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Why Our Criminal Justice System Discussions Must Include Mental Health

CRIMINAL DEFENSE AND FAMILY LAW

Our Justice System Can't Cope with Mental Illness

Do people with mental illnesses belong in jail? While most of the time the crimes they are accused of are petty ones, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 2 million people with mental illness are booked into jails each year. The Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) estimates that 16 percent of 48,000 individuals in the total DOC population have a mental health disorder. Unfortunately, jail only makes their conditions worse, since at least 83% of jailed inmates with a mental illness don't receive the treatment they need and wind up staying longer than prisoners without mental illness. Even after they...

DuPage County Divorce Lawyer

Did you know there is a day to give recognition to your ex-spouse? National Ex-Spouse Day is officially observed every year on April 14th. National Ex Spouse Day was created in 1987 by Reverend Ronald Coleman of Kansas City, Mo.  Considering that the United States divorce rate for first marriages is about 50 percent, there are lots of divorced people in a position to observe this day -- if they want to. You may question why there is such a “holiday” since divorce is often a painful and costly event you are likely to want to just put behind you. However, there are many...

Almost every divorce creates stress, with great potential for negative psychological and emotional impact on everyone involved. If the divorce is adversarial, it can take family members approximately four to eight years to recover from the emotional and financial expense, and it can cost each party $5,000 to $35,000. (http://www.mediate.com/articles/psych.cfm)  Emotional problems and resentment increase as the focus is on blame and who is at fault, and communication between parties breaks down. Whatever the circumstances of your divorce, legal issues must be resolved fairly and according to Illinois law. The skilled Illinois family-law attorneys at Wolfe & Stec, Ltd. understand the...

Raising children is difficult enough when there are two of you doing it – for single parents, it is even more challenging.  In recognition of the hard work, devotion and sacrifices of single parenting, March 21st has been set aside to observe National Single Parent Day.  This is a day to support and appreciate a family member, friend, neighbor, co-worker or someone else who is a single parent. If you are a single parent, use this day to make it special and to be especially supportive of yourself. The experienced and compassionate Illinois family-law attorneys at Wolfe & Stec, Ltd., understand the...

Illinois Family Law Attorney

No one wants to think about divorce when they are still planning their wedding, but a prenuptial agreement can actually help strengthen your marriage by providing a solid foundation.  And, of course, having an agreement makes it easier and saves you money should your marriage not work out. Couples, especially millennial couples, are three times more likely to make a prenuptial agreement today than they were ten years ago. According to a new national survey from the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), more millennials are seeking prenups because they are getting married at an older age and often enter marriage with...

Both the Illinois Constitution and the sixth amendment to the United States Constitution guarantee the right to a speedy trial. In Illinois, 725 ILCS 5/103-5 specifies exactly how many days the State has to try the charges against a defendant in different situations.  However, some situations require that you or your attorney make what is known as a “speedy trial demand” before the clock starts ticking off the days. While no one wants to spend more time in jail than necessary, there are times when it is in your best interests not to ask for a speedy trial.  If you or...

Americans love their pets, many viewing them as part of their family. So when the family breaks up due to divorce, the issue of who gets custody of the pet may become a major problem. According to a 2015 survey from the American Pet Products Association, about two-thirds of American households, have pets. With approximately half of all marriages in the United States ending in divorce, there are a lot of people who wind up fighting over their animals. The experienced and compassionate Illinois family law attorneys at Wolfe & Stec, Ltd., always focus on our clients’ needs and feelings, and we work to resolve...

You can divorce your spouse, but it may not be so easy to divorce yourself from the debt that you built together during your marriage.  Americans tend to run up lots of household debt. Debt.org claims that the average American household has over $15,000 in credit card debt, and Bankrate.com did a survey that reports over 50 percent of Americans do not have enough emergency cash to pay off credit card debt.  This debt can haunt you both during and after the divorce process, as credit companies aren't bound by divorce decrees. They are able to go after you for...

Going through divorce is difficult enough without having to prove nasty charges against your spouse, so it is fortunate that Illinois has finally become a no-fault state and changed the grounds for divorce.  As of January 1, 2016, the revised Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA) has made irreconcilable differences the only grounds for divorce in our state, and the residency requirement is now just 90 days. You no longer have to prove fault for the breakdown of your marriage or that you have been separated for a long period of time. Although previously you could still divorce for irreconcilable...

Illinois Criminal Defense Attorney

Is justice served when a child is found guilty in adult court and is sentenced to more prison time than he or she has even been alive? Children are not the same as adults, and adolescent development research strongly suggests distinct differences in behavioral tendencies, such as increased risk-taking, which may lead to criminal behavior; but children also have the ability to change. With this in mind, the court system is starting to question whether there is another approach so that children who are felons can have the opportunity to make changes that allow them to go on to lead...

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