If you have been arrested and charged with a crime, you need all the help you can get to avoid a conviction. The Lisle criminal defense lawyers at Wolfe & Stec know how serious it is to be facing criminal charges, and we are here to help. When you choose our firm, you have a seasoned attorney on your side to provide support and aggressively fight for your rights and your freedom.
Being convicted of a crime in Illinois brings consequences that don’t go away. Not only do you face fines and jail time, but a criminal record can follow you the rest of your life. It can ruin your educational and job prospects, your family relationships, your housing situation, and any immigration benefits. While, technically, you are 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.
Our Lisle criminal lawyers offer a free consultation to discuss the circumstances of your case and show you how we can be of service. Call Wolfe & Stec at 630-305-0222 today. We will do everything legally possible to keep you out of jail.
The Lisle criminal defense lawyers at Wolfe & Stec know the law, the courts, the judges, the prosecutors, and how the system works. We know what your rights are and we know the tactics prosecutors use and how to counteract them. We will fight for you from the start by:
Anyone arrested for a crime in Illinois should know their rights so they avoid making mistakes that can give prosecutors a better case.
Rights you have include:
If any of these rights, or other rights, were violated, we may be able to have your case dismissed before it ever gets to trial. The Lisle criminal defense lawyers at Wolfe & Stec will examine the evidence for rights violations. Call us for help at 630-305-0222.
The Illinois Criminal Code categorizes crimes as misdemeanors or felonies, with felonies being more serious and having greater punishments.
Following are some general sentences. But it’s important to remember that every criminal case is different. There are additional penalties that can increase sentences based on a variety of things such as whether weapons were used, there were prior convictions and more.
Felony crimes fall into five categories, and convictions usually carry a jail sentence of more than one year, some with mandatory minimum jail sentences, and with maximum jail sentences that can exceed 30 years. Fines can be up to $25,000. Some felons may have sentences that are so long, they are essentially jailed for the rest of their lives. Rather than risk a large part of your future, get the best defense possible by working with an experienced Lisle criminal defense lawyer.
The five categories include 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 kidnapping, sexual assault and drug possession of cocaine, heroin, or methamphetamine. Our Lisle criminal defense attorney will defend you against any of these charges.
Misdemeanor criminal charges are broken into three classes, depending on seriousness. 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. Second or subsequent offenses carry increased risk for a jail sentence.
Examples of misdemeanors are assault and battery, theft, criminal trespass, and driving with a suspended or revoked license.
While misdemeanors are considered less serious than felonies, they are still serious offenses with serious consequences. They still go on your record, carry the potential of jail time, and may have similar negative effects on your life.
When you’ve been arrested, our Lisle criminal defense attorney will work hard to obtain a “not guilty” verdict. If the evidence warrants plea bargaining, we’ll seek to have your charge reduced to get you the lowest sentence possible.
The criminal process involves several steps, and our criminal defense attorneys in Lisle will make sure you are prepared for all.
Being charged with a crime is a very serious thing. It can be very scary. But knowing what to expect can reduce your anxiety. You can rely on our criminal defense lawyer to keep you informed about your case through every step.
When you are accused of a crime in Illinois, it helps to have a highly skilled defense lawyer on your side from the very start. Call the Lisle criminal defense lawyers at Wolfe & Stec today at 630-305-0222 for a free consultation so we can get started 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.