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Cheryl Powell

Cheryl Powell

Lawyer-Mediator-Guardian ad Litem at the Law Office of Cheryl A. Powell.
  • Family Law, Divorce, Domestic Violence ...
  • Illinois
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Biography

I have been practicing law since 1988. I have served as a legal services attorney representing clients in orders of protection, divorce, and parentage matters. Next I served as a public defender for 4 years, handling criminal law, juvenile law and mental health commitment cases. I have been in private practice on my own since 1999 representing people in a variety of cases, mostly family law, juvenile law, criminal law, guardianships, powers of attorney and wills. I do a smattering of other things in general. I also hold a master's degree in social work, so I understand mental health problems that are invariably involved in these matters.

Education
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
M.S. (1996) | Social work
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Northern Illinois University
J.D. | Law
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Northern Illinois University
B.A. (1983) | Political Science, Public Administration; with a Minor in Sociology
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Honors: Pi Sigma Alpha, honor society
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College of Lake County
A.S. (1982) | Business Administration
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Professional Experience
Attorney/Solo Practitioner
Law office of Cheryl A. Powell
- Current
Represent clients in a variety of matters, including those listed plus guardianships, wills and powers of attorney.
Assistant public defender
Marion County
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Handled criminal law cases, including a murder case. Also handled juvenile cases, including abuse, neglect and delinquency; as well as mental health cases.
Associate
Douglas A. Antonik
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Represented numerous clients in family law cases.
Family Law Task Force Coordinator
Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance
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Supervised 40 lawyers in their handling of family law cases.
Certifications
Approved guardian ad litem
2nd judicial circuit
Approved mediator
2nd judicial circuit
Approved guardian ad litem
4th judicial circuit
Approved mediator
4th judicial circuit
Approved guardian ad litem
20th judicial circuit
Approved mediator
20th judicial circuit
Awards
Service to Miliary
Illinois State Bar Association
Professional Associations
Illinois State Bar
Member
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Activities: Family Law Section Council, Criminal Justice Section Council
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Jefferson county bar assn
Member
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Marion County Bar Assn
Member
- Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Illinois
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U.S. Supreme Court
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Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    I accept all major credit cards, including MasterCard, VISA, American Express and Discover.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    My consultations are generally $75 for up to one-half hour and $275 per hour after that.
Practice Areas
    Family Law
    Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
    Divorce
    Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
    Domestic Violence
    Domestic Violence Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, Victims Rights
    Criminal Law
    Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    Juvenile Law
    Probate
    Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
    Collections
    Landlord Tenant
    Evictions
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. Can the courts change a charge or can the prosecution change it mid trial or after the trial as the judge claims? 3 yrs
A: Pleadings can be amended before during or after the trial. The last time the prosecution can Amend pleadings is after trial. Jury instructions have to mirror charges and lesser included offenses if deemed appropriate.
Q. If my ex-husband knowingly lied in a order of protection that he filed, can I get the order dismissed?
A: Are you talking about the Emergency hearing? If so, you put your witnesses on for the plenary hearing that tell the truth. You can subpoena neighbors of yours, his, bus drivers, teachers, your sister, etc. Should be easy to prove with school aged kids.
Q. Can the non custodial parent decide not to allow extra curriculars on their parenting time?
A: A 12 yr old is not likely to take kindly to being kept from an activity that she likes. Keeping her from it is not likely to get him far in the eyes of the judge. Do everything in writing so you have written documentation from court. Then if he refuses or fails for 3 times I would ask for mediation or hire a lawyer to modify the order.
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Contact & Map
407 S. 27th Street, Suite B
Mt Vernon, IL 62864
Telephone: (618) 246-9370
Fax: (618) 244-5919