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Home Invasion 101

Posted by on Sep 3, 2019 in Criminal Law | 0 comments

If you or a loved one are facing a conviction for home invasion, you are likely facing some serious punishments. Because of the seriousness of the crime, you should aim to educate yourself as much as possible about not only the crime of home invasion and the penalties you may be met with but about the criminal justice system overall.

A Quick Note…

Home invasion is a violation of state law, which means that you or your loved one will be tried in state court for the crime. Criminal laws vary from state to state, so it is important to look at the laws where you live to get a better understanding of the criminal justice process and what charges you may be facing. You should also attempt to reach out to an attorney in your state, or the state in which you are being tried, as they will be the expert on the laws in that particular location.

This post will discuss home invasion charges in the most general sense possible

What is Home Invasion?

First, what exactly is a home invasion charge? Again, it is important to check the state in which you or a loved one is being tried to get a better idea of what the state determines home invasion to be. Home invasion, however, can be defined as an illegal, and usually forceful, entry into a home with an intent to commit a violent crime toward those living in the home. Usually, this violent crime is something along the lines of robbery or assault but it can escalate from anything from rape to murder.

Punishments for Home Invasion

Like already stated, those potentially facing a home invasion conviction are facing very strict sentences. These vary from state to state, but I’ll give an example to let you know what you or a loved one may be facing. In the state of Illinois, for example, you could be met with a minimum prison sentence from anywhere from 6 to 30 years. After the prison term, you may be subject to mandatory supervised release, where you will have to comply with a variety of restrictions or be forced to return back to prison.

Unfortunately, there are more punishments you may have to deal with. You could be ordered to pay a fine of up to 25,000 dollars – which for some, could take a lifetime to pay back as the criminal justice system already strips many of their money. The conviction will follow you for life as you will be marked as a felon. This could keep you from finding employment, housing, or in some cases, from being able to vote.

What to Do

The absolute first thing you should do is to reach out to a criminal defense law firm like Bruno Law Offices. DON’T try to represent yourself — reaching out to a professional is always the better choice. The punishments following a home invasion conviction can last a lifetime, so you need the best representation possible.

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The Next Steps After an Auto Accident

Posted by on Jun 4, 2019 in Car Accidents | 0 comments

Nobody wants to think about the fact that at any point while driving in your car, you might get into a minor or major car accident. But ignoring this possibility, as you know, does little to alter the high likelihood that at some point you will probably either collide into another car or your car will be hit by someone else.

Because it is bound to happen, it is in your interest — and the well-being of the people who ride in your car — to be prepared for the inevitable car accident. The collision could happen tomorrow, or it could happen ten years from now. Either way, there is no reason to not brush up on your post-accident checklist today.

While I am not an auto safety expert, nor do I have experience as an emergency official, I do have a lot of research under my belt about the steps to take after a car accident. In this article, I will share this information so you can best protect yourself, your loved ones, and your financial well-being:

Safety first

Of course, the immediate step to take after a car accident is to check to see if your body is functioning and okay. If you need medical assistance, then disregard any other problems except, maybe, the needs of others whose injuries are more severe than yours. If you or another person involved in the crash are injured, then the first step is to call for an ambulance or to make arrangements to seek immediate medical care.

As the experienced auto accident personal injury lawyers at Portner Bond, PLLC attest, seek medical care for even the smallest of injuries. That is because, as I will discuss in the following section, documenting details about car accidents


If you are not in need of medical assistance, then the next step to take after an auto accident is to document everything that you can! That means to take pictures and videos — using your phone camera is perfectly fine — of the following:

  • Damage to vehicles, structures, and objects
  • Road conditions, such as skid marks, potholes, lane closures, or other factors that could contribute to the accident
  • Weather conditions, such as heavy rains, dense fog, or other factors that could prevent safe driving

This information could be crucial to understanding why a collision took place or who is at fault for the wreck.

Calling the police

Another form of documentation that could be a crucial step in the auto accident personal injury lawsuit process is a police report. Most judges and juries find police officers, rightfully so, to be impartial third parties. So official police documentation of a crash and a crash site can be insightful to negotiations or lawsuits.

Call the police as soon as possible after a car accident. Once they are at the scene of the crash, you should discuss the incidents leading up to the crash. Be honest and be concise; explaining too much or rambling could lead to an inaccurate or useless report.

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The Dentist’s Tools

Posted by on Jan 23, 2019 in Dentistry | 0 comments

Just like everybody else, going to the dentist is not how I like to spend an afternoon. I have my own anxieties about the dentist’s office, and so it’s especially hard to try and make my children feel comfortable about the dentist’s office. This year I made it a personal goal to somehow quell my anxieties surrounding a visit to the dentist, and learn to be more comfortable about the entire experience. I wanted to do this for myself, but I also wanted to do it for my children as well. I realized that one thing adding to my nervousness at the dentist is that I am oftentimes not even sure what the dentist and hygienists are using on me. I’m not sure what the purpose is of the tools that they’re putting around or inside my mouth. So I went reading online and found out about what does what on the Babylon Dental Care website.

Some of the items are a little self-explanatory. The small mirrors that dentists use make it easier for them to see around corners and get a good look at every angle of your teeth so they can adequately determine the health of your teeth.

Dentists use probes and curettes to gently scrape off hardened plaque called calculus. Most of us can spot plaque and other germ residue in our mouths. We remove this when brushing and flossing. Dentists have the expertise to spot hardened plaque that’s built up on our teeth. They can scrape away at this plaque and stop when it’s all gone. I wouldn’t recommend that anyone at home take a curette and start scraping at their teeth. We just don’t have the eye or years of experience to properly handle that sort of thing.

The most unpleasant device for me personally is that suction device they use sometimes. In order for a dentist to work on your teeth for an extended time, that suction device is necessary to keep saliva from flooding the dentist’s workspace. The dentist uses that so they can work effectively and also so that you don’t end up swallowing any hardened plaque.

Most syringes are going to be filled with anesthetic. I know that a lot of people are scared of needles, but once the anesthetic goes into your gum, the area surrounding that spot should be numb for some time. This will end up saving you a lot more discomfort in the long run.

The dental drill is one of the most scary pieces of equipment. My children freaked out when they saw it for the first time even though it wasn’t going to be used on them. These drills are used to remove decay inside a tooth so that a cavity can be filled. The vibration of the drill works to knock all that decay loose. The sensation is awkward and unusual, but it’s not causing any actual harm to your teeth.

Going to the dentist will probably not ever be my favorite afternoon chore, but I feel a lot more at ease going in now that I have an understanding of how the tools they use work.

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Divorce Trends

Posted by on May 21, 2018 in Divorce Law | 0 comments

The overwhelming majority of people that decide to get married do not expect that their marriage will end in divorce. Marriage is difficult, and every union has its ups and downs. Almost half of all married couples in the U.S. end up getting divorced, but statistics surrounding this demographic are continually changing. In a world with more information than ever before, here are the latest divorces statistics for couples in the year 2018:

  • The rate at which people are getting divorced is shrinking. Compared to just a few decades ago, fewer couples are filing for a divorce in Georgia and around the entire nation. However, this doesn’t have anything to do with more families deciding to stick together. The rate has decreased because the overall number of couples getting married is diminishing. Now that more couples are choosing to avoid marriage, they don’t need divorce lawyers to call it quits.
  • Children are more likely to support their parent’s decision to get a divorce. Children are much more likely to see divorce as an appropriate solution after their parent’s relationship has legally ended, compared to children whose parents are still married. Perhaps, part of that comes from the anxiety of not knowing how things will change after their parents’ divorce.
  • People over 50 are more likely to get divorced today than younger couples. The divorce rate among Baby Boomers has more than doubled since 1990, and this could be partly because of their large population size. As people wait longer to get married, they may not realize that they need Atlanta divorce attorneys until they have been married for several years. Another possible contribution to this statistic is that people who get remarried are more than twice as likely to get divorced once again.
  • Women are usually much happier after the divorce, and they initiate nearly two-thirds of all divorces. As some women find the opportunity to climb the corporate ladder, their economic situation has an impact on their ability to divorce their spouse. Women are much more likely to initiate the divorce if they are financially independent and their friends support the transition.
  • Children are more likely to succeed if their parents are married and make a lot of money, compared to a single parent that makes a lot of money. Although this is just a trend, it may be a significant finding for future parents trying to decide if divorce is the right choice.
  • Social factors can affect the likelihood of a married couple to seek a divorce. Couples may feel pressured by certain social influences, compared to couples that do not have certain elements in their life. For people who are in their twenties, consider themselves religious, have gone to college, and make a decent living, divorce may not be a viable option or a strong consideration.
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Four Tips for Building Security

Posted by on Sep 4, 2017 in Insurance Consultation | 0 comments

There’s a lot of talk of cybersecurity these days, but all that talk tends to leave one area of security out of the conversation: actual building security.

If you own a business, you’ve probably had nightmares about robberies. Thieves in the night, wearing black ski masks and carrying crowbars, break in and steal everything you’ve worked so hard for. Then, you wake up in the morning and think it’s just a nightmare and go about your business.

But building security isn’t something to take lightly. The nightmare may never come true, but it could. So how can you make your business more secure? Follow these four steps.

  1. Limit entrance points – While it can be nice to have an open feeling to a business and allow people to approach from all sides, what you gain from walk-ins you lose in security. Confining doors and windows to a small portion of your building limits the ways criminals can get in. It makes it hard for criminals to hide and makes it easy to concentrate your security on a few major points.
  1. Keep your cameras up to date and at good angles – If you have a business, you probably have some security cameras in place. Make sure they are up to date and make sure the cameras cover every angle. Run some tests to see if there is any way to get into your business where a face can’t be seen. If you have a parking lot, see if there is any space where a camera couldn’t pick up a license plate. Get all your blind spots covered. Because if they exist, thieves will find them.
  1. Keep valuables visible and locked up after hours – If you have a store, keep your valuable selling items in a highly visible area, but make them visible only from within the store. Not only does this help sell them, it allows you to keep an eye on them, and it discourages thieves. It also makes it less likely thieves will target your store if they can’t see the items presented from outside the store. They may assume your store just doesn’t have anything worth stealing. After closing, lock up everything in a good safe. Again, you’ve limited the ability of thieves to see the items, and you’ve made it harder for them to get them even if they know the items exist.
  1. Hire a consultant – While points 1-3 are all very good, the best possible thing you could do for your business is hiring a consultant, like K2 Consulting, that I’ve heard good things about, to give your top quality advice. There are plenty of consultants out there but hire one that has a good reputation. If they have made a name for themselves, they probably know all the tricks of the trade. Once you have some good advice, implement everything they suggest that you can afford.
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