law booksThis article is being written to conclude and recap my series on the handling of Class “4” felony charges in Peoria and other central Illinois areas. I considered it important to write on this topic as many individuals, for obvious reasons, do not know what steps to take when they have been charged with a crime. This is especially true if it is someone’s first offense. I wrote this series with the goal of providing information about the law 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 a criminal defense 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 issues over the course of my recent articles. Topics which I discussed include:

There are multiple reasons why I considered it important to address these topics. First, many are surprised to learn that crimes, such as credit card fraud, can carry a potential prison sentence. Understanding what types of conduct falls within the classification of a Class “4” felony can help an individual to understand the nature of the charges which they are facing. Second, understanding the process involved with one’s first offense is crucial so that mistakes are not made as the case progresses. Finally, understanding the possible sentences associated with a charge are important to deciding whether a resolution should be reached.

One point I stressed in each of these articles is the importance of retaining an experienced attorney if you or a family member have been charged with a felony. The consequences of a conviction can be devastating. In addition to incarceration, these consequences can include fines, a permanent criminal record, and difficulty securing housing or employment. Mounting the strongest defense possible can help to improve your chances of a favorable outcome. As a former prosecutor, I am familiar with our local court system and am experienced in such matters. Contact our office today to speak with a Peoria criminal defense lawyer.

I also service 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, Schuyler, Stark, Tazewell, and Woodford. I also handle federal cases in Urbana.