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Jan 12

What is the Illinois Approach to Orders of Protection?

An order of protection in Illinois is a legal mechanism available to victims of domestic violence. Commonly referred to as a restraining order, an order of protection is a legal command from a judge to cease domestic violence or other family abuse.

Who is Eligible for an Order of Protection for Domestic Violence?

An order of protection is available to victims of domestic violence to prevent further abuse. This type of order is only available to family members or people living together. Victims of domestic violence can obtain an order of protection if they:

    Have a blood relation to the abuser; Are currently or were previously married to the abuser; Live or lived with the abuser; Share parental rights with the abuser for a child or multiple children; Have a blood relation to the abuser through a child or multiple children; Are currently or were previously in a romantic
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Jan 5

Driver Charged in Illinois Aggravated DUI After Fatal Accident

A Texas man faces criminal charges for aggravated DUI in Illinois after killing a woman in a fatal car crash, according to an article by The Southern Illinoisan. The car accident in question occurred on September 18th on Interstate 57 near Franklin County, Illinois. At that time, the Texas man was driving a tractor-trailer on the northbound side of the highway. After crossing over the median, the Texas man smashed into the woman’s passenger vehicle.

The Illinois State Police responded to this accident and conducted the initial investigation. Once the authorities were ready to bring formal criminal charges, officers from Franklin County traveled to Texas on December 10th to arrest the man. The Texas man now faces criminal charges for two counts of aggravated DUI.

To better understand the gravity of this situation, the following sections will explore Illinois laws and penalties for aggravated DUI.

What are [...]

Dec 29

Conductor Will Not Face Criminal Charges for Sexual Misconduct in Illinois

Despite recent allegations of sexual misconduct, a famous conductor with ties to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will not face criminal charges in Illinois, according to an article by the Chicago Tribune. The conductor denies these allegations and continues to maintain his innocence.

In the past month, the Lake Forest Police Department received several claims of sexual misconduct concerning the conductor. Several of the acts described occurred approximately 30 years ago, between 1986 and 1987, when one victim was only 16 years old.

After conducting a thorough investigation into these allegations, the Lake Forest Police Department was unable to find substantive evidence of misconduct. As a result, the conductor will not face criminal charges at this time.

In light of these recent allegations of sexual misconduct, it seems appropriate to review the Illinois legal approach to sex crimes. To that end, the following sections will explore the characteristics of [...]

Dec 22

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Paying Driver’s License Reinstatement Fees Online in Illinois

Illinois drivers who lose their licenses due to DUI or other traffic offenses may be eligible to pay their reinstatement fees online. Under certain circumstances, drivers can submit the required fees to the Secretary of State and regain driving privileges.

Which Reinstatement Fees are Eligible for Online Payment in Illinois?

The Illinois Secretary of State only accepts online payment for the following types of driver’s license reinstatement fees:

    Traffic Offenses: These suspensions carry a $70 fee and are only available for online payment 10 days before the suspension ends; Court Orders: These suspensions carry a $70 fee and are only available for online payment once the court receives proof of order completion; Child Support: These suspensions carry a $70 fee; Field Sobriety (single offense): These suspensions carry a $250 fee; Field Sobriety (several offenses): These suspensions carry a $500 fee; Mandatory Insurance: These suspensions
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