Hiring an attorney is a crucial step in navigating legal matters, whether it’s a business transaction, personal injury case, criminal case, or family dispute. However, not all attorneys are created equal, and choosing the wrong one can have significant consequences for your case and your wallet. To ensure you’re making the right choice, it’s essential […]

Often times people confuse the legal terms of “assault” and “battery” and are often used interchangeably by the general public, leading to confusion about their distinct meanings.  Under the law in Illinois Assault and Battery have two different but related meanings and the penalties differ for each.  Battery is usually classified as the more serious […]

We are proud to announce that Attorney Jonathan James has published the second edition to his book on DUI Defense. The latest title covers the changes in the law that have taken place since Illinois has legalized recreational marijuana. These include, the field sobriety test license suspension that are applicable to only DUI cannabis cases, […]

When a person is facing a Statutory Summary Suspension of their driver’s license as a result of a DUI arrest, that incident can result in a significant impact on their ability to drive to work or otherwise provide transportation for themselves or their loved ones.  An option to keep driving during the period of the […]

                Getting arrested can be one of the most stressful moments in a person’s life. Because of this, it is important that you avoid some of the most common pitfalls during this process. Avoiding these 5 mistakes will improve your chances of escaping a criminal conviction and will make the whole process easier. 1) Talk […]

This is a tricky question and the answer has changed with recent changes in the law concerning cannabis DUI cases.  Traditionally, a driver in Illinois had an absolute right under the 4th amendment to refuse all chemical testing and field sobriety testing.  That is still true to some extent.  However, the Illinois legislature has decided […]

Turn-in/Bond-out A bond is an amount of money or property given to the court as collateral to ensure that a defendant appears in court as required.  When a person is arrested and taken into custody, the court will set a bail amount that must be paid in order to be released from jail prior to […]

We are happy to announce that Sean Thompson has joined our team and will be working as an Associate Attorney in our Rockford Office. Attorney Thompson graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and a Juris Doctorate Degree. Attorney Thompson received high honors while in law school by participating […]

The proliferation of self-driving technology has started to raise some very interesting legal questions.  For instance, can a person get a DUI in a self driving car?  What about traffic tickets?  If the car is in control, am I responsible for its actions?  Do I need a license to operate a self-driving vehicle?  Currently, state […]

Recently, there has been a spike in shoplifting cases that has caused the Illinois Legislature to enact harsher penalties when it comes to retail theft.  Several major retailers, such as Home Depot, Walmart, and Target have reported an epidemic of thefts from their stores which is starting to have a significant impact on their bottom […]

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