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Like many other areas, gun laws differ from state to state. Each state is responsible for creating and implementing its own laws pertaining to the purchase, sale, possession, and use of firearms. Naturally, some states have laws that are more strict than others. In Illinois, any person who wishes to own and possess a firearm legally must have a valid firearm owner identification (FOID) card. Obtaining a FOID card is not difficult, but there are specific requirements that you must meet before the state will issue you a permit. Possessing a firearm without a valid FOID card can result in
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The temperatures are rising, the sun is shining, and the days are getting longer in Illinois. You know what that means—road construction season is back in full swing. Construction zones can be dangerous places for drivers, pedestrians, and construction workers alike. According to information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were more than 39,000 construction zone motor vehicle crashes that resulted in injuries across the country in 2019. Understanding the cause of these accidents can help prevent them from happening in the future.
Causes of Illinois Work Zone Accidents
Many of the factors that can cause accidents
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Originally published: March 3, 2020
UPDATE: A year ago, the United States was in the middle of the worst part of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, the situation surrounding the coronavirus has been rapidly changing. Many places of business closed because of the pandemic, though there were individuals who still had to report to work because their jobs were deemed to provide essential services. This past June, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed a bill adding protections for essential workers to the Illinois Workers’ Occupational Diseases Act.
Specifically, the amendments to the Act state that a COVID-19 infection is automatically presumed
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Illinois has a strong history of juvenile justice. The state was the first in the U.S. to create a separate court for juvenile offenders around the beginning of the 20th century, and it has since influenced the majority of other states to follow suit. Juvenile courts are critical to the rehabilitation of youth who find themselves in trouble with the law. In Illinois, however, there are certain circumstances in which a juvenile offender’s case can be heard in adult criminal court, rather than juvenile court.
Factors Used to Determine Whether a Transfer is Warranted
Changes to Illinois law in
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Divorce is one of the most stressful life experiences that a person can go through. Adults have a difficult enough time coping with divorce, but children who do not fully understand the situation can have an even harder time coping with the huge changes that come with divorce. Children often feel as if their entire world is changing when their parents divorce, and they may react with mood or behavioral issues, which can be both frustrating and saddening for parents. While you cannot change the way that your child feels, you can teach them healthy ways of coping with their
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No matter the job, no matter the field, Illinois workers’ compensation exists to provide assistance to those who are injured at work. Nearly all employers in the state of Illinois are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance, with minor exceptions. If you are hurt on the job, your employer is supposed to report your injury to the Workers’ Compensation Commission so your benefits can begin, though employers often attempt to deny workers’ compensation claims, even if they have merit. A workers’ compensation lawyer can help you claim your benefits if your employer does not want to cooperate.
Benefits Provided by
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Nearly everyone is in a situation at some point throughout the day that puts them in danger of being hit by a car. As a pedestrian, being hit by a car can be severely damaging, if not fatal. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), around 76,000 pedestrians were injured in car accidents across the country in 2019. In addition to that, there were more than 6,200 people killed as pedestrians in a car accident.  Pedestrians are at risk of suffering severe injuries, like broken bones or brain injuries, when hit by a car, mostly due to the
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A violent crime against another person is one of the most serious offenses you can be accused of committing. Crimes such as assault and battery may seem less severe compared to offenses like sexual assault or murder, but they can still result in rather substantial penalties. In Illinois, assault and battery charges often go hand in hand, and they can be misdemeanors or felonies depending on the circumstances. Understanding what type of crime you are accused of and the potential penalties can help you with a defense strategy for your case.
What is Assault?
Often, assault and battery are used interchangeably.
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The composition of the average American family has changed drastically over the years. According to the Pew Research Center, one in four children today lives with parents who are not married. One of the biggest reasons for this is an increase in the number of babies born to unmarried mothers. In 1970, only 26 out of 1,000 births were to unmarried mothers, but in 2016, 42 out of every 1,000 births were to unmarried women. Having a child outside of marriage is common these days, but it can come with its own legal hurdles. If your child is born and
Continue Reading What Do I Need to Do to Establish Paternity for My Child in Illinois?

Out of all of the various traffic offenses you could be charged with, speeding is by far one of the most common offenses committed. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were an estimated 1,031 traffic deaths in Illinois in 2018, and 42 percent of those deaths were due to speeding-related traffic accidents. Speeding is a dangerous driving habit, which is why many states—Illinois included—have strict laws regarding speeding. Some speeding tickets result only in a fine, but there are some instances where a speeding ticket could also result in more serious misdemeanor charges upon conviction.
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Truck accidents are common on the roads in Illinois, and they can occur very suddenly. Many times, drivers of smaller vehicles are left with serious injuries without even knowing how the truck accident happened. It is true that the cause of an accident is not always easily identifiable, and it often requires an extensive investigation. An experienced personal injury attorney can conduct this investigation and collect evidence to help you claim the full compensation you deserve. Below are some of the most common causes of truck accidents in Illinois.
Drowsy Driving
Truck drivers must meet very tight shipping deadlines, and
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People go to work to earn an income to support themselves and their families. No one should ever become injured while on the job, but it happens every day in Illinois. When it does, injured workers have the right to file a workers’ compensation claim that can help them recover their medical expenses and a portion of their lost income.
However, these claims have strict deadlines, and when those are not met, a person’s chances of obtaining compensation may be in jeopardy. Our workers’ compensation lawyers are here to help you through the process and ensure that your claim is
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It is very scary for a parent when their child is charged with a crime, such as underage drinking or retail theft. One of the most frightening aspects is the fact that so many parents are unsure about what to expect, or the penalties their child will face. If your child has been charged with a criminal offense, answers to these common questions about Illinois juvenile law may help you better understand what can happen.
When are Minors Tried in Adult Court?
This is perhaps the most common question when a minor is charged with a crime, because a
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Last year was difficult for everyone. COVID-19 hit early in the year, causing hundreds of thousands of deaths around the country, and job losses in Illinois and throughout the nation were rampant. Shelter-in-place orders were issued in the spring and kept many people at home for months, which kept people off of the roads. However, according to a new report, while there were fewer people on the road, there were also more traffic fatalities. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published statistics that show just how many people were killed on the roads, and they are pleading with
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When a family court judge must decide how parental responsibilities (formerly known as child custody) must be allocated, that decision is always based on what arrangement will be in the child’s best interests. Many parents going through this process are unsure of what the court will be looking for in order to determine their children’s best interests. The following is a brief overview. For a more detailed explanation and how the best interest standard may apply in your situation, contact Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC.

Factors that Contribute to a Child’s Best Interests
The child’s best interests are an important factor
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More than six million auto accidents occur in the United States each year. In those crashes, over three million people are hurt. Some injuries are minor, but others can have a significant impact on the life of the victim. In fact, about two million per year suffer permanent injuries in car crashes, and sadly, not all of these severe injury victims will receive compensation. This is in part because far too many of them do not seek treatment until it is too late. If you experience an accident, it is important to know how to avoid the same troubling fate.
Continue Reading Delayed Symptoms After a Car Accident Can Be Signs of Serious Injury