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3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: I have a CDL and got a speeding ticket over 18

I have a CDL and I was pulled over for for a speeding ticket at 18 over.... instead of paying the ticket worried that it would go to my driving record I requested to plead not guilty and go to court in front of a judge not a jury. I drive for a school district and if convicted I could loose my job.... Read more »

Brandon K. Davis
Brandon K. Davis answered on Sep 9, 2019

Because of your CDL, the only way to keep a ticket off your record is by beating it at trial or having the ticket amended to a non-moving violation. Court supervision will not keep the ticket off of your record. If you have a school bus permit, Speeding 15 or more over the limit, even in your... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation for Illinois on
Q: Hi, I have signed a partnership on an LLC with another partner 50/50 but we have not filed anything with the IRS.

Are these documents valid in court and am I still considered a legal partner?

Michael R. Smith
Michael R. Smith answered on Sep 8, 2019

To find out if the documents you've signed are valid and actually make you a member of the LLC or give you any interest in the LLC, you'll need to consult an Illinois business law attorney who will need to see the documents. However, no documents need to be filed with the IRS to create a limited... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Family Law and Child Custody for Illinois on
Q: I owe my child custody lawyer over 16k... can i file for bankruptcy, either chapter 7 or 11 ti wipe out this debt?

Ive paid over 8k. I have nothing left

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Sep 7, 2019

Yes. Chapter 7 could wipe it out.

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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Illinois on
Q: Do I have a claim against a dr for removing a rib without putting in my record in Illinois, and go to Mayo in Minneapoli

and find out that is why I am having all the pain under my right breast/rib, that has large protusion with pain

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 7, 2019

I'm sorry for your pain and ordeal. Unfortunately, it would be difficult for a med mal attorney to make an evaluation based on these limited facts. As a starting point, you could contact an Illinois med mal attorney. Many offer free initial consults. If they felt that your matter warranted review... Read more »

4 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: I got pulled over for going 81 in a 50. Instead of arresting me and towing my car, the cop gave me a ticket and court,

I’m required to go. What should I expect? First time offense. First time being pulled over. License Suspension? It says “Method of Release $1500” on my ticket.

Thank you

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Sep 6, 2019

The $1500 thing is not relevant.

No license suspension.

However, at your speed, it is no longer just a speeding ticket; it's a crime. I recommend a lawyer.

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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Illinois on
Q: I hit a car and the man wants to sue me because my insurance doesn’t want to pay everything

The repair is 777 and my insurance offer him 617 so he just needs to pay 160 extra I am a full time student and only work part time what should I do he keeps bothering me and I told him to contact my insurance again

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano answered on Sep 5, 2019

You should get involved. Either your insurance thinks the repair is too expensive or they have decided to apportion 20% of the fault to the other driver. If you cannot get your insurance to pay him $777, you should offer to pay the $160. If he sues you, he will get whatever he needs to fix his... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Illinois on
Q: My Son is in the hospital under psychiatric review and no one will speak to me about him what can I do he's 19.
James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on Sep 4, 2019

If he's 19 he is legally an adult. He can either give his permission to the hospital to communicate with you or, if he is no longer competent to make his own decisions, you can ask a court to appoint you as his guardian since he would be considered a disabled adult.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Illinois on
Q: I need help my sister has my trust in her control and I want it back
Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Sep 4, 2019

It is not possible to answer your question without more information. Please repost your question and explain what you mean by "control". Do you mean she has your original trust document in her possession and will not give it back to you? Do you mean she is the trustee of your trust and you would... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Illinois on
Q: Family Law question.

Family Law question. We were granted by the court permission to move 60 miles away, still in Illinois, but right on the border of Wisconsin. We would like to move about 15 miles from our current residence right over the border to Wisconsin. From what I understand I do not need permission from the... Read more »

Marilyn  Johnson
Marilyn Johnson answered on Sep 3, 2019

I am not sure who you mean when you say "we" were granted permission by the court to move 60 miles away. You need to indicate where the other parent resides.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Illinois on
Q: Joint custody

A non married couple, no longer reside together and have a baby together. If they were to seek joint custody, would either of them, legally, be able to keep the baby and not return him? Thank you.

Marilyn  Johnson
Marilyn Johnson answered on Sep 3, 2019

In Illinois, the father would have to establish paternity. When joint custody is awarded, there would also be an order for a parenting plan. The parenting plan would specify visitation times for both parents. Neither parent would be able to keep the baby from the other.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Illinois on
Q: My ex was charged with endangering the life or health of a child andHe was caught with his fingers inside of the child

But the police don't think it was intentional because he was intoxicated. Can my ex be charged with a sexual abuse crime?

Juan Ooink
Juan Ooink answered on Sep 3, 2019

Yes. Your Ex needs to hire a criminal defense attorney right away. The sooner an attorney is hired, the better.

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: I got 2 speeding tickets in the last six months. Will my license get suspended?

(Illinois) I got a speeding ticket in June and requested an online driving class. I have not taken the class yet. I just got another ticket in August. How will this affect my driving record? Will I get my license suspended? Can I request supervision? Do I still have to take the class? I am 24 years... Read more »

Juan Ooink
Juan Ooink answered on Sep 3, 2019

Yes you still have to take the class in order to get Court Supervision on your first ticket. You need to court to court on your second ticket and request Court Supervision. You are allowed two Court Supervisions every 12 months. Court Supervision is not a conviction and will not cause you any... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Illinois on
Q: can I sue a county for not fully investigating a case and wrongful prosecution? I have plenty of evidence.

I have evidence that my brother and nephew were lured over to a place so that the young man could purposely try to kill my nephew. The officers involved went off of word of mouth and did not fully investigate the situation. They did not question the neighbors or try to find any witnesses. They let... Read more »

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Sep 3, 2019

The focus right now should be on gaining his acquittal. You should share your information with his attorney.

If he is convicted there is no civil case.

And he is the only one who has standing to sue

1 Answer | Asked in Collections for Illinois on
Q: What kind a lawyer do I look for in collecting unpaid rent? Collection?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 2, 2019

You're correct; they should be able to handle it. If there are unresolved and disputed issues as to the merits of the collection claim, a landlord-tenant attorney would have more insight than other types of attorneys who handle solely general collection matters. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Promise to comply? (Lake County, IL)

I'm having trouble interpreting my ticket. Got pulled over for speeding, going 20 miles over on highway. Not a new driver, but first offence. Ticket has no dollar amount listed on it, and box ticked that I "promise to comply". What does this entail? The paperwork with the ticket mentions... Read more »

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Sep 1, 2019

Promise to comply means no cash bond was posted. To promise to pay or appear.

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1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy for Illinois on
Q: Can I give my brother a car after he filed Chp 7 in Illinois without it adversely affecting his eligibility?

If gift of car does not cause a problem, is there a recommended time to do so- such as after his meeting? Does he have to notify the court upon receipt of the gift? What steps do we need to take to ensure he doesn't mess-up his eligibility? Thanks.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Aug 30, 2019

Yes you can give it to him. No, youdonot have to notify the Court. Simply transfer the car into his name.

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Illinois on
Q: How can I reach someone over the phone?
Deron Edward Smallcomb
Deron Edward Smallcomb answered on Aug 30, 2019

Call them. I'm not sure who you are looking to reach, but lawyers can be found on this site and government numbers by googling. Good luck!

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law and Collections for Illinois on
Q: Hi, I'm a 23 year old male who entered the US with a J-1 Visa and is overstaying. My girlfriend is a US Citizen.

We live in Illinois, and my question is how do we begin the process of obtaining a work permit and a green card.

Also I have an account in collection will that affect anything?

Thank you so much in advance!

Stephen Arnold Black
Stephen Arnold Black answered on Aug 30, 2019

A J1 visa holder can get married to a US citizen, but there are special rules attached to the J visa, as to whether you can adjust status to get your green card, after marrying your girlfriend. It is best to discuss your options with counsel in a phone consultation.

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Illinois on
Q: can you get sued for defamation of character if you post something and you don't use the persons name at all?
S. Janaan Hashim
S. Janaan Hashim answered on Aug 30, 2019

The elements of successfully proving a defamation of character tort in Illinois are the following: (1) the defendant made a false statement about the plaintiff; (2) there was an unprivileged publication to a third party; (3) fault by the defendant amounting to at least negligence; and (4) the... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Had taking a defensive driving course in Texas 8 months ago received for a speeding ticket.

I received a speeding ticket in Illinois last night pay the ticket requested safety driving class will that keep it from showing up in Texas my ticket that I got i did not do the full 12 months without a ticket

Brandon K. Davis
Brandon K. Davis answered on Aug 29, 2019

It depends if Texas will recognize court supervision from Illinois. The offense is still supposed to be reported back to your home state, even though under Illinois law, the traffic school would not count as a conviction (and not show up on your public record in Illinois). It is then up to your... Read more »

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