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Have You Been Charged with a Street Crime in Illinois?

 Posted on August 18, 2022 in English

Naperville criminal defense lawyerMany 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 street crime is one that occurs in a public place, such as in parks and neighborhoods, and is often deemed a crime of opportunity. Depending on the circumstances of the case, the crime can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony.

According to the Bureau of Justice, the federal agency that collects data on crime in the U.S., there are two different types of street crimes. Violent street crimes include arson, assault, homicide, rape, and robbery. Arson can also fall under property street crime, which includes burglary, larceny, and vehicle theft. The Bureau of Justice also includes hate crimes, drug crimes, and human trafficking under the category of street crimes. Minor street crime offenses include acts of loitering, disorderly conduct, trespassing, open container, and public intoxication.

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Do I Need to Fill Out a Financial Affidavit in My Illinois Divorce?

 Posted on August 11, 2022 in Divorce

Naperville, IL divorce lawyerWhen 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 determine several issues, including property and asset division, child support, and spousal support.

One of the most important factors that anyone filling out a financial affidavit should be aware of is that when you submit your financial affidavit to the court, you are swearing under oath that this information is “true and complete” to the best of your knowledge. Lying on a financial affidavit could result in sanctions by the court and even perjury charges.

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Consequences of Violating an Illinois Order of Protection

 Posted on July 25, 2022 in Criminal Defense

lombard criminal defense lawyerIn 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

Under Illinois law, victims of domestic violence may apply for an order of protection against their alleged abuse. The request can be issued for any allegations of the following acts:

What Issues Should Your Illinois Custody Agreement Include?

 Posted on July 19, 2022 in Child Custody

DuPage County Child Custody LawyerOne 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 issues that should be addressed in your child custody order.

Issues That Need to Be Addressed

While some issues that should be included in your parenting plan may be obvious, there are other issues that many parents do not even consider including–until after the ink on the agreement has long since dried and the issue becomes a problem. If this happens, it can result in one parent filing requests with the family court to modify the original custody order and the potential for another legal battle.

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Who Pays for College When Parents Divorce?

 Posted on July 11, 2022 in Divorce

lombard-il-divorce-lawyer.jpgEvery 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, but also can include other educational-related expenses, as well. This may include books, supplies, housing, food, and other expenses associated with the child completing their studies. It is also important to note that this order does not just cover college or attending a university but can also cover the cost of the child attending a vocational school, trade school, or any other training for a career.

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A 12-Step Guide to Recovering from Divorce

 Posted on June 24, 2022 in Divorce

b2ap3_thumbnail_lombard-il-divorce-attorney.jpgMany 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 the divorce process is often a significant emotional time, even if the divorce is your choice. There are a gamut of feelings you may experience – anger, sadness, and grief. The following are a list of steps that will help you “recover” from divorce, just like other 12 step programs for recovery.

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Some Parents Using Teen Marriage Law Loophole to Stop Custody Modifications

 Posted on June 17, 2022 in Child Custody

b2ap3_thumbnail_lombard-il-child-custody-attorney.jpgAsk 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 harm to that child in the long-term – consenting to the teen getting married.

Teen Marriage Loophole

Under Illinois law, an individual must be at least 18 years of age in order to legally marry. But Illinois law – as well as many other states in the country – allows 16- to 18-year-old teens to get married as long as they have the written consent of one parent.

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Illinois Passes Law to Allow Domestic Violence Victims Access to Online Orders of Protection

 Posted on June 10, 2022 in Family Law

b2ap3_thumbnail_lombard-il-domestic-abuse-lawyer.jpgA 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 at some point in their life. In Illinois, it is estimated that 42 percent of women (two million) and 26 percent of men (one million) have been domestic violence victims.

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Have You Been Charged in an Illinois DUI Vehicle Accident?

 Posted on May 31, 2022 in DUI


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 the other driver and report the accident to the police. Once the officer arrives on the scene and they suspect you have been drinking, it is crucial not to make any oral or written statements to the officer. You will want to consult with a defense attorney before making any statements.

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Which Parent Decides a Child’s Religious Upbringing After an Illinois Divorce?

 Posted on May 23, 2022 in Child Custody

b2ap3_thumbnail_lombard-il-divorce-lawyer.jpgSeveral 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 for a child. This is particularly true if parents go through the divorce process when a child is young and has not yet begun partaking in a certain religion. Religion can also be difficult in a divorced family when a child grows up and becomes more involved in a religion. For instance, religion may play a role in where a child attends school. Religious activities and events may also interfere with parenting time.

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