Criminal Defense Attorneys in Carol Stream Protecting the Rights of the Accused
Almost anyone can be picked up for a crime—even the innocent. In fact, experts estimate that most of the population commits a crime of some sort, often without even knowing it.
If the police have accused you or a loved one of committing a crime, you might be in shock and not know what to do next. The state might also offer you a plea deal, which looks promising because you think it will make the case go away quickly. Unfortunately, however, accepting the first deal on the table often results in significant and unforeseen consequences that could have been completely avoided had you hired an experienced criminal defense lawyer.
If you’re facing a criminal charge, you need an aggressive defense attorney—and you need one now. Although a plea deal might be the best resolution possible, you won’t know until you met with a lawyer who can analyze your case. Your attorney can test the strength of the state’s evidence and determine the best course forward. No one has your best interest at heart—not the police, not the judge, and certainly not the prosecutor. You need an independent advocate in your corner to look out for your best interests. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call Martin & Kent, L.L.C., on our 24-hour hotline at (630) 474-8000.
At Martin & Kent, L.L.C., we have handled over 10,000 criminal matters and have seen every type of case come through the door, large or small. Our experience runs deep, thanks to our decades working as prosecutors and our combined 40+ years of experience.
Theft, traffic offense, and misdemeanors—no crime is too small to warrant the best criminal defense possible. We even take cases that are too hot for other Carol Stream criminal defense lawyers to handle: sex crimes, juvenile crimes, and domestic violence situations. We know what the prosecutor needs to prove and are always one step ahead of them.
We Will Protect Your Legal Rights
You would never know it based on media coverage, but criminal defendants have powerful rights which prosecutor sand judges must protect. For example:
- Illinois requires that the interrogation of criminal suspects be video recorded in most situations.
- The Constitution requires that police have a search warrant before searching your home, and they must have probable cause before they search your person.
- The Constitution requires that police officers give you Miranda warnings before they start a custodial interrogation and that they stop all questioning when you state you want a lawyer.
- Rules of evidence prevent criminal defendants from being convicted by unduly prejudicial evidence, such as proof that they have committed the crime before.
Even more fundamental than all of these rights is the right to an unbiased jury of your peers who must find you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt before you can be punished.
At Martin & Kent, L.L.C., our Carol Stream criminal defense attorneys aggressively protect all of these rights—and many more. Prosecutors dread seeing us across the courtroom because they know that we will not sacrifice our clients’ rights to cut corners. Instead, we defend each case as aggressively as possible and force the state to follow federal and state constitutional rules.
Probation and Parole
In addition to defending criminal suspects, the lawyers at Martin & Kent, L.L.C., also help parolees and probationers navigate the terms of their release. To avoid prison, you probably agreed to extensive conditions, such as:
- Checking in with your parole/probation officer on a regular basis
- Undergoing regular drug testing
- Not owning a firearm
- Paying restitution to your crime victims
Any misstep—no matter how minor—could land you in jail. To keep that from happening, you need an attorney who can build a case to explain how the violation was not your fault. For example, some of our clients have missed their appointed check-ins because they were in jail or the hospital. Others failed a drug test because their prescription drug caused a false positive. Regardless of the situation, you need to act quickly to preserve your parole or probation.
We also excel at obtaining early termination and release. There may be situations where you can wrap up your probation or parole early and get released from the court’s conditions, allowing you to move on with your life. If you would like to meet with a Carol Stream criminal defense attorney to discuss early termination, please contact us today.
Repercussions From an Arrest or Conviction
There are many reasons to fight criminal allegations. For one, your reputation is on the line. People in the community will look at you differently if you are convicted of a crime. But an arrest or conviction also carries more tangible consequences, including:
- Your ability to obtain a loan. Lenders want to know about your criminal history, and you cannot lie.
- Your ability to get a job. Employers can run criminal background checks on applicants. Although there is a social movement to get employers to overlook criminal history, most businesses are very much interested in it.
- Your ability to find a place to live. Landlords routinely run criminal history checks on their applicants.
To protect our clients, we sometimes seek an expungement of an arrest or conviction. This wipes out the criminal record so that no one (apart from law enforcement) can see it. As a result, you do not need to report the offense when applying for an apartment, loan, or job. You can legally deny that the conviction ever occurred under most circumstances, allowing you to move forward with your life without the past holding you back.
Call Us Today to Schedule a Free Consultation With a Carol Stream Criminal Defense Attorney
If you have been accused of a crime, you need to act fast. Building a defense starts from the first moment you speak to a police officer, and criminal suspects who delay can only harm their cases by doing so. At Martin & Kent, L.L.C., our criminal defense attorneys think like prosecutors—because we did their job. And we know that nothing is more important than acting fast to protect your rights.
To meet with a Carol Stream criminal defense attorney from Martin & Kent, L.L.C., please call us any time of day or night at (630) 474-8000. Our consultations are confidential and there is no risk to meeting with us. We have obtained thousands of favorable outcomes, including dismissal of charges, acquittals, and favorable plea deals. Avoid delay.