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United States Expungement LawsDo you want to seal your criminal record from certain databases? Record expungement can help open doors to employment, housing, voting rights, and more. Here are the applicable expungement laws for all 50 states.

Alabama

In the state of Alabama, you cannot expunge or seal a conviction if you are an adult. You can expunge non-conviction records for nonviolent felonies or misdemeanors.

Gun Violence in ChicagoChicago has an unfortunate history of gun violence, stemming from the rise of gangs in the 1920s and continuing on to the present day. Despite its merits, the city cannot seem to break away from its dark past. While Chicago is relatively safe for most residents, gun violence is still a significant issue.

The Origins of Chicago Gun Violence

Chicago’s history of gang violence began with ethnic divisions between Polish, Irish, and Italian immigrant populations in the late 19th century. Consistent violence led to the rise of Chicago as one of America’s largest gang cities. The original gangs may no longer have a large presence on Chicago streets, but they do provide the background for Chicago’s gun violence problem.

11 Things Illegal in IllinoisLike many jurisdictions, Illinois has some arguably strange laws on the books — some of which you may even be violating right now.

Whether you want to make sure you’re not violating any little-known provision or simply searching for bits of trivia to impress your friends, read on to learn about 11 things you may not know are illegal in Illinois. For additional information on personal injury matters in Illinois cities look here.

1. Maintaining a stable in un-wholesome condition.

Death Row Last Meal Choices
Death sentences are decreasing in America, but the sentence is still applied in 31 states. One of the most traditional customs on death row is to offer a special final meal to sentenced prisoners prior to their death.

Throughout the last few decades, people facing the death penalty have chosen final meals ranging from indulgent to horrifying. Here are some of the strangest last meal requests from some of the most notorious criminals on death row.

Thomas J. Grasso, 1995

Boating Accident with Guilty PleaEarlier this month, Bartlett, Illinois resident David Hatyina entered a plea of guilty to one count of aggravated driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol following a boating accident last summer during which a child was hit by boat. Hatyina, 51, was operating his boat on July 28, 2012 just after 4:30 in the afternoon when he struck 10-year-old Anthony “Tony” Borcina, who had fallen out of his inner tube during an excursion with friends and family members to Petite Lake near Lake Villa.

Reports reveal that Haytina’s blood-alcohol level was between .09 and .128. The legal limit is .08. Earlier in the process, Haytina’s defense attorneys had tried to have his blood-alcohol content levels suppressed as evidence, claiming that not only did the Illinois Conservation Police fail to have probable cause to draw a blood sample, but that Hatyina’s blood-alcohol level was determined by a scientifically unacceptable method known as retrograde extrapolation. 

A Change of Plea

Pedestrian Accidents When Entering the CrosswalkJust as drivers have to obey traffic laws, it is important pedestrians follow the rules when entering the roadway and remain vigilant. While a person may never pull a U-turn in the middle of a crowded intersection while driving their car, that same person might suddenly cross the street on foot without even thinking twice. This might not give the oncoming traffic enough time to stop safely.

The latest statistics from Chicago

Over the last decade, the Chicago Police Department (CPD), Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) and City of Chicago have had a number of ongoing efforts aimed at improving pedestrian safety. This meant design improvements, raising awareness for both pedestrians and drivers, and enforcement initiatives. According to the latest statistics released in 2011 (available here), this has made a significant impact. In fact, between 2001 and 2009, the number of pedestrian crashes in Chicago dropped more than 22 percent.

DePuy settlements have expectations.There are thousands of hip replacement proceedings pending throughout the nation. This means that many people have an interest how these legal cases will be resolved. While hip manufacturers have failed to make a meaningful settlement up until now, having a better understanding of the settlement process may provide you with some peace of mind.

Understanding the procedural framework

The first thing that people need to understand is the procedural framework that will likely govern these settlements. At the time of writing, there are more than 10,000 lawsuits pending. These lawsuits are against various hip manufacturers, some of the most important manufacturers include: Zimmer (look here), Wright (learn more here), Stryker (view Stryker page here), and DePuy. These lawsuits are on behalf of plaintiffs who have suffered damage or injury because of an artificial hip.

Younger Drivers Have Many Rear End AccidentsJust a single glance at an iPod can be enough to swerve off the road and cause a deadly accident, speeding means that there is far less time to react than normal in the event of an emergency, and having text conversations while driving can be extremely dangerous – especially if traffic in front of the driver comes to a sudden halt.

While distractions can happen to a driver of any age, teenagers are growing up in a society where it is normal that they are in constant communication with one another, where putting down their smartphone is an abnormality. Despite all the PSAs and the available information, car accidents still kill more than 5,000 American teenagers every year. Perhaps more worrisome is that these numbers are not budging, despite improved safety features in cars. What are some things that we can do to lower these annual fatalities?

Better education for teenage drivers

Uninsured drivers are a common occurenceDespite the fact that most states require motorists to have insurance on their cars (in fact, this goes for all states except for New Hampshire), there are still many uninsured drivers on the road. In fact, according to a research study from the Insurance Research Council, approximately 1 in 7 drivers are driving without even so much as basic coverage. The research study also suggested that over the last few years, the uninsured motorist rate has increased because of the struggling economy. Many are trying to test the law more to avoid monthly premiums because of tough economic times. However, those who are properly insured may experience serious consequences because of this increase in uninsured and uninsured drivers.

Having to go through court

Getting into an accident with an uninsured driver may be particularly problematic. In fact, if the uninsured driver is at fault and you do not have uninsured motorist coverage, you will have to go through court in order to get compensation for your damages. Even if you go through court, have a lawyer represent you, and win a claim, the uninsured driver may not have the funds to cover your expenses.

Spaying and Neutering Dogs Can Lead to Less AccidentsResearch from the National Canine Research Foundation

The occurrence of dog bites is something every dog owner worries about in the back of his or her mind. If a dog bites a victim, an owner could be liable for paying thousands of dollars in operations or even be forced to put down the animal. Experts warn that there is no way to completely prevent the occurrence of a dog bite, however, there are ways to reduce the risk that a dog will sporadically bite a human.

Spaying and neutering dogs such as pit bulls can reduce the risk that these animals will bite people. In addition, dog owners can also take training courses through the Human Society to learn more about the behavior of their dogs. A training course can help a dog owner learn how to promote healthy behaviors in a dog and how to ensure that the dog remains tamed. Dog owners also learn how to socialize the dog with other dogs and people. The National Canine Research Foundation has found that spaying or neutering dogs has the ability to dramatically reduce the risk that these dogs will bite a human. The research also indicates that a dog that is not neutered is 2.6 times more likely to bite a human than neutered male dogs.

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