Criminal Defense Attorney & Former Madison County Prosecutor O'Fallon, Illinois
Types of Criminal Violations O’Fallon, Illinois
In the O’Fallon, IL area, people know that they can come to us for help with all their criminal law needs. IN fact, they know that we’ll handle their situation with class, providing legal assistance for a wide range of criminal law practice areas. From misdemeanors to felonies, we understand what it’s going to take to win this battle, and we’ll use all of our resources to ensure you’re given the best chance at winning. Below, we’ve listed the types of cases that we take on. Be sure to call us to schedule a consultation if you’re being accused of the following:
Misdemeanor Defense O’Fallon, Illinois
For those that have been charged with misdemeanor offenses, we’ve experienced in handling these types of claims. These are among the least severe charges that can be brought against a person, and there are three distinct classifications that include A, B & C. Additionally, these types of charges are punishable by a range of sentences that include up to $2,500 in fines and/or one year in county jail. Offenses may range from assault and battery to theft and more.
Felony Defense O’Fallon, Illinois
We also provide legal services for a wide range of felony offenses, too. These types of charge are much more serious, and they come with increased jail time and fines, including time spent in a state penitentiary. There are five classes of felonies that include penalties of between 3 and 30 years and/or fines up to $25,000. Felonies are charged for severe crimes such as murder, manslaughter, and more.
Call Robert Elovitz if you’ve been charged
At our law office, we know how much stress and pressure this can put on you and your family. With that in mind, we’ll walk you through this entire process to ensure our case is organized and gives you the best chance at winning. Here are just a few of the reasons that people in this area choose our firm:
Steps in a Criminal Proceeding
Each case is different. However, in the State of Illinois, the general process is as follows.
- Investigation – Any criminal trial will start with an investigation into the matter at hand. Persons of interest and suspects will be identified.
- Arrest – If law enforcement agents believe that there is enough evidence, they may make an arrest of one or more persons involved in the crime. They must have probable cause against those that they believe committed the crime to make an arrest.
- Bond/Bail Hearings – Once there are sufficient grounds to file charges, the accused will attend a bond hearing, where it will be determined whether or not they can be released on bond pending charges. The prosecution may make arguments as to why the accused should not be released.
- Preliminary Hearing/Grand Jury Hearing – In the case of a felony charge, the accused will be charged through a preliminary hearing or grand jury hearing. In a preliminary hearing, a judge decides whether or not there is enough evidence to bring charges. In a grand jury hearing, it’s decided by a jury of 16 people.
- Arraignment – This is where the accused is informed of the formal charges that are being brought against them.
- Trial – This is a multi-faceted phase that includes reviewing the evidence against the accused, preparing for trial, making plea bargains and, finally, going to trial. If a plea bargain is reached, the accused may receive a lesser sentence in exchange for entering a certain plea, usually a guilty plea.
- Verdict – Once the trial is complete, the judge or jury will issue a verdict of guilty or not guilty of the charges filed.
- Sentencing – If the Verdict is guilty, the judge will issue a sentence based on the law and precedence in the case.
- Appeals – Any convicted person has the right to appeal their case. However, the success of that appeal is dependent on evidence and errors made by the prosecution.
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