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Probation, conditional discharge, and supervision: The same or different?

Whether one receives probation, conditional discharge, or court supervision often depends on the classification of the offense. It is important to know the differences between a felony, a misdemeanor, and a petty offense. A petty offense is distingui…
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Revenge Porn: What can you do if an ex posts intimate pictures?

Have you ever been threatened with revenge porn by having intimate pictures or videos posted online to the public? Have you ever been recorded or photographed without your knowledge or consent? Has an ex posted intimate or private videos or pictures…
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Does Your Divorce Lawyer Answer the Phone? Things to Consider when hiring a Divorce Lawyer.

7 things to consider when choosing a Divorce Attorney I really liked this Huff Post article about 7 things to consider when choosing a divorce attorney.  I would add an 8th thing/act to consider/do when shopping for a divorce attorney–call the…
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Practice Valuation: Special Considerations for Physician’s Seeking a Divorce

A great deal of what is done in divorces (ones that don’t involve custody disputes) is the equitable distribution of the marital assets and debts.  When one, or both spouses owns a business, the importance of proper representation is magnified. Wh…
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DON'T MISPRONOUNCE "JOLIET"! IT'S AGAINST THE LAW!

Joliet is a little touchy about their name.  They don’t like it when you mispronounce the city’s monicker.  Don’t say “jal-ee-et,” or “juliet,” or Jo-lee-ot.”  Officially it is pronounced “jo-l…
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Frenemies—The Doctor Lawyer Dynamic

Lawyer Jokes Lawyer Jokes—I’ve heard them all.  It’s not the most beloved profession.  The predominant reason for that is because in any lawsuit—best case scenario—a person will only like 50% of the attorneys involved.  Makes sense, the…
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CHANGES TO CHILD SUPPORT CALCULATION

                New Changes Coming July 1S to Child Support Effective July 1, 2017 Public Act 99-0764 will substantially change how child support is calculated.  Illinois has adopted an income shares model for child support which…
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FIVE THINGS YOU MAY NOT HAVE KNOWN WERE ILLEGAL IN ILLINOIS; AND ONE THING YOU MAY NOT HAVE KNOW WAS LEGAL

  It is not against the law to “date” your first cousin In the criminal statutes, rules of consanguinity address the varying degrees of blood-relatives with regard to prohibited sexual relations and marriage.  Obviously, a brother and siste…
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Pena-Rodriguez v. Colorado: Impeaching a Jury Verdict for Racial Bias

Rule 606(b) and the “no-impeachment” rule It is a long-established rule that the sanctity of a jury’s verdict would not be breached.  A jury verdict free from extraneous comment and critique was critical to reinforce impartiality.  …
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What it means to “lawyer up” and what exactly are you supposed to tell the police?

The case, Miranda v. Arizona, is easily one of the most recognized U.S. Supreme Court decision—holding its own with Roe v. Wade, Brown v. Board of Education and Marbury v. Madison.  It would be a difficult to find any Police/Detective movie or tel…

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