Why You Should Never Resist Arrest

Why You Should Never Resist Arrest

Resisting arrest is very common and occurs any time a person interferes with or obstructs an officer’s attempt to make a legal arrest. In Illinois, it is usually charged as a misdemeanor. However, if there is an injury to the arresting officer, the offense rises to a felony. The charge of resisting arrest is defined at 720 ILCS 5/31-1:1 “A person commits the crime of resisting arrest if they knowingly resist or obstruct the performance by a peace officer, firefighter, or correctional institution employee of any authorized act within his or her official capacity.” While the most classic examples of resisting arrest are fleeing from the scene or engaging the arresting officer physically, the statute is worded broadly and encompasses a wide variety of behaviors. For example, you can be arrested simply for refusing to put your hands behind your back, refusing to lay on the ground, refusing to put your hands on the squad car, or refusing to clear the scene of a crime when ordered to do so. Resisting arrest is also a difficult charge to escape; even if the underlying charge against the defendant is dropped, resisting arrest is an independent charge and will remain. Thus, it is not a defense to resisting arrest that the underlying charge was dismissed. Further, a conviction for resisting arrest can even lengthen a person’s sentence if they are ever convicted of a future offense. Possible punishment for resisting arrest is a Class A misdemeanor in Illinois and is punishable by up to one year in prison and up to a $2,500 fine. If the police officer is injured during the incident,...
Concussions and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)

Concussions and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)

While a concussion is considered to be a mild form of traumatic brain injury (TBI), one concussion can increase your chances of suffering additional concussions in the future. Sustaining multiple concussions in your life can then have long-term effects, including early-onset dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other degenerative cognitive disorders. One particularly concerning effect of multiple concussions is a condition called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). CTE refers to the degeneration of brain tissue caused by repeated head trauma. The symptoms of CTE can be very severe and include the following: -Cognitive difficulties -Lack of emotional control -Aggression -Physical impairments -Sensory problems -Dementia -Suicidal thinking or behavior As of now, the only way to diagnose CTE is to examine the brain in sections, which can only happen after death. CTE is commonly diagnosed in autopsies, especially in athletes who played contact sports such as football or hockey. Unfortunately, many of those players commit suicide due to the symptoms of undiagnosed CTE. Anyone who has suffered multiple concussions or head traumas should be aware of the symptoms of CTE and should discuss any symptoms with a medical professional. If you require treatment for your symptoms, you may be entitled to compensation for the costs of treatment and your suffering. If you had a family member who was diagnosed with CTE after death, you may have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit against a sports league or another party who was responsible for the multiple concussions. Call for a Free Consultation with an Experienced Southern Illinois Concussion Lawyer If you have suffered a concussion in a motor vehicle accident, fall, sports...

Legal Services for Carterville, Illinois, residents

Carterville is a charming small town referred to as the “heartland” of Southern Illinois. It is geographically between Marion and Carbondale next to Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, a 44,000-acre habitat for bald eagles, bobcats, and wild turkeys. Carterville residents who require legal services can turn to the Lawler Brown Law Firm which provides legal services to families in many different areas of the law including: •      Personal Injury •      Wrongful Death •      Criminal defense •      Traffic violations •      Hunting violations •      Oil and gas including lost mineral rights •      DUI/DWI •      Probate •      Estate Administration •      Real Estate •      Business law •      Workers’ Compensation Carterville Injury Cases The attorneys at the Lawler Brown Law Firm also represent Carterville, Illinois, residents in accident and injury cases including: •      Automobile accidents •      Motorcycle accidents •      Slip and fall accidents •      Wrongful death •      Dangerous property An experienced Carterville personal injury attorney can assist you if you are injured in an accident.  In many auto collisions and other types of accidents the injuries people receive are serious and sometimes even life threatening.  Our attorneys can help you through every step of the process from gathering medical documents, drafting a demand letter, contacting the insurance company on your behalf or even filing a lawsuit if necessary. Criminal Defense in Carterville Any criminal charge is serious, requiring an experienced Carterville attorney to represent you in all aspects of the case from the arrest to the criminal charge and through the trial.  If you or a loved one is arrested or charged with a criminal offense, it is important to call a Carterville criminal...

Volkswagen Scandal: Vehicles Affected and Eligibility

The Volkswagen scandal is moving at a rapid pace. VW has set aside 7.3 billion dollars for costs associated with the fallout from their clean diesel scandal.  VW should have to pay claims to those affected by their misrepresentations.  The Adam B. Lawler Law Firm is prepared to process and handle claims of the residents of southern Illinois against VW.  This process includes showing proof of purchase of any one of a number of models affected (some of which are Audi vehicles and a full list of vehicles affected is provided below), then subsequently filing a claim and ensuring payout of that claim.  This process can seem confusing and lengthy. The residents of Southern Illinois deserve to be compensated by auto-giant VW for their misrepresentations.  At the Adam B. Lawler Law Firm we are prepared to handle all aspects of the claim process from intake and review to processing and filing claims.  There is no fee unless we prevail. VEHICLES AFFECTED AND ELIGIBILITY If you purchased any one of the vehicles listed below that came equipped with a 2.0 liter diesel engine you should contact the Adam B. Lawler Law Firm to inquire about representation through the claims process to ensure you are compensated fairly for VW’s misrepresentations to you as a consumer. 2009: VW Jetta, VW Jetta Sportswagen 2010: VW Golf, VW Jetta, VW Jetta Sportswagen, Audi A3 2011: VW Golf, VW Jetta, VW Jetta Sportswagen, Audi A3 2012: VW Beetle, VW Beetle Convertible, VW Golf, VW Jetta, VW Jetta Sportswagen, Audi A3, VW Passat 2013: VW Beetle, VW Beetle Convertible, VW Golf, VW Jetta, VW Jetta Sportswagen,...

Have you been Injured by a Faulty Ignition Switch on your Vehicle?

Every time you get into a motor vehicle, you run the risk of serious accidents and personal injuries. Because of the substantial dangers of car crashes, auto manufacturers have the legal duty to design, produce, and sell vehicles that are safe for use by drivers. If a manufacturer does not meet this duty of care, defective auto parts can easily malfunction and lead to serious collisions and injuries. When most people think of malfunctioning car parts, they likely think of brakes, tires, or steering. However, one unexpected defective part on many General Motors (GM) vehicles has led to numerous crashes, causing at least 275 injuries and 124 deaths.1 This part was a faulty ignition switch, which would allow the key to turn while the car was in motion, causing the engine to abruptly switch off. Once the engine turned off, drivers lost many important functions of the vehicle, including power steering and airbag protections. The sudden switch caused thousands of drivers to crash and left them without important airbag protections in their collisions. Injuries from the ignition switch defect range from relatively minor to fatal. One woman was even convicted of manslaughter after her passenger died in a crash and her conviction was recently overturned2 because the cause of the accident was determined to be the ignition switch in her GM-produced Chevy Cobalt. There are likely many more victims who have suffered injuries and losses. They may not realize, however, that their accident was caused by the faulty ignition switch or may not know that they may be entitled to compensation from GM. Though GM issued a recall3 for...

Reasons to Hire an Attorney even if you Believe you can Handle Insurance Negotiations on your Own

Following a car accident that was the fault of a negligent1 driver, many people choose to simply handle negotiations with the responsible party’s insurance company on their own. Injured victims may choose to do so because they do not believe they need an attorney, believe an attorney will be expensive, or simply do not know which attorney to call. Handling negotiations is usually not a wise idea, even for the most capable individuals. The following are a few reasons to consult with a personal injury lawyer regarding your case: The insurance adjuster is not on your side. While an adjuster may be polite and seem to care about your injuries, their job is to limit the liability of the insurance company. Any statements you give them may be used against you to reduce your recovery. Adjusters commonly work to show that you were at fault in the accident or that your injuries are not as serious as you claim. An attorney will know how to communicate with insurance adjusters to rebut their arguments and maximize your settlement. Settlement offers are rarely adequate. Settlement offers from insurance companies may be sufficient for relatively minor injuries, but are rarely enough to even begin to cover the losses caused by a serious injury. Serious injuries can require ongoing medical treatments, can result in lost wages, and can cause severe pain and suffering, all for which insurance companies will rarely offer to fully compensate you. Discuss your case with an attorney before speaking with insurance companies to ensure that you are not accepting an insufficient amount for your losses. You need to focus...