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IL divorce lawyerDivorce is not only an emotional process, but it is also a legal one governed by many laws and procedural rules. People going through issues such as child custody, property division, and more are often not aware of how the legal process works and so, they make mistakes that end up hurting their case. To ensure you receive the fair settlement you deserve, read the most common mistakes made below, and how to avoid them.

Choosing the Wrong Kind of Divorce

Many people think that to get a divorce, they must enter litigation and go to trial. While this is sometimes the only option, it is not the first one you should consider. Litigated divorces take much longer, are more costly, and a judge may not return a decision in your favor. Options such as collaborative law and mediation allow you and your spouse to control the process, which can reduce the stress of the process and still help you recover a fair settlement.

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IL family law lawyerAt Aldrich & Siedlarz Law, P.C, we are so proud to announce that Attorney Marlene E. Siedlarz has been recognized for her volunteer work. Each year, the DuPage Legal Aid Foundation recognizes attorneys dedicated to helping individuals in need and Attorney Siedlarz has been awarded for the year 2021. For years, she has used her in-depth knowledge of the law to help those in need. Today, she focuses on family law, helping families through issues such as child custody, grandparents’ visitation rights, and more.

About the DuPage Legal Aid Foundation

The DuPage Legal Aid Foundation was founded in 1975 and since that time, has been committed to helping clients in need by offering pro bono services. To do this, the Foundation relies on support from DuPage County, the State of Illinois Lawyers Trust Fund, the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, and the DuPage County Bar Association, along with other sponsors and donors.

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IL defense lawyerLeaving the scene of an accident is a serious crime, and Illinois prosecutors might not take kindly to your argument that you were too confused or shaken to stop. Even if the accident only caused property damage, you might face a criminal charge under Illinois statutes. Please contact a criminal defense lawyer in DuPage County for help with your defense.

What the Law Says about Stopping

Several laws lay out a driver’s obligations after an accident. Collectively, they require the following:

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IL defense lawyerYes. Driving under the influence includes more than being intoxicated by alcohol. The law also prohibits driving under the influence of drugs, including marijuana. Although Illinois has decriminalized recreational marijuana use, some people wrongly think they can toke up behind the wheel. Unfortunately, as our DuPage County DUI attorney explains below, you can face some serious penalties.

What Is a Cannabis DUI?

A cannabis DUI is the unlawful operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence of cannabis. Under 625 ILCS 5/11-501.2(a)(6), you can be charged if you have the following tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) levels within two hours of driving:

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IL defense lawyerEvery criminal case turns on evidence. Without it, the state cannot secure a conviction for even the lowest-level crimes, and defendants can walk free. Sometimes evidence is contradictory, and it is up to the judge or jury to decide who is telling the truth or what evidence is most believable. At Aldrich & Siedlarz Law, P.C., our team will aggressively review all evidence found by the state and go even further, looking for exculpatory evidence to clear your name of a retail theft charge. Our team includes a Polish-speaking attorney, so please do not delay contacting us.

Your Own Statements Are Evidence

Many people convict themselves out of their own mouths soon after being stopped on suspicion of theft. Some people immediately admit they took goods, while others will come up with a story that is simply not believable. Ideally, anyone stopped on suspicion of retail theft will immediately stay quiet. There is no reason to talk to store personnel or the police, and you have a Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. Instead, ask for a lawyer.

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