Anytime you face arrest and criminal charges in Illinois, it is critical to seek advice from a Joliet criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. You might not call a lawyer quickly because you think the charges you are facing are relatively minor, or you might assume that there is no good defense to help you avoid a prison sentence. Yet anybody who is at risk of a criminal conviction, regardless of how seemingly minor or serious the charges are, and regardless of whether there is substantial evidence, needs to have the representation of a skilled criminal defense attorney.
At the Law Offices of Jonathan Minkus, we can develop a defense strategy that is tailored to the specific facts of your case. We frequently assist clients in a wide range of criminal defense matters, including the following:
We routinely represent juveniles in criminal defense cases, and we can also assist you with post-conviction relief.
Illinois law allows courts to sentence people who are convicted of misdemeanors and felonies to serious sentences that include fines, jail time, and terms of imprisonment. While misdemeanors are less severe than felonies, these offenses will still result in a criminal record upon conviction. Under Illinois law, the following are potential penalties you could face in order of severity:
In some situations, a person convicted of particular felony offenses can face an extended prison term as a result of the facts of the case.
Even a misdemeanor conviction can result in jail time and can have lifelong effects given that you will have a criminal record. If you are feeling hopeless because of the evidence that law enforcement officials have gathered against you, or because this is a second or subsequent criminal offense on your record, you should know that a criminal defense lawyer can still be of great assistance. Our firm can help you to fight the charges you are facing, and even if we cannot have the charges dismissed, it may be possible to seek a reduced sentence.
Senior Partner Jonathan Minkus has successfully defended individuals charged with every conceivable criminal offense, from traffic misdemeanors to death-penalty eligible homicides.
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