This is the first post in a series which will deal with the issue of defending against embezzlement charges in Peoria, Illinois. I feel it is necessary to write on this issue due to the fact that many defendants do not realize the serious nature of such charges. This lack of understanding may, in part, be due to the fact that such offenses are non-violent in nature. The fact of the matter, however, is that an accused may be facing substantial prison time. The goal of my coming articles is to provide information which will assist defendants with better understanding their situation. It is also my goal to provide information which will assist with the selection of a criminal defense attorney. If you or a loved one need assistance then contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.
I will be addressing several topics over my coming articles. The issues which I will analyze include:
- Illinois’ penalties for an embezzlement conviction
- How search and seizure issues impact such matters
- The impact of a Miranda violation by law enforcement
- The potential need for expert witnesses
- The difference between state and federal charges
- Taking a case to trial
There are several reasons why I have chosen to address these issues. First, understanding the potential which one faces may help them to realize the gravity of their situation. Second, law enforcement’s violations of the Fourth Amendment may result in a dismissal or a reduction of the charges. Third, it is not uncommon for investigating officers to have violated a defendant’s right to remain silent. Fourth, expert witnesses may be required in such a case in order to dispute the value of assets which were misappropriated. Fifth, depending on the facts of the case, an accused may be charged in Federal Court as opposed to State Court. Finally, knowing what to expect from the trial process can help to ensure that things go smoothly.
One point I cannot stress enough is that you should contact an experienced Peoria criminal defense attorney as soon as possible if you or a loved one have been arrested. Counsel can take immediate steps, including the filing of any necessary Motions, to help ensure that your rights remain protected. As a former prosecutor, I am familiar with the handling of such matters. I believe that everyone is entitled to a vigorous defense and my office is ready to assist you. Call today to speak with a 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.