Wheaton, Illinois Criminal Defense Lawyers
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Don’t face your criminal charges alone-our defense attorneys have handled more than 10,000 criminal cases and have the expertise to protect your future. With more than 42 years of combined legal experience, we are committed to defending our clients against their criminal charges-no matter what the circumstances are.
With our reputation and proven case results, our legal team is prepared to handle even the most severe criminal accusations. Our lawyers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This means that whenever you find yourself in legal trouble, you can count on us to be available. When you work with our firm, you get one on one attention and personalized defense. Our lawyers utilize their experience and insight to secure the best possible result for your case-whether that be an aquittal at trial, reduced charges or even dropped charges!
Criminal charges can result in prison time, fines, and loss of jobs and future opportunities, and many other collateral consequences that can damage your life for years to come. The law firm of Martin & Kent, L.L.C., provides criminal defense representation to clients in Wheaton—and across the Chicago metropolitan area.
Former Felony Prosecutors Winning Cases For Our Clients
Partners Tim Martin and Scott Kent founded the law firm Martin & Kent, L.L.C. Together, Mr. Martin and Mr. Scott have more than 45 years of combined experience in criminal law. However, it’s not just the number of years, it’s the kind of experience they bring to their cases: Both Mr. Martin and Mr. Scott began their careers as criminal prosecutors.
After graduating from John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Mr. Martin was hired as a prosecutor by Attorney General and former DuPage County state’s attorney Jim Ryan. As a prosecutor, Mr. Martin handled more than 2,500 misdemeanor cases and was successful in more than 900 bench and jury trials. He has also prosecuted more than 500 felony cases, ranging from aggravated battery to murder.
Mr. Kent spent more than 15 years as a prosecutor in both DuPage and McHenry Counties. He has handled thousands of misdemeanor cases and tried more than 700 felony cases, including murder, home invasion, and armed robbery.
Their experiences as former prosecutors give Mr. Martin and Mr. Kent a unique advantage over most other criminal defense attorneys. They know how the prosecution thinks and can anticipate how it is going to proceed with the case. More importantly, they know the prosecution’s “pressure points”—what it will take to get them to dismiss and reduce charges and make the best possible plea offers. Prosecutors know that they’re on a level playing field when dealing with Mr. Martin and Mr. Kent.
The Martin & Kent, L.L.C., Difference
Many criminal defense attorneys just want to avoid a trial and will recommend that you accept the first plea bargain that the prosecution offers. At Martin & Kent, L.L.C., we prepare for trial from the very first moment you hire us. Our goals are simple—we want to win. We want to keep you out of jail and keep a criminal conviction off your record, and this often means preparing to fight for you all the way to the end of your case. Our aggressive defense sends a message to the prosecution that we intend to zealously represent our clients so that they get the fair and just results they deserve.
If it appears that a plea agreement is the best option, we are tough negotiators for our clients. We’ll make sure that the prosecution puts forth only its best offer, and we never recommend a plea agreement to our clients unless we believe that it represents the best possible outcome.
We are fierce advocates for your rights, and we don’t back down until we’ve done everything we possibly can for you.
Cases We Handle
At Martin & Kent, L.L.C., no case is too big or too small, and we give every case personal treatment and careful attention. We handle everything from traffic misdemeanors to serious felonies that carry significant possible prison time.
We routinely handle the following cases:
- Traffic- Speeding, DWLS/DWLR, and other Moving Violations
- DUI, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Offenses
- Drug Possession, Distribution, Paraphernalia, and Distribution
- Felony & Misdemeanor Retail Theft
- Domestic Battery and Orders of Protection
- Juvenile Offenses
- Sexual Assault, Child Pornography, and Sexual Abuse
- Murder, Aggravated Battery, and all other Felony charges
Felony cases are the most worrisome for our clients because of the risk of serious prison time. However, if you face misdemeanor charges, don’t make the mistake of thinking that it’s no big deal. Misdemeanors can carry jail time and present other serious repercussions such as the loss of your driver’s license, probation, or thousands of dollars in fines.
We’ve handled more than 10,000 cases, so we are confident that we can help you no matter what the charges. If you are charged with a crime, you need a lawyer who will fight for your rights, no matter the case. We work tirelessly to make sure you get the best result possible so that you can get on with your life.
Your Future is Too Important—You Need Legal Representation!
The prosecution is not on your side, even if prosecutors seem like they want to treat you fairly. If an attorney doesn’t represent you, they may subject you to improper questioning to get you to admit to something that you don’t even need to discuss. They may want you to sign documents or enter agreements that you don’t fully understand. Without even realizing it, you may wind up signing away your rights and doing irreparable damage to your case.
The bottom line is that you need a lawyer to defend you and advocate for your interests. Once you hire a lawyer, the prosecution can’t even talk to you without your lawyer present. Your attorney can help you understand the law and explain the best options available to you. You won’t need to sign anything that you don’t understand. Your attorney will also prepare all of the necessary documents and file them on time. Finally, your lawyer can help you navigate the complex and confusing criminal legal process.
HOW WE CAN HELP YOU AT YOUR TIME OF GREATEST NEED!
Our goal is simple: win your case at trial, keep you out of jail and keep a criminal conviction off your record.
Don’t risk your future by minimizing the seriousness of criminal offenses. Our DuPage County criminal defense law firm may be able to dismiss or reduce your charges through effective defense strategies. Criminal charges put your reputation and future in great danger, making it even more crucial to speak with an attorney.
Our lawyers have been selected as 2013, 2014 and 2015 Top Lawyers in Illinois and have been given a 10.0 Superb rating by Avvo. We also have won the Ten Best Award by the American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys.
But that’s not all: Timothy Martin has been selected as a Super Lawyer, a prestigious honor involving a patented multiphase selection process which is extremely rigorous. To be a Super Lawyer, an attorney has to be nominated by his fellow attorneys, then undergo in-depth independent research which seeks to validate those assessments using 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections, which are extremely limited, are made on an annual, state-by-state basis.
AGGRESSIVE CRIMINAL DEFENSE APPROACH
Our approach is extremely aggressive. Even though we may be able to avoid it, we prepare your case as if it is going to trial. This puts prosecutors on notice we mean business, so if they would like to avoid trial too, they should make us the very best deal possible. Prosecutors know us to be worthy opponents, who won’t be pushed around. After all, we are former prosecutors ourselves who know exactly what they’re thinking! The importance of that can’t be overstated: like two people playing chess, we know their moves before they even make them!
But that’s not all: in many cases, we can seek to have your arrest and case expunged, which means either there will be no record of it at all, or that the record will be invisible to anyone outside law enforcement. This is extremely important if you ever apply for a job, a loan, an apartment lease or some other process which calls for a background check. In that case, your arrest and/or case will never even show up!
PROBATION AND PAROLE VIOLATIONS AND EARLY TERMINATION
Probation and parole violations are another specialty of ours: there may be extenuating or mitigating circumstances which explain why others might think you violated your probation or parole. In those cases, we can help you maintain your probation or parole, and not go back to prision. Early terminations of paroles or probations is also something at which we excel: maintaining appointments with parole and probation officers is often inconvenient and time-consuming (and sometimes even embarrassing). So terminating them early can be a huge relief!
CONTACT US AT EITHER OUR NAPERVILLE OR WHEATON OFFICE 24-HOURS A DAY, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK!
Don’t wait a second after you have been arrested or face parole or probation revocation! Call 630-474-8000 now!