This article is being written to conclude and recap my series on the handling of child endangerment cases in Peoria, Illinois. I considered it crucial to address this topic due to the fact that most parents will not know how to proceed after they have been charged. Many will also be unsure how the matter will impact any pending family law proceedings. The goal of my recent articles, therefore, was to provide information which will help people to better understand their situation. It has also been my goal to provide information which will assist with selecting a criminal defense attorney. If you or a family member need assistance then contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.
I have addressed multiple topics over my recent articles. Issues which I have analyzed include:
- Is child endangerment a misdemeanor or a felony in Illinois?
- Child endangerment convictions and child custody
- Search & seizure issues in child endangerment cases
- Attending trial for child endangerment charges
- False allegations of child endangerment
There are several reasons why I chose to address these topics. First, while child endangerment is often a misdemeanor in Illinois, there are several factors which can elevate the charge to a felony. These can include the situation being a repeat offense as well as the presence of aggravating factors. Second, if a parent is convicted of child endangerment then, quite often, the situation will lead to a modification of their child custody order. Third, if the situation involves police illegally stopping a vehicle or entering your home then it may be possible to have the charges dismissed. Fourth, knowing what to expect from the trial process can help to ensure that the process goes smoothly. Finally, and unfortunately, charges based on false allegations are not uncommon. Such allegations typically come from a parent attempting to gain an advantage in family law proceedings.
If you or a family member have been charged with a crime then it is important that you contact an attorney immediately. Doing so helps to ensure that your rights remain protected throughout the process. I am a Peoria criminal defense lawyer and a former prosecutor. I am familiar with the workings of our local court system and my office strives to provide the highest level of service. Contact us online or by telephone today to schedule an initial consultation. I also serve the counties of Fulton, Knox, LaSalle, Marshall, Mason, McLean, Putnam, Rock Island, Schuyler, Stark, Tazewell, and Woodford.