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May 2017 Archives

Should you prepare for divorce before getting married?

Broaching the subject of a prenuptial agreement may not be on the to-do list when planning a wedding. Few Illinois residents want to talk about the possibility of getting a divorce while picking out flowers and tasting cakes for the wedding, but perhaps they should. Before bringing up the prospect of a prenup, it might be useful to know its benefits.

Execution of search warrant results in charges for drug crimes

Before conducting a search of an Illinois resident's home for drugs, drug paraphernalia and other items associated with drugs, police typically must secure a search warrant. In order to do so, they are required to provide probable cause for the search. When the search warrant is issued and executed, those in the home could be arrested for drug crimes. An individual arrested and charged under these circumstances retains the right to review the documentation that supposedly established probable cause for the warrant.

Is child support part of your divorce? Here's what to expect

Nearly every parent in Illinois recognizes that a responsibility to financially support one's children, at least until the age of majority. However, when it comes to dealing with the issue of child support, the tension can rise between the parties. Even in an amicable divorce, this issue can be divisive.

Deadly DUI crashes require an aggressive criminal defense

Nearly every Illinois resident makes choices that could potentially change the course of life forever. When such a choice results in an allegedly DUI-related crash and criminal charges, the stakes may not ever be higher. This is the time when an aggressive criminal defense could minimize the impact that a tragic mistake could have on an individual's life.

The car doesn't have to be moving for a DUI or DWI

Most Illinois residents are aware that they can be charged with driving under the influence or driving while impaired after a traffic stop. However, what if the engine is off and the vehicle is not moving? Can the person sitting behind the wheel still be charged with DUI or DWI? The simple answer is yes.

Even a little bit of cocaine can result in a felony charge

Many people think of cocaine as a party drug. As such, people who use the drug recreationally may not understand how severe the possession of cocaine may be until they are facing criminal charges. In the state of Illinois, the possession of even a small amount of cocaine is a felony offense. The more cocaine in your possession, the more serious the potential penalties that you'll face. You shouldn't rely on the courts for leniency, even if it is your first offense.

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