Charged with a crime? You’re probably wondering what lies ahead of you. Click here for more information on the process and what you should expect.
Many people are unaware there are warrants out for their arrest. To find out how to check if you have a warrant out, click here for information on this topic.
Why do I have the right to a speedy trial? What does this mean?
If you’ve found yourself asking this question, reading our FAQ page on the topic should shed some light on the situation. Click here for more info.
There are different types of evidence, and circumstantial is one of them.
To find out what type of evidence this is and how it resonates with juries, read our FAQ page by clicking here
If you’ve been arrested and are facing criminal charges, you’re probably wondering if you need an attorney.
The answer is yes; and the reasoning as to why you need one, can be found on our FAQ page here
DUI charges are serious and carry with them stiff fines and penalties.
There are tried and true methods to combat such charges. To find out what these defenses are, click here
There are common defenses to criminal charges that have been relied on by defense attorneys for ages.
To find out what these defenses are, click here
Any accusation of criminal activity is a dangerous matter and requires the assistance of a skilled Chicago criminal defense attorney. Even a first DUI offense if you are convicted can affect your future employment and result in a suspended license and costly fines. When the crime is more serious, such as a felony offense, you are in serious legal trouble and must act quickly. It is true that you must stay silent after being arrested for any serious criminal offense. Many individuals have damaged their own cases by making comments or statements that are later used as evidence against them in court. Your first step after the arrest should be to contact our firm and get legal counsel to protect you.
Should you choose to represent yourself or use a public defender, you may be writing your own conviction and sentence. This largely depends on the crimes you have been charged with and if you have a previous record of criminal convictions. Illinois is not entirely lenient, even when it comes to misdemeanors. Offenses such as possession of marijuana less than 30 grams or driving under the influence could still land you with up to $2,500 in fines and jail time up to one year. More severe felonies could result in a lifetime of prison and up to $1 million in fines for some crimes.
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