officer arresting manThis post is being written to conclude and recap my series on handling of cases which are classified as Class ‘A” misdemeanors in the state of Illinois. I felt it important to write on this topic as many individuals do not know how to proceed after being arrested. Class “A” misdemeanors can carry up to a year of jail time and will remain permanently on your criminal record. For this reason, they should be taken very seriously. It is important to understand how an experienced attorney can act immediately to potentially reduce the consequences of these types of charges. The goal of my prior posts has been to provide information which will help people 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 or a family member need assistance, then contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.

I have addressed several topics over my recent articles. Issues which I have analyzed include:

I chose to address these topics for multiple reasons. First, there are defenses that can apply to these types of charges. These defenses can include excluding eyewitness identifications or raising search and seizure issues. Second, many of these charges are brought against a defendant in combination with additional and more serious offenses. For example, cases of domestic violence can be charged in conjunction with interfering with the reporting of domestic violence. Finally, once an individual has been arrested for any charge relating to domestic matters, the court will likely issue a protective order. These should be taken very seriously as multiple violations can result in the conviction of a felony. It is important to understand that once you are charged with a crime, it is no longer a “private matter”. The prosecution, not the victim, will decide whether to move forward with a conviction.

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 misdemeanor can mean prison time and fines. Also, if convicted of the crime of domestic violence, you will be barred from owning a firearm under federal law. The conviction can make it very difficult to gain employment, housing or professional licenses. Experienced counsel will act immediately to develop the best strategy for how to proceed in the event of an arrest.

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 and am very familiar with the workings of our court system. I understand the serious implications of a criminal charge and will give your case the attention it deserves. Contact us online or by telephone to schedule an initial appointment. I also serve 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, Shuyler, Stark, Tazewell and Woodford. I also handle federal cases in Urbana.