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Cosmo  Tedone Lawyer

Cosmo Tedone

Criminal, Divorce & Family Law, Personal Injury, Estate Planning, DUI-DWI

Cosmo J. Tedone was born on December 13, 1966 in Manchester, Connecticut. Prior to forming the law firm, Tedone & Morton, P.C., he was the senior asso... (more)

Eric J Blatti Lawyer

Eric J Blatti

Criminal, Traffic, DUI-DWI, Misdemeanor, White Collar Crime

Attorney Eric J. Blatti was born in the state of Illinois, specifically the Joliet area. He has since remained a part of the local community. Eric gra... (more)

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815-744-2500

Joel Patrick Brown Lawyer

Joel Patrick Brown

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Criminal, DUI-DWI, Divorce & Family Law, Domestic Violence & Neglect, Traffic

Joel Patrick Brown was admitted to the practice of law in 2008. In 2009 Joel formed his own law firm and mainly practiced in the areas of criminal law... (more)

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815-472-8580

Kristine M. Honiotes Lawyer

Kristine M. Honiotes

Criminal, DUI-DWI, Juvenile Law, Traffic, Felony

Kristine Honiotes is a trial lawyer with over 12 years of experience. As a former Will County Assistant Public Defender, she defended all types of fel... (more)

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815-409-7833

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Juan Ooink

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Criminal, DUI-DWI, Misdemeanor, Felony, Traffic
Criminal defense firm handling matters in Will, Du Page, and Cook County

Welcome to Ooink Law. While the circumstances that brought you here may not have been ideal, we are glad you found us. We understand that people usual... (more)

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800-658-8401

James A. Payonk Lawyer

James A. Payonk

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Accident & Injury, Criminal, Felony, Car Accident, Wrongful Death

My name is James A. Payonk, Jr. I am a personal injury and criminal defense attorney with more than 25 years of legal experience. I am the founder of ... (more)

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708-966-2408

John S. Fotopoulos Lawyer

John S. Fotopoulos

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Accident & Injury, Personal Injury, Criminal, Car Accident, DUI-DWI

John Fotopoulos of Fotopoulos Law established the firm on two simple firm principals: to have competitive rates allowing everyone to afford the advice... (more)

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708-942-8400

Natalie  Stec Lawyer

Natalie Stec

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Divorce & Family Law, Criminal, Estate, Accident & Injury

Natalie M. Stec, born and raised in Illinois, earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During her undergrad... (more)

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800-753-2740

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Patricia Magaña

Criminal, Juvenile Law, Traffic, DUI-DWI, Felony

Attorney Magaña has extensive experience in criminal defense, including traffic, misdemeanor, and felony offenses. Additionally, she represents indiv... (more)

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630-448-2001

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LEGAL TERMS

ARREST WARRANT

A document issued by a judge or magistrate that authorizes the police to arrest someone. Warrants are issued when law enforcement personnel present evidence to ... (more...)
A document issued by a judge or magistrate that authorizes the police to arrest someone. Warrants are issued when law enforcement personnel present evidence to the judge or magistrate that convinces her that it is reasonably likely that a crime has taken place and that the person to be named in the warrant is criminally responsible for that crime.

FEDERAL COURT

A branch of the United States government with power derived directly from the U.S. Constitution. Federal courts decide cases involving the U.S. Constitution, fe... (more...)
A branch of the United States government with power derived directly from the U.S. Constitution. Federal courts decide cases involving the U.S. Constitution, federal law--for example, patents, federal taxes, labor law and federal crimes, such as robbing a federally chartered bank--and cases where the parties are from different states and are involved in a dispute for $75,000 or more.

SELF-DEFENSE

An affirmative defense to a crime. Self-defense is the use of reasonable force to protect oneself from an aggressor. Self-defense shields a person from criminal... (more...)
An affirmative defense to a crime. Self-defense is the use of reasonable force to protect oneself from an aggressor. Self-defense shields a person from criminal liability for the harm inflicted on the aggressor. For example, a robbery victim who takes the robber's weapon and uses it against the robber during a struggle won't be liable for assault and battery since he can show that his action was reasonably necessary to protect himself from imminent harm.

MISDEMEANOR

A crime, less serious than a felony, punishable by no more than one year in jail. Petty theft (of articles worth less than a certain amount), first-time drunk d... (more...)
A crime, less serious than a felony, punishable by no more than one year in jail. Petty theft (of articles worth less than a certain amount), first-time drunk driving and leaving the scene of an accident are all common misdemeanors.

SENTENCE

Punishment in a criminal case. A sentence can range from a fine and community service to life imprisonment or death. For most crimes, the sentence is chosen by ... (more...)
Punishment in a criminal case. A sentence can range from a fine and community service to life imprisonment or death. For most crimes, the sentence is chosen by the trial judge; the jury chooses the sentence only in a capital case, when it must choose between life in prison without parole and death.

HUNG JURY

A jury unable to come to a final decision, resulting in a mistrial. Judges do their best to avoid hung juries, typically sending juries back into deliberations ... (more...)
A jury unable to come to a final decision, resulting in a mistrial. Judges do their best to avoid hung juries, typically sending juries back into deliberations with an assurance (sometimes known as a 'dynamite charge') that they will be able to reach a decision if they try harder. If a mistrial is declared, the case is tried again unless the parties settle the case (in a civil case) or the prosecution dismisses the charges or offers a plea bargain (in a criminal case).

CRIMINAL LAW

Laws written by Congress and state legislators that make certain behavior illegal and punishable by fines and/or imprisonment. By contrast, civil laws are not p... (more...)
Laws written by Congress and state legislators that make certain behavior illegal and punishable by fines and/or imprisonment. By contrast, civil laws are not punishable by imprisonment. In order to be found guilty of a criminal law, the prosecution must show that the defendant intended to act as he did; in civil law, you may sometimes be responsible for your actions even though you did not intend the consequences. For example, civil law makes you financially responsible for a car accident you caused but didn't intend.

IMPRISON

To put a person in prison or jail or otherwise confine him as punishment for committing a crime.

JURY NULLIFICATION

A decision by the jury to acquit a defendant who has violated a law that the jury believes is unjust or wrong. Jury nullification has always been an option for ... (more...)
A decision by the jury to acquit a defendant who has violated a law that the jury believes is unjust or wrong. Jury nullification has always been an option for juries in England and the United States, although judges will prevent a defense lawyer from urging the jury to acquit on this basis. Nullification was evident during the Vietnam war (when selective service protesters were acquitted by juries opposed to the war) and currently appears in criminal cases when the jury disagrees with the punishment--for example, in 'three strikes' cases when the jury realizes that conviction of a relatively minor offense will result in lifetime imprisonment.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

People v. Leonard

... Defendant Finis Leonard was convicted by a jury of the offenses of habitual armed criminal and unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon and sentenced to concurrent terms of imprisonment of 30 years and 10 years, respectively. He appealed. We affirm. FACTS. ...

People v. Jackson

... were, therefore, admissible. Defendant also filed a motion in limine to preclude any evidence of his 1998 conviction for criminal sexual assault, which had required him to submit a DNA sample to be placed in a database. At the ...

People v. Pelo

... Interveners-appellants, The Pantagraph newspaper and its reporter Edith Brady Lunny (Pantagraph), filed a petition to intervene and gain access to an evidence deposition in a criminal case, People v. Pelo (Nos. ... The underlying criminal case, People v. Pelo (Nos. ...