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Best Tips and Strategies for Fighting Burglary in IL

By Johnson Westra Boecker Whittaker & Newitt, P.C. |

Residential burglary is a Class 1 felony under Illinois law. The punishment for a Class 1 felony is four to 15 years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines. If you are facing residential burglary charges, it is vital to get a zealous and experienced Chicago criminal defense lawyer in your corner as… Read More »

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What Are the Grounds for Divorce in Illinois?

By Johnson Westra Boecker Whittaker & Newitt, P.C. |

Illinois, like most states, allows for some form of “no-fault” divorce (typically called “irreconcilable differences”). Different states are more distinct in terms of whether other “fault” grounds for divorce are still on the books, as well as how no-fault divorce is precisely defined. In 2016, Illinois enacted a new law, firmly taking a position… Read More »

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What Are the Child Custody Laws in Illinois?

By Johnson Westra Boecker Whittaker & Newitt, P.C. |

Determining child custody is often the most heated part of a divorce proceeding. Illinois family law establishes both the types of custody and custody arrangements available to parents, as well as providing a guideline for how family courts should decide upon custody in a divorce or other custody dispute. Read on to learn about… Read More »

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Special Considerations for Gray Divorces in Illinois

By Johnson Westra Boecker Whittaker & Newitt, P.C. |

Divorces between older couples, often nicknamed “gray divorces,” are becoming more and more common across the country. The number of married individuals over the age of 50 divorcing has more than doubled since 1990. There is no maximum age for a couple to realize that they would be happier apart. For couples that do… Read More »

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How Does the Coronavirus Affect My Divorce?

By Johnson Westra Boecker Whittaker & Newitt, P.C. |

The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic continues to affect nearly every aspect of our daily lives. Restaurants, movie theaters, office buildings, and government agencies have been closed in order to limit the spread of the virus. These closures, as well as the spread of the illness itself, have had a profound impact on the finances and… Read More »

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Changes to Illinois Order of Protection Laws

By Johnson Westra Boecker Whittaker & Newitt, P.C. |

An order of protection, also known as a restraining order, is a court order that protects the holder (the petitioner) from certain actions by the person named in the order. The order may prohibit the named subject from harming or harassing the petitioner and may restrict the subject from contacting the petitioner or visiting… Read More »

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Signs Your Spouse is Hiding Assets in a Divorce

By Johnson Westra Boecker Whittaker & Newitt, P.C. |

Alimony, child support, and property division in a divorce are all dependent on the assets that were held by both parties before and during a marriage. Some parties to a divorce might try to shield some of their assets from being included in the marital estate or hide assets in order to reduce their… Read More »

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Can I Face Federal Charges for Carrying Marijuana Across State Lines?

By Johnson Westra Boecker Whittaker & Newitt, P.C. |

As we previously discussed, the recreational use of marijuana is now legal in Illinois. Using, growing, and selling cannabis is now legal in the state, with certain restrictions. Residents may possess up to 30 grams of cannabis flower without facing any criminal repercussions under Illinois. Illinois is one of 11 states to fully legalize… Read More »

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Chicago Family Law Cases on Hold Due to Coronavirus

By Johnson Westra Boecker Whittaker & Newitt, P.C. |

The coronavirus pandemic continues to increase around the world, and various states, cities, and the federal government have taken steps to combat the spread. Schools, businesses, and government offices across the country are being temporarily shut down. If you are wondering if your Chicago or Cook County paternity, divorce, or other family law matter… Read More »

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2020 Changes to Illinois Criminal History Expungement

By Johnson Westra Boecker Whittaker & Newitt, P.C. |

A criminal conviction can follow you for years after you have paid your fines or served your time. Potential employers and landlords can look up your criminal history, affecting where you can live or work, and certain convictions can affect your professional licensing or immigration status. Thankfully, depending on the type of conviction, you… Read More »

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