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.
Driving under the influence is penalized heavily in the State of Illinois. Lawmakers recently passed new legislation targeting DUI offenders who attempt to circumvent administrative penalties by driving on a revoked or suspended license. If you have been charged with DUI, you will need an experienced criminal defense attorney who understands how the crime is prosecuted and how to (at least) get the charges reduced.
The Law Offices of Jonathan Minkus have successfully managed the cases of a number of individuals who made a mistake on their way home from the bar. While the consequences can be tragic, the penalty should not destroy your life or your ability to earn a living and provide for your family. Our attorneys understand this and will help plead your case to the judge.
You can, if so inclined, fight a DUI charge. There are a number of reasons why an individual may be charged with DUI unfairly. The prosecution must be able to show that you were both driving the vehicle and “under the influence” of drugs or alcohol while operating it. Generally, it is the second part of this proof that is targeted in a DUI offense. Similarly, you can show that the stop was illegal or unwarranted.
In some situations, it may be unclear if you were actually driving the vehicle. For instance, you might be behind the wheel, but the car is not turned on. A police officer stops to check and realizes that you are inebriated. They then give you a ticket for DUI. In some states, this is enough to prove a DUI. In Illinois, however, the prosecution must show that you were actually driving the vehicle.
In some cases, this can be inferred through circumstantial evidence. For instance, what if you are walking along the highway and are stopped by a police officer. The officer smells alcohol on your breath and your car is in a ditch somewhere down the road. In this case, the officer can infer that you were drunk and driving. If there was someone else in the car, however, it becomes more difficult.
In cases of alcohol, a driver must submit to a breathalyzer test or risk a one-year suspension of their license. In most cases, this is actually worse than a DUI charge. However, the police officer may have not administered the test properly or they made a determination based on a field sobriety test. Field sobriety tests are not very accurate and are prone to giving false positives. If the police officer later administers a blood test and finds some drug in your system, they can charge you DUI regardless of whether or not you were impaired. An experienced Wheeling DUI attorney can make the case that you were not inebriated at the time of the offense. The prosecution still has the burden of proof.
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.