Highly Experienced Defense Attorneys Fighting for Your Rights in Glendale Heights

After an arrest, it can be difficult to know what to do next. Authorities may hold you in jail until your court date, or they may release you with a summons to come to court. In either situation, you likely have many questions – should you answer questions by the police? Should you call a criminal defense lawyer? Is it possible to save money and defend yourself?

At Martin & Kent, L.L.C., we are ready to answer your questions in a free initial consultation. You should never hesitate to call our office to discuss your situation with a highly skilled criminal defense attorney. While you always have the right to represent yourself in any criminal matter, our experience clearly shows that defendants with the right representation regularly obtain better outcomes. Please call us at (630) 474-8000 for more information right away.

We Handle All Types of Criminal Cases

If you are facing misdemeanor charges, you may not think it is necessary to pay for a lawyer. Without a defense attorney, however, the prosecutor may convince you that your only real option is to plead guilty and accept the consequences. This is simply not true! Once you plead guilty, you cannot take it back in the large majority of cases. You will have a conviction on your criminal record, and you may soon realize the lasting consequences of that conviction. You may also have to pay hefty fines, serve a period of probation, or even spend up to a year in jail – all for a charge that you considered to be relatively minor.

For a felony case, it is absolutely critical to have proper defense counsel. A felony conviction can have harsh consequences, and a felony on your record can affect the rest of your life. You should never consider pleading guilty to a felony or representing yourself at a felony trial before consulting with our experienced criminal defense lawyers. We will help you understand the gravity of the matter and advise you how we may be able to help in your case.

Our decades of experience on all sides of the criminal justice system in Illinois allow us the ability to skillfully handle any type of case. No criminal charge is too minor, or serious, for us to handle.

Cases we regularly take on include:

Even if you believe that your charge is relatively minor, you should always call our law firm to learn more about how we can greatly help in your case.

Possible Penalties of Criminal Offenses in Illinois

Illinois criminal law sets out different maximum penalties for different types of criminal convictions. Penalties can range from a fine to life in prison – and anywhere in between. The following are only some of the possible consequences you may face:

  • Fines and court costs
  • Restitution payments
  • Probation
  • Up to a year in county jail or years in state prison
  • Revocation of your driver’s license
  • Permanent ban from possessing firearms
  • Mandatory substance abuse evaluation and treatment

Judges have wide discretion to issue sentences within the ranges set out by law. Even if you decide to plead guilty, you do not want to serve an unnecessarily harsh sentence. Our attorneys have many ways of obtaining reduced charges and reduced sentences as part of plea agreements or by arguing at sentencing hearings.

Many people think that as long as they stay out of jail, everything will be fine. However, a sentence of probation can still be difficult and can affect your life in many ways. While it is generally preferable to spending time behind bars, probation can mean adhering to numerous strict conditions and paying regular fees, as well as your sentenced fine and court costs. Formal supervision can take a toll on your time, freedom, and finances. If you violate your probation, you could face another arrest and time in jail. For these reasons, you should never take the concept of probation lightly, and it is always better to have a case dismissed when possible.

The skilled lawyers at Martin & Kent, L.L.C., have many ways of seeking a dismissal, so you do not have to deal with any consequences at all. We always strive for the best possible resolution for every client, so call today for more information about how we can help you.

Helping You Through Every Stage of Your Case

As former felony prosecutors in Illinois, we thoroughly understand each step of the criminal process from start to finish. We know how prosecutors think, so we know how to best challenge their claims and negotiate fair plea bargains. Once you call our office, we will stand up for your rights throughout every stage of your case, including:

  • Police questioning
  • Court appearances and hearings
  • Bail hearings
  • Settlement negotiations
  • Trial

The criminal process can be intimidating enough even when you have an attorney. We provide representation you can trust from start to finish, and we will always ensure that you carefully understand all of your options and possible consequences. Do not let a criminal case affect the rest of your life – call us at any time for assistance.

Contact Our Glendale Heights Criminal Defense Attorneys as Soon as Possible

There is a reason why the attorneys at Martin & Kent, L.L.C., have recognition for success in the Illinois criminal justice system. We receive many honors and have the respect of our peers, including prosecutors. We are 10.0-rated Avvo lawyers and received recognition as Super Lawyers and Top Lawyers. All of this is due to our unwavering commitment to obtain the best possible results for each and every client. If you face criminal charges, you do not have to stay in the dark with your questions unanswered and your future uncertain. Instead, call the Glendale Heights criminal defense lawyers at Martin & Kent, L.L.C., at (630) 474-8000 right away.