St. Charles Illinois Legal Blog

St. Charles Illinois Legal Blog

Can an Illinois police officer take DNA in an arrest?

An arrest can be a stressful and frightening time for individuals, especially those who do not fully know their rights in such an event. Depending on the type of crime for which an officer is arresting a person, there may be a reason to check DNA. Some officers may...

Are you guilty of embezzlement?

When a person embezzles money or property, he or she is in lawful possession of said property and either uses it without authorization or without the intent to give it back to the owner. Per FindLaw, lawmakers had to create the crime of embezzlement to fill a loophole...

What is birthright citizenship?

There is a lot of talk lately about second-generation immigrants in Illinois who are unaware that they are not legal U.S. citizens. This is obviously a shocking thing to find out and can have a huge impact on your life. If you find yourself in this situation, you...

Answers to your questions about parental alienation

Parental alienation occurs when one parent strives to damage the child's relationship with the other parent through emotional manipulation, denying parental access and other means of control. Although it can be difficult to prove alienation in court, careful...

What is parental alienation?

Going through a divorce in Illinois is a hard situation for everyone involved, but it is often the children who suffer the most. This is especially true when parents turn against each other and try to use the children as pawns in their arguments. Things can get...

What is the fruit of the poisonous tree doctrine?

If you face criminal charges in Illinois, your life likely has turned upside down. Depending on precisely which charges you face, a conviction could place you at serious risk for having to serve a long prison sentence, plus having to pay substantial fines and court...

Why are your Miranda rights so important?

If Illinois law enforcement officers ever ask you questions about a criminal matter, you need to know about your Miranda rights and how to avail yourself of them. Why? Because these rights give you the protection you need when officers attempt to interrogate you about...

How is your pet treated under Illinois divorce law?

If you and your spouse contemplate getting a divorce and you love your pet almost as much as your children, you will be happy to know that Illinois divorce law now provides for your pet much better than it did in the past. As reported by the Chicago Tribune, under the...

Domestic violence is not always physical

A common misconception about domestic violence is that it involves one spouse hitting the other. However, this is only one example of domestic violence. Generally, domestic violence is when a family or household member commits an act of abuse. This abuse could be...