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Having a criminal record can create significant barriers to employment, housing, and other opportunities. Fortunately, Illinois law provides certain options for individuals seeking to clear their records and move forward with their lives. An Illinois lawyer can help you discover which options may be available to clean up your criminal history.
Expungement refers to the legal process of erasing a criminal record, effectively treating it as though it never existed. In Illinois, specific types of records are eligible for expungement, including:

  • An arrest that did not result in a conviction
  • Court supervision successfully completed for certain offenses
  • Convictions

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Field sobriety tests can be unreliable. Anything from the shoes a person is wearing to the weather conditions on the side of the road can cause a person who is sober to appear intoxicated. People who have certain medical conditions might appear intoxicated during field sobriety tests when they are not. Unfortunately, police officers do not often listen to the person they have pulled over when he or she tries to explain how his or her medical condition might influence the results of the test. This can lead to needless DUI arrests. A Naperville, IL criminal defense attorney can take
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Medical malpractice in Illinois occurs when a medical professional fails to perform their duty of care to a patient. This may include acting negligently or recklessly during the diagnosis, treatment, or recovery process. Medical malpractice often results in further injuries, illness, or catastrophic impact on the patient.
If you suspect medical malpractice has happened to you or a loved one, contacting a skilled Illinois medical malpractice lawyer is essential to advocate for your rights.
Common Types of Medical Malpractice and Their Consequences
Medical malpractice can occur across a variety of fields and during diagnosis, treatment, surgical procedures, or the recovery
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Your gender and marital status play a big role in determining how your relationship with your child is recognized by the state of Illinois. A woman who gives birth is automatically considered the baby’s mother and if she is married to a man at the time of the birth, he is automatically considered the father, without any tests carried out to check whether that is biologically true. If she is not married, there is no automatically recognized father even if the father is there at the hospital when the baby is born. If you are not married and you are
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Police officers must read Miranda Rights to anybody they plan on detaining for questioning following an arrest. Although law enforcement is required to inform you that you have the right to remain silent and to contact an attorney, they will likely not inform you of how to take advantage of these rights.
If you want to ensure that your rights are protected, you need to speak with our Chicago criminal defense attorney. With over a decade of criminal defense experience, he is ready to assist you following an arrest for a federal or state-level crime.
What are Miranda Rights?
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Public transportation is a convenient and cost-effective way to travel, whether commuting to work or exploring the city. However, public transportation accidents involving buses or trains can occur, leaving you with serious injuries and mounting medical expenses. An Illinois lawyer can help you understand your rights and the steps you should take.
Seek Medical Attention
If you sustain an injury in a public transportation accident, seek medical attention immediately. Even if your injuries seem minor, have a medical professional evaluate your condition. Some injuries, such as concussions or internal bleeding, may not be immediately apparent. Prompt medical care ensures your
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Facing harassment charges in Illinois can be a scary and overwhelming experience. Whether you think the accusations are baseless or you have made an error in judgment, you must know your rights and take the right steps to protect your interests. An Illinois lawyer can help you with handling harassment charges.
What is Considered a Harassment Charge in Illinois?
According to Illinois law (720 ILCS 5/26.5-3), harassment occurs when someone engages in behavior they know or should know would cause emotional distress to a reasonable person. This includes persistent unwanted contact, threats, or the use of offensive language. The
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Getting a divorce in Illinois requires planning. This is especially true when it comes to finances that will be affected by the divorce. People who dissolve their marriages often lose considerable amounts of money in the form of:

  • Child support
  • Spousal support, also known as alimony
  • Division of assets

If you get divorced, it is best to first make sure you are gainfully employed if possible. This will allow you to plan a budget for after the divorce and not sink too far into debt.
But sometimes, divorce is not up to you. If your spouse files for divorce and
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Though many steps and workplace safety regulations are in place to reduce the occurrence of factory accidents, the unfortunate reality is that factories are still dangerous places and accidents do occur. Receiving an injury in a factory accident can be catastrophic, and it is important to pursue a claim for the compensation you deserve while you recover from your injuries. An Illinois workers’ compensation lawyer can help guide you through this process.
Common Factory Accidents and Injuries
Factory accidents can occur in many different ways even despite proper safety regulations and precautions due to the somewhat hazardous conditions
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Buying a multi-unit building that is already occupied is likely one of the simplest ways to become a landlord or expand your business. However, working with existing tenants can be challenging if the previous landlord was not so concerned with keeping the property well-maintained and enforcing policies set out in the lease. If you have found yourself in a situation where you have tenants who do not respect the terms of a lease you did not write but now own, you may be faced with backlash when trying to create a nicer community. Evicting existing tenants may eventually become necessary.
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Reckless driving is a serious offense, carrying significant consequences for those convicted. It is crucial to understand the potential repercussions of a reckless driving charge and the importance of seeking legal representation. An Illinois lawyer can help you have a reckless driving charges and figure out the best step forward.
What is Considered Reckless Driving in Illinois?
Under Illinois law (625 ILCS 5/11-503), reckless driving is defined as operating a vehicle with intentional or reckless disregard for the safety of persons or property. This definition includes various behaviors, like extreme speeding, erratic lane changes, or risky actions that endanger
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If you have been charged with a federal crime, you may be facing prison time and steep fines. Although you may not be formally notified, federal agencies routinely investigate suspects of federal crimes.
If you have reason to believe that you are under investigation, do not wait to reach out to Law Offices of James F. DiQuattro. In this article, our Chicago federal crimes attorney discusses the telltale signs that you are under federal criminal investigation.
Receiving a Target Letter
Receiving a target letter from the U.S. Department of Justice or U.S. Attorney’s Office is a sure sign that you
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The internet has transformed how we live, work, and communicate, but it has also introduced new opportunities for criminal activities. As technology continues to evolve, cybercrime and online fraud have become increasingly prevalent. Lawmakers have recognized the need to address these emerging threats and have implemented various laws to protect individuals and businesses. An Illinois lawyer can help you determine the next necessary steps as you face related charges.
What is Cybercrime Defined as in Illinois?
Cybercrime refers to any criminal activity that involves computers, networks, or the internet. It encompasses a wide range of offenses, including hacking, identity theft,
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It is common for a person who gets arrested to be charged with more than one criminal offense. This is especially true if your arrest stemmed from a traffic stop. People may get pulled over for a mundane reason, like speeding or having a taillight out, only for the police to discover that the person appears to be under the influence of drugs. Then, while making a DUI arrest, the police search the vehicle and discover that the person is also in possession of drugs. Now, the arrestee is facing both a DUI and a possession charge. If the
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When you live in Illinois but have property in multiple states, estate planning can become quite difficult. You will need to account for the laws in each state where you own real estate or other assets. Proper planning is essential to ensure your wishes are carried out and your loved ones avoid unnecessary hassles and expenses when left with the properties. An Illinois lawyer can help figure out the best way to handle your out-of-state properties to minimize challenges.
Ancillary Probate is Ideal for Out-of-State Properties
When you pass away, your estate will likely need to go through the probate
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In the state of Illinois, child support payments are calculated based on several factors, with special emphasis placed on the payer’s income. This brings up a logical question. What if your income does not always remain as it was at the time that you got divorced? If you lose your job, can you stop making those payments? If you get a raise, do you need to pay more? Just like with all other aspects of your divorce settlement, the answer to these questions is that it all depends on your specific circumstances. If you were given a raise at work
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