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Reckless homicide is a vehicular manslaughter charge. Committing a vehicular homicide while driving under the influence will only compound the penalties a defendant may face in a court of law. Understanding what each charge entails and the penalties for both will go a long way in helping to prepare your defense. Those looking at criminal charges should enlist the help of a skillful and experienced attorney for the best possible chances of beating the charges.
Reckless Homicide
Reckless driving on its own is defined as driving in a way that is likely to cause great bodily harm or death. Reckless
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I am one of three founding partners in a 17 lawyer insurance defense firm in Houston. We have a total of 18 lawyers in the firm – 3 founding equity partners, 4 other equity partners, 5 non-equity partners, and 6 associates. The three of us founding partners are in our 60s and approaching requirement and are concerned about succession planning and transition. We feel that we are in good shape concerning transition of clients but not so concerning management roles and responsibilities. The firm is managed by the three of us and we have kept tight reigns on the
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Our firm is a 17 attorney insurance defense firm in Cincinnati, Ohio. We are in first generation and we have 9 equity partners, 3 non-equity partners, and 5 associates. We are managed by a three member  executive committee and a firm administrator. We have been discussing the need to create a few practice groups and appointing practice group leaders for these groups. We are wondering what the roles of these leaders should be and what should be expected of them. Your advise is appreciated.
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The overall purpose and role of practice groups as well as their leaders should
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I am the sole owner of a personal injury practice in Orlando, Florida. I am in my mid-sixties and am looking to transition out of the firm and retire in the next five to seven years. I have three associates in the firm. I would like to sell my equity to one of the associates that has expressed an interest and has been with me for many years. I would like to receive some value for founding the firm and my contributions over the past thirty years. I would like to see him a twenty percent interest initially and
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You take your eyes off your child at the grocery store for barely two seconds, and they vanish. Before you know it, you are being paged over the intercom to come pick up your child at the front of the store. It happens more often than you would think. It does not matter if the entire ordeal took less than ten minutes. The sad reality is that you could be charged for child endangerment in this scenario.
If this is only the first time, chances are you would only receive a misdemeanor if convicted. Subsequent occurrences could land you in
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Murder charges of all types carry serious penalties that can upend the life of anyone convicted. Killing another human being is wrong, and Illinois courts will look to penalize anyone who engages in such a heinous act. However, the circumstances surrounding murder charges are not always so cut and dry, and understanding the different murder charges a defendant can face may be the difference between a few years to life in prison. The different types of murder in Illinois include:

  • First-Degree Murder
  • Second-Degree Murder
  • Involuntary Manslaughter
  • Vehicular Homicide

Anyone facing charges of this kind will require an experienced attorney to
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Yes, Illinois does have red flag laws in place to confiscate arms if necessary. However, Illinois rarely uses the red flag law. In fact, it ranks very low on the list of states in the use of red flag gun laws. So, the chances are rather slim for the state to confiscate your lawfully acquired weapons unless you are facing gun charges in the use of those weapons. As such, it is a smart move to have an experienced gun charges defense attorney on standby to help fight them.
What Are “Red Flag” Gun Laws?
Illinois passed its own red flag
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I am one of three founding partners in a 12 lawyer general litigation firm in San Francisco. All three of us are in are sixties and are looking to begin admitting others as equity partners. We have three non-equity partners and five associates in the firm. The three of believe that we should receive some value for founding the firm and our contributions over the past twenty years. We would like to sell each of them a ten percent interest and we are trying to determine a firm value for calculating their buy-ins.
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In the final analysis the
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Driving under the influence (DUI) is a bad enough legal issue without having to add something as complicated as death. Sadly, tragedies can strike even when accidental or unprovoked. Facing DUI charges that involve the death or deaths of individuals carries serious penalties. A skilled criminal defense attorney experienced in aggravated DUI cases can provide much-needed guidance and defense to your situation.
On The Shoulders of the Prosecution
Illinois statute outlines aggravated DUI as a person is guilty while driving intoxicated and involves great bodily harm or death to another person or people. Great bodily harm and death are two
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Homicide is the killing of one human being by another. It is a serious crime in Chicago, and anyone who is accused of it can face life in prison. However, it is important to remember that the victim of an attempted homicide can also be charged with a crime. This is because the initial criminal charges do not always distinguish between who is the aggressor and who was simply using violence to protect themselves in a situation involving violent crime.
Speaking with a criminal defense attorney can help when facing homicide charges. You do not have to face them alone.
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As drivers, we navigate the bustling streets of Chicago daily, commuting to work, running errands, and exploring the vibrant city. However, with the privilege of driving comes the responsibility to follow traffic laws and regulations. Traffic violations can happen to anyone, and understanding the rules of the road is essential for every motorist in the Windy City.
Obey the Limits, Avoid the Risks
The speed limits in Chicago are carefully determined based on road conditions, traffic flow, and safety considerations. Exceeding the speed limit not only increases the risk of an accident but also carries the possibility of heavy fines
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When it comes to criminal charges, being aware of the distinctions between different offenses is crucial for building a strong defense. In the city of Chicago, Illinois, two commonly misunderstood charges are burglary and robbery. Whether you find yourself facing burglary or robbery charges, understanding the nuances of these offenses is essential to protecting your rights and navigating the legal system effectively.
Understanding Burglary Charges in Chicago
Burglary is a serious offense in which an individual unlawfully enters a building or structure with the intent to commit a felony or theft inside. It is important to note that the
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The security of our homes and personal spaces is very important and yet, sometimes it can be taken for granted. Unfortunately, instances of home invasion can shatter that sense of safety and leave lasting emotional and physical scars. In Illinois, the law takes home invasion seriously and provides stringent measures to protect individuals and their properties.
What is a Home Invasion?
Home invasion refers to the unlawful entry into a dwelling with the intent to commit a felony or inflict harm on the occupants. It is important to note that mere unauthorized entry without criminal intent does not constitute home
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Most people are aware that if you are charged with retail theft or shoplifting in Illinois, you may face harsh criminal consequences that could seriously affect your future. These effects frequently include being able to find work, qualify for housing, and receive loan approval, among other things. With all mentioned above, it is important to speak with an experienced criminal defense lawyer. 
What Are the Penalties for Retail Theft?
The severity of the punishment for retail theft typically depends on the value of the goods that were either stolen or attempted to be stolen. You will likely be charged with
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If you or someone you know has been arrested for a drug paraphernalia charge in Illinois, it can be a scary and overwhelming experience. However, it is important to stay calm and take the necessary steps to protect your rights.
Contact a Criminal Defense Lawyer Immediately
The first and most important step is to contact a criminal defense lawyer immediately. A skilled lawyer can guide you through the legal process, explain your rights, and defend your case in court. It’s important to find a lawyer who is familiar with Illinois drug laws and has experience handling drug paraphernalia cases. A
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When a driver in Illinois refuses to submit to or fails a chemical test for an alleged driving under the influence (DUI) offense, it can result in a statutory summary suspension of driving privileges. State law provides that a person fails a chemical test when they have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or more, a THC level above the legal limit, or other illicit substances in their system.
Statutory summary suspensions are automatic and become effective 46 days after the date of a suspension notice. People can request judicial hearings to challenge arrests, but the requests may not
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