29, 2016, Illinois has amended its Cannabis Law, reducing the simple possession of small amounts of cannabis one classification. 720 ILCS 550/4 now classifies possession of cannabis up to 10 grams as a civil law violation punishable by a minimum fine of $100.00… Read more »

You and Your Cellphone After Riley v. California

You and Your Cellphone After Riley v. California There have been several important decisions handed down recently by the United States Supreme Court. One such case that has important implications in our current age of smartphones is Riley v. California. In this 9-0 opinion (that is, it was a unanimous decision) released on June 25,… Read more »

Swatting — Dangerous New Trend, More Than Just a Prank

A phone call comes into the local 9-1-1 dispatch center. The dispatcher hears a chilling voice on the other end of the phone: “I have killed a family member and might kill others.” The dispatcher gathers the phone number and address from where the call is coming, and then quickly summons help. Law enforcement and… Read more »

Illinois Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act

Beginning in January 2014, Illinois joined a number of other states in legalizing the use and possession of small amounts of medical marijuana (or medical cannabis). But the statutes authorizing this limited use and possession (410 ILCS 130/1 and following) do not give free license to carry as much medical marijuana as one chooses or… Read more »

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