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Defendant’s Petition for Nunc Pro Tunc is Denied

By Patel Law, PC |

In People v. Bolton, the defendant pleaded guilty to armed robbery with a firearm and was sentenced to 21 years for armed robbery and 12 years for possession of a weapon. The sentences were to run concurrently meaning he would only have to serve out the longer of the two sentences. The court also… Read More »

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Defendant Appeals Post-Conviction Relief Over Sex Crimes Committed Against Step Daughters

By Patel Law, PC |

Following a 2014 trial, defendant Timothy Davis was convicted on two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against his two stepdaughters and one count of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child. The trial court sentenced him to concurrent 5-year prison sentences on the charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and 12 years on… Read More »

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Illinois Appellate Court Upholds Restrictions/Clarifies Limits on COVID-19 Lawsuits Filed Against Healthcare Facilities

By Patel Law, PC |

During the pandemic, Governor Pritzker signed a piece of legislation that made healthcare facilities immune from personal injury lawsuits filed by individuals who contracted the coronavirus. There was only one way around the statute and that involved allegations of willful misconduct. Several lawsuits tested the limits of the immunity package signed into law by… Read More »

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Freight Broker Not Liable for $18M Truck Accident Verdict

By Patel Law, PC |

An Illinois appellate court removed a freight broker as a defendant from a lawsuit involving a traumatic brain injury suffered by a teenager. Initially, the trial court had certified the freight broker as a defendant in the lawsuit that was filed against a truck driver, trucking company, and the freight broker. The appellate court… Read More »

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As of August 2023, Plaintiffs Can Recover Punitive Damages in Wrongful Death Lawsuits

By Patel Law, PC |

In Illinois, a recent change in the wrongful death statute will allow plaintiffs to recover punitive damages in wrongful death lawsuits. While punitive damages were recoverable in other forms of personal injury lawsuits, our state was among a handful that did not allow punitive damages in wrongful death lawsuits. The new rule will allow… Read More »

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Illinois Man Files Lawsuit Against Apollo Theater After Roof Collapse

By Patel Law, PC |

An Illinois man has filed a lawsuit against Apollo Theater after he was injured in a roof collapse during a tornado. The plaintiff alleges that the defendants took no precautions to safeguard a metal concert that was set to occur the day of the tornado despite the fact that there were several tornado warnings… Read More »

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Defendant Wins Appeal to Vacate Detention Order Under SAFE-T Act

By Patel Law, PC |

An Illinois defendant was charged with felony murder and armed robbery as an accomplice. The trial court was asked to determine whether or not the defendant should be freed while awaiting trial under the SAFE-T Act. The SAFE-T Act officially does away with cash bail and went into effect on September 18th, 2023. Illinois… Read More »

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Defendant Wins Appeal to Strike Pretrial Release Order Under SAFE-T Act

By Patel Law, PC |

On August 6, 2021, an Illinois defendant was charged with one count of possession of methamphetamine. He posted a $5000 bond to get out of jail while awaiting trial. On August 25, 2023, the same defendant was pulled over for a traffic stop. It was determined that he was driving on a revoked license…. Read More »

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Defendant Denied Pretrial Release on Sexual Assault Charges

By Patel Law, PC |

In the case of People v. Long, the defendant was charged with two counts of criminal sexual assault after he allegedly forced his finger into the vagina of the complainant. Count 1 alleged that the defendant committed criminal sexual assault after penetrating the vagina of the complainant. Count 2 alleged the same but added… Read More »

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Appellate Court Vacates Order of Pretrial Release

By Patel Law, PC |

In the case of the People v. Gurlly, the defendant was charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and one count of obstructing justice. His bond was set at $1 million prior to the passage of the SAFE-T Act. On September 12, 2023, 6 days before the SAFE-T Act went into effect, the State… Read More »

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