person holding jail barsThis is the first post in a series which will discuss common issues and questions that arise in regard to Peoria, Illinois felony charges. I decided to address this topic because people who have been charged with felonies often have questions and may be confused about their situation. This confusion often leads to defendants being unaware of how to move forward. The goal of my coming articles 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 family member are in need of assistance then contact my office today.

I will be addressing a number of topics over my coming articles. Issues which I will analyze include:

  • Dealing with a Class “4” felony
  • Defending against Class “3” felony charges
  • What to expect when charged with a Class “2” felony
  • How to proceed after receiving a Class “1” felony charge
  • Handling Class “X” felony charges
  • Do first time felony offenders go to jail or get probation in IL?

There are multiple reasons why I have chosen to address these topics. First, the types of offenses that fall within each class can vary. As a result, the nature of the defense will depend on the specifics of the charges. Second, conduct that is less severe in nature will result in a lower sentence. By understanding the type of conduct that falls within each “class,” you can gain a better understanding of your situation. Third, felony charges sound extremely serious and many people do not know how to proceed in such situations. In most cases, felonies will result in incarceration, but this will depend on all of the circumstances. Retaining an attorney to assist you will help you better understand the potential consequences and what to expect throughout the process.

I do not recommend taking these matters into your own hands as this will likely make your situation more difficult later on. A conviction can have a serious impact on your future. By retaining counsel, you help to ensure that your interests are protected. I am a Peoria criminal defense attorney who devotes his practice to assisting the accused. I understand that this is a serious time in your life and my office will give your case the attention it deserves. Contact us online or by telephone today to schedule an appointment. My office also represents clients in Bloomington, Decatur, Eureka, Galesburg, Morton, Normal, Pekin, Springfield, and Washington. We also serve the counties of Fulton, Knox, LaSalle, Marshall, Mason, McLean, Putnam, Rock Island, Schuyler, Stark, Tazewell, and Woodford.