Joliet criminal defense lawyersNon-violent offenses, such as some theft charges and drug possession charges, have historically resulted in jail time for convicted offenders. Thanks to a new law, however, these same offenses are now eligible for probation. If you or someone you love has recently been charged with a non-violent offense, the following information can help you better understand your options. It can also ensure you understand where to find quality assistance with your criminal case.

Overcrowded Prisons in Illinois Prompt Bill

Data from the Department of Bureau of Justice Statistics placed Illinois’ prison capacity at 150 percent. To decrease this number by at least 25 percent by the end of 2025, Governor Bruce Rauner created the Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform. Otherwise titled Senate Bill 3124, the new law targets certain non-violent offenders, including first-time offenders charged with Class 3 and Class 4 felonies.

Probation Now the Preferred Option

For those who are convicted or plead guilty to one of the preferred charges (certain theft charges, possession of controlled substance charges, driving on a revoked license), probation is now the preferred option. In fact, a judge must now indicate why a prison sentence is issued for these non-violent offenses. On the one hand, individuals facing charges might see this as a benefit. After all, it is typically jail time that most people fear. However, as shown in the next section, there is far more to consider when deciding whether to accept a plea deal.

Should You Take the Plea?

Pleading guilty to a non-violent felony offense may not result in jail time, but there are collateral consequences that can follow you for the rest of your life. With a felony conviction on your record, employment and housing opportunities can be limited. Further, a previous conviction can increase the penalties for any subsequent charges. Lastly, probation requires you to fulfill certain terms. Any failure to complete them could result in additional consequences.

Contact Our Joliet Criminal Defense Lawyers

Before accepting a plea deal or deciding to plead guilty to your charges, contact Tedone & Morton, P.C. for experienced guidance and assistance. Committed to your best interests, we can help you understand the potential impact of your charges. We will examine your case and advise you of your options. Learn more about how our Joliet criminal defense lawyers can assist you. Call 815-666-1285 and schedule your personalized consultation today.


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Joliet divorce attorneysMany people take up journaling while working through their divorce, and often because they believe it will help them work through their emotions. Alternatively, the practice might be suggested by a friend, family member, or divorce counselor. Unfortunately, a new study indicates some people may experience adverse effects from journaling, which might negate the benefits. Learn more about the pros and cons of journaling through a divorce, and discover where you can find assistance through this oft-painful process.

Potential Negative Effects of Expressive Journaling

In a study of 109 recently divorced people, researchers analyzed the emotional impact of three different types of journaling. One group wrote details about their day but did not discuss their emotions. One group discussed their feelings about the divorce. A third group discussed their emotions about the divorce but turned their feelings and thoughts into a story. The latter two are considered “expressive journaling.”

Individuals who were in the expressive journaling groups seemed to experience more psychological issues than those that focused only on their daily activities. This effect was increased in people who were considered especially “broody” (individuals who felt guilt). Experts believe this is because, rather than processing the emotions, they are simply reliving it.

Possible Heart Health Improvement

On the one hand, individuals who expressive journaled had a higher incidence of negative psychological issues. However, those that told their emotions in story form had a lower heart rate and a higher heart rate variability, both of which suggest better heart health. This effect was even seen in individuals that were considered broody. So, what is the real consensus then?

Expressive Story Mode May Be the Most Favorable

After the heart health benefits had been factored in, researchers determined that story mode expressive journaling could be worth the initial stress. On the other hand, journaling without emotion is unlikely to offer much of a benefit at all, and expressive journaling without story mode could simply lead to a cycle of guilt and pain. So, if you are going to journal about divorce, consider writing a story.

Going Through Divorce? Contact Our Illinois Divorce Lawyers

If you are going through a divorce, contact the Law Offices of Tedone & Morton, P.C. for assistance. Compassionate and experienced, our Joliet divorce lawyers are equipped to handle even the most complex of divorce cases. We will protect your rights and best interests. Schedule your personalized consultation by calling 815-666-1285 today.


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Joliet motorcycle accident lawyersAs the weather warms, the streets begin to fill with a seasonal kind of vehicle. Shiny, loud, and oh-so-fun to ride, motorcycles are the epitome of freedom. Unfortunately, they are also one of the biggest contributors to traffic accident injuries and fatalities. In fact, more than 80 percent of all motorcycle crashes result in either death or injury to the driver. As such, it is crucial that victims understand their rights to pursue compensation for losses they may experience.

Reasons Behind the Risk

While many factors go into the increased risk of death and injury among motorcycle riders, the biggest is related to the differences between motorcycles and other vehicles on the road. Smaller in size and lacking in any sort of protective encasement, a crash usually ejects the rider from the vehicle. In contrast, most other automobiles keep passengers and drivers within the vehicle and protect them from external elements. Seat belt use can add even more safety benefits by keeping drivers firmly in their seats during most crashes.

Another major contributing issue is that motorcycles often go unseen by other drivers. As such, they are at an increased risk for all types of collisions, but especially side-swipe collisions and oncoming vehicle accidents. It is also worth noting that a large percentage of motorcycle crashes occur at intersections when the rider is passing through and the other driver is turning left and fails to yield the right of way.

Examining the Common Injuries

Helmet use, though connected to a decreased risk of traumatic brain injury and other head and facial injuries, do not prevent a fatality. Internal bleeding, spinal injuries, and other serious injuries may still result, even if a helmet is in use. Further, helmets are not foolproof. In fact, head and facial injuries can and do occur with helmet use. There are also other common injuries that are experienced by motorcycle riders during a crash, including:

  • Lacerations,
  • Amputations,
  • Broken bones,
  • Rupture of the internal organs, and
  • Facial fractures.

Any of these injuries, either alone or combined, could ultimately result in death or serious injury to the motorcyclist. In such cases, compensation may be owed to cover medical expenses, lost time at work, pain and suffering, and other losses experienced by either the victim or their families.

Our Joliet Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Can Help

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a motorcycle crash, contact Tedone & Morton, P.C. for assistance. Dedicated and experienced, our Joliet motorcycle accident lawyers can increase the chances of a favorable outcome in your case. In every situation, we aggressively pursue the most compensation possible. Schedule your personalized consultation with us by calling 815-666-1285 today.



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