defendant before judgeThis article is written to conclude and recap my series on the handling of Class “X” felony charges in Peoria and other Illinois areas. I considered it crucial to write on this topic due to the heavy consequences which flow from a conviction. Many individuals are unaware of how to proceed when they face such charges. I have written this series with dual goals. First, it is my hope that my previous articles have provided 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 an attorney. If you or a family member are in need of assistance then contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.

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

I addressed these particular topics for a number of reasons. First, there are a variety of issues which a defendant may be able to raise in these types of cases. Such issues may involve violations of the Fourth or Fifth Amendments, the improper obtaining of eyewitness identifications, and more. Second, it is important to understand that Class “X” charges are seldom brought in isolation. It is common for a defendant to face several counts which all stem from one course of conduct. If one is convicted, then they run the risk of these various counts being run consecutively at sentencing. Finally, I considered it important to discuss the serious nature with which courts and prosecutors take such charges.

One point I made in each of these articles is that it is vital for you to retain an experienced attorney as soon as possible if you or a family member have been arrested. The sooner you retain counsel then the sooner they may begin building a defense on your behalf. This defense can include visiting the scene of the offense (if possible), interviewing witnesses, filing Motions, and more.

I am a Peoria criminal defense lawyer and a former prosecutor. I am familiar with the workings of our court system and my office will give your case the attention it deserves. If you are in need of assistance then contact us online or by telephone today. 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.