Arrested male in handcuffsThis post is being written to conclude and recap my series on the handling of Class “2” felonies in Peoria and other areas of central Illinois. I felt it important to write on this topic as many individuals will not know how to proceed after they have had a run-in with law enforcement. This can result in some people not appreciating the gravity of the situation. On the other end of the spectrum, it can result in people thinking that they have no options when they actually do. The goal of my prior posts has been 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 the selection of a criminal defense attorney. If you are in need of assistance then contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.

I have addressed a number of topics over my recent articles. Issues which I have analyzed include:

  • Class “2” felony drug charges
  • Illinois charges of aggravated domestic battery
  • Illinois reckless homicide charges

I chose to address these topics for multiple reasons. First, drug charges sometimes involve violations of the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution by law enforcement. If such violations occurred then, depending on the facts of the case, it may be possible to gain a dismissal of the charges. Second, people charged with domestic violence often think the case will simply “go away” if their significant other does not “press charges.” Once an individual has been arrested, however, the decision as to whether to bring charges is made by the prosecuting attorney. It is not made by the victim. Finally, any case involving the death of an individual will be taken very seriously by the prosecution. Mounting the strongest possible defense will be crucial.

One point I stressed in each of these articles is the need to retain an attorney if you or a family member have been charged with a crime. Being convicted of a felony can mean prison time and fines. Also, even after one has served their time they will be barred from owning a firearm under federal law and will have difficulty passing a background check. This can make it highly difficult to gain employment, housing, or professional licenses. Experienced counsel will give you an honest assessment regarding the situation you are facing, your options, and the best strategy for proceeding.

If you are in need of assistance then contact my office today to speak with a Peoria criminal defense lawyer. I am a former prosecutor who is familiar with the workings of our court system and my office will give your case the attention it deserves. I understand that this is a serious time in your life. Contact us online or by telephone to schedule an 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.