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New Illinois Law Makes It a Felony To Assault Workers Enforcing Social Distancing Guidelines

Posted on behalf of Donahue & Walsh, P.C. | August 20, 2020

Videos and stories of patrons assaulting employees for enforcing mask mandates and social distancing guidelines have been steadily grazing national news outlets. In response, a new Illinois law elevates the consequences of such assaults from a misdemeanor battery charge to a felony aggravated battery charge. Battery vs. aggravated battery in Illinois An aggravated battery charge…
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Closed Courts Don’t Mean Your Case Is Closed

Posted on behalf of Donahue & Walsh, P.C. | June 15, 2020

The presence of COVID-19 has turned so many things in our lives upside down and the criminal justice system is no exception. If you have been charged with a crime or ordered to appear in court due to a citation, the pandemic has added an extra wrinkle to the equation. To slow and limit the…
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Lake County Court Shutdowns Extended

Posted on behalf of Donahue & Walsh, P.C. | May 6, 2020

Lake County extends and modifies Court shutdown through May 29, 2020 and beyond for many cases. All cases with court dates through May 29, 2020 will receive new court dates via the clerk. To check your court date, click here, and search by your name, or call our office at 815-605-5687 and we will assist…
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D&W May Covid-19 update: Supervision & Court Dates

Posted on behalf of Donahue & Walsh, P.C. | May 5, 2020

McHenry County enters an order automatically extending supervision 120 days to allow for more time to complete court-ordered Traffic Safety School For all defendants who were sentenced to complete a 4 hour or an 8 hour TSS as a condition of their supervision where your supervision ended on or after March 17, 2020, supervision is…
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D&W Covid-19 Update

Posted on behalf of Donahue & Walsh, P.C. | April 25, 2020

GOVERNOR PRITZKER EXTENDS AND MODIFIES STAY AT HOME ORDER TO MAY 30, 2020. The provisions of the stay at home order remain largely the same.  However, starting May 1, 2020, masks will be required in public when social distancing of 6 feet cannot be maintained.  Masks will also be required inside all public spaces and…
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Are Coronavirus Lockdowns Reducing Crime?

Posted on behalf of Donahue & Walsh, P.C. | April 23, 2020

Nothing seems normal these days as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to turn the lives of millions of people in the United States and millions more around the world upside down. Our criminal justice system has not been immune. Most jurisdictions have suspended court proceedings and even some have released inmates early in an effort to…
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April 2020 Newsletter

Posted on behalf of Donahue & Walsh, P.C. | April 7, 2020

MDDP/BAIID Device Update MDDP Applications are being processed daily by the Secretary of State with a reduced staff for Cook, Will, Kane, Lake, and McHenry Counties.  Cook applicants can fax application to 312-793-0203.  All other counties can fax applications to 217-785-5239. If your driver’s license or registration expire while the Secretary of State is closed,…
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Jail In The Age of Coronavirus: Wrong Place, Wrong Time.

Posted on behalf of Donahue & Walsh, P.C. | March 23, 2020

As far as we’re concerned it’s always a good idea to avoid spending time behind bars. However, avoiding jail during these tumultuous times can be a life or death issue due to the dangers posed by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). In free society we are being asked to practice social distancing in order to prevent…
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