Friday, November 17, 2017

Parenting Classes

According to Illinois law, parenting classes are required whenever parents of minor children are engaged in a court proceeding involving allocation of parenting time and responsibility, formerly referred to as custody and visitation.  This includes post-judgment cases involving modification of parenting time and responsibility or relocation of the child. 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Judge dozing during trial won't necessarily be cause for new one.

A new Illinois Appellant Court decision states if a judge falls asleep during a murder trial, it will not necessarily be cause for a new trial, as long as the judge was not dozing through crucial evidence or motions.  They ruled an inadvertent nap is harmless.

Monday, November 6, 2017

New aggravated battery law

A new law, effective January 1 2018, provides that a person commits aggravated battery when, in committing a battery, other than by the discharge of a firearm, he or she knowingly causes great bodily harm or permanent disability or disfigurement to an individual whom the person knows to be a Department of Children and Family Services employee.

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.