Defendant standing in front of judgeThis is the first post in a series of articles discussing defending against specific felony charges in Peoria, Illinois. The consequences of a felony conviction can be devastating to one’s life. Not only will a convicted felon face significant monetary fines and incarceration, but they will also have a permanent criminal record that may prevent them from finding or keeping employment, housing, or credit for the rest of their lives. In addition, felons’ rights to possess firearms are limited and other liberties may be additionally restricted. It is essential, therefore, to retain an attorney with criminal defense experience as soon as possible after an arrest to ensure that your case is handled properly, your rights are protected, and that all possible defenses are identified on your behalf. Prosecutors take felony cases very seriously and aggressively pursue convictions. As a former prosecutor, I understand how to navigate the system and vigorously defend my clients. If you need assistance, contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.

This series will address the following topics:

  • Defending against felony assault and battery charges
  • Handling felony charges involving a firearm
  • Defending against felony theft charges
  • Handling felony domestic violence accusations
  • Defending against felony drug charges

If you are facing any of the charges listed above, it is important to understand the points made throughout this series for a variety of reasons. First, some defendants believe that they are better off pleading their case down to a low level felony to avoid harsher sentences rather than defend themselves at trial. Depending upon the facts of one’s case, whether one’s Constitutional rights were violated, or other available defenses, this may or may not be the case. It is important to explore all options prior to taking any plea deal. Second, even if one’s fine or period of incarceration is reduced, the long-term impacts of a conviction can be disastrous for one’s future. Any routine background check, whether for employment, housing, volunteering, major purchases, etc. will reflect a felony conviction and often preclude the person from obtaining a job, professional license, etc. Third, generally speaking, a person who has been convicted of a felony will not be permitted to own, or even possess, a gun in the future. For many, this limitation on their right to bear arms comes as a surprise. Violations of this prohibition can lead to additional criminal penalties and fines. In light of the serious consequences of a conviction, I cannot overstate the importance of retaining an attorney with criminal experience to assist with your defense.

I have experience defending clients against state and federal felony charges and am ready to assist you. Contact my office today to speak with a lawyer. In addition to Peoria, we also serve clients in Bloomington, Decatur, Eureka, Galesburg, Morton, Normal, Pekin, Springfield, and Washington and the counties of Fulton, Knox, LaSalle, Marshall, Mason, McLean, Putnam, Rock Island, Schuyler, Stark, Tazewell, and Woodford. Areas where we handle federal cases include Peoria, Springfield, Champaign, and Rock Island.