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Collateral Consequences of Criminal Charges: Ezekiel Elliott

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 »

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 »

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 »

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