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Facing Criminal Charges For The First Time

Are you facing criminal charges for the first time in your life? You’ve never been arrested before but now find yourself charged with a felony or misdemeanor in Illinois? If so, the most important thing to do is to protect your criminal record. Effects of a criminal record A criminal … [+]

Law Office of Stephanie Kemen Expands To Open Second Law Firm

  In the fall of 2016, Stephanie Kemen and attorney Derek Martin partnered up to open a law firm dedicated solely to traffic tickets, DUIs and license reinstatement hearings. Stephanie has always been committed to providing exceptional representation at a reasonable price. However, with 14 traffic courthouses in Cook, Lake … [+]

The Abuse of Orders of Protection

Orders of protection in Illinois are designed to protect victims of domestic abuse from their abusers and prevent future acts of violence. When used properly, orders of protection can be an effective tool in the fight against domestic abuse. Unfortunately, people often use orders of protection as a method of … [+]

Illinois Manslaughter Statute Controversy

The Illinois manslaughter statute recently came under scrutiny after a controversial conclusion to a highly publicized case. The loophole, as some news sources refer to it, stems from the language of the statute and its interpretation by the court. With the right argument, it may create a successful defense against … [+]

Stephanie Kemen Named A “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine

Criminal Defense Attorney Stephanie Kemen has been selected to the 2015 Illinois Rising Stars list, which recognizes the state’s top up-and-coming attorneys. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. Super Lawyers … [+]

Preliminary Hearings: How A Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help

Last week, a client of mine wasn’t sure if he wanted me to attend his preliminary hearing. He said to me, “They’ll just find probable cause anyway. Why bother?” If you aren’t familiar with what a preliminary hearing is, it is basically a hearing to determine if there is enough … [+]