abusive, Rolling Meadows domestic violence attorneyDomestic violence affects every gender, race, and income level. Sadly, abusive relationships can happen to anyone. Many people are fully invested in a romantic relationship before they realize that it is becoming abusive. This can make it even more difficult for victims of domestic violence and abuse to leave these relationships. If you are in a relationship you think may be abusive, read on to learn about some of the first signs of domestic violence in romantic relationships.

Domestic Violence Defined

Although domestic violence can involve non-romantic close relationships like parent-child, domestic violence at the hands of a romantic partner is the most common type. Also called intimate partner violence, domestic violence includes behaviors that hurt, scare, threaten, or prevent a partner from being independent. It can involve physical and sexual violence, intimidation, emotional or psychological abuse and financial exploitation. Many abusive individuals may seem charming and loving at the beginning of a relationship, but then start showing their true colors.

Red Flags That May Indicate Domestic Violence

Domestic violence can look dramatically different from relationship to relationship. Some abusive partners are obviously violent while others use subtle manipulation or threats to control their partner. The common theme of all abusive relationships is that one person attempts to gain power and control over the other. Domestic violence takes innumerable forms. For example, an abusive individual may:

  • Physically harm their partner;
  • Prevent their partner from seeking medical attention or calling the police;
  • Insult, demean, humiliate or put down their partner;
  • Become extremely jealous of their friends and family;
  • Insist that their partner spend more time at home and less with loved ones;
  • Tell their partner that they are over-reacting to violent or hurtful behavior;
  • Take complete control of household finances;
  • Refuse to give their partner access to money;
  • Prohibit their partner from making his or her own decisions;
  • Threaten their partner’s children;
  • Not allow their partner to attend school or work outside the home;
  • Destroy property;
  • Threaten or physically hurt pets;
  • Intimidate their partner with guns, knives or other weapons;
  • Demand sex even if his or her partner is unwilling; and
  • Pressure their partner to use drugs or alcohol.

These are only a few examples of behaviors which can be associated with domestic violence.

No One Deserves to Be Abused

If you are currently in an abusive relationship, contact an experienced Rolling Meadows domestic violence attorney to get the legal protection you need. Call the Cosley Law Office at 847-253-3100 for a free consultation today.





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CDL, Rolling Meadows traffic violations lawyerIf you are a professional driver, your commercial driver’s license (CDL) is probably one of the most valuable documents you have. Without it, you cannot legally do your job and may suffer significant financial hardship. Getting a CDL is not something just anyone can do. As a CDL holder, you are held to a higher standard of driving conduct than those with standard driver’s licenses. If you are a professional driver in Illinois or hold a CDL for other reasons, it is imperative that you understand your rights and responsibilities. Read on to learn how traffic violations can put your commercial driver’s license at risk and what to do if you have been charged with a traffic violation.

Laws Are Stricter For Commercial Drivers

Most people with a CDL are tasked with transporting others or operating large vehicles like tractor-trailers, flatbeds, box trucks, buses, or dump trucks. Larger vehicles can obviously do much more damage than average-sized vehicles when operated in an unsafe manner. CDL holders have a greater responsibility to operate their commercial motor vehicle in a manner that protects the safety of pedestrians and other drivers. Consequently, commercial drivers face more severe punitive repercussions when they do commit a traffic violation. Traffic violations that could put your CDL in jeopardy include:

  • Driving a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) without a valid CDL;
  • Driving a CMV without the appropriate endorsements;
  • Driving a CMV with a suspended, revoked, or expired CDL;
  • Speeding (driving 15 mph or more above the speed limit);
  • Reckless driving;
  • Improper lane changes;
  • Driving under the influence (DUI);
  • Refusing a blood alcohol content or sobriety test;
  • Leaving the scene of an accident;
  • Negligent driving;
  • Committing a felony while using a CMV; and
  • Using a CMV to distribute or manufacture a controlled substance.

Penalties for Traffic Violations Committed By a Commercial Driver Can Be Severe

When an individual with a CDL is convicted of any of the above violations, they may lose their ability to legally operate a commercial vehicle. A CDL operator convicted of a serious or major traffic violation can face CDL suspension or revocation, driving record points, fines, job loss, higher insurance rates, and even jail time. The severity of the punishment will vary from case to case and is dependent on the severity and frequency of the traffic violations.

Let Us Help

If you hold a commercial driver’s license and have been convicted of a traffic violation, you may be in danger of losing your commercial driving privileges. Contact the experienced Rolling Meadows commercial driver’s license violations lawyers at the Law Offices of Donald J. Cosley. Call 847-253-3100 to schedule a free initial case evaluation today.   Source: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs4.asp?DocName=062500050HCh%2E+6+Art%2E+V&ActID=1815&ChapterID=49&SeqStart=89900000&SeqEnd=93300000

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traffic stop, Rolling Meadows traffic violations attorneyMost people can remember the feeling of independence that came with getting their driver’s license for the first time. On the other hand, most can also remember the nearly overwhelming fear that took over the first time they were pulled over by the police. Being stopped for a suspected traffic violation is intimidating for many drivers, including those who have been driving for decades. Younger drivers, however, often experience even more stress when they are pulled over, leading to confusing and potentially dangerous situations. Fortunately, lawmakers in Illinois have taken steps to prepare young drivers on how to handle being stopped by the police.

Helping New Drivers Learn the Rules of the Road

Approximately two years ago, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed a bipartisan measure requiring all driver’s education classes in the state to include a section on how to behave during a traffic stop. The bill’s timing coincided with a number of horrific, headline-making examples of traffic stops that escalated and spiraled out of control—some of them resulting in tragedy. The new law went into effect in 2017 and has affected driver’s education classes at public schools, private schools, and private training programs.

In many such classes, instructors ask a police officer to come in and talk to the students about traffic stops. The idea is to give drivers insight into concerns that the officer will have during the stop—something many young drivers may never have considered on their own. With a new perspective, new drivers will be better prepared if and when that first stop happens.

A Few Quick Tips

It would be easy to list pages and pages of advice on how to handle a traffic stop, but the most important tips can be quickly summarized. If you are pulled over for a possible traffic violation:

  • Be polite and do not argue. Arguing with the officer is not going to get you anywhere. If you disagree with the officer, you can state your disagreement reasonably and politely, but do not expect the officer to change his or her mind about a ticket;
  • Keep your hands visible and move slowly. During a traffic stop, a police officer is prepared for just about anything and may be a little on edge. If you need to move to get your license or insurance card, tell the officer where it is and ask for permission to retrieve it. Moving deliberately will keep you and the officer much safer; and
  • Address any problems later. If you believe the officer conducted an illegal stop or issued a ticket for something you did not do, you will have the chance to contest the ticket later. Your best option is to allow the stop to conclude as quickly as possible, even if it means allowing the officer to do something you do not believe is right. Calling the officer out on it during the stop is only likely to make things worse.

If the traffic stop results in a citation that you believe is unfair or inappropriate, your next step should be to contact an experienced Rolling Meadows traffic violations attorney. We will review your case and help you explore your available options. Call 847-253-3100 for a free consultation at Cosley Law Office today.





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