Criminal Lawyer & Former Madison County Prosecutor Alton, Illinois
Types of Criminal Violations Alton, Illinois
Those in the Alton, IL area know that they can turn to us for help with fighting a wide range of criminal charges. In fact, they know that our team is experienced and possesses the legal resources needed to prepare for and win long, drawn-out court battles – giving you the best chance at a successful resolution to your case. Whether you’re facing a minor misdemeanor or something more serious, we help with a variety of criminal charges, which are listed below. Please review the list, and call us to schedule your consultation!
Misdemeanor Defense Alton, Illinois
Our team is experienced in providing legal services for misdemeanor charges. Misdemeanors are the least severe types of charges that can be levied against a person, and there are three classes of misdemeanors – A, B, & C. A person convicted of a misdemeanor may see up to one year in county jail and/or up to $2,500 in fines. Please call our team if you’re being charged with a misdemeanor that may include theft, assault, battery and more.
Felony Defense Alton, Illinois
While we do provide defense for misdemeanor charges, we also provide legal assistance for peoples that have been charged with felony offenses. There are five classifications of felony charges that they’re much more serious than a misdemeanor. The punishments may include time in a state penitentiary – stays between 3 and 30 years – and/ or fines of up to $25,000. These may be filed against people for things like murder, manslaughter and other charges.
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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