Criminal Defense Attorney & Former Madison County, Illinois Prosecutor
Do you have charges pending against you? Are you looking for a way to avoid jail time or huge fines? Call your local attorney that is known for personalized service in and out of the courtroom. At the Law Office of Robert Elovitz, we provide a wide range of criminal law legal services to people throughout Madison County, Illinois. Our family-owned law office is well aware of the stress and frustration associated with being charged with something that you did not do. Furthermore, we’ve got over 25 years of legal experience to help you fight these charges, giving you the best chance at a successful resolution to your case. Please call our staff to schedule a consultation today!
Types of Criminal Violations Madison County, Illinois
In Madison County, IL, people know that we’re a place they can go for the legal assistance that they need. In fact, they know that our staff is experienced and committed to helping them fight a wide range of charges. From drug possession to murder and manslaughter, our team will utilize our full extent of legal resources to ensure you have the best chance at a successful resolution. Below, read about the types of cases that we can provide assistance for, and as always, call our staff to schedule a consultation with our legal team. We provide assistance with the following:
Misdemeanor Defense Madison County, Illinois
People know that our team handles all sorts of misdemeanor charges. Misdemeanors are the least severe types of charges that can be levied against a person and they feature three distinct classifications – A, B, & C. Additionally, a misdemeanor may be charged for things such as assault, battery, and even theft, among others. Maximum punishments for these types of charges may include up to $2,500 in fines and up to 1 year in county jail.
Felony Defense Madison County, Illinois
We also provide legal defense for those that have been charged with felonies. These charges are much more severe than misdemeanor charges, featuring increased jail times, fines and other penalties if found guilty and convicted. The sentences can range depending on the severity of the crime including between 3 and 30 years in a state penitentiary and/ or fines of up to $25,000. Things that may warrant a felony include 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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