Illinois State Legislation Aims to Drop Ticket Quotas

An attorney licensed to practice in Ohio, Kyle T. Kirts has represented numerous clients in federal, state, and municipal court. Today, Kyle Kirts has his own practice where he handles a variety of cases, including felony and misdemeanor criminal defense and juvenile law cases. He is also a former member of the Illinois State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police.

In Illinois, the state legislature is attempting to make it illegal for law enforcement agencies to fulfill ticket quotas. Known as Senate Bill 3411, the legislation will also forbid police from being evaluated based on the number of written tickets. The House Labor Committee voted for the bill 16-3, and it will now come under House consideration.

The Illinois Fraternal Order of Police endorsed the legislation, citing that ticket quotas caused unnecessary tension between the public and law enforcement officials. According to Illinois state Senator Mike Jacobs, quotas are not a necessity; if law enforcement does its job, the proper amount of tickets will be written. Similar legislation is being considered in 17 other states.

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The Legal Rights of Teen Mothers in Ohio

Over the course of his career, the Ohio attorney, Kyle T. Kirts, has represented a number of clients in family court. In addition, Kyle Kirts practices juvenile law.

From a legal standpoint, a teen mother is a child with a child. As such, she has rights and responsibilities both as a parent and as a minor. This situation can make her legal issues more complex than those of a single adult mother. However, like other mothers, she has default custody of her child and, as such, the responsibility to direct the child’s care and education. A teen mother who is found to be an unfit parent may lose custody of the child, possibly to the child’s father if paternity is proven or, otherwise, to her own parents.

Because she is a minor, a teenage mother has the right to attend school and benefit from the same opportunities as other students. The school must grant the teen mother medical leave when necessary and must excuse her absences when necessary for her own or her child’s care. Teen mothers also have the right to any state services to which they or their children are eligible, including food stamps and Title XX childcare.