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Greyhound Bus Will Likely Face Lawsuits After Deadly Crash

By Patel Law, PC |

Injured victims and the families of those killed in a horrific bus accident are likely to file lawsuits against multiple parties after an accident that killed 3 of the 22 individuals on the bus. A truck driver had parked on the side of the I-70 after a rest area was filled to capacity. The… Read More »

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Family of 87-Year-Old Man Struck by Garbage Truck Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit

By Patel Law, PC |

The family of an 87-year-old man who was killed in an accident with a garbage truck has filed a lawsuit against the company that owned and operated the truck. The decedent was out for a morning walk when he was struck and killed by a garbage truck. The accident occurred at 7:28 a.m. An… Read More »

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Lawsuits Filed Against Kratom Manufacturers Allege Wrongful Death

By Patel Law, PC |

The popular herbal supplement kratom is at the heart of several wrongful death lawsuits that have been filed across the country. The substance is distributed from head shops, kratom stores, and even in bars. Kratom is known to be an addictive substance that activates opioid receptors in the brain. It is widely used for… Read More »

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Defendant’s Conviction is Upheld for Aggravated Battery of a Police Officer

By Patel Law, PC |

An Illinois defendant was convicted of aggravated battery of a police officer. He appealed the ruling on the grounds that there was insufficient evidence to support such a claim. The Illinois 5th Circuit Court of Appeals denied his claim and found that there was sufficient evidence to support a conviction. In this article, the… Read More »

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Defendant Convicted of Murder Wins Appeal for Evidentiary Hearing

By Patel Law, PC |

In July of 2007, defendant James Miller was convicted of two counts of murder and one count of robbery following a shooting that occurred outside the Time Out Lounge in Alton, IL. As a result of the conviction, the defendant was sentenced to natural life in prison. In his direct appeal, the defendant alleged… Read More »

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Defendant Charged with Being an Armed Habitual Criminal & Battery with a Firearm

By Patel Law, PC |

In People v. Perkins, the defendant, Antonio R. Perkins, was charged with aggravated battery with a firearm, possession of a weapon by a felon, and being an armed habitual criminal. Both aggravated battery with a firearm and being an armed habitual criminal are considered class-X felonies under Illinois law, the most serious you can… Read More »

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Illinois Defendant Charged for the Murder of His Parents

By Patel Law, PC |

In the case, People v. Ritcheson, the defendant, Keith R. Ritcheson was charged with four counts of first-degree murder for the death of his parents. The defendant claimed that he had come home to find his parents shot dead. But after changing his story, police were able to get a confession from the defendant… Read More »

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Semi-Truck Tanker Crash Claims the Lives of 5 Illinois Residents

By Patel Law, PC |

At least five people died as a result of a semi-truck crash in Effingham County, IL. Areas of the county had to be evacuated as the truck was carrying several thousand pounds of anhydrous ammonia. Residents near the crash had to be evacuated to safety until the tanker stopped leaking ammonia. Several more individuals… Read More »

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Drunk Semi-Truck Driver Responsible for Causing Several Injuries to Hockey Team

By Patel Law, PC |

Lawsuits have been filed against a drunk semi-truck driver who crashed into a school bus carrying a boy’s hockey team, according to a recent article. Police say that the semi-truck driver ran a red light crashing into the school bus. They allege that he was drunk at the time of the incident. He is… Read More »

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Defendant Charged with Aggravated Battery of a Police Officer Denied Appeal

By Patel Law, PC |

An Illinois defendant was charged with aggravated battery of a police officer and resisting a police officer. The defendant alleged that the officer had no reason to arrest him and that his subsequent charge of resisting a police officer was the “fruit of the poisonous tree”. Fruit of the poisonous tree refers to any… Read More »

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