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What is an Order of Protection?

Posted by Megan Lafata | Apr 01, 2022 | 0 Comments

Orders of Protection in Illinois What is an Order of Protection? In Illinois, an order of protection is a court order which provides victims protection from threats or abuse, including domestic violence, and is only available to family or household members. An Order of Protection can be used to...

How to Establish Paternity in Illinois

Posted by Megan Lafata | Mar 25, 2022 | 0 Comments

What is Paternity? When a child is born to unwed parents, parentage is required to establish a parent's legal relationship to a child. Parentage includes the relationship between the mother and child (maternity) and the relationship between the father and child (paternity). When parentage is est...

Do Grandparent's Have Visitation Rights in Illinois?

Posted by Megan Lafata | Mar 08, 2022 | 0 Comments

Do Grandparent's Have Visitation Rights in Illinois? Grandparents play an important role in the raising and upbringing of a child. For this reason, many grandparents are surprised when they don't receive automatic visitation rights with their grandchildren after a divorce. Although the Illinois ...

What is Spousal Maintenance?

Posted by Megan Lafata | Dec 21, 2021 | 0 Comments

What is Spousal Maintenance? During a divorce proceeding, a judge may order one spouse to pay another spouse money to help support them. This is referred to as “spousal maintenance” or “alimony.” However, a judge is not required to order spousal maintenance. How Does a Spouse Get Maintenance?...

My Ex isn’t letting me see my child. What can I do?

Posted by Megan Lafata | Sep 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

Is your ex interfering with your parenting time?  Is your ex interfering with your parenting time?  When it comes to family law, often parenting time (formerly known as visitation and child custody) is of the utmost importance to the parents involved. While many parents are committed to acting ...

What is a Parenting Plan?

Posted by Megan Lafata | Aug 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

What's a Parenting Plan? In Illinois, a parenting plan is a written agreement that allocates significant decision-making responsibilities and parenting time. The parties are required to submit a parenting plan to the court within 120 days of the date of filing a petition for allocation of parent...

What is an "Aggravated" Offense?

Posted by Megan Lafata | Jul 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

What does it mean when a crime is "aggravated"? If you are charged with an “aggravated” crime, you could be facing some serious consequences. “Aggravated” means made more serious by attendant circumstances. The penalty range may be more than you have bargained for based upon some factor, whether...

What is a Statutory Summary Suspension?

Posted by Megan Lafata | Jul 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

What is a Summary Suspension? A statutory summary suspension is the suspension of driving privileges as a result of a DUI. Once in effect, you cannot legally drive. A summary suspension goes into effect 46 days after the confirmation of a refusal to submit to testing or failure of chemical test....

Getting Pulled Over With a CDL

Posted by Megan Lafata | Jul 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

What's next? Call a Lawyer. Traffic court may seem like no big deal, but your CDL is your livelihood. CDL can be suspended much easier than a normal license. Two serious moving violations in a 36-month period will result in a CDL being suspended for a minimum of two months. Even if you were driv...

Concurrent v. Consecutive Sentencing

Posted by Megan Lafata | Jul 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

What does it mean?  Understanding minimum and maximum sentencing ranges for any given charge is critical to determining how to proceed in criminal cases. A knowledgeable lawyer knows this and can help you navigate this confusing but area of the law.  Prior to pleading guilty, a judge must admo...

What is a "Warning to Motorist"?

Posted by Megan Lafata | Jul 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Warning to Motorist The Warning to Motorist informs a driver suspected of driving under the influence of the consequences to their driving privileges for refusing field sobriety testing or submitting to testing and testing above the legal limit. Prior to requesting a driver to submit to test...

PTR: What is a Petition to Revoke

Posted by Megan Lafata | Jul 06, 2020 | 0 Comments

Petition to Revoke Sentence You've already plead guilty and been sentenced to probation. You are prohibited from taking any controlled substances and are required to submit to random drug testing. You were notified by your probation officer that you tested positive, and they are sending your cas...

What To Do After a Slip and Fall

Posted by Megan Lafata | Jun 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

What should I do if I fall in public? If you were injured as a result of falling, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. You will need to prove the following: 1. There was a condition within that place that caused you to fall,  2. The person that owned, operated or managed knew...

Intersection of Mental Health and Crime

Posted by Megan Lafata | Jun 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

Mental Health Court Alternative Programs A number of crimes are committed because a person is in the throes of mental illness. If this happens to you or someone you know, contacting a lawyer may help with getting the necessary medical help, but also keep a serious crime off your criminal record....

If I’m Guilty, Do I Still Need a Lawyer?

Posted by Megan Lafata | Jun 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

Should I just plead guilty? If you are charged with a criminal offense, it is imperative that you consult with a lawyer. You need to discuss the facts of your case and the potential consequences you will face. A criminal conviction can have serious consequences related to your ability to secure ...

I Got a DUI, Am I Going to Lose My License?

Posted by Megan Lafata | Jun 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

A good attorney can help you keep your license.  When you get arrested for driving under the influence your license will automatically become suspended 46 days after confirmation of your summary suspension. That's to say, you will lose your driving privileges unless you talk to an attorney quick...

Can I Smoke Weed In My Car?

Posted by Megan Lafata | Jun 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

It's legal...right? Even though it is legal for adults to possess regulated amounts of cannabis, smoking “adult-use” cannabis (rather than medical cannabis) in your car is illegal under 625 ILCS 5/11-502.15. Additionally, the odor of cannabis coming from your vehicle allows a police officer to s...

Addiction, Mental Health & The Law

Posted by Megan Lafata | Jun 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

Specialty Courts  The law is always evolving. It is important to have a lawyer that follows the changes in the law, especially when the changes are designed to benefit the accused. Addiction is a medical disease recognized by the DSM5. Many counties in the Chicago land area have created special...

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