This post is being written to conclude and recap my series on the handling of criminal charges in the Central District of Illinois. I felt it was important to write on this issue due to the fact that, for obvious reasons, many feel overwhelmed when they are charged by the US government. It is important that an accused individual take immediate steps to protect their rights due to the serious nature of such charges. The goal of my recent articles has been to provide information which will help people to better understand their situation. It has also been my goal to provide information which will assist with the selection of an attorney. If you or a loved one are in need of assistance then contact my office today to speak with a Peoria federal defense lawyer.
I have addressed several topics over my recent articles. Issues which I have analyzed include:
- Cases charged in the Central District of Illinois
- The federal criminal process
- Using expert witnesses in federal cases
- Understanding the federal sentencing guidelines
There are multiple reasons why I chose to address these topics. First, cases brought in Federal Court are charged under the US criminal code. These are separate laws from those belonging to the state of Illinois. Second, the rules in Federal Court are strictly followed and judges tend to be far less forgiving of missed deadlines. Third, it may be necessary to utilize an expert witness in complex cases. Such cases may involve financial fraud, computer hacking, and more. Finally, sentencing in Federal Court is heavily influenced by the federal sentencing guidelines. Understanding these guidelines can be crucial to weighing your options.
One point I stressed in each of these articles is that one should hire a qualified attorney immediately if they have been charged by the US government. Not all attorneys are licensed in the federal system. Even fewer have actually handled a federal trial. By retaining qualified and experienced counsel, you help to increase the chances that your case is handled correctly. I am a former prosecutor who now devotes his practice to defending the rights of the accused. I understand that this is a serious time in your life and my office prides itself on providing a high level of service. Contact us online or by telephone today to schedule an appointment. I also handle state level offenses in the Illinois counties of Fulton, Knox, LaSalle, Marshall, Mason, McLean, Putnam, Rock Island, Schuyler, Stark, Tazewell, and Woodford.