Criminal Defense Attorney & Former Madison County Prosecutor Granite City, Illinois
Types of Criminal Violations Granite City, Illinois
In Granite City, IL, and throughout the Metro East, people know that they can come to us for a consultation of criminal charges levied against them. In fact, they know that we provide legal assistance on a wide range of legal topics, utilize all of our legal resources to help improve your chances at winning your case. From drug arrests to assault and even murder, our team provides assistance for a for the things you see below. Please review the list, and call our staff to schedule a free legal consultation to discuss your case.
Misdemeanor Defense Granite City, Illinois
At our law office, we’ve become experienced in dealing with all types of misdemeanor offenses, which are some of the least severe that a person can be charged with. They cover a wide-ranging list of offenses from assault and battery to theft and more. Additionally, there are three classifications – A, B, & C – and sentences depend on the severity of the charge. Punishments may include up to 1 year in county prison and/or up to $2,500 in fines.
Felony Defense Granite City, Illinois
In addition to misdemeanors, we also provide defense for felony charges, too. Felony charges are much more serious than misdemeanors, and they come with increased jail time and fines. There are five classes of felonies that are based on severity, and they come with penalties of between 3 and 30 years in state prison and/or fines of up to $25,000. Things that may warrant a felony include murder, manslaughter and other server crimes.
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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