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Aggravated Domestic Battery with a weapon, a felony and misdemeanor Domestic Battery.
Client was charged with her third DUI. Gus was able to convince the court that the police violated the client’s rights.
Client was charged with DUI, officer’s report indicated that client was driving erratically.
Client was charged with Domestic Battery of a Child, the police report included photos depicting bruising.
CASE DISMISSED & EXPUNGED!
Apparently quite a few women who live in neighboring states have chosen to travel to Illinois to get an abortion. This is likely because Illinois has relatively relaxed abortion laws. While Roe v. Wade made it clear back in 1973 that women have the right to choose, many states have passed laws to make it more difficult for women to get abortions. Illinois has some provisions on the books that can limit when an abortion can be performed, but they are not particularly invasive. Federal Abortion Law The Supreme Court of the United States held that women have the right
After only 14 hours of deliberation, a Pennsylvania jury unanimously returned a “guilty” verdict in the Bill Cosby trial. Many attribute the verdict to the testimony given by other women who claimed to have also been victimized by the 80-year-old star. Each of the three felony counts against Cosby carries a maximum of 10 years in prison. If he receives the maximum penalty, Cosby will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars. What criminal charges were filed against Cosby? Bill Cosby was charged with three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault. These charges were based on allegations made
Making the decision to drink and drive can have some pretty harsh consequences. Penalties for DUI in Chicago can include jail time, fines, community service, and mandatory completion of alcohol counseling programs. Getting a DUI can also result in the suspension of your Illinois driver’s license. The length of your suspension will depend on the circumstances of your DUI offense. Per Se Intoxication or Refusing Chemical Testing Your driver’s license will automatically be suspended for a minimum of 6 months if (a) your BAC exceeds the legal limit or (b) you refuse chemical testing. These suspensions are not criminal penalties.
Unless your favorite pastime is binging episodes of courtroom dramas like Bull or Law & Order, you probably wouldn’t be excited by getting a notice that you’ve been selected for jury duty. However, if you do get a jury duty notice in the mail, it is important to (a) response and (b) show up if you don’t have a valid excuse. Failure to appear for jury duty service can have some pretty serious consequences. Legal Obligation to Serve on a Jury If you live in Illinois, you have a legal obligation to serve on a jury. Your chances of actually
Sometimes the use force is necessary to protect yourself, others, and property from harm. Illinois law recognizes your right to act in self-defense. However, you must be able to prove that your actions were justifiable. If you have been arrested for a crime in Chicago but were acting in self-defense, call the Kostopoulos Law Group for help. Our Chicago criminal defense attorneys will fight to make sure that you are not punished for invoking your right to act in self-defense. What is Self Defense? Self-defense is the act of using force that, under different circumstances, would be unlawful. The only
Shoplifting can be a very serious crime in Chicago. While a minor offense will generally be charged as a misdemeanor, a more serious act of retail theft can and will be classified as a felony. If you are convicted of a felony in Chicago your life will change dramatically. In addition to facing harsh criminal penalties including time behind bars and expensive fines, you will also be saddled with a debilitating criminal record. If you are facing criminal charges for retail theft you have the right to defend yourself, and the Chicago theft crime attorneys at the Kostopoulos Law Group
Drinking and driving can have devastating consequences. In 2014, there were 845 fatal car accidents in Illinois. Nearly 40 percent of those accidents involved alcohol. In an effort to combat drunk driving, Illinois has implemented a number of legal measures to deter and punish individuals for using alcohol and driving a car. Some of these measures apply even if you’re not legally drunk behind the wheel. You can face significant criminal penalties if you drive a car with an open container of alcohol. Illinois Open Container Laws – 625 ILCS 5/11-502 Think twice before driving a car when there are any