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Can you refuse a breath test to avoid an Illinois DUI?

There are a number of reasons why you could feel nervous about a breath test. Maybe you believe you've had blood sugar issues, and a breath test could show a false positive. Perhaps the officer doesn't seem to understand how to use it properly, or maybe the device itself seems faulty. You are likely worried about incriminating yourself with a bad test.

What may your finances look like after an Illinois divorce?

Unless you will be getting a 30 percent raise anytime soon, you will more than likely be facing a different financial landscape now that your marriage has ended. As you work through the issues involved in your Illinois divorce, you may benefit from a thorough review of your current financial situation versus what it will be post-divorce. You may need to ask yourself numerous questions before you begin making requests regarding property division and support issues.

Search at one home allegedly reveals drug crimes at second home

When Illinois law enforcement officials look into suspected criminal activity involving drugs, they often obtain search warrants in order to locate evidence that could further their investigations and lead to arrests. When they execute those search warrants, they sometimes find information that allegedly leads to others parties and other search warrants. By the time officials are done, one or more individuals could be facing charges for drug crimes.

A family law point of contention: Child support

You will more than likely pay child support if your relationship with the mother of your child does not last (whether you are married or unmarried). To be fair, more mothers are paying child support to fathers these days, but the majority of those who pay are still fathers. Most Illinois fathers who make these payments only know that they have to do it. This issue is one of the most hotly contested in family law even though most parents would agree that financially supporting their children is a necessity and requirement of being a parent.

Give your parenting plan the best start possible after a divorce

Like many other Illinois parents, you decided to work with your soon-to-be former spouse in order to continue raising your children. You decided that despite the divorce, your children deserve to have both parents in their lives. Now all you need to do is come up with a plan that gives you the best possible chance of succeeding as co-parents. Should be easy, right? Perhaps not, but it will be worth it.

Can a smartphone keep a DUI off your record?

One of the things that many Illinois residents complain about when it comes to the way courts may handle charges for driving under the influence is that the root of the problem does not receive the attention it needs. Alcohol treatment classes are temporary and do not provide the incentives many people need to remain sober, so they may end up as repeat offenders. However, one county is trying out some new technology for smartphones that could keep a DUI conviction off an individual's record.

Illinois man faces charges in fatal DUI-related crash

Fatal car accidents happen far too often here in Illinois and elsewhere under a variety of circumstances. In some cases, the crashes occur due to unforeseeable events, but in others, the outcome could have been predicted. Drinking or taking drugs before getting behind the wheel can aggravate any charges filed in connection with an alleged DUI-related crash since there is an assumption that engaging in this type of behavior automatically puts people's lives in danger, and the driver does not care.

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