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Mail fraud not only exists -- it is illegal and can be punished under both Illinois statutes and federal law.  Since state statutes mirror the federal laws and have the same elements, both federal and state charges can be brought against anyone accused of mail fraud, and this can lead to the possibility of increased prison time and costs.Potential penalties are based on the dollar value of the property involved or financial loss due to the fraud. The higher the loss amount, the longer the possible jail time and the higher the possible fines. Since white collar crimes such as...

Raising children is expensive – one estimate of costs necessary to raise a child through the age of 17 is $233,610 per child, or nearly $14,000 per year.  Although most parents’ primary concern is the well-being of their children, their own financial considerations are important as well, especially in a divorce situation.Illinois recognizes the right of every child to expect financial support from both parents and has changed the law to better enable this to happen.  On July 1, 2017, Public Act 99-764  went into effect that changed how the state calculates child support and what each parent is responsible...

Summer should be a fun time for parents and children, but when a family is fractured by divorce, working out a summer parenting time schedule can be difficult. If parents live long distances apart, scheduling becomes much more complex, as it does if the divorce is a hostile one.Illinois child parenting time (previously called visitation) guidelines are flexible, so as long as you and your co-parent are in agreement, you can come up with a summer schedule that suits the lifestyles of both parents and children. A good lawyer will help develop scheduling plans in advance so you don’t run...

If you are facing trial in Illinois, you may be considering the use of trial scientists, consultants such as psychologists, and communication experts who aid attorneys in the evaluation and presentation of a trial or lawsuit. Because they understand how people and groups make decisions, trial consultants are used to help prepare witnesses, improve arguments and rhetoric, and select juries that may be favorable to your defense.While trial consultants can help, they add an extra layer of expense to your defense costs, and it is questionable as to whether the science involved is always accurate.  The experienced and seasoned Illinois criminal law attorneys at...

The United States arrests and imprisons more people than any other country, and as a result, as many as one in three American adults have some type of criminal record.Unfortunately, incarceration carries a lifetime of consequences.  According to the Center for American Progress report titled “One Strike and You’re Out,” having even a minor criminal record can be a life sentence to poverty, presenting obstacles to employment, housing, education and training, public assistance, financial empowerment, and more. And if you are a parent, your entire family, especially your children, will be negatively impacted.The experienced and compassionate Illinois criminal law attorneys at Wolfe & Stec,...

Ever since President Donald Trump’s administration began cracking down on immigrants, there has been an increased fear of deportation. This has led to an uptick in demand for assistance with immigration issues, but also in fraudulent immigration counseling services. The problem is particularly severe in places like Chicago, which is considered a sanctuary city and attracts a large number of immigrants.Immigration law is complex and difficult to navigate for even a trained practitioner, so it is not surprising that there has been an increase in immigration law scams and mistakes made by legitimate immigration service providers. Complicating the situation is...

Illinois Family Law Attorney

For many transgender and gender-nonconforming people, something most of us take for granted – showing identification such as a driver's license or passport when asked – can cause all sorts of problems.  When the gender on their ID does not match their current appearance, it can lead to suspicious looks, being denied entry and missing flights, or even becoming targets for humiliation, hostility or violence.Illinois is one of about half the states in the U.S. that allow transgender people to change the gender on their driver's license or state identification card with a letter from a health care provider. Still,...

Illinois Criminal Defense Lawyer

When juveniles get involved with gangs and crime, the consequences can ruin their lives forever. Fortunately, many are still young enough to be influenced in a positive manner and make lifestyle changes that can put them back on the road to a successful future.In Chicago, non-profit organizations such as BUILD Chicago (Broader Urban Involvement and Leadership Development) are working with children and young adults between the ages of 6 and 24, by offering everything from gang intervention to college and career services in an effort to fight crime.The experienced and seasoned Illinois criminal law attorneys at Wolfe & Stec, Ltd....

Illinois Cyber Crime Attorney

With the ever-increasing popularity of the internet, it is no wonder that there is a corresponding increase in the number of online-related crimes. There are multiple ways the internet can be used in a criminal fashion, ranging from identity theft to cyberstalking and harassment, and the repercussions can be serious.For example, individuals who were stalked, harassed and embarrassed on the internet have gone so far as to commit suicide, and children thinking they were going to meet up with a “friend’ met on the internet have been lured into dangerous situations by adults with sexual motives. Recently, in Chicago a...

Illinois Criminal Defense Attorney

How well are local police officers trained to deal with the life-and-death situations they encounter while enforcing the law?  The low flunk-out rate at the Chicago Police Academy may indicate that the training and selection process of new officers is just not good enough.Between July 2012 and April 2016, 97 percent of some 2,000 prospective officers who entered the academy graduated, and only three percent failed or dropped out. Two of Illinois' five other police academies reported similar graduation rates -- College of DuPage's Suburban Law Enforcement Academy and the Southwestern Illinois Police Academy in Belleville had graduation rates between...

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