Representing the Rights of Criminal Defendants in Westmont, Illinois

One moment you are driving along and the next, you may be in handcuffs in the back of a police car. Arrests can happen under many different circumstances, but one factor remains the same—the aftermath of an arrest can be stressful and even frightening. If you are facing criminal charges, you are likely worried about how the outcome of your case will affect your future, including your job and relationships. On top of it all, the criminal process is confusing and not forgiving for defendants.

It is important to know that you do not have to face criminal charges on your own. Having the right criminal defense attorney on your side can make the process easier and can often result in a significantly better outcome than you would obtain without representation. The reality of the criminal justice system in Illinois is that defendants with qualified legal assistance often fare much better.

Who do you turn to when you need help with a criminal case in the Westmont area? The lawyers at the firm of Martin & Kent, L.C.C., are here to help. We have extensive experience handling criminal cases in Illinois, and our experience as both prosecutors and defense attorneys gives us a unique perspective when it comes to defense representation. We know how to navigate the process to obtain the most favorable outcomes for our clients, so please call our office at (630) 474-8000 for a free consultation right away.

Handling a Wide Range of Criminal Charges

There are hundreds of acts that are against the law in Illinois. From driving without insurance to murder, all of these offenses come with serious penalties upon a conviction. Defending against a relatively minor criminal charge is extremely different from defending against a violent felony offense. However, no matter what allegations you face, our defense team at Martin & Kent, L.L.C., can assist you.

Our criminal defense firm regularly defends against the following, among many others:

  • Traffic violations
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI)
  • Drug crimes
  • Battery and domestic battery
  • Theft crimes
  • White collar and fraud crimes
  • Juvenile crimes
  • Sex crimes
  • Murder

We handle both misdemeanor and felony cases and understand the elements of each offense and how to challenge a prosecutor’s case.

You may think that you do not need the help of an attorney for a traffic violation or a misdemeanor charge. However, always realize that these cases can have many consequences, many of which you can avoid or reduce with the help of an experienced defense attorney.

Do Not Risk the Harsh Penalties of a Criminal Conviction

The criminal justice process in Illinois is a punitive one—intended to punish those who allegedly commit crimes. The end goal of the State’s Attorney’s office is to convict defendants so the court can impose sentences, which may include a combination of penalties. The penalties you face in your case will depend on the severity of the alleged offense, whether any aggravating or mitigating factors are present, your criminal history, and other factors. The following is a brief overview of possible penalties that criminal defendants may face in Illinois:

Traffic offenses – A conviction for a traffic offense can result in costly fines and court costs, as well as points added to your driving record. If you have too many offenses in one year, it can result in the suspension or revocation of your driver’s license.

Misdemeanor offenses – A misdemeanor conviction can mean fines, probation, and/or time in jail. The maximum penalties depend on the classification of your charges, as follows:

  • Class C misdemeanor – $1,500 fine, 30 days in jail, two years of probation
  • Class B misdemeanor – $1,500 fine, six months in jail, two years of probation
  • Class A misdemeanor – $2,500 fine, one year in jail, two years of probation

Our attorneys work to keep our clients out of jail and avoid convictions whenever possible. In Illinois, most misdemeanor defendants can be eligible for a sentencing option called court supervision. This requires you to report to the court and stay out of trouble for a period of time instead of spending time in jail, after which the court will dismiss your case with no conviction on your record. Probation and diversion programs are also options we can explore to avoid jail time in misdemeanor cases. In order to know your options, call us so we can evaluate your specific case.

Felony offenses – While all criminal charges are serious, felonies are the most serious and come with the harshest potential penalties. All felony conviction can result in fines up to $25,000, as well as restitution payments to any injured crime victims. Maximum prison sentences for felonies will vary based on the classification of the felony:

  • Class 4 felony – One to three years or an extended term of three to six years
  • Class 3 felony – Two to five years or an extended term of five to ten years
  • Class 2 felony – Three to seven years or an extended term of seven to 14 years
  • Class 1 felony – Four to 15 years or an extended term of 15 to 30 years
  • Class X felony – Six to 30 years or an extended term of 30 to 60 years
  • First-degree murder – Life imprisonment without parole

Our defense lawyers know how to argue against extended terms, as well as negotiate for probation instead of prison time, which may be available for felony offenses except for Class X felonies or first-degree murder.

In addition to building an aggressive defense against criminal charges, the legal team at Martin & Kent, L.L.C., also handles:

  • Warrants
  • Probation violations
  • Expungement and record sealing

Consult Our Highly Experienced Westmont Criminal Defense Lawyers for Free Today

No matter what type of criminal matter you face, call the Westmont criminal defense attorneys at Martin & Kent, L.L.C., as soon as possible. We will evaluate your case for free and will explore every option to obtain a dismissal of charges or reduction of your sentence. Call today at (630) 474-8000 to learn more.