Why Governor Blagojevich got such a high sentence?

As the most recent court hearing would suggest, being a smart punk in the press and flaunting the Court’s Orders, thereby making his case a media spectacle, did not help Governor Blagojevich,  It hurt him.  Don’t get me wrong.  Yes, he had a First Amendment right to keep right on speaking; it just seemed that it buried him deeper and deeper. Neither criminal lawyers nor their clients do their case any favors by making a case a media circus.  Doing so poisons a potential jury pool, puts extra heat on a prosecutor’s office to rush a case to trial (when maybe it is a case that should settle),  gives the prosecution against the defendant extra fuel for proving their case, gives the prosecution evidence to use against the defendant at sentencing, and makes the defense witnesses more reluctant to come forward.  The best lawyers do not let publicity wreck their cases and the smart criminal defendants listen to their lawyers and do the same.


Read your Insurance Policies!

LAW TIP OF THE YEAR: If you have any kind of insurance, please take a few moments to read through the policy declarations to know what is covered and what is not covered. Also make sure you look at who is covered, and who is not covered. If you are a business, make sure the business form of the entity is named right, and is called the right business type (a corporation is called a corporation, a partnership is called a partnership, a solo proprietor is called a solo proprietor). If you don’t like what is in the declarations, call the agent or the customer service department, and get them to change it. Most agents will get it fixed quick.  The customer service people may resist, but they will usually do what you want. If you need to, bust on up the chain to the supervisor. If that doesn’t work, give me a call. Illinois only! Please do your review before you actually need the insurance.

Hey kids sue your deadbeat parents!

Hey Divorced Parents, are your kids getting cheated by your spouse for the college expenses, or are you a divorced parent cheating your kids by not paying their college expenses? The kids can sue, In re Marriage of Spircoff, 2011 IL App (1st) 1103189 (October 19, 2011), the Court held that kids can sue their parents as third-party beneficiaries of the Marital Separation Agreements. How cool is that!

Hi World:

Just a word about who I am.  I am an experienced Attorney that likes to help real people more than anything.  I help people who are frightened, confused, or victimized by a legal problem.

My practice concentrates in:

  • Criminal Law
    • Felonies from Retail Theft, UUWs, sex charges, Aggravated Battery to Murder
    • Misdemeanors from Theft to Domestic Battery
    • Drug and Marijuana Possessions
  • Juvenile Law
    • Delinquency
    • Abuse and Neglect
  • Traffic Law
  • Family Law
    • Orders of Protection
    • Divorce
    • Paternity
    • Child Support
  • Wills and Trusts
  • Mental Health Law
  • Powers of Attorneys
  • Guardianships

Can I help you?  Call me at 708-359-1751 or e-mail me at t.e.ost@att.net.

House calls are welcomed!

I am Thomas Eric Ost.  As a former Assistant Public Defender in DuPage County, I handled hundreds of criminal, mental health, and juvenile cases.  Those cases ranged from DUIs, Domestic Batteries, and Retail Thefts to Aggravated Batteries and Murder.   The police and the prosecutors seem to do their best to dehumanize defendants to everyone including to the defendants themselves.    Yet in 23 years of practice, I’ve learned that most people with legal problems are not bad people.  They are people  caught up in a problem a lot bigger than they are and they need help.   I provide help to give those good people a fighting chance.  I don’t do just criminal law.  In private practice, I expanded my reach to other areas of law and provide a full range of legal services over a wider geographic area.   I now practice in DuPage, Will, and Cook Counties.  So if you or a loved one needs legal help, call me.  708-359-1751.





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