There are many new laws going into effect starting July 1.  These include increasing the gas tax by 19 cents per gallon, increasing fees for petty traffic offenses from $120 to $164, and using your cell phone while operating a vehicle will now be considered a moving violation.  Currently, motorist who are caught using an […]

Our founding attorney, Jonathan James, was one of only two lawyers from the Rockford area to attend a trial skills class conducted by the Trial Lawyer’s College last weekend. The Trial Lawyers College is an organization that is dedicated to helping criminal defense attorneys and plaintiffs attorneys for personal injury, in the advancement of their […]

In recent years, the State of Illinois has passed several laws easing the restrictions on possession of cannabis and the possible ramifications that marijuana possession can have on a person’s criminal record.  The Decriminalization Law passed in July of 2016 made possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana a civil law violation instead of […]

Thus far in 2019, sixteen police officers have been killed or injured on Illinois roadways while conducting traffic stops.  This is a substantial increase over the same period in 2018.  Because of this, law enforcement has stepped up their efforts to catch drivers who are unsafely passing police vehicles while they are engaged in traffic […]

The Illinois Supreme Court has found the laws banning the carrying or possession of stun guns and tasers unconstitutional.  In a consolidated appeal of People v. Webb and People v. Greco, the Illinois Supreme Court unanimously found that stun guns and tasers are bearable arms entitled to the protection of the second amendment and that […]

We are pleased to announce that our founding attorney, Jonathan James, has recently published a book on domestic battery defense strategies in Illinois. In the book Defending Domestic Battery, Attorney Jonathan James gives you the tools you need to understand domestic battery prosecutions and explains the legal strategies that can be used to avoid a […]

The Illinois Legislature enacted the Firearm Concealed Carry Act in 2013 allowing properly licensed individuals the right to carry concealed firearms. The Concealed Carry License (CCL) is an additional license that essentially follows the Illinois Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) Card because one must have the right to possess firearms before they can be given the […]

As of 2016, Illinois law has decriminalized possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana so that you can now only get a ticket, similar to what you get for minor traffic violations. The new law also provides that the record of these marijuana tickets will automatically be expunged after the fine has been paid. The […]

Nobody’s relationship is perfect, and it is not unusual for couples to argue, but sometimes those arguments can quickly get out of hand. If the police are called due to a couple fighting, then a simple argument can suddenly turn into a domestic battery charge. Domestic Battery can be charged regardless of whether there is […]

We are proud to announce that Attorney Jennifer Kotalik has been recognized by the Association of American Trial Lawyers as one of the 40 Attorneys under 40 in the area of criminal defense law.  The Association of American Trial Lawyers identifies outstanding lawyers who elevate the level of legal representation in their region and field of […]