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DuPage County criminal defense lawyerWhether you are in court for a civil or criminal matter, or you are the plaintiff or defendant, you are expected to act a certain way and adhere to certain rules when you are in the courthouse. Every time you appear in court, you are being watched and analyzed. The judge, opposing counsel and the jury are examining you and determining what kind of person you are and if you have any credibility. Your actions and behavior in court could either favorably or unfavorably affect your case outcome. Here are a few tips to help you succeed and act appropriately when you go to court:

1. Make Sure You Arrive Early

You should make sure you factor in enough time for you to get to the courthouse on time. Account for possible traffic, in addition to the time it will take you to go through the security screening at the courthouse. Make sure you arrive at least 30 minutes before your scheduled hearing.

2. Dress For Success

When you go to court, all eyes will be on you. The general rule of thumb is that you should dress professionally and conservatively. Men should wear slacks or dress pants, a button-down shirt, a tie and a jacket or sweater. Women should wear a dress or slacks and a blouse. Women should be especially careful not to wear anything too revealing. Both men and women should be sure to groom themselves appropriately.

3. Be Respectful

Respect can take you a long way. When the judge is talking to you or asking you a question, make sure you are looking at the judge and making eye contact. Never interrupt the judge while he or she is speaking and always wait for the judge to finish their question before you answer. If you need to address the judge, always refer to them as “your honor.”

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DuPage County domestic violence charges defense lawyerDomestic violence is a crime that Illinois courts take very seriously. Even if you did not actually commit the act of domestic violence, these charges can be detrimental to your life and your reputation. If you have an order of protection against you, it could make your life extremely difficult. There are many things that an Illinois order of protection can order you to do or prohibit you from doing. It is important to understand what orders of protection mean for you if you are facing Illinois domestic violence charges.

What is Domestic Violence?

According to the Illinois Domestic Violence Act of 1986, domestic violence is when any family or household member commits any act of abuse toward another family or household member. Family or household members include:

  • Spouses or former spouses;
  • Parents, children and stepchildren;
  • Former or current housemates;
  • Former or current dating or engaged couples;
  • People with a child in common; and
  • People with disabilities and their caregivers.

Acts of abuse include:

  • Physical abuse, such as hitting, pushing, shoving, biting or others;
  • Harassment, such as following you, creating disturbances at your school or work, or preventing you from seeing your child;
  • Forcing you to do something you do not want to do; or
  • Forcing you to have sex.

Effects of Orders of Protection

If an order of protection is entered against you, there are certain things that the order can require you to do and prohibit you from doing. These things can include:

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Wheaton IL weapons charges attorney.jpgIn the state of Illinois, if you are in possession of a firearm, you must also be in possession of an Illinois firearm ownership identification card (FOID). It is illegal for you to own or be in possession of a firearm without a FOID card. Though the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution gives citizens the right to bear arms, the Illinois State Police reserves the right to revoke or suspend your FOID card at any time if you violate ownership rules or if you become ineligible for a FOID card. Having your FOID card suspended or revoked comes with a laundry list of things you must do to comply with the suspension or revocation, and if you do not comply with those requirements, you could be facing serious charges.

Notice of Revocation

There is a multitude of reasons that your FOID card can be revoked. Some of those reasons include:

  • You were convicted of a misdemeanor other than a traffic offense, and you are under the age of 21;
  • You were convicted of a felony;
  • You are addicted to narcotics; and
  • You were convicted of domestic battery after 2012.

If your FOID card is revoked, you will be notified in writing by the Illinois State Police. The notice will go into detail as to why your card has been revoked. The notice will also include a list of the requirements you must comply with.

Revocation Requirements

Once you have received your revocation notice, you have 48 hours to complete the requirements that you were given. First, you have to surrender your FOID card to your local law enforcement agency. You will receive a receipt that you have surrendered your card, and your local agency will send your card to the state police.

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DuPage County social host liability attorneyIn the American culture, underage drinking can be a rite of passage when you are a teenager. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) alcohol is the most commonly used drug among Americans ages 12 to 20 and that among high school students, around 30 percent drink some amount of alcohol each month. While alcohol use is common among teenagers, it is dangerous and illegal. Not only is it illegal for a teenager to purchase alcohol, but it is also illegal for teens to consume it. Moreover, it is illegal for a parent or guardian to allow alcohol to be consumed by minors on their property.

Social Host Liability Laws

According to the Illinois Liquor Control Act, it is illegal for anyone to allow those under the age of 21 to consume alcohol on his or her private property, any property that they control or any vehicle or watercraft under their control. You can be both held responsible for the consumption of alcohol by minors if you knowingly allow them to consume it and if you fail to adequately control access to the alcohol.

This is known as the social host liability laws, and it can apply whether you are on the premises during the time alcohol is consumed or not. If you allow minors to consume alcohol on your property, you are guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. You will be responsible to pay a minimum $500 fine, but punishments could be up to $2,500 in fines and up to one year in jail. If a death or a serious injury occurs because of the drinking, you will be charged with a Class 4 felony, meaning you could face up to three years in prison and $25,000 in fines.

Contact a DuPage County Social Host Liability Lawyer

It may seem like a good idea to have your kids drink while they are under your supervision, but it is illegal to do so. What may seem like a night of harmless fun can turn into a night of arrests. At the Davi Law Group, LLC, we can help you mitigate any charges you may have pertaining to underage drinking and parental responsibility. Our experienced Wheaton, IL social host liability attorneys can help you come up with a solid defense and avoid a conviction at all costs. Get in touch with us today to determine what your first step will be. Call us at 630-580-6373 to schedule a free consultation.

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Wheaton, IL suspended revoked drivers license attorneyThere is a multitude of reasons you can have your driving privileges taken away from you -- being convicted of a DUI, not paying your traffic tickets, not showing up in court and not paying child support are just a few ways you can have your license suspended or revoked. Whatever the reason, driving while your license is suspended or revoked is a bad idea. It can lead to even more trouble, like hefty fines and in some cases, jail time. Being caught driving while your license is suspended or revoked can also make it more difficult to have your license reinstated and may even increase the amount of time that your license is suspended or revoked.

First Offense

According to Illinois law, a person who is caught driving with a suspended or revoked license will be charged with a Class A misdemeanor for a first offense. You will face a mandatory sentence of 10 days in jail or 30 days of community service and fines of up to $2,500. If you were driving on a suspended license, your license will be suspended for double the original suspension period. If you were driving on a revoked license, your license will be revoked for an additional year.

Second Offense

If you are caught driving on a suspended or revoked license a second time, you will be charged with a Class 4 felony. This means you will face a minimum of 30 days in jail or 300 hours of community service. You will also face a suspension of your driving privileges for double the original suspension period or an additional year added to your revocation period. A second offense can also result in your vehicle being seized or forfeited. If your first suspension or revocation of your driver’s license was for charges such as reckless homicide, DUI, refusing a chemical test or leaving the scene of a crash, you will be charged with a Class 2 felony.

Have You Been Caught Driving With a Suspended or Revoked License? A Wheaton, IL Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help

Nobody likes having their driving privileges taken away from them. Though your life becomes difficult after your license has been suspended or revoked, your life will be even more difficult if you are caught driving during your suspension or revocation period. At the Davi Law Group, LLC, we understand how suspended or revoked licenses can affect your everyday life. Our experienced DuPage County license suspension lawyers can help you mitigate any charges that you may be facing for driving on a suspended or revoked license and our knowledgeable driver’s license reinstatement lawyers can help you get back behind the wheel as soon as possible. Call our office today at 630-580-6373 to schedule a free consultation.

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