Thursday, October 12, 2017

Fully Automatic Rifles

In Illinois, fully automatic rifles are illegal to sell, buy, carry or own in the state, except for law enforcement, military members and federally licensed gun dealers. Such rifles which fire as long as the trigger is pulled can be bought only with the approval of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Illinois Gun Laws

     Illinois is one of five states that prohibit gun owners from carrying handguns that are visible to the public, while 31 other states allow for what is known as the "open carry" of a firearm, no permit required, though in same cases the gun must be unloaded.
     In Illinois, those with concealed carry permits are prohibited from bringing firearms into schools, public parks and playgrounds, government buildings, public transit and any building with a "no gun" sign or sticker clearly visible at the entrance.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Seal Felony Convictions

A new law in Illinois expands record sealing eligibility, allowing ex-offenders with nonviolent, nonsexual felony convictions to apply to have their records sealed from view by many private employers. Record sealing is important because it closes certain court records from public view. In order to obtain these records, one must first seek a court order.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Filing For Divorce

If you are served with divorce papers, this means you receive a summons and a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. The petition lists why your spouse wants a divorce and what they want from the divorce. The summons tells you where and when to file an Appearance and an Answer to the divorce petition.
Usually, you have 30 days from when you were served the divorce papers to file anAppearance and an Answer. If you ignore the divorce papers, you won't go to jail or pay a fine. However, you will lose by default because the case will go on without you. This means that your spouse will what they asked for.
The judge will base the case decisions on what your spouse wants, without hearing your side. If you want your side to be heard, you should file Appearance and Answer forms and go to every court date.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Denial of Professional License

  • The Illinois Department of Financial Regulation may not deny a request for a professional license solely on the basis of an applicant's criminal record unless he or she was convicted of a crime directly related to the occupation for which the license is sought.  It also loosens rules involving discipline for license holders who owe child support.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Bail Reform Act

A new state law, effective in June 2017, calls on judges to generally find an alternative to cash bail in cases where someone is accused in a nonviolent crime.  That could include releasing a suspect on home electronic monitoring as they await trial.  It also allows low-level offenders previously held on a cash bond to get a new hearing and any defendant held on monetary bond to get a rehearing within seven days.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Gay Panic Defense

A new law banning what's known as the "gay panic defense" for defendants accused of murder, becomes effective in January, 2018.  Defendants will no longer be allowed to argue they acted out of passion after learning a victim was gay.  People accused of first-degree murder will not be able to use that claim as a mitigating factor to reduce their possible punishment.  And sexual orientation cannot be considered provocation for second-degree murder.