judge looking at lawyer and defendantThis is the first post in a series of articles which will discuss the process of defending against Class “1” felony charges in Peoria, Illinois. I have decided to address this issue as, other than Class “X” felonies, a Class “1” offense is the most serious charge a defendant may face in our state. I am writing this series of articles with the goal of providing information which will help people to better understand their situation. It is also my goal to provide information which will assist with the selection of a criminal defense lawyer. If you are in need of assistance then contact my office today to speak with an attorney.

I will be addressing a number of topics over my coming articles. Issues which I will analyze include:

  • What is a Class “1” Illinois felony?
  • What are the sentences for a Class “1” felony?
  • Common examples of such charges

There are several reasons why I have chosen to address these topics. First, many individuals are surprised when they receive their charging documents and it prompts them to wonder what the charges entail. By explaining what a Class “1” charge is, it is my hope to clarify any confusion. Second, understanding the potential penalties which you are facing is important to deciding how to proceed. Finally, by providing examples of these offenses it is possible to understand how the Court approaches them.

One point I will be making in each of these articles is that it is important to retain counsel as soon as possible if you have been arrested. Your attorney will take immediate steps to protect your interests. These steps include conducting any necessary investigations, filing any necessary Motions, and making sure that you know what to expect as the matter moves forward. By retaining counsel immediately at the outset of your case, you give your representative more time and opportunity to handle your matter correctly.

As a Peoria felony defense lawyer, I am familiar with the handling of such matters. My office takes great pride in the level of service which we offer our clients and we believe that everyone is entitled to strong representation. Contact us online or by telephone today to schedule an initial appointment. I also service the cities of Bloomington, Eureka, Galesburg, Morton, Normal, Pekin, Springfield, and Washington. I serve the counties of Fulton, Knox, LaSalle, Marshall, Mason, McLean, Putnam, Rock Island, Schuyler, Stark, Tazewell, and Woodford. I also handle federal cases in Urbana.