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Will County domestic violence defense lawyerBeing charged with a crime can be an extremely nerve-wracking and stressful experience. The more serious the crime you have been charged with, the more stress you may feel. As with most stressful experiences, you may experience emotions that you are not used to. While it is understandable that you may feel this way, you must think as clearly as possible and act with the utmost caution. 

If you have been charged with a violent crime like domestic violence, it cannot be emphasized enough how carefully you must conduct yourself. It is not an overstatement to say that your freedom may be on the line if you are found guilty of the charge. A domestic violence conviction can have a devastating impact on your life and career. If charged with an offense related to domestic violence, contact an experienced domestic violence attorney who will work with you and inform you of your rights and can instruct what can be done to build the most robust defense possible to pursue a favorable outcome on your behalf. 

Essential Things to Do and Not Do After You Have Been Arrested

Imagine this; the police show up at your door and say you are being arrested for and charged with domestic violence. From the moment those words exit the police officer’s mouth, your first thought needs to be how to protect yourself best legally. Many people are unaware that your defense strategy starts as soon as you are arrested. As soon as you are arrested, anything you do or say can and will be used against you. To help lessen your legal liability, cooperate with authorities during your arrest and do not resist. Failure to adhere to these guidelines could add additional charges against you and will increase your legal liability.

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Will County truck crash injury lawyerIn the United States, thousands of people are seriously injured or die in truck accidents every year. In Illinois, interstate highways, such as the highways that intersect across the Chicago area, can be extremely deadly, especially if there is a traffic stop causing other traffic to slow down. In addition, other variables, such as construction or even debris on the road, can result in catastrophic accidents. 

If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck accident, you may be at a loss for what to do. The most important thing you can do if you have been injured in a truck accident is to hire a knowledgeable truck accident attorney who can protect your rights and pursue compensation against any negligent parties involved.

The Importance of Hiring an Attorney After a Truck Accident

 Many unique issues must be handled and dealt with in the aftermath of a truck accident. Experienced attorneys know how to work through complex issues and are privy on how to:  

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shutterstock_1406835650-1.jpgPeople who suffer injuries on the job can be entitled to workers’ compensation, and workers’ compensation benefits are usually paid regardless of fault. When an employer’s own negligence is the cause of a devastating accident, then people may want to pursue additional legal options beyond just workers’ compensation.

When Third Parties Are Liable for Workplace Accidents

If a person is involved in an accident while they are working, such as another person causing a motor vehicle accident while doing something for work, that person can recover workers’ compensation benefits that will help pay bills. The problem is that the employer is paying for those benefits and the employer did not cause the accident, the negligent driver did.

A third-party claim is a separate lawsuit a person files in addition to seeking workers’ compensation benefits. Virtually every claim will involve negligence and require a person to prove that another party had a duty of care, they breached that duty of care, that breach caused injuries, and those injuries have resulted in damages.

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Will County, IL truck crash lawyerA crash involving two tractor-trailers last month closed a portion of southbound Interstate 55 (I-55) near the Interstate 80 (I-80) interchange in Will County near Joliet. Closures were expected to last at least three hours because of the truck accident.

The crash led to soybeans and water bottles covering all lanes of I-55, and the accident is a good reminder of the chaotic scene that can unfold following truck accidents. Major commercial trucks are usually hauling a variety of goods, and collisions can lead to various items being strewn across roadways.

Possible Damages in a Truck Accident Case

When it comes to most commercial truck accident cases, the people who suffer injuries in wrecks are right to wonder what kind of damages they may be entitled to. In most cases that go to trial, a jury award is for compensatory damages that can include both economic damages and noneconomic damages.

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Will County, IL repeat DUI defense attorneyA 53-year-old Joliet man landed in the Will County Jail after Joliet police said he was pulled over for improper lane usage. The man had a revoked driver’s license for previous DUI arrests. When you are facing possible repeat DUI charges in Illinois, you absolutely must invest in retaining legal counsel as soon as possible.

Prosecutors handling repeat DUI cases are seeking convictions and want to ensure that alleged offenders will be punished accordingly. You will need proven legal help in defending yourself against what are, in many cases, felony charges.

Repeat DUI Penalties in Illinois

The good news is that, so long as a case does not involve any aggravating factors, first and second DUI convictions in Illinois are usually Class A misdemeanors punishable by fines of up to $2,500 and/or up to one year in jail. The problem becomes that a third or fourth DUI offense is a Class 2 felony, a fifth offense is a Class 1 felony, and a sixth or subsequent offense is a Class X felony.

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