cuffed defendant facing judgeThis article is being written to conclude and recap my series on handling stalking or harassment cases in Peoria, Illinois. I considered it important to discuss these types of cases because there are common misconceptions about such charges. Additionally, these charges may be brought up in other pending family law matters and can be the result of false allegations. Many individuals are unaware of how to proceed if charged with harassment or stalking. It is important to take these charges seriously as they can have serious penalties and implications. It has been my goal to provide information to assist individuals in this situation. It has also been my goal to help those charged with harassment or stalking to be able to retain an experienced attorney. If you or a family member have been charged with a crime, then contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.

I addressed a number of topics over my recent articles. Issues which I have analyzed include:

The topics I addressed are important for a variety of reasons. First, I explained the specific Illinois laws for the crime of harassment, including relevant penalties or prison time. Second, understanding what behavior constitutes harassment can help individuals that have been accused. It is important to understand that a victim of harassment must be in fear of their safety for the defendant’s behavior to be considered criminal. Third, protecting the right of individuals to feel safe is inherent in why harassment and stalking are considered criminal offenses. Fourth, Illinois stalking laws provide for a jail sentence of up to three years for a first offense. Therefore, it is important to take these charges seriously if accused. Lastly, it is common that if charged with stalking or harassment you may need to defend against false allegations. An experienced lawyer will be able to assist you in preparing a case against false or exaggerated allegations to ensure you have the best chance at avoiding criminal conviction.

One point I made in each of the articles in this series is that it is crucial to retain an attorney as soon as possible once you are arrested. The sooner you retain counsel, the sooner the attorney can begin building a defense. Your attorney will know how to use the process of discovery to obtain evidence to support you, interview all parties and file any necessary legal motions in your favor. Even if you are accused falsely, preparing a defense is still necessary to prevent a criminal conviction. Every case is different and your specific circumstances will need to be addressed by your attorney.

As a former prosecutor, I am familiar with the workings of the court system in Peoria and the surrounding areas. I focus on representing individuals charged with crimes and will give your case the attention it deserves. Contact us online or by telephone to schedule an initial appointment. I also serve 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, Shuyler, Stark, Tazewell and Woodford. I also handle federal cases in Urbana.