This article is being written to conclude and recap my series on the handling of Class “1” felony charges in Peoria and other central Illinois areas. I considered it important to write on this topic as many individuals are not sure of how to proceed when facing such serious charges. This is especially true if it is someone’s first-offense. These charges carry serious consequences and it is important that you take immediate steps to protect your interests. The goal of my recent articles was to provide information which will assist people in better understanding their situation. It has also been my goal to provide information which will assist with the selection of an attorney. If you or a family member are in need of assistance then contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.
I addressed a number of topics over my recent articles. Issues which I analyzed include:
- The definition of a Class “1” felony
- Illinois’ sentences for a Class “1” felony
- Common examples of Class “1” felonies
There are multiple reasons why I chose to address these topics. First, many individuals are surprised to learn that their conduct falls within one of Illinois’ most severe classifications of crimes. By explaining the types of conduct and potential ramifications of such charges, defendants can potentially better understand their situation. Second, individuals accused of a crime must understand both the potential sentences as well as the fact that they may face additional charges on top of the core felony count. Finally, these charges can be applied to a wide range of conduct, which is why I provided examples of potential counts as well as possible defenses.
One point I stressed in each of these articles is the importance of retaining an experienced attorney to assist you. If you are convicted of a crime then you face a potential prison sentence. You also face being saddled with a permanent criminal record. This can make it difficult to secure employment, housing, and can deny you other important aspects of life. By ensuring that your rights are protected, you improve the chances of a more favorable outcome.
I am a Peoria criminal defense lawyer who is devoted to protecting the rights of the accused. As a former prosecutor, I am familiar with the workings of our local legal system. My office strives to provide the highest level of service and we look forward to speaking with you. 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.