Crystal Lake Criminal Defense Lawyers
Attorneys Serving McHenry County & the Surrounding Areas
Being arrested or charged with a crime can be traumatic for anyone, especially if you are unfamiliar with the criminal courts. The criminal justice system involves complex technical requirements and procedures, and failure to know deadlines or understand the procedural requirements can seriously harm your defense.
In addition, criminal cases can move forward quickly, so you can’t afford to delay getting the information or help you need to fight the charges against you.
The Consequences of a Criminal Conviction
Whether you’re charged with a felony or a misdemeanor, the consequences of a criminal conviction may be more serious than you realize. Depending on the crime, direct consequences may include:
- Jail or prison time
- Home detention
- Court-ordered community service
- Fines and court costs
- Restitution to victims
- Driver’s license suspension
- Confiscation of property
Indirect consequences may include:
- A reduction in opportunities for employment
- Limitations on access to government housing
- Increased automobile insurance rates
The penalties associated with a criminal conviction will depend on a variety of factors, including:
- Whether the crime is a misdemeanor or felony
- The nature of the crime
- The defendant’s criminal history
- The role the defendant played in the crime
- The defendant’s personal history
Of course, the impact of these and other factors depends on ensuring that the right evidence and arguments are presented to the prosecution in negotiations, and to the court during the sentencing phase. If you’ve been charged with a crime, you can’t afford to just hope for the best.
Representation in Criminal Cases
Our attorneys represent clients in a wide range of McHenry county criminal cases, including felonies and misdemeanors. We understand how difficult facing criminal charges can be, and how the outcome of your case can impact your future and your family. That’s why we’re committed to working toward the best possible resolution for your specific situation.
Some common case types include:
- DUI cases, including multiple-offense DUIs
- Drug possession cases
- Possession of prescription drugs
- Juvenile crimes
When we represent you in a criminal case, we will:
- Listen to your version of events and review the prosecution’s case
- Conduct an investigation and assemble evidence on your behalf
- Manage deadlines and procedural requirements
- File motions to suppress and advance other technical arguments that may result in exclusion of evidence or dismissal of charges
- Negotiate with the prosecution for dismissal, reduction in charges, or a favorable plea agreement
- Fight the charges against you at trial, if that is the best approach in your case
We’ll put our full knowledge and experience to work to achieve the best possible result in your criminal case, whether that means negotiating to avoid jail time, a plea to a reduced charge, or arguing your case before a jury. Don’t put your freedom, your finances, and the quality of your life at risk because you don’t know how to defend yourself.
Get the Information You Need from a Criminal Defense Attorney
With so much at stake, you need thorough, accurate information about your rights and options. An experienced criminal defense lawyer can be your best resource when you’re making decisions that could impact the rest of your life. And, an attorney who is familiar with the criminal court system can be an effective guide and a zealous advocate.
If you’ve been charged with a crime, don’t delay. Acting quickly helps ensure that you don’t lose opportunities to defend yourself, and that your attorney has adequate time to investigate your case and build a strong defense.
Schedule a Criminal Defense Consultation Today
Taking the first step toward protecting your future is as easy as picking up the telephone. Schedule a consultation with one of our criminal defense attorneys right now.