This is the first post in a series of articles which will address the topic of responding when one is falsely accused of stalking in Peoria, Illinois. I feel it is necessary to write on this topic as, unfortunately, such charges are sometimes fabricated for the purposes of child custody litigation or out of personal animosity. While someone who is facing such allegations may see the situation as frivolous, it is important to understand that one can still be convicted and be saddled with criminal penalties. The goal of my coming posts is to provide information which will help people to better understand 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 are in need of legal 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:
- The reasons why some file false criminal charges related to stalking
- Dealing with a protective order which stems from false claims
- The steps an attorney can take to defend their client
- What to expect from the legal process, and at a trial
- How the matter can impact subsequent child custody proceedings
There are several reasons why I have chosen to address these topics. First, claims founded on untrue accusations are more common than one may think. This is due to the fact that family law proceedings can be greatly impacted by criminal charges involving stalking, harassment, domestic violence, etc. Second, Courts will typically issue an order of protection in such matters and it is vital that a defendant not violate it. Third, while one may think there is nothing that can be done once they have been charged, the truth of the matter is that a lawyer can take steps to build a defense on their behalf. Fourth, knowing what to expect from the process can help to ensure that things proceed more smoothly. Finally, if you are involved in a custody case then you should understand the impact of a conviction on the matter.
One point I cannot stress enough is that you should contact an attorney as soon as possible if you have been arrested or otherwise charged due to a false stalking claim. A conviction can result in jail time, fines, a permanent criminal record, and the potential loss of child custody. I am a former prosecutor who devotes his practice to defending the rights of the accused. I recognize the gravity of such a situation and I am ready to assist you. Contact us today to speak with a lawyer. I also serve the Illinois counties of Fulton, Knox, LaSalle, Marshall, Mason, McLean, Putnam, Rock Island, Schuyler, Stark, Tazewell, and Woodford. I also handle federal cases in Urbana.