Just because you were convicted of a crime doesn’t mean that your conviction must forever haunt employment background checks, stop you from becoming a U.S. citizen or remain a deportation threat.
There is no reason to let a youthful mistake, misunderstanding, past criminal record—or especially a criminal identity theft—be a barrier to future opportunities. Many options of post-conviction relief are available to help you, even after you have served time, finished probation, or paid your fines. Relief is critical for clearing the records of victims of criminal identity theft.
Through post-conviction proceedings, the Law Offices of Jonathan Minkus can attempt to lessen the negative consequences of having been convicted of a crime. Your background may be used against you in rental matters, employment and education opportunities, by Immigration and Naturalization—and even socially.
The process of being charged with a crime can be confusing and frightening. The stakes are high. You are not certain if the deal the prosecutor is offering you is a good one. You could face stiff consequences if you turn it down, but you are forced to confess to a crime you may have not committed.
It is true that the U.S. justice system’s plea system has a tendency to put innocent people in the awkward position of confessing to crimes they did not commit. The reason the plea is such a powerful tool is that the stakes are incredibly high. The pressure of making that decision is enormous.
If you have been arrested and charged with a crime, you will need a criminal defense attorney who can evaluate the state’s case against you, ensure that the evidence was collected legally, and advise you as to the potential consequences of a plea. The Law Offices of Jonathan Minkus have successfully helped defendants charged with serious crimes get their sentences reduced or go free. Give us a call or talk to us online to set up an appointment today.
There are three classes of a misdemeanor in Illinois. They are referred to simply as: Class A, Class B, and Class C misdemeanors. Class A misdemeanors are the most serious and have the stiffest penalties. If convicted of a misdemeanor, you can face fines, jail time, or a combination of both. As the most serious, Class A misdemeanors come with maximum penalties of $2,500 and up to a year in jail.
Typically, those who plead guilty or are convicted of misdemeanors are given probation, a conditional discharge, or are required to have some form of court supervision for a period of time.
Common types of misdemeanors include DUI and drug possession. If charged with a misdemeanor that comes with a jail sentence, you will serve your time in county jail as opposed to state prison. Even if you are not given jail time, a misdemeanor will remain on your record for the rest of your life.
In Illinois, there are five types of felonies: Class 1, Class 2, Class 3, Class 4, and Class X. Class X felonies are the most serious while Class 1 felonies are the least serious. However, all felonies are serious and if you are charged with one, you will need a lawyer to defend you.
Class X felonies can result in a minimum of six years imprisonment in a state facility. The maximum for a Class X felony is 30 years and a fine of $25,000. They include crimes like first-degree murder, aggravated sexual assault, dismembering a human body, and manufacturing methamphetamine.
Class 4 felonies are the least serious and punished up to three years in prison and a maximum $25,000 fine. The felony stays on your record forever, however, and time is served in a state prison.
The Law Offices of Jonathan Minkus helps criminal defendants preserve their rights, ensures that the police did not break any laws when gathering evidence, and provides our clients with an excellent defense when taking a plea offer is not appropriate. Give us a call to set up an appointment today.
I am forever grateful for Jonathan Minkus and his assistance with my clemency petition. I found myself in an exceptionally troubling situation in which my legal status in the US was in jeopardy due to my criminal record. Per the advice of my immigration attorney, I engaged Mr. Minkus’s services in the hopes that he might be able to assist with a clemency petition. Mr....
My wife and I have tried 3 times for her green card and was rejected three times because of some trouble she was accused of before she spoke English. I asked another Lawyer is there anything we can do and she referred us to Jonathan Minkus. We meet with Jonathan and said he might be able to help us but it would be difficult. Jonathan...
Jonathan helped me to vacate two of charges against me, and both of them are successfully vacated. I had a very good experience working with Jonathan and he is a very kind person and very considerate. I would like to highly recommend someone that has same situation as me to go get help form Jonathan.
For 6 years my wife and I tried to receive our Green Card. After being declined 3 times, I asked our immigration lawyer is there anyway to correct some legal issues my wife fell into before she learned to speak English. We were referred to Jonathan and he has done miracles in clearing her name so we finally have a chance at receiving our Green...
Jonathan is not only a brilliant attorney but he is a genuinely good human being. A petty misdemeanor mistake was holding back our immigration process. We came to him seeking options and hope. Upon meeting Jonathan during our initial consultation, his overwhelming knowledge, positivity and kindness were on full display and we immediately felt hope again. I know in my heart Jonathan deeply cares for...
I highly recommend his services.
Jonathan was the only one willing to help my husband and me during a tough time. My husband was facing deportation and had no chance to beat his case unless Jonathan was able to vacate a previous conviction. Jonathan was persistent and genuinely advocated for my husband and family. Jonathan was able to vacate the 12-year-old conviction with DuPage County, giving us a fighting chance...
I hired Mr. Jonathan Minkus for a criminal drug conviction which I needed removed off of my record that I had pled guilty to over 7 years ago. Without going into too much detail about the difficulty of my case, I would just like to emphasize how difficult it is to convince a Judge 7 years after pleading guilty to drop a charge. Well, Jonathan...
Mr. Minkus did extremely good work on my difficult criminal case for Resisting Arrest . Also he help me save my Commercial Driver License for Agrivated speeding. That means he save my job and my income. This is High Class Lawyer and I would recommended This Lawyer to anyone with deep trouble . Thank You again mr Minkus.
I was wrongfully advised by an immigration lawyer to expunge my criminal record that consisted of a drug related charge in order to apply for residency. My wife and I quickly found out this was not true and were referred by two different lawyers (who did not know one another) to contact Mr. Minkus. We were without hope and filled with stress.
I almost never write reviews and when Mr. Minkus just finished representing my brother and I looked for him online I felt like I had to write this. Yes, he is not the cheapest lawyer around but he did exactly what he said he would do. My brother was being deported and we were sent to Mr. Minkus to try and fix his criminal record.
I hired Mr. Minkus a month ago after a convoluted incident that left me with criminal trespass and criminal damage to property, possibly pending a burglary charge. The confessions I had written and the police notes that were taken while I was in custody painted a very bad portrait of me and the system likely would have given me a severe sentence if not for
My experience with mr. Minkus was outstanding. Mr.Minkus really help me with difficult criminal case for Resisting Arrest and extremely bad traffic ticket for agrivated speeding . I would recommend this lawyer to anyone who are in deep trouble. I would love to say again THANK YOU mr Minkus for Excellent work on my case.
I had a conviction in my record that affect my ability to get my citizenship. Mr Johnatan came highly recommend from my immigration attorney and he was right. Mr Minkus went out of his way to get my conviction changed to the level that won't affect me anymore. I highly recommend his services.
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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