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Fatal accident: a review of reckless homicide charges and penalties

July 16, 2013
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The courts treat most accidents as a matter of negligence. The person who is responsible for the accident is considered at fault, or liable. Anyone who is injured or killed by the person at fault can recover damages in a civil action for personal injury or wrongful death. Since the person responsible did not intend […]

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A summary of the law and penalties for involuntary manslaughter

July 9, 2013
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Illinois courts apply the term involuntary manslaughter to any accidental death that results from the reckless acts of another. Recklessness is the key component of involuntary manslaughter. If the acts causing the death were negligent, then the loss of life would be actionable in a civil courtroom, through a wrongful death lawsuit. The statute penalizing […]

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Procedure for stalking no contact order in Illinois

May 31, 2012
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Illinois courts have a new law that allows an individual to seek a restraining order against another. In 2010, state lawmakers in Springfield passed a bill creating a stalking no contact order. The restraining order that is available under this statute differs from an order of protection and a sexual assault civil no contact order. […]

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Two types of domestic battery and penalties

September 13, 2011
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The law in Illinois provides that there are two types of domestic battery offenses. First, a person can be charged with domestic battery for causing bodily harm to any family or household member. Second, a person can also be charged with domestic battery for making contact of an insulting and provoking nature with any family […]

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Having contact with victim in domestic battery is a crime

August 15, 2011
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After an arrest for domestic battery, typically the police will release the offender upon payment of a small bond or signing a recognizance bond. The bond sheet is been provided to the person along with his other property. However, in some counties, the police will bring the person who was arrested before a judge for […]

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Can a child get an order of protection against a parent in Illinois?

March 6, 2010
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Children may seek an order of protection against a parent under the Illinois Domestic Violence Act, found at 750 ILCS 60/1 et seq. An order of protection is commonly referred to as a restraining order. To be entitled to an order of protection, the petitioner must show that he or she has been the victim […]

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What are the penalties in Illinois for violating an order of protection?

February 21, 2010
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Violation of an order of protection is a Class A misdemeanor offense punishable by up to one year in jail and a $2,500 fine. The court may also sentence the defendant to probation, counseling, and community service. Supervision is available for this offense, which means that a first offender may be eligible to have the […]

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What is domestic battery under Illinois law?

February 17, 2010
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Illinois law says that domestic battery is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail.

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How do I get an order of protection against someone in Illinois?

February 2, 2010
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This article explains the process in Illinois of applying for a plenary order of protection, which is a two-year order prohibiting contact between family or household members.

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