DUI & Criminal Defense
Driving Under the Influence
You should never drink and drive. You should never drive while under the influence of prescription drugs. But even the most upstanding citizen makes mistakes. And usually a DUI or DWI is just that—a huge mistake. The penalties can be severe, including massive fines, loss of driving privileges, and even jail time. If you work in a profession where you have to drive regularly, it might even hurt your employment opportunities. On top of all that, your insurance will probably skyrocket. Nobody's best day is the day they're charged with DUI.
If you've made a mistake, I can help you fix that mistake and minimize the damage it does to your finances, lifestyle, employment, and freedom. But time is of the essence. If you've been charged with DUI, you should talk to a lawyer right away. Waiting will not help you at all.
Misdemeanors and Felonies
Misdemeanor and felony cases are serious. Your liberty and and your future are at stake. You would be a fool to proceed without a lawyer in a misdemeanor or felony criminal case. Luckily, the government is often required to provide you with a publicly appointed lawyer to help. Unluckily, that lawyer is usually incredibly busy and unable to give each case his or her full attention. Your local public defender is probably a great lawyer, but also an extremely busy one. You will have to hire your own lawyer if you want a more personal approach to representation in your criminal matter.
I can provide that personal approach and defend your rights in criminal cases.
Traffic tickets can range from a nuisance to a huge problem depending on facts. If you were barely speeding and it's your first ticket, it's more of a nuisance. If you were going 20 MPH over the speed limit and you're on your last leg for points, it's a huge problem for you. In either case, your life is probably made much easier by hiring a lawyer to handle the ticket for you. Using a lawyer is even more beneficial if you're an out-of-state traveler who just happened to get a speeding ticket while passing through a town you may never visit again. Instead of paying the full price for the ticket, you may be able to hire a lawyer to negotiate a better outcome and never have to go to court.
If you have a traffic ticket in Central Illinois, I can help you. If you're and out-of-state traveler just passing through, we can do business over the phone or by Skype. A traffic ticket is a major inconvenience. I make it convenient for you.
CRIMINAL APPEALS & POST-CONVICTION RELIEF
A criminal case doesn't end once the trial is over. Appellate advocacy is an incredibly important part of the criminal justice system. Appellate courts review what happened a trial to make sure everything was fair. If someone is convicted after a trial, they're usually presented with two options - serve the time or appeal the decision.
If the Judge made some bad rulings during the trial, it might be worthwhlle to appeal the conviction. I handle direct criminal appeals in state and federal courts. I also handle other post-conviction relief, including habeus corpus petitions. If you or a loved one has been convicted of a crime, I might be able to help. If you're about to stand trial and want an experienced appellate lawyer to help preserve a solid record for you, I can do that too.