Criminal Defense

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, […]

                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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

We are proud to announce that Attorney Jonathan James has been named to the National Trial Lawyer’s Top 100 Attorneys for Criminal Defense for the third straight year. This is no surprise considering the amount of successful litigation that Attorney James has done over the past year. During the last twelve months, Attorney James has […]

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 […]

As social media platforms continue to grow, their prevalence in the courtroom does as well. According to the Pew Research Center’s “Social Media Use in 2021” upwards of 70% of adults in the United States have at least one active social media profile. Because of this plethora of information freely disseminated online, law enforcement officers […]

During life people all make mistakes or errors in judgement.  Some of these errors can have lasting impact on our lives going further, especially those instances which result in a criminal record.  An individual may want to move beyond this past history and seek to clean up their criminal record.  There could be several reasons […]

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