The Hinsdale criminal defense lawyers at Wolfe & Stec will represent you and help you fight for your rights and freedom if you have been arrested for a criminal offense in Illinois. Their assistance can be incredibly valuable, especially considering that punishments for crimes in Illinois can be severe. For example, those convicted of felonies face potential sentences ranging from one year to life in prison. Misdemeanor convictions can result in anywhere from one month to one year in jail.
And, convictions have other serous repercussions. You may lose your job and your family; you may be subject to fines, long-term supervision, restitution, drug treatment programs, and community service. Additionally, convictions have long term effects. You will have a criminal record that remains with you throughout your life and can negatively affect your educational and career prospects, your family and social relationships, your housing situation, and any public or immigration benefits.
Understanding these possibilities, engaging an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Hinsdale is more than just wise, it’s critical.
If you have been accused of a crime, contact our Hinsdale criminal lawyers today. We understand the stress you are under and, as such, offer a free consultation with one of our experienced professionals. We will gain an understanding of the circumstances surrounding your arrest and share how we can help you.
Our Wolf & Stec Hinsdale attorneys are well-versed in Illinois criminal law. We know how the system operates including the tactics prosecutors use, how to plea bargain, and the best ways to present your case in front of a judge and jury. Often our representation leads to the reduction or dismissal of charges. And, on each and every case, we will do everything legally possible to help you avoid jail time.
Contact us at 630-305-0222 for your free, confidential case evaluation. You want to engage a lawyer as soon as possible.
Innocent until proven guilty. Isn’t that how the law works? While the simple answer is yes, unfortunately for those accused of a crime, it doesn’t always seem that way. In fact, once accused you are often treated as if you have been convicted, even before a trial. Your Hinsdale defense lawyers at Wolfe & Stec will ensure your that both your rights are protected and that you are not intimidated by police and prosecutors.
As your attorney, we will:
Leveraging Contacts for Your Benefit
As a result of over 30 years of experience, we have built relationships with the area’s best experts including investigators and reconstruction specialists. We will engage with them as needed to examine the evidence prosecutors are using and to find flaws in their case against you. Issues they may identify include:
We have all heard the saying “knowledge is power”. This is particularly true if you have been accused of a crime. If you are unfamiliar with your rights, it is possible that law enforcement and prosecuting attorneys may cause you to say and do things that can be used against you. You have to be aware of your rights. When working with our criminal defense attorneys, we will help you with this.
Your rights include:
The Hinsdale criminal defense lawyers at Wolfe & Stec know how to handle rights violations and improper procedures. In fact, if you were subject to either your case may even be dismissed. We will discover any law enforcement and/or prosecution mistakes and advocate for you should they be found. Call us at 630-305-0222 today.
Crimes are categorized by the Illinois Criminal Code into two categories: misdemeanors and felonies. Felonies are more serious and result in harsher punishments. Additionally, within each category, sub-categories or classes exist. The circumstances of your crime along with other factors (including prior convictions or use of weapons) determines how you will be charged.
The five classes of felonies (Class 1 through 4 and Class X) are based on the seriousness of the offence. Class 4 are the least severe while Class X felonies are the most. Felonies in Illinois include:
Class 1-4 punishments may be as follows:
Additionally, certain convictions are aligned with mandatory minimum jail sentences. Maximum jail sentences can exceed 30 years, which in some cases is a lifetime of imprisonment. Fines can be up to $25,000.
Less serious than felonies, misdemeanors are still severe offenses that may result in harsh consequences. And, they may affect the rest of your life. They go on your record and carry the potential of jail time.
Misdemeanor criminal charges are broken into three classes. Examples of misdemeanor crimes include:
Misdemeanors carry a maximum sentence of one year in jail, usually with no mandatory minimum jail time for most charges. They can bring fines of up to $2,500. There is an increased risk of jail for second or subsequent offenses.
Our Wolfe & Stec Hinsdale criminal defense attorneys are prepared to defend you against both misdemeanors and felonies. We always strive for a dismissal of charges or a “not guilty” verdict. That said, there are instances where evidence makes plea bargaining the best option. In situations like this, we will seek to have your charge reduced resulting in the lowest possible sentence.
The Illinois criminal process is complicated and confusing, but it is easier if you know what to expect and are fully prepared. Representation from highly qualified Hinsdale criminal attorneys provides you advice and counsel critical to a more positive outcome. Wolfe & Stec criminal defense attorneys in Hinsdale will guide you through the entire process including:
Being accused of a crime in Illinois is frightening. Criminal accusations here can affect you for the rest of your life. Working with an experienced and reputable Hinsdale criminal defense lawyer can help keep you calm and reduce the chances of making a mistake. Contacting us sooner rather than later is key. We will immediately begin work on your case while evidence is fresh and witnesses can be found.
At Wolfe & Stec, our attorneys are determined. We give each and every case our full attention making sure no stone is left unturned. Building your defense is a responsibility we take seriously. We will work closely with you, answer all of your questions, and keep you informed throughout the complex process.
If you have been accused of a crime in Illinois, contact the Hinsdale criminal defense lawyers at Wolfe & Stec today at 630-305-0222 for a free, confidential consultation. Let us start working for you immediately. Fighting for your rights, your freedom, and your future is what we do best.
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.