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victims rights, Illinois civil suit, McHenry County personal injury attorney, personal injury lawsuit, victim's rights, constitutional amendment, victim's injuries, criminal case, guilty pleaThere are several instances when a civil personal injury lawsuit can be entwined with a criminal case. For instance, an assault that leads to serious injuries can result in a civil suit by the victim to recover for his or her injuries, as well as a criminal suit by the state. Criminal suits are handled with minimal involvement on the part of the victim. A victim does have rights related to the cases, such as the right to be notified of court dates and the right to address the court. However, as the law stands, a victim does not have many options to enforce these rights if violated.

This November, Illinois voters will go to the ballot boxes to determine whether they want to amend the state's constitution to provide more security for victim's rights. The amendment, labeled HJRCA 29, would implement a variety of modifications to the state's constitution to provide victims with the ability to better enforce their rights.

Entwined Civil and Criminal Cases

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