If you’re charged with a crime, you’ll want to know what aggravating factors for your potential sentence are. A statute may spell out a range of possible punishments, but some facts or issues can increase your sentence. Depending on the crime and the factor, your sentence could be substantially longer. If you are accused of … Continue reading What Are Aggravating Factors in a Criminal Case?
Criminal law takes DUI arrests seriously, and the state will always prosecute them aggressively. That is because drivers under the influence often cause accidents that cause severe or, in the worst cases, fatal injuries. A first- or second-time DUI arrest is a class-one misdemeanor, in most cases. If the court finds you guilty, you face … Continue reading What is a Misdemeanor DUI in Illinois?
If you are left wondering, “how can I beat a drug charge with minimal repercussions,” you may want to speak with an Illinois drug lawyer. Although attitudes toward some drugs are changing throughout the country, facing drug charges in Illinois is serious. Depending on the outcome of your case, you could face severe repercussions. How … Continue reading How can I get off on drug charges?
In Illinois, this charge carries serious implications. Punishments can include decades-long jail sentences and tens of thousands of dollars in fines. If you or a loved one has been charged with second degree manslaughter, you are likely to have questions about the legal process and how to defend yourself in court. What Does Second Degree … Continue reading What Does Second Degree Manslaughter Mean?
Divorce. The word itself marks a significant life change, one that often comes after a great deal of thought and with a broad range of emotions. When a couple separates, their single household becomes two, and important decisions must be made. One of the most confusing and often contentious deals with the division of assets. … Continue reading What Is Considered an Asset in Divorce?
Divorce is rarely easy for either party. However, there may be strategic advantages to filing for divorce first in some cases. From the element of surprise, to choosing the court location and regaining control over your life, being the first to file for divorce can sometimes be an effective strategy. So, we answer the critical … Continue reading Does it matter who files for divorce first?
What is the average jail time for drug possession? You might be contemplating this very question if you have recently been arrested for this charge. The answer depends on a multitude of factors. What Is the Average Sentence for Drug Possession in Illinois? Under the Illinois Controlled Substances Act (ICSA), possession of all drugs (besides … Continue reading What Is the Average Jail Time for Drug Possession?
A divorce can take an emotional toll, even in marriages where both parties agree to end it. This type of divorce is called an “uncontested divorce.” In uncontested divorces, you might wonder if it’s worth getting a divorce lawyer. You might also wonder if you should get a lawyer if you have been married for … Continue reading Is it Worth Getting a Divorce Lawyer?
If you believe a family court judge has ordered you to pay too much child support or hasn’t awarded you enough child support, you may be able to appeal the order. Like other court decisions, child support orders first come from a trial court, and then the losing party has the right to appeal to … Continue reading Can I Appeal a Child Support Order?
The basic answer to this question is “no, you are not responsible for your spouse’s debt after separation.” However, this answer requires further explanation. Typically, you would not be responsible for your spouse’s new debt incurred after legal separation. You and your spouse would each individually pay your own new debt you run up after … Continue reading Am I Responsible for My Spouse’s Debt after Separation?
While a child having both parents fully present in their lives is preferable, some situations may arise that make that impossible or unhealthy. If you’re seeking full custody of your child in Illinois, work with a child custody lawyer at Wolfe & Stec, Ltd. Our firm has extensive experience assisting clients with child-related matters. If … Continue reading How to File for Full Custody in Illinois