keyboard with crime scene tapeThis post is written to conclude and recap my series on the handling of computer related criminal charges in Peoria, Illinois. I felt it was necessary to write on this issue due to the fact that one may not understand what steps to take after they or a loved one have been arrested. Failing to take immediate action, however, can hinder their ability to mount a proper defense. The goal of my last several articles has been to provide information which will help an accused individual to understand what they can expect from the process. 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 addressed several topics over my recent articles. The issues which I analyzed included:

There were multiple reasons for my selection of these issues. First, a defendant will face a different set of laws when they have been charged by the US Department of Justice. Not all attorneys are licensed in Federal Court. This means a defendant must select counsel who is able to assist them. Second, it is not uncommon for law enforcement to violate a defendant’s rights when obtaining information from a computer or smartphone. Such a violation can, depending on the circumstances, result in a dismissal of the charges. Third, expert witnesses are sometimes required in such matters. This is due to the fact that laypeople are not permitted to testify in regards to issues involving specialized knowledge, skill, or experience. Finally, knowing what to expect from the trial process can help a defendant to have reasonable expectations.

One point I stressed in each of these articles is that an experienced criminal defense attorney should be contacted immediately if you or a loved one has been arrested. Felony charges carry serious consequences. It is vital that you retain counsel with the experience necessary to handle your situation. I am a former prosecutor and I take great pride in the level of service I provide to my clients. Contact my office today to speak with a Peoria lawyer. We also service the cities of Bloomington, Decatur, Eureka, Galesburg, Morton, Normal, Pekin, Springfield, and Washington. We also serve the counties of Fulton, Knox, LaSalle, Marshall, Mason, McLean, Putnam, Rock Island, Schuyler, Stark, Tazewell, and Woodford. Additional areas where we handle federal cases include Benton, Chicago, East St. Louis, Springfield, and Urbana.