The Downers Grove criminal defense lawyers at Wolfe & Stec can help you fight for your rights if you have been arrested and charged with a crime. We know how serious it is to be convicted of a crime in Illinois, and that possible consequences include fines and time in jail. In addition, a conviction brings a criminal record that remains with you throughout your life and negatively effects your educational and career prospects, your family and social relationships, your housing situation, and any immigration benefits.
While anyone accused of a crime is supposed to be considered innocent until proven guilty, in reality you may wind up being treated unfairly by the criminal justice system and those around you. At this difficult time, you need all the help you can get to protect your rights and fight for your freedom and the justice you deserve.
The Downers Grove criminal lawyers offer a free consultation to discuss the circumstances of your charges and determine the best way to help. We know the courts, the prosecutors, and the system, and in many cases can have your charges reduced or dismissed. We will do everything legally possible to keep you out of jail.
Delaying can only make your situation worse, so call us today at 630-305-0222 for your free, confidential case evaluation.
Anyone arrested for a crime in Illinois has certain rights, and the Downers Grove criminal defense lawyers at Wolfe & Stec will make sure you are provided with all of them and are not intimidated by overzealous prosecutors. We can help by:
Every criminal case is different, based on the individual circumstances, and there are factors that may increase a sentence, such as if you had prior convictions or weapons were used. In general, however, the Illinois Criminal Code categorizes crimes as misdemeanors or felonies, with felonies being more serious and having greater punishments.
While misdemeanors are considered less serious than felonies, they are still serious offenses with harsh consequences. They go on your record, carry the potential of jail time, and may have negative effects on your life.
Misdemeanor criminal charges are broken into three classes. They carry a maximum sentence of one year in jail, usually with no mandatory minimum jail time for most charges, and can include fines of up to $2,500. There is an increased risk of jail for second or subsequent offenses.
Examples of misdemeanors are:
Felony crimes are divided into five categories, based on seriousness. Categories are Class 1 through 4 felonies and Class X felonies. Class X felonies are the most severe, and Class 4 felonies are the least severe. Prison time for Classes 1-4 may be as follows:
Examples of Class 1 felonies in Illinois include:
Some convictions may bring mandatory minimum jail sentences, and maximum jail sentences can exceed 30 years, which may result in a lifetime of imprisonment. Fines can be up to $25,000.
Our Downers Grove criminal defense attorneys will defend you against any of these charges and work hard to obtain a “not guilty” verdict. If there is evidence that makes plea bargaining a possibility, we will seek to have your charge reduced to get you the lowest sentence possible.
When you hire our Downers Grove criminal defense attorneys, we will make sure you know your rights so you can avoid making mistakes that prosecutors can use against you. These rights include:
When you call the Downers Grove criminal defense team at Wolfe & Stec, we will immediately look for any rights violations, as this may be reason to have your case dismissed before it ever gets to trial. Call us as soon as possible at 630-305-0222 to get started.
The criminal defense attorneys in Downers Grove know the importance of preparation and will make sure you know what to do at each step of the criminal court process, including:
When you are accused of a crime in Illinois, the consequences can change your life forever, so it’s natural to be afraid and unsure of where to turn. Having a highly skilled Downers Grove criminal defense lawyer on your side can reduce your anxiety and the chances of your making a mistake, and our attorneys will make sure that no stone is left unturned in building your defense. At Wolfe & Stec, we will work with you and keep you informed about your case through every step of the process.
Call our Downers Grove criminal defense lawyers at Wolfe & Stec today at 630-305-0222 for a free, confidential consultation so we can immediately begin fighting for your rights and freedom.
After the police broke into our client’s house, we successfully suppressed the evidence and the case was subsequently dismissed.
We have tried many aggravated battery and domestic batter cases. Our most recent success was our client was charged with attacking and stabbing the victim in their home. After conducting extensive discovery, interviewing witnesses, and reviewing all the factors contained in the case, we were able to get the cause dismissed.
We handle numerous first and repeat DUIs and have excellent success in acquittals or reductions of charges with minimum impact for our clients. As members of the NACDL, we have numerous expert witnesses available to rebut the vast resources of the prosecution and receive favorable rulings.