This is the next post in my series on the handling of Class “1” felony charges in Peoria and other central Illinois areas. My last article discussed the potential sentences for a Class “1” felony. Defendants must understand that any felony charge carries the potential for prison time. While some may be eligible for probation, it is within the discretion of the Court to grant it. It will be important to retain an experienced attorney to assist you if you have been charged. In this article I will discuss common examples of cases that fall within this class of charges. If you are in need of assistance then contact my office today to speak with a criminal defense lawyer.
Illinois classifies many types of conduct as a Class “1” felony
There are several different forms of conduct which will constitute a Class “1” felony in the state of Illinois. Examples of such conduct include, but are not limited to second degree murder, sexual assault, certain drug charges, the burglary of a residence, carjacking, possessing child pornography, and more. Defendants will also often face additional counts as prosecutors can bring several charges even though they would stem from the same course of conduct. An example of this could be a defendant, who has a prior felony, who uses a gun to commit a carjacking. Such an individual would be charged with a Class “1” felony for the carjacking. They would also face additional charges for being a felon in possession of a firearm. The number and types of charges which the prosecution will be able to bring will always depend on the specific facts of the case.
The type of defense employed in any case will always depend on the specifics of the situation. Cases may involve situations where law enforcement illegally searched an individual’s person, vehicle, or residence. If such a search is found to be illegal then it may be possible to have any obtained evidence excluded from trial. Other matters may involve illegally obtained statements or improper eyewitness identifications. Moreover, there may be some instances in which an individual is either simply not guilty or was acting in self-defense. Even if none of these defense strategies are available, having an experienced attorney helps to ensure that your rights are protected throughout the process. Even if your counsel does not believe there is a path to defending against the charges, they can often work to obtain an outcome that is more preferable to a lengthy prison sentence. Your choice of representation can be vital to your defense.
Retain a Peoria criminal defense attorney if you have been charged with a Class “1” felony
It is understandable that defendants can be surprised at the scope and potential consequences of Class “1” felony charges. This is especially true for someone who has never been arrested and is facing a first-offense. The fact of the matter, however, is that these are very serious charges. The Court will often not be forgiving to one who is convicted and the prosecution can be expected to aggressively pursue the charges. By retaining an experienced attorney in handling such matters you help to ensure that your rights remain protected.
If you or a family member have been arrested then contact my office today to speak with a Peoria criminal defense lawyer. I am a former prosecutor who understands the gravity of the situation which you are facing. My office believes that everyone is entitled to both aggressive representation and respect. Contact us online or by telephone to schedule an initial consultation. I also serve the counties of Fulton, Knox, LaSalle, Marshall, Mason, McLean, Putnam, Rock Island, Schuyler, Stark, Tazewell, and Woodford.