Archive, May 2015.

When you are charged with a criminal offense, whether it is a misdemeanor or a felony, you might feel like you have no choice but to plead guilty, especially if you are not represented by an attorney. Sometimes, pleading guilty is the best option for you given the strengths and/or weaknesses of your case and the offer extended by the prosecutor. Sometimes fighting the charges at trial or through pretrial motions is much more advantageous.

Illinois Supreme Court rules require that all divorcing parents with minor children complete a parenting class before the Court will enter a final Judgment for Dissolution of Marriage. The class is intended to help parents understand the impact that their divorce will have on their minor children. In some counties, such as DuPage and Cook, the class can be completed on-line. In other counties, parents will have to attend the class in person. After completion, parents will receive a certificate, which will be placed in the Court's file. For more information regarding specific classes, you may …

Child support payments don't usually automatically go up or down every year or with every pay increase or decrease. One of the parties has to file a petition with the Court and request a modification. After the Court reviews and rules on the petition, the payor's support obligation will be modified (if appropriate). The Court can, however, make the new amount retroactive to the date of the filing of the Petition. To find out more about modification of child support contact one of our attorneys. For your convenience we have a polish speaking attorney, Marlene Siedlarz. Our office is …

Another friendly reminder that the police will be out in full force this weekend due to the holiday. Although their focus will be on impaired drivers, they will not hesitate to pull over speeders and other traffic offenders. So...fasten your seat belts, put down your cellphones, stop at all stop signs, use your turn signals, and keep your speed to a minimum. Remember, speeding 26 miles per hour or more above the speed limit is now a misdemeanor. If all else fails and you end up with a ticket, give us a call for a free consultation, either in person or over the phone!

Make sure your child is restrained properly using the correct car seat or seat belt. Although requirements are in place to ensure your child's safety, failure to properly secure your child within your vehicle may also be a violation of the law. For more information on which car seat is right for your child, feel free to visit the below links for guidance:

Speeding in a construction zone is an unsightly blemish on your driving record that you should try to avoid at all costs, whether by avoiding the ticket altogether or fighting it in court. Even though it is a petty offense that you may walk away from with only a high fine, it is taken very seriously by judges and prosecutors due to increased concerns for the safety of workers.

Believe it or not, it is not a violation of your 4th Amendment rights for an officer to pull you over based on a random license plate check even if you have not committed any moving violations. If the owner of the vehicle you are driving has a suspended or revoked drivers license or registration, you may be pulled over to allow the officer an opportunity to further investigate whether your license is valid. This was recently upheld again in the Second District case of People v. Black Chevrolet Corvette. The stop could lead to further searches of you or your car if the officer becomes "…

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