Judge pointing at lawyersThis is my next post in my series on navigating criminal charges in Peoria and other parts of central Illinois. My last article provided an overview on examples of Class “B” Misdemeanors and the importance of retaining counsel after being charged. Misdemeanors, even though not as severe as a felony, carry serious consequences including possible jail time. You may also be facing a permanent criminal record if convicted. This can impact your future employment, housing prospects, and other opportunities. Retaining an experienced attorney can help you navigate the process and ensure that your rights remain protected. In this article I will address common defenses for Class “B” misdemeanor in Illinois and the need to retain a criminal defense attorney. If you are in need of assistance, then contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.

The potential defense employed in any criminal case will depend on the charges and alleged facts. Cases may involve situations where law enforcement executed an illegal search of a person’s home or vehicle. There may also be cases where there were improper eyewitness identifications or law enforcement failed to read the required Miranda warnings. If a search was found to be illegal or a procedure not followed, then that evidence may be excluded from trial. In other cases, a person is not guilty or acting in self-defense. Counsel may engage in negotiations with the prosecutor to outright dismiss, lower the number of charges, or obtain an outcome that is more preferable to a lengthy prison sentence. Even if none of these defense strategies are available, having an experienced attorney helps to ensure that your rights are protected throughout the process.

Suppose, for example, an individual was charged with criminal trespass to land which is a Class “B” misdemeanor in Illinois. The prosecution’s only eyewitness to the crime was an elderly jogger. The defense can attack the witness’ memory and may point to the fact that the jogger was not wearing their prescription glasses that allows them to see far distances. By retaining an attorney, they may be able to exclude the witness’ testimony at trial. It is crucial to promptly retain an experienced attorney so they may help craft a defense that is specific to your case.

A criminal defense attorney may also help in cases where law enforcement illegally executes a search warrant. Suppose, for example, an individual is charged with computer harassment of another individual. The police entered their home and seized their computer with a search warrant. Upon further inspection, the search warrant lists the incorrect address instead of the individuals. By retaining counsel, they may be able to exclude the computer as evidence if it was obtained through an illegal search warrant. These are one of many examples of how an attorney can help assist an individual who is facing Class “B” misdemeanor charges.

Contact my office online or by telephone today to speak with a Peoria misdemeanor defense lawyer. I am familiar with our local court system due to my experience as a former prosecutor. I devote my practice to defending the rights of the accused and look forward to assisting you. I understand that this is an important time in your life and my office will give your case the attention it deserves. In addition to Peoria, 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.