Criminal Defense Representation in Downers Grove, Illinois
According to the Illinois State Police, 12,865 FBI Index crimes were committed in DuPage County in 2016—687 in Downers Grove—but only 3,357 arrests. With such a wide gap between the number of crimes committed and the number of arrests made, law enforcement is under constant pressure to increase arrests and reduce crime. This pressure leads to questionable arrests, overcharging of suspects, and problematic collection of evidence.
If you were arrested and charged with a crime in Downers Grove, the law firm of Martin & Kent, LLC is here to help.
Why You Need a Tough and Aggressive Criminal Defense Attorney
When you are charged with a crime, defending yourself without an attorney can prove extremely dangerous. The prosecution is your adversary—it does not have your best interests at heart, even if it seems like they want to treat you fairly. They may even seem like nice people who just want to help!
As a result, law enforcement may pressure you to admit to things or agree to plea deals that could land you in prison for crimes you did not commit. The evidence may not support their case, or they might have a illegally obtained the evidence they have. To “get tough on crime,” prosecutors may charge you with multiple crimes—crimes they can’t prove or you didn’t commit—to intimidate you. If you don’t have an attorney, law enforcement may subject you to improper questioning or other measures designed to trick you into a confession.
Working through the criminal justice system poses extremely difficult challenges for non-lawyers. Many procedural pitfalls can harm your case. You may forfeit your rights by missing a filing deadline or failing to prepare an essential document. To evaluate and understand your options you need to know the law pertaining to your charges in addition to the procedural requirements.
Your Defense Attorney: Strategic, Legal, and Procedural Expertise
A skilled and experienced criminal defense attorney will zealously represent your interests, protect your rights, and achieve the best result possible. Once an attorney represents you, neither the police nor the prosecutor can even talk to you without your lawyer present. Your lawyer will evaluate the prosecution’s case, including the evidence against you, and give you advice as to the strength of your own case. Your lawyer will scrutinize and evaluate every proposed agreement and give you quality advice concerning how you should proceed. In addition to strategic guidance, your criminal defense attorney can navigate the process and offer expert advice about the laws relevant to your case.
The bottom line is that you need someone in your corner. Martin & Kent, L.L.C., represents clients throughout the Chicago metropolitan area and has represented hundreds of clients in Downers Grove. Our attorneys work only for you—not for law enforcement or the prosecution. Our expertise will save you time and stress, but also help you achieve the best possible result—a result that you may not achieve by yourself.
Why Martin & Kent, L.L.C.
Founded by partners Tim Martin and Scott Kent, Martin & Kent, L.L.C., has handled more than 10,000 criminal defense cases. Mr. Martin and Mr. Scott together have more then 45 years of combined experience, including experience as felony prosecutors.
Backed by this wealth of experience, Martin & Kent, L.L.C., offers its clients tough, aggressive representation and works tirelessly to achieve fair and just results. Our goal is to keep you out of jail and to keep a criminal conviction off of your record. We know the law, we know the system, and we know the DuPage County courts and prosecutors.
Some attorneys make their primary objectives to avoid criminal trials. At Martin & Kent, L.L.C.,, we prepare your case as if we are going to trial from the very first moment you hire us. This sends a message to the prosecution that we intend to aggressively contest the charges. We counsel our clients not to accept plea agreements until the prosecution has made its very best offer and it represents the best possible outcome for you.
As former prosecutors, Mr. Martin and Mr. Scott have a unique advantage in representing criminal defendants. We know how prosecutors think and can anticipate their moves. Knowing their strategies and tactics, we can exploit the weaknesses of the prosecution’s case. Our experience as former prosecutors has made the difference for thousands of our clients.
Types of Cases We Handle and Win!
We handle all types of criminal defense cases, from misdemeanor traffic cases to serious felony cases that could result in years of jail time. We also represent clients in probation and parole cases, either alleged violations or possible early termination. Among other cases, we handle:
- DUI- Misdemeanor and Felony
- Drug cases
- Homicide and Manslaughter
- Juvenile offenses
- DWLS/DWLR, Speeding and all other Moving Violations
- Theft and Retail Theft
- Sex Offenses
- Credit Card and Check Fraud
- Domestic Battery and Orders of Protection
We’ve handled almost every kind of criminal defense case, and we are confident that we can help you no matter what authorities have charged you with.
Contact a Downers Grove Criminal Defense Attorney Today
Criminal charges can scare and stress anyone who faces them. No one wants to go to prison or suffer the many other consequences of a criminal conviction. It’s also an extremely confusing and disorienting process that, if you’re not careful, will quickly leave you with few options. You need someone to help you navigate these difficult waters.
Your future is too valuable to risk by representing yourself. Your finances and freedom are on the line. If you were arrested and charged with a crime in Downers Grove, you need an aggressive lawyer who will fight to protect your rights. Martin & Kent, L.L.C., has helped thousands of clients, and we can help you. For a free consultation, call us today at (630) 474-8000.