Criminal Defense in Illinois

Young man in handcuffs

A felony conviction can follow you for the rest of your life. It shows up on background checks, which means that you’ll have to disclose it, and many people can end up seeing it. It can make it more difficult to get and keep a job, and it can altogether prevent you from applying for


From arrest to sentencing, here’s a general overview of what you can expect in an Illinois criminal case.

Pre-arrest. Sometimes a criminal case starts with an arrest. Other times, a victim or someone else calls the police to report a crime. If warranted, police detectives will investigate the crime. Once they have enough “probable


Federal convictions are quite serious. It is important to know that unlike a state prison where you can get time off for good behavior, if you are sentenced to a certain term in a federal prison, you will serve at least 85% of that term unless you are given a pardon or your conviction is


Most people know that a felony is more serious than a misdemeanor, but what is the technical difference? And what about the different levels of felonies and misdemeanors?

A felony is defined as a crime that is punishable by a year or more in jail, while a misdemeanor is one that is punishable by less


Not a week goes by where we don’t get a phone call that goes something like this:

I broke up with my girlfriend a week ago.  She wasn’t happy about that, but I really sent her over the edge when she saw me with a new girl at a bar in Chicago.  She screamed at


The law against drunk driving is a bit broader than you might think. It doesn’t outlaw just driving while intoxicated but also being in physical control of a vehicle while intoxicated. If you are sitting in the driver’s seat with the keys, you are considered in control, even if the car is turned off. You

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It’s something that allows you the rare opportunity to keep a felony off your record. Section 410 of the Illinois Controlled Substances Act allows certain individuals to get probation instead of a conviction if charged with possession of small amounts of drugs. Section 410 is only for someone who has not been convicted or placed

We’re always amazed at what people are willing to share with the world. And as attorneys, it makes us a little nervous. Posting photos on Facebook, making clever comments  via Twitter, and pretty much anything else online can really come back to haunt you.

What starts as a harmless comment can turn into evidence. Yes,