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Summer is in full swing in Illinois and kids are out of school. For young adults that just graduated high school or are visiting from college for the summer, the freedom can be downright intoxicating. Add literal intoxicants like THC or alcohol, and the mix can sometimes be disastrous. 
Young adults—young men, in particular—generally still do not have a fully developed frontal lobe, which is the part of the brain responsible for making decisions and accurately predicting the consequences of those decisions. When drugs, alcohol, or peer pressure are added to the inevitable lack of maturity and underdeveloped decision-making skills
Continue Reading Warn Your College-Aged Child About These Criminal Offenses Over Summer Break

As the Fourth of July approaches, experts are urging families and individuals who plan to use fireworks to use extreme caution when handling these dangerous products. While fireworks may seem harmless, every year tens of thousands of Americans are injured by even the smallest fireworks, including sparklers and snaps or poppers. Practice firework safety this summer season, and if you do sustain an injury because of someone else’s reckless actions, speak with an Illinois personal injury attorney to see if you can take action. 
Common Firework Injuries
There are gruesome videos online demonstrating the explosive force of fireworks on human
Continue Reading Carelessness With Fireworks Can Cause Serious and Even Life-Threatening Injuries

While Illinois has legalized recreational marijuana, there are still boundaries around when and where it can be safely used. Like alcohol, marijuana is an intoxicant that muddles the body and brain’s typical responses to stimuli. Although many people feel as though they can safely drive after ingesting cannabis, research shows that a high driver’s chances of getting into a car accident increase dramatically. However, unlike alcohol, getting a ticket for driving with cannabis in a driver’s bloodstream is complicated because THC can remain in your system for many days after the last time it is used. If you have been
Continue Reading Three Things You Need to Know About Marijuana and DUI in Illinois

Even though individuals in Illinois can now purchase marijuana from licensed dealers, grow up to five plants on private property, and own up to 30 grams of marijuana, it is still illegal to privately sell marijuana or own it with the intent to deliver. Illinois has not relaxed its penalties for drug crimes that involve marijuana, and, if anything, prosecutors tend to go after these cases more harshly now. If you have been charged with unlawful marijuana possession, it is important to take these charges seriously and contact a criminal defense attorney right away. 
Why Is Delivering Marijuana Privately Still
Continue Reading Can You Still Be Charged With Distributing Marijuana in Illinois?

You pay taxes on your income, taxes on gas to fill up your car, and even taxes on household essentials. So when you get hit with an expensive traffic ticket that you know is going to fill the coffers of the government even further, it is natural to feel angry and frustrated. Aggressive parking and traffic ticket policies are often initiated to meet quotas and, rather than making the streets of Illinois safer, can instead have a highly detrimental impact on your wallet, ability to drive, and even hold down a job.
Fortunately, you can fight traffic violation tickets with
Continue Reading Is Paying a Traffic Ticket My Only Option?

Illinois highways are some of the most trafficked roads in the nation, full of semi-trucks, heavy farm equipment, flatbed truck trailers, and more. Not only does Illinois have a large and thriving economy of its own, but it is at the heart of America and handles much of the interstate traffic as goods are moved from place to place. 
While Illinois has its fair share of truck accidents and car crashes, every so often an accident happens on Illinois roadways that is almost too strange to believe. Last month, for example, a truck driver with a load of cattle
Continue Reading Intoxicated Semi-Truck Driver Causes Crash That Sends Cows Sprawling Over Illinois Highway

For most of us, getting in our car to drive to work, school, or the grocery store is the most dangerous thing we will do all day. While plane crashes and random shootings may make news headlines and give people phobias about flying and going out in public, far more people die in car crashes than in any other accident or disaster.

Driving at night increases the normal dangers of driving significantly. Although only 25 percent of driving is done at night, about 50 percent of driving fatalities occur after dark. If you have been involved in a car crash
Continue Reading Can I Sue an Illinois Driver Who Caused a Crash by Driving Without Headlights?

Illinois requires most employers to have insurance that covers employees who get hurt on the job. When employees are injured on the job badly enough that they can never fully recover, future employment can be out of the question. In cases like this, it may seem like common sense to make sure the injured employee receives permanent disability benefits. Unfortunately, employers’ insurance companies usually fight these claims and deserving victims can be left without the resources they need. If you have been injured at work, be sure to talk to a workers’ compensation attorney before you make any decisions. 
What
Continue Reading What Kinds of Work Injuries Can Cause Total Disability?

When your spouse gets arrested, especially if it is the first time, your first reaction may be one of confusion and you may have many questions. Are they guilty? What are the consequences if they are convicted? What does this mean for my family? And – perhaps more pressing – what do I do now? Taking quick, effective action is essential for protecting your spouse and ensuring they get the criminal defense they need. Here are some important first steps to take when someone you love has been arrested for committing a crime in Will County. 
Encourage Your Spouse to
Continue Reading What Should I Do if My Spouse Gets Arrested in Illinois?

Nursing home residents are elderly and often frail, requiring extensive care and assistance. Families who have loved ones in nursing homes have to take a leap of faith, putting their trust in the staff and management at a residential care facility which family members often know very little about. The truth is that nursing home residents often face abuse and neglect. Tragic stories of abuse and neglect are frequently on the news, and understaffing is often responsible for the worst outcomes for nursing home patients. 
Bedsores are one of the most common consequences of nursing home understaffing. While you
Continue Reading How Do Elderly Nursing Home Patients Develop Bedsores?

Everybody makes mistakes, but sometimes our mistakes have a major impact on our life. Getting caught driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in Illinois carries serious consequences in Illinois, including the suspension of your driver’s license. However, living without a driver’s license makes working and running everyday errands complicated and difficult. If you have had your driver’s license suspended because of a DUI, you probably want to get your license reinstated so you can get your driving privileges back as soon as possible; fortunately, an experienced driver’s license reinstatement attorney can help. 
Attending a Hearing
You have done
Continue Reading How Can I Get My Driver’s License Back After an Illinois DUI?

Drinking and driving is a major cause of fatal car accidents, even when only one car is involved. The state of Illinois, therefore, takes people driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol very seriously, and certain DUI charges may even be prosecuted as a felony DUI. Criminal DUI charges can impact your employment prospects, driving privileges, and relationships for long into the future; if you have recently been charged with a DUI in Will County, Illinois, you may be wondering what the likely consequences are. 
First and Second DUI Charges
If there are no other additional charges, such
Continue Reading Will My DUI Charge Be a Felony in Illinois?

When someone is seriously injured or has ongoing health issues, their ability to go to work every day can be threatened. Unfortunately, injury and illness can result in job loss and the disastrous consequences that come with it – unpaid bills, food insecurity, and even homelessness. Fortunately, there are options to replace your income if you are unable to work due to serious illness or injury: Social Security Disability (SSD) and workers’ compensation benefits. Although these are similar, they are not the same and it is important to understand the difference between the two, especially if you sustained a
Continue Reading What is the Difference Between Workers’ Comp and Social Security Disability Benefits?

The classically antagonistic relationship between dogs and postal workers has been the subject of many comedy skits and great movie scenes. While most dogs are friendly to visitors and the vast majority of the millions of deliveries in America each day are made safely, it is unfortunately true that people who deliver mail, packages, and food are sometimes viciously attacked by dogs through no fault of their own.

Dog attacks can be terrifying to experience and can have serious physical and emotional consequences. Injuries sustained in dog attacks can require expensive treatment, including surgery and physical therapy, and may even
Continue Reading I Was Delivering a Package and Got Attacked by a Dog. What Can I Do?

Of all the jobs in Illinois, construction work exposes workers to some of the most consistently dangerous conditions. Throughout the United States, heavy machinery, slippery conditions, unstable scaffolding, and other risk factors contributed to over 1,100 construction worker deaths in 2019 alone, with many tens of thousands of construction site injuries. While most injuries are not life-threatening, others are serious enough to take a worker off the job for months and sometimes even permanently. Here are some of the most common injuries sustained by construction workers in Illinois.
Common Construction Site Accidents
The United States Department of Labor keeps
Continue Reading Construction Sites Pose Risk of Serious Work Injuries in Illinois

Getting caught with illegal drugs carries serious penalties in Illinois, especially as the attention of courts and society at large is drawn towards the dangers of the opioid pandemic. In general, more dangerous drugs carry more serious penalties, and while people may disagree with the classifications, drugs are nevertheless divided into strict classes that make determining criminal punishments easier.

The least serious drugs are classified as Schedule V drugs, which includes things like cough syrup and other substances that are unlikely to be abused. On the other end of the spectrum are Schedule I drugs, including heroin, ecstasy, and, on
Continue Reading What Can I Do if I Got Caught With Oxycodone or Other Opioids in Illinois?