long haired man being arrestedThis article begins a discussion on the handling of Class “4” felony charges in Peoria and other central Illinois areas. I have decided to write on this topic in order to provide information which may be useful to those facing such charges. It is common for individuals to not know what steps to take after they or a family member have been arrested. While this is understandable, it is important to understand that you are facing a very serious situation. If you are in need of assistance then contact my office today to speak with a criminal defense lawyer.

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

  • What is an Illinois Class “4” felony?
  • What one should expect if this is their first offense
  • The potential sentences for a Class “4” felony

I have chosen these particular topics for multiple reasons. First, it is common for defendants to be surprised that they are facing felony charges. By explaining what the level of offense is, along with other considerations, many of these questions can be dealt with. Second, knowing what to expect from the process can help to make the situation go more smoothly. It can also assist with the selection of counsel. Finally, understanding the potential consequences of a conviction will be important to strategizing your defense.

One point I will be stressing in each of these articles is the importance of speaking with an attorney as soon as possible after you or a loved one have been arrested. It is important that you speak with counsel sooner, rather than later, so that your representative has time to build a defense on your behalf. I am a Peoria criminal defense lawyer and a former prosecutor. I understand the serious nature of such charges and my office will give your case the attention it deserves. Contact us online or by telephone 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.