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Most juveniles commit no more than petty crimes to some degree in their more rebellious years. However, it is not uncommon for a juvenile to also be charged with a crime. Getting a call from a police officer letting you know that your child has been arrested can be a nerve-racking experience. To fight for your child’s future and help prevent a recurrence of criminal activity, you should work with a juvenile crimes defense attorney.
Considered by some to be the “gateway crime” for juveniles, their criminal activity will often begin with petty theft or larceny. A
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Every pet owner will, more often than not, consider their pet one of the family. However, in the case of a divorce, the family dog is seen as more like marital property. Thankfully, the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act does provide some provisions for custody regarding companion animals. A divorce lawyer can review this and more with you during the consultation.
What is Marital Property?
Marital property and marital assets are property you and your spouse have acquired throughout your marriage. Even things solely in your name alone, if created, received, or acquired during the marriage, are
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Spousal maintenance can be modified at the discretion of an Illinois judge should they find that a substantial change of circumstances has occurred after the original order was entered. Depending on the judge’s assessment, the amount can be increased, decreased, or terminated. A skilled lawyer can help you determine if modifications to spousal maintenance are possible.
What Situations Can Terminate Spousal Maintenance?
Typically, only three major situations will terminate currently court-ordered spousal maintenance: Cohabitation, getting remarried, or death. Any of these three to terminate spousal support payments will require having a motion to terminate maintenance filed with the court.
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Drugs are a serious issue in Illinois. Drug offenses are reported to be one of the most common types of crime on a national scale. The crimes come in many forms and carry charges from misdemeanors to felonies. But which drug crimes are the most common? No matter which drug charges you may be facing, it is always a good idea to have an experienced criminal defense attorney available to defend your rights.
Possession of Drugs and Drug Paraphernalia
It is unlawful in the state of Illinois to possess a controlled substance, as is the possession of drug paraphernalia. Possession
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Both parents have financial obligations to their children. The non-custodial parent is legally required to continue supporting their children with the court-appointed amount of child support. Failure to do so can result in wage garnishment, contempt of court, a driver’s license suspension, and a possible criminal conviction. To avoid these penalties, you must continue to pay what is owed. It can also be beneficial to bring in an experienced divorce attorney to help modify court-ordered child support if you are having difficulties making timely payments.
What is Wage Garnishment?
An employer can withhold a certain amount of your earnings
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No two cases for the allocation of parental responsibilities are exactly alike. Each is unique in its way, and as such, the outcomes will vary. Though there are consistencies among cases, there are also many misconceptions about how the results of some cases come to be. An attorney experienced in divorce and parental rights cases can better help you understand the truth and cut through the endless array of myths.
1. Joint Custody is Automatically Presumed to Be in a Child’s Best Interests

  • A court will look at many factors before deciding on custody. Joint custody is not a starting

Continue Reading 4 Debunked Myths on Illinois Child Custody

Credit and debit cards are incredibly common in today’s society. The same can be said for fraudulent activities associated with these cards. The penalties that come with credit card fraud are entirely dependent on the crimes committed involving those cards. A skilled attorney with experience in credit card fraud defense cases could be your best option in fighting any charges you could be facing for credit card fraud.
What are the Specific Crimes Involved with Credit Card Fraud?
Illinois statute specifically prohibits and penalizes various crimes in credit card fraud cases. Those crimes include:

  • Lying to acquire a credit card

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postnuptial agreement is not unlike a premarital agreement, with the key difference being that it takes place during a marriage rather than before. Postnuptial agreements have increased in popularity in recent years and are a great way to secure assets in the event of a divorce. An attorney experienced in postnuptial agreements is a solid investment when the time comes to draft one yourself.
Protect Future Assets
It is not uncommon for a couple to want to define their property rights should a divorce occur. Illinois law states that marital assets must be divided fairly and equitably between a
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“Everything was great, then out of the blue it all changed.” How often have you heard this uttered from divorced couples’ mouths? Individuals such as these never imagined or saw how imminent their divorce was until it was too late. Perhaps you are in a similar situation or feel that things have started to change for the worse in your marriage. You are not alone. Couples are divorcing more and more every year and one of the major things to blame is not noticing the early warning signs.
A marriage is meant to be sacred and binding. However, not every
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Driving on a suspended license in Illinois is a serious offense. It is a criminal offense that can result in fines, jail time, and other penalties. The severity of the penalties will depend on the circumstances of the case, such as the reason for the suspension, your driving history, and whether you have any prior convictions for driving on a suspended license.
Anyone who is charged with driving on a suspended license in Illinois should contact a criminal defense lawyer. Even if you think you have a good case, it is important to have a criminal defense lawyer represent
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A parenting plan outlines how two parents will share the responsibility of raising their children after divorce or separation. They are important because they can help to reduce conflict between parents and provide stability and consistency for children. They are also necessary as part of a divorce decree including minor children.
When choosing a lawyer to help you with your parenting plan, it is important to choose one with experience handling divorce and child custody cases. You should also feel comfortable with whom you choose and trust them to represent you and your child’s best interests.
Requirements of an Illinois
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A good neighbor may show concern for a child’s well-being if they fear for the safety of that child. On the other hand, they can also be extremely nosey or toxic in some circumstances. Regardless of someone’s motivation, when a call about potential child abuse comes through, the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is required to look into any issues that may concern a child’s well-being. The DCFS is a government agency that is responsible for protecting children from abuse and neglect.
There are some things to expect when a neighbor calls and provides a report to DCFS.
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It is illegal in Illinois to drive while using a handheld cell phone, texting, or using other electronic communication devices. This includes laptops, tablets, and other portable electronics. Using one of these devices while operating a vehicle is considered distracted driving. However, there are a few exceptions to this law, including reporting an emergency.
If you are charged with a traffic violation for talking on your cell phone while driving and you were reporting an emergency, you may be able to get the charge dismissed. To do this, you will need to provide evidence that you were reporting an
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Child guardianship is an arrangement where a court legally appoints one person or more to care for a child who is unable to be cared for by their parents. This can be due to a variety of reasons, such as parental death, disability, or abandonment.
There are three main types of child guardianship in Illinois:

  • Plenary guardianship 
  • Standby guardianship
  • Short-term guardianship

Child guardianship can be a complex and emotional issue. However, with the help of an experienced attorney, you can navigate the process and ensure that the child’s best interests are protected.
Plenary Guardianship
Plenary guardianship is the most
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You may be able to get a hardship license in the state of Illinois if your driver’s license has been suspended or revoked due to a DUI charge. A hardship license, or restricted driving permit (RDP), allows you to drive to certain places at certain times, even if your license has been suspended or revoked.
The process for getting a hardship license in Illinois can be complex and time-consuming. It is important to speak with an attorney if you are considering applying for an RDP.

Requirements for a Restricted Driving Permit (RDP)
To qualify for a restricted driving permit (RDP),
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In Illinois, you cannot legally divorce someone without their knowledge. Both spouses must be served with divorce papers before the divorce can be finalized. There are a few exceptions to this rule, but they are very limited.
Considering a divorce but not sure how to go about filing? Speak with an attorney to discuss your options as soon as possible. An attorney can help you understand your rights, provide guidance, and legally represent you in court if necessary.
What Are the Requirements to Get Divorced in Illinois?
It is important to know the location of your spouse during a divorce
Continue Reading Can You Divorce Someone in Illinois Without Them Knowing?