If you have ever been a victim of stalking, this is for you.
When we think of stalking at its worst, the movie Halloween comes to mind: a creepy man follows young girls around, stands outside their school, vandalizes property, kills their dog...you get the picture. It's scary. What's scarier is that all of these acts seem to be threats of true violence yet to come. The scariest part of all is that the movie is not far from reality.
The Stalking No Contact Order Act ("The Stalking Law") recognizes stalking as a serious crime that may lead to violence. Victims experience "fear for their safety, fear for the safety of others and suffer emotional distress." (740 ILCS 21/5). Many victims change their daily schedules to avoid stalkers, and some are so frightened they move to other cities or states. The Stalking Law gives victims a civil remedy requiring stalkers to stay away from them and third parties.
This office recently won a nine-day trial where a father and his two sons sought a Stalking No Contact Order against four brothers they alleged were stalking them. We represented the four brothers...
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You want something. The thing you want is so important that it has become a need. That need must be fulfilled, but, the question is, “How?”.
Let’s say that you have had the same job, with the same pay, for the last ten years. You were just getting started in life, living comfortably, and all was right with the world.
Then, things got better. You met that special someone and drifted into a beautiful marriage. You were even happier when you had your first child. And then your second.
Your family means the world to you, so it doesn’t bother you that your daughter needs braces, or your son wants to play hockey, or your significant other wants a bigger house. Yet, suddenly, you’re not so comfortable with your job. You need help. You need a raise. How do you get it?
Who doesn’t love a “Top 5” list? The only thing better is a “Top 10” list, but we don’t have all day to write these things.
Lawyers face a lot of negative stereotypes. We know, life's not fair. Yet, like mobsters, the silver screen loves them, and so do we. Without further ado, here are our Top 5 Movie Lawyers:
Our firm had the pleasure of representing Ms. Jasmin Lee, Head Chef at the Dragon Bowl Restaurant in Chinatown. One of the most rewarding feelings is seeing our clients happy, and, thankfully, we were able to get a favorable result that Ms. Lee was happy with:
"You were excellent. I was very happy with the decision. I felt very comfortable and relaxed. I am going to recommend you to all my Chinese friends!"
We look forward to visiting your restaurant, Ms. Lee. Thank you for the kind words.
Unless you are part of the sub-species of humanity that would rather die than receive a traffic ticket, you are likely to end up in traffic court at some point in your life. Traffic court is an area within the law where you consistently see people from all walks of life: young, old, rich, poor, and everything in between. They are normal people, just like you, and they have all lived to tell the tale. Presumably.
Some people see traffic tickets as a relatively small problem in life. "Get in line, pay your fine, you're done." However, small problems become big problems in such situations. You make an uninformed decision, like paying a fine without understanding what it means, or you miss an important step on the road to putting this ticket behind you, and the next thing you know, your driver's license is suspended. Little things in life, like getting to work on time or picking your kids up from school, become big issues.
Has a loved one ever called the police on you for what amounts to an everyday argument? We’ve all been there. Fights break out over something our in-laws said, about the electric bill, or even something as silly as what show to watch on TV. Voices are raised, and the next thing you know somebody is calling the police to “teach you a lesson.”
You’re angry, but you figure you’ve never been in any real trouble. You will make bail, square things off with your family, and the rest will work itself out, right?
A regular battery charge in Illinois is a class A misdemeanor. While a domestic battery charge is also a class A misdemeanor, the consequences are more severe. Domestic battery charges bring far more trouble to your doorstep than you (and often times your feuding family member) expected, and they can have lasting effects.
Believe it or not, red light cameras are designed to increase safety by reducing the risk of the most dangerous types of crashes at intersections. These cameras seem to be everywhere.
Chicago began using red light cameras in 2003 and currently possesses over 380 of them (as reported by Eyeing Chicago). Oak Lawn followed suit in 2008 and has 5. For now.
Here are the specific locations where red light cameras are present (as provided by the Village of Oak Lawn's website):
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Every year, January 1st marks the day that new laws take effect in the State of Illinois. The new laws cover a wide range of areas, including: police, pets, drunk drivers, teen drinking, intoxicants, health, hunting, breastfeeding, the elderly, schools, divorce, child custody, driving violations, animal cruelty, and more.
As local Oak Lawn attorneys, we at Rouhy J. Shalabi & Associates wish to remind you that your local municipalities also enact new laws and ordinances throughout the year. You can view all pending ordinances in the Village of Oak Lawn here.
The following is a list of new Illinois laws. We have placed notable/interesting laws in bold, as a courtesy to anybody in a hurry.