GET A COMMITTED TEAM ON YOUR SIDE
Facing a criminal charge can be one of the most confusing and overwhelming experiences to go through, but you don’t have to do it alone. Work with Martin & Kent, L.L.C., to retain a team of former prosecutors who possess the ability to tackle any criminal charge and a passion for protecting your rights. With more than 42 years of combined experience in thousands of cases, our Lisle criminal defense attorneys can provide the seasoned insight required for your case. Call now for a free consultation!
TYPES OF CASES WE HANDLE
Our legal team has had the opportunity to work in a wide range of criminal cases. We are proud to represent the residents of Lisle and nearby areas against serious criminal allegations. Our firm is not afraid to represent tough cases, taking them to trial if necessary to seek a positive outcome.
We can advocate on your behalf in a broad scope of criminal charges:
- Drug crimes
- Violent crimes
- Juvenile crimes
- Burglary and residential burglary
- DUI and traffic offenses
- Shoplifting and retail theft
- Assault and battery
- Weapons offenses
In every case, our first and most important goal is to clear you of your charges. Our commitment to protecting your rights drives us to do the very best we can to help you, no matter how severe your charges. We can provide legal counsel, helping you understand your charges and answering your questions about the possibility of jail, what kind of fines you might need to pay, and how we can help you obtain an acquittal.
DO NOT RISK YOUR FUTURE – CALL US TODAY
Criminal defendants without legal representation tend to receive harsher outcomes in their cases than defendants in the same circumstances with qualified defense counsel. While every defendant has the right to self-representation, defendants without attorneys risk their futures, including their finances and freedom.
Illinois law sets out a range for the possible sentences for each type of criminal conviction. A judge then has the discretion to decide the specific sentence for each specific defendant. An experienced criminal defense attorney can work every step of the process to present your case in the best light possible, including any mitigating factors, so a judge may be more likely to order a more lenient sentence.
It is important to realize how harsh criminal penalties can be in Illinois so that you understand the importance of having the help of an attorney committed to minimizing those penalties for you.
Misdemeanors – There are three types of misdemeanor charges in Illinois – Class A, Class B, and Class C, with Class A being the most serious. Judges can order convicted individuals to pay fines, serve a period of probation, or even serve time in county jail. The following are possible penalties you may experience for misdemeanor convictions:
- Class A misdemeanor – Up to one year in jail, probation for two years, and/or a $2,500 fine
- Class B misdemeanor – Up to six months in jail, probation for two years, and/or a $1,500 fine
- Class C misdemeanor – Up to 30 days in jail, probation for two years, and/or a $1,500 fine
Even though you may think a misdemeanor is not serious, always remember you can spend up to a year behind bars without the proper defense. Our lawyers always try to get our clients a sentence of court supervision for misdemeanor offenses, as this will not result in a conviction on your record if you successfully complete the supervision period.
Felonies – Felony offenses carry significantly harsher penalties than misdemeanors. Each class of felony charge can result in a term of imprisonment in Illinois state prison. A judge can also use an extended sentence based on alleged aggravating circumstances. Possible penalties for felony offenses include:
- Class X – Six to 30 years, or an extended term of 30 to 60 years, and/or a $25,000 fine
- Class 1 – Four to 15 years, or an extended term of 15 to 30 years, and/or a $25,000 fine
- Class 2 – Three to seven years, or an extended term of seven to 14 years, and/or a $25,000 fine
- Class 3 – Two to five years, or an extended term of five to ten years, and/or a $25,000 fine
- Class 4 – One to three years, or an extended term of three to six years, and/or a $25,000 fine
Our attorneys work to obtain probation for our clients instead of jail time. Many people do not realize that probation is a possibility for any degree of a felony except for Class X. We know how to negotiate with prosecutors and present your case to the judge to keep you out of prison whenever possible.
THE IMPORTANCE OF AVOIDING A CONVICTION
Our goal is to get charges dismissed for our clients to prevent the lasting consequences of having a criminal record. In addition to a sentence set out by a judge, a criminal conviction can also affect your life in many ways.
Your career. First, if you have to spend time in jail or prison, you will almost certainly lose your job. You may then find it challenging to find a new job with a conviction on your criminal record, especially felony convictions. Many employers conduct background checks before they formally hire someone and many companies have policies against hiring offenders. Additionally, some convictions disqualify you from certain professions. For example, a fraud or financial crime may disallow you to work in the financial industry, or a domestic assault conviction may keep you from working with children or in caretaking positions.
If your career requires you to maintain a professional license – such as a lawyer, accountant, doctor, or many others – you may lose your license based on your conviction, and you may have to change careers altogether. If you are younger, a conviction may stall your future career path. You may receive a denial or expulsion from graduate or professional school programs, and you may receive a denial of a professional license application. Overall, convictions make earning a living more difficult, possibly for the rest of your life.
Other possible consequences. As if the effects on your career are not bad enough, criminal convictions can have many other collateral consequences. For example:
- If your conviction is for a sex crime, you may have to register as a sex offender, which makes the information regarding your offenses accessible to anyone online.
- If your conviction is for DUI, you may lose your license, which can make it difficult to get to work or other obligations. You may also need an ignition interlock device, which indicates to anyone riding in the car that you had a DUI.
- If you are a non-citizen, you could face immigration consequences, including deportation.
- Landlords who conduct criminal backgrounds checks on potential tenants may refuse to rent housing to people with criminal records.
A criminal conviction can affect your professional and personal life in many lasting ways. For this reason, the best outcome is always to have your case dismissed or to get court supervision for misdemeanors. Our attorneys have many tactics to convince a prosecutor or court to dismiss your charges, as well as to obtain an acquittal at trial. If you already have a criminal record, do not hesitate to call our office to discuss the possibility of getting your record expunged. Employers may not ask about arrests that do not result in a conviction or about expunged convictions, so either a dismissal or an expungement can improve your future greatly.
FORMER PROSECUTORS PROVIDING YOUR DEFENSE
When choosing a criminal defense lawyer, it is important that you retain an advocate with firsthand experience in a variety of cases. This is especially true of serious charges, where conviction may lead to years in prison and other consequences. At Martin & Kent, L.L.C., each of our attorneys has an impressive history in criminal cases, an asset that we consider invaluable.
Decades of representation have given our firm a deep understanding of both sides of the criminal process. This knowledge is bolstered by previous experience as prosecuting attorneys. Having seen many cases to verdict in both capacities, we know what it takes to secure a favorable outcome against most charges. We understand common types of evidence used in prosecution and can defend you against the toughest opposition.
40-PLUS YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN CRIMINAL CASES
Our firm, Martin & Kent, L.L.C., is recognized by the state of Illinois as a top firm for criminal defense. Numerous honors, including the former presidency of the Criminal Defense Bar Association and an Avvo Rating of 10.0 Superb, have secured our reputation throughout the legal community for providing top-quality legal service. With unyielding efforts to secure positive outcomes for our clients, our legal team is a force to be reckoned with at all stages of the criminal defense process.
Give us a call as soon as possible at (630) 474-8000! An Lisle criminal defense lawyer from our firm can discuss your case in a free, no-obligation consultation.