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Although a surprising percentage of people have one or two offenses on their criminal record, having an arrest or criminal charge on your record can still damage your future. Employers and landlords who perform background checks may see an arrest record and refuse to proceed with the candidate. Even if someone is arrested but not convicted of the offense, the simple act of being arrested can cause substantial harm.
Many people falsely believe that they only have a criminal record if they have been convicted of a crime or spent time in jail. Unfortunately, this is not the case. An
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Abusive marriages are more common than many people realize. Unfortunately, many domestic violence victims suffer in silence, hoping that their abusive husbands or wives will change their ways. Victims may also stay in abusive marriages because the abuser has convinced the victim that the abuse is somehow his or her fault. Gaslighting, or using psychological manipulation to make a person question his or her perception of reality, is one tactic abusers use to control victims.
If you want to divorce a manipulative, controlling, or abusive spouse, it is important to prepare yourself, understand the tactics used by abusers, and gather
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Automated self-service checkouts are becoming more and more popular. You can find these devices everywhere from grocery stores to gas stations. Using the self-checkout at a store can be convenient, but it also comes with its own set of risks. One of those risks is being accused of shoplifting if you make a mistake while scanning your items.
Many people assume that an innocent mistake cannot lead to criminal charges. However,  it is entirely possible to be accused of retail theft even if you never intended to steal an item. In Illinois, retail theft may be a misdemeanor or
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There is no doubt that social media has become a major part of our lives. Most people have at least one social media account where they document the events and activities they participate in. Facebook alone has more than two billion users and is also cited in one out of every five divorces that occur in this country as it has become a conduit to discover evidence of infidelity and other bad behaviors a spouse may be engaging in.
In addition to having the potential to harm a relationship, social media posts can also be harmful while someone is going
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Many cities and towns across the United States have been dealing with increasing crime rates. While many people think of major crimes such as murder and sexual assault when they hear about crime rates, there has also been an increase in street crimes, which include offenses like robberies, vandalism, and solicitation. With law enforcement and prosecutors focused on cracking down on these types of crimes, it is especially important to have a skilled criminal defense attorney representing you.
What Are Street Crimes?
The term “street crimes” can apply from minor crimes all the way to major felony offenses. A
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When you are getting a divorce in Illinois, the courts require that each spouse submit a full financial disclosure in order to ensure the final divorce settlement is fair for both sides. One of the most critical documents that both parties must submit is a financial affidavit. Even if the divorce is a friendly and agreeable one, this is a required document.
What Information Is Required?
Spouses’ financial affidavits are used to get a clear picture of what the marital estate looks like and what the financial standing of each spouse is. The court will use this information to
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In Illinois, more than 40 percent of women and 25 percent of men say they have been victims of domestic violence. It is these statistics that have propelled the state to enact stringent domestic violence laws. Part of these laws includes the right of an alleged victim to request the court issue an order of protection against the person they say has abused them. Violating an order of protection can result in serious consequences, including automatic jail time. If you have been accused of domestic violence, you need an Illinois criminal defense attorney representing you.

Domestic Violence in Illinois
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One of the most critical issues a divorcing couple has to come to an agreement on is child custody, referred to as the allocation of parental responsibilities under Illinois law. While some couples are able to work together to come up with a custody and parenting plan that they both agree on, the relationships of many other couples have broken down so irretrievably that they cannot agree on anything.
Having a seasoned Illinois family lawyer advocating for you and negotiating on your behalf can be crucial to ensuring that your parental rights are protected. The following are some of the
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Every state makes its own laws when it comes to divorce, child custody, and child support. This also includes whether or not a parent will be responsible for any contributions towards their child’s college education. In Illinois, the state is committed to ensuring that every person has the opportunity to obtain an education. This can also include requiring a parent who has the means to pay towards their child’s college education.
Illinois Law
Under Illinois law, the judge presiding over a divorce can order parents to pay for a child’s educational expenses. This not only includes tuition for school,
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Many studies have been done that reveal that many couples stay in unhappy marriages instead of leaving. There are a number of reasons why they stay. Some stay because they think it is better for their children. Others stay because they still hope they will be able to work things out with their spouse.
Regardless of the reason why someone stays in an unhappy marriage, once they do decide to leave, the majority of people do not regret their decision after time and distance has given them a chance to heal.
The Healing Process
Ending your marriage and going through
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Ask most people who have been involved in a divorce with children and they will probably agree that issues over child custody were the most difficult and contentious part of the divorce. Unfortunately, child custody issues do not always settle down once the divorce process is complete. Many divorced couples often continue disagreeing over parenting issues and it is not uncommon for one or both parents to file for child custody modification.
However, there appears to be one legal loophole some parents of teenagers are using that not only crushes any further child custody hearings, but likely causes emotional
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A new Illinois law will allow domestic violence victims to file for an order of protection online instead of requiring them to file in person. The law will also require any court that is located in a county that has a population of more than 250,000 residents to offer the option of remote hearings to obtain orders. The new law goes into effect January 1, 2023.
Domestic Violence in Illinois
According to national statistics from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 36 percent of women and 34 percent of men have suffered harm by an intimate partner
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Being involved in a car accident is a very stressful experience. But being involved in a car accident when you have been drinking can also turn into a criminal case. Although your first instinct may be to panic or even run away, there are steps that you should take in order to protect yourself in the event you will be arrested and charged with DUI.
Scene of the Crash
In Illinois, if you have been involved in an accident where someone has been injured and/or there has been property damage, you are required by law to exchange information with
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Several years ago, there was a major overhaul to Illinois family law statutes. This included the statute that addressed child custody. Part of that change involved eliminating the phrase child custody and replacing it with the phrase “allocation of parental responsibilities.” When parents are splitting up, they must either come to an agreement – or the court will decide for them – about which parent is responsible for making certain decisions for the child, including which religion the child will be brought up in.
How Family Law Impacts Religious Upbringing
It can be difficult to choose a religion
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One of the most common crimes that a person can be charged with are property crimes. Property crimes include robbery, burglary, shoplifting, larceny, and theft, including motor vehicle theft. If you have been charged with a property crime, it can be a stressful and even frightening time. The criminal justice system can be complex and intimidating, and depending on the circumstances of your case, a conviction could even mean jail time. This is why anyone charged with a property crime should consider retaining the services of a defense attorney. The following are some of the possible defenses an attorney may
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The long-term financial impacts of divorce can be expensive. If both spouses worked during the marriage, they will now be going from two incomes to one, with their collective income now supporting two sets of living expenses, as well as funding two separate savings and retirement accounts. Essentially, removing the financial stability of a dual income home. However, planning ahead can help. If you are considering a divorce, many financial advisors and attorneys suggest taking the following steps, so you are on firmer financial ground if and when you decide to file.

Financial Steps To Take During a Divorce
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