Chicago criminal defense attorneys at Fagan, Fagan & Davis have been helping people like you, accused of felony or misdemeanor criminal offenses like DUI, aggravated battery, retail theft, sex crimes and more for decades. An arrest for a Criminal or DUI offense in Illinois is serious and frightening. You might believe that if you've been accused, nothing can be done to help. Not so. Pick up the phone and call the same phone number our clients have been calling for reliable, experienced legal help here in the Chicago area since 1980.
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Facing an Illinois Criminal or DUI charge?
If you're accused of a criminal or DUI charge in any Illinois court in the Chicago area, you need the most skilled and experienced Illinois criminal defense attorney possible on your case. The potential consequences are often life-changing and far reaching. Illinois prosecutors are aggressive, and have extensive resources at their disposal. Think of the power of the Cook County State's Attorney as an example. They are essentially a law firm of over 600 attorneys, plus investigators and staff. They prosecute criminal claims like retail theft, gun charges, domestic violence, DUI, possession of controlled substances, battery and so many more criminal offenses every day in and around Chicago area courts, and they take their job seriously. Whether you face misdemeanor or felony criminal charges or face a charge of DUI in Chicago or the suburbs in Cook county, Lake County or DuPage county, you need highly trained Illinois criminal trial lawyer on your side to protect your rights at all times, and aggressively defend you at every turn. You can start getting your questions about Chicago area criminal defense and DUI defense right now by watching our Illinois Criminal and DUI lawyer Video FAQ answering common questions trial defense, and then contact us immediately for top quality representation.
If you already have one, we can also help clear your criminal record by petitioning the Court for expungement or sealing of your Illinois criminal record.
But why choose our Criminal Defense law firm?
It's about you, not us. Yes, we do a great job for our clients and take great pride in our work over decades in Chicago area trial courtrooms. Yes, we have more than 100 years of combined legal experienced. Yes, we regularly exceed our client's expectations, and often achieve unexpected success based on our experience and extensive training. And yes, this is all we do - we can certainly help you get the best representation for real estate matters, personal injury or divorce, but we don't do that here. We know the very best of those attorneys that do. We, on the other hand, defend people's freedom, and that's all.
The truth is, our practice is focused on you - working to achieve your goals, make sure you are cared for and that your problems are resolved with an eye towards dealing with the consequences that keep you up at night. Our defense is enhanced by our team approach, with each attorney in our law firm bringing his own unique insight, experience, and expert opinion to the table for your benefit, while one experienced criminal defense lawyer bears primary responsibility as the lead trial attorney in your case. We believe that working as a team of dedicated attorneys is the most effective to way to meet our client's objectives. We live to hear the words "not guilty", but with every case, we tailor our approach carefully to meet the needs of our clients. After all, in our office, your needs and objectives come first. Even better, we have a first rate in-office staff that is friendly, knowledgable and helpful.
Examples of Misdemeanor and Felony Charges we have experience defending
Our law firm has years of trial court experience defending clients against a vast array of charges. These include DUI, Theft, drug crimes such as possession of a controlled substance or more serious accusations of possession with intent to deliver, drug trafficking, battery, domestic violence, retail theft or shoplifting, sexual assault, criminal sexual abuse, burglary, armed robbery and more. We understand the feeling of shame and devastation, and we are determined to help clients protect their futures and maintain their dignity. That's why we don't send 'jail mail' or solicitation mail like other law firms.
We also provide clients with powerful felony defense including violent crimes like murder or misdemeanor defense for traffic ticket offenses, to use forensic knowledge to defend breath and blood tests in DUI cases or DNA in sex crimes, and have experience defending white collar and internet crimes as well such as identity theft or embezzlement, or even child pornography charges.
Consequences of a Criminal Conviction
A conviction for virtually any criminal offense, whether classified as a misdemeanor or a felony, may have disastrous effects. Depending on the particular offense, a defendant may face imprisonment in a county or state correctional facility, heavy fines, restitution to the victim, probation, community service, driver's license suspension, court-ordered counseling, drug or alcohol treatment, sex offender registration, and possibly more. These penalties alone can result in financial ruin, an irreparably damaged reputation and years spent away from friends and family.
A defendant convicted of a criminal offense also faces a difficult future due to his or her criminal record. Finding and maintaining employment is a challenge, and a criminal record may also limit housing and financial opportunities, as well as interfere with basic civil rights such as the right to vote, own or legally possess a firearm, and even may require lifetime registration as a sex offender.
When do I need a Chicago criminal attorney?
Wondering when to involve an attorney in your situation? Yesterday. If you think you might need an attorney, you probably already do. Most people who contact our firm seeking legal advice need representation immediately. It does not matter whether you have already been arrested and/or charged with a criminal offense, your rights and freedom are in jeopardy from the moment you are accused of a crime and law enforcement becomes involved in any way. In some cases, it is even possible to head off the involvement of law enforcement. Although law enforcement may have simply contacted you to request an "interview" for "questioning", it is important to recognize that you are likely already a suspect. Exercise your right to remain silent and to consult a legal professional.
While it's best to get an Illinois criminal defense attorney involved immediately, a lawyer can help at any point in the criminal process to protect your Constitutional rights.
If you have been accused or charged with committing a crime, please don't put your rights and liberties at risk of being taken away. Hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney is the first step you can take to protect your rights and fight for your freedom. What are you waiting for? Call on us for powerful representation today.