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If you’ve been married a long time and find yourself thrust into a divorce situation, you are not alone.  Although divorce is becoming less common for younger adults, so-called “gray divorce” for older adults is on the rise.According to an article in the Journal of Gerontology, the divorce rate for adults 50 and older has roughly doubled since the 1990s in the United States, to 10 divorces for every 1,000 married persons aged 50 and older in 2015.  In that same period, the divorce rate has almost tripled for those aged 65 and over, and the rate has also climbed...

Who polices the police when they do something they shouldn’t?  Chicago has made an attempt to do so by opening the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) in order to make more information about police misconduct available to the public. The goal was to make misconduct investigations transparent and let the public quickly learn the outcomes.However, according to ...

Weather can kill, and prisoners are more vulnerable to the effects of extreme weather than most Americans. While some prison systems attempt to keep temperatures within a healthy range, a 2015 In December of 2004, Charles Platcher, 31, who was serving a 40-year sentence in Menard Correctional Center, died from hypothermia -- too low body temperature -- on a day it was 26 degrees outside.  Because two valves that supplied heat to the prison's medical unit were defective, the temperature dropped to 60 degrees in Platcher's cell, and his body temperature to 84.7 degrees.  When the body’s core temperature gets that...

When prosecutors abuse their authority, the damage can be devastating, as guilty people may go free while innocent people wind up behind bars.  Prosecutors have the duty to uphold justice and the obligation to disclose potentially important evidence to defense lawyers.  If they don’t, innocent defendants can be convicted.Making the situation worse, according to an article in ProPublica, prosecutors who withhold evidence, tolerate false testimony or commit other abuses almost never see their careers damaged. Most of the time, no one prosecutes prosecutors who abuse their authority. In Illinois, as in other states, the system to oversee attorneys is ill-equipped...

Chicago Weapons Charge Lawyer

The gun trafficking industry is alive and well in Illinois, despite the efforts of police and prosecutors to stop the flow of guns coming in across state lines. But, due to an increase in violence in Chicago in the past two years, these efforts are increasing.  According to ...

Even if you have led an exemplary life since your youth, a conviction for a past crime can cause problems that follow you into the prime years of your life. Not only can having a criminal record affect your employment and educational opportunities, it can limit your ability to get decent housing, ruin your relationships, and rob you of self-esteem.Fortunately, in January 2017, recognizing that people who find meaningful work are less likely to keep committing crimes, several new Illinois laws went into effect that make it easier for people with past convictions to become functioning members of society.  These...

Chicago Traffic Defense Lawyer

It says something about crime in Chicago when the Police Department is on pace to spend nearly $200 million on overtime in 2017.  This is 40 percent more than last year’s record and is occurring despite a two-year hiring surge that is supposed to allow for attrition and increase the force by 970 officers.According to The Chicago Sun-Times,Annual murder totals in Chicago by year), Chicago was responsible for nearly half of 2016's increase in homicides in the U.S., though national crime rates stayed near historic lows.An increase in police officers is bound to lead to more arrests, and if you...

Illinois Cyber Crime Attorney

Illinois prosecutors have a duty to uphold justice, but too often their goal instead becomes winning the case and seeking out the harshest punishment possible. This results in problems such as wrongful convictions and miscarriage of justice, as well as increased overcrowding in our jails.A Fordham University study found that between 2000 and 2012, the American https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/05/are-prosecutors-the-key-to-justice-reform/483252/ ), there is a growing need to seriously rethink the role of the prosecutor in the administration of justice. The article cites outdated  data, in 1994 about one of every three arrests became a felony case; by the end of the 2000s, it was...

Illinois Criminal Defense Attorney

The probation system in the United States is broken -- prison and jail populations and correctional budgets have skyrocketed, and the system is too underfunded to function properly. At their peak, the numbers of individuals on probation have exceeded 5 million, double the number of people in prison and jail in America.According to a report by The Executive Session on Community Corrections, entitled Less Is More: How Reducing Probation Populations Can Improve Outcomes, since probation is the most underfunded of agencies within the criminal justice system, those sentenced to probation can run into difficulty even if managing to avoid jail completely....

If you own a business and are facing a divorce, you have reason to worry, as the stakes can be high.  If you aren’t careful, you might wind up having your ex as a business partner, or even worse, you might have to sell the business to raise cash.The divorce rate is high in the United States. According to a 2010 report by the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, 40 to 50 percent of all first marriages end in divorce, and the rate is even higher for second marriages.  If you got married years ago and your...

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