Criminal Law

Why do you need a lawyer?

Whether you have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony criminal offense, it is essential to seek an experienced attorney to offer you legal representation and guide you through the entire process from beginning to end.

Criminal offenses may have serious consequences that can be immediate or present a problem in the future based on what happens in your case. A misdemeanor offense has a maximum punishment of up to one year in county jail. A felony offense has a maximum punishment of a Prison sentence of varying length, depending on the specific offense.

I have extensive experience defending a wide variety of misdemeanor and felony offenses and I have reached desirable outcomes on many cases ranging from dismissals to reduced sentences or amended charges with lesser consequences. Each case is different and the facts of each case can make a measurable and significant difference on its outcome.

Please call or privately email me regarding your case for a free evaluation and consultation on what services I can provide to assist you.

Aggravated Battery 720 ILCS 5/12-3.05

Aggravated battery is an enhanced version of simple battery, except certain other various factors (such as injury to the victim, the battery occurring on a public way, etc.) are present that allow the battery to be charged as a felony rather than a misdemeanor.

Assault 720 ILCS 5/12-1

A person commits an assault when, without lawful authority, he or she knowingly engages in conduct which places another in reasonable apprehension of receiving a battery.

Battery 720 ILCS 5/12-3

A person commits battery if he or she knowingly without legal justification by any means (1) causes bodily harm to an individual or (2) makes physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature with an individual.

Criminal Trespass 720 ILCS 5/21-3

A person commits criminal trespass to land when he or she knowingly enters or remains within a building without lawful authority. Trespass to land is when a person enters and remains on the land of another after receiving prior notice that entry is forbidden

Disorderly Conduct 720 ILCS 5/26-1

A person commits disorderly conduct when he or she knowingly does any act in such unreasonable manner as to alarm or disturb another and to provoke a breach of the peace, etc.

Domestic Battery 720 ILCS 5/12-3.2

A person commits domestic battery if he or she knowingly without legal justification by any means causes bodily harm to any family household member, or, makes physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature with any family or household member.

Retail Theft (Misdemeanor and Felony) 720 ILCS 5/16-25

Retail theft is taking possession of merchandise offered for sale at a retail establishment with the intent to permanently deprive the retail establishment of the merchandise. Retail theft can range from a misdemeanor to a felony based on the facts in each case.

Possession of Cannabis 720 ILCS 550/4

It is unlawful for any person knowingly to possess cannabis. The weight of cannabis determines the class of charge, which ranges from a petty, fine only offense, up to a criminal misdemeanor or even felony offense.

Manufacture or Delivery of a Controlled Substance 720 ILCS 570/401

Possession or manufacture of a controlled substance with intent to deliver is a felony offense. Actually selling or transferring possession is not required, as the State may be able to prove its case by showing that you have the intent to manufacture or sell what is in your sole possession.

Possession of a Controlled Substance 720 ILCS 570/402

Possessing any amount of a controlled substance, such as cocaine, heroin, or certain prescription drugs, is a felony offense.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia 720 ILCS 600/3.5

Drug paraphernalia has a very broad definition under Illinois law. In a nutshell, anything that is used to assist in ingesting, storing, growing, producing, injecting, or inhaling cannabis or a controlled substance can be considered drug paraphernalia.

Telephone Harassment 720 ILCS 5/26.5-2

Telephone Harassment is the use of a phone to send a message or make a call with the intent to offend, abuse, threaten, harass, among others, the intended recipient of the phone call or message. Repeated phone calls solely to harass even if the recipient does not answer the call or messages falls under this criminal offense.

Theft 720 ILCS 5/16-1

Theft is knowingly taking of property or services of another without permission of the individual that owns the property either by actual control, deception, or threat. Possessing property that is stolen and you know or should have known it was stolen can still be charged as theft.