Why Might You Need a Civil Lawyer?

Man Signing A Paper — Waukegan, IL — Daniels, Long & Pinsel, LLCMany people who are accused of a crime need an attorney for their criminal trial. However, not every lawyer is a criminal defense attorney. Many handle civil cases, such as personal lawsuits. If you would like to learn more, check out these four times you may need a civil attorney.

Fighting a Personal Injury Case

One of the most common types of civil cases are personal injury cases. While some personal injury cases end up going to court for the judge to determine how much you deserve, most disputes are handled during an informal settlement. Even if you choose the settlement route, you’ll need a skilled attorney to negotiate for you, so you get your fair settlement.
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The Consequences of Traffic Violations in Illinois

Traffic Violations — Waukegan, IL — Daniels, Long & Pinsel, LLCTraffic violations, even misdemeanors, can attract serious consequences. Some effects may be immediate, while others occur in the long term. Many people might be warier of the violations if they understood the potential penalties. Below are some effects of traffic violations in Illinois.

Fine, Fees, and Legal Costs

Whichever direction your case takes, it’s likely to cost you money. The direct costs will come in three main ways.

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Common Factors That Determine Legal Fees for Criminal Defense

Gavel on Money — Waukegan, IL — Daniels, Long & Pinsel, LLCThe law guarantees every criminal suspect the right to an attorney. Unfortunately, you don’t get to choose your public defender. You only get your choice of a lawyer if you decide to go private. But how much will you end up paying for the services of a private lawyer? Below are some of the factors that determine criminal defense fees.

Number of Charges

A single criminal act can trigger multiple charges or counts. For example, if the authorities have accused you of driving under the influence (DUI), you might face other related charges, such as:

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An Overview of Intimidation Under Illinois Criminal Law

Shadow of Crime — Waukegan, IL — Daniels, Long & Pinsel, LLCThreatening someone might not seem like a serious crime. However, Illinois criminal laws classify some threats as intimidation, which attracts grave repercussions. Below is a brief overview of intimidation in the state.

The Crime

Intimidation arises if one person threatens someone with harm or bodily violence if they act or fail to act in a certain way. Intimidation charges apply whether the threat is direct or indirect. The charges also apply even if the perpetrator doesn’t follow through with the threat.

An example of a direct threat is a restaurant owner threatening a rival with false accusations if the rival doesn’t stop business operations. An example of an indirect threat is if the restaurant owner sends a third party, say a gang member, to threaten the rival on their behalf.

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Exceptions That Allow the Court to Admit Hearsay As Evidence

Courtroom Witnesses — Waukegan, IL — Daniels, Long & Pinsel, LLCHearsay, statements made outside the courtroom, are typically inadmissible as evidence in criminal trials. Like most laws, however, there are exceptions to the rule. Below are some of the exceptions that allow courts to accept hearsay as evidence.

Present Sense Impression

Many people like to describe their experiences. For example, if you are on a bus with a broken air conditioner (AC), you might complain to the person next to you about the hot weather. In such a case, the court may allow your statement as evidence of whether or not you are available to testify.

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First DUI Charge? How It Can Affect You

Driving — Waukegan, IL — Daniels, Long & Pinsel, LLCHave you or a loved one been charged with a first DUI? In most situations, a first-time DUI (or OWI) offense receives a lighter set of repercussions in an attempt at mitigating further problems. However, this also means that many who are charged with that first-time DUI may feel that it’s not worth fighting very hard over. (more…)

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