Criminal Law Attorneys in Addison, Illinois
Lawyers Help Clients with Criminal, DUI, and Traffic Matters in DuPage, Cook, and All Surrounding Counties
Each year, the state of Illinois files well over three million cases, and the courts dispose of an equal number. Therefore, prosecutors are aggressive, and cases move quickly through the system. This combination is often overwhelming, especially when considering the emotional trauma and uncertainty that these matters create. An experienced defense attorney is effective in all three of these areas, using skillful advocacy to blunt the prosecutors aggressive tendencies, fighting for individual rights to slow the process and providing solid advice as to available legal options.
With over 65 years of combined experience, the attorneys at Stringini & Garvey, P.C. have a well-deserved reputation as effective lawyers. We understand that there are no shortcuts to success, which is why we spend so much time on preparation. In our experience, the better prepared we are, the better result we obtain for you.
Our Criminal Defense Practice Areas
We limit our practice to only criminal defense, traffic defense, and drivers license reinstatements because we believe that a focused effort generates better results for our clients.
We routinely handle a wide range of criminal defense cases. High-stakes drug cases often involve lengthy prison terms and significant violations of individual rights. The same things can be said of many sex crimes matters. Often, domestic violence cases have both political overtones and a direct effect on a familys future together, while assault and battery cases introduce similar questions. We also represent persons accused of weapons violations matters, regardless of how the charge arose. Finally, some people consider theft and disorderly conduct to be petty crimes, but in reality, they are quite serious.
Illinois has some of the toughest DUI laws in the country. While a first-time conviction may not result in jail time, it nearly always means thousands of dollars in fines and costs. The punishments worsen after multiple DUI arrests, and the offense is a felony after two findings of guilty for DUI.
We fight to keep traffic ticket convictions off your record. Speeding and reckless driving tickets are among the worst ones. Speeding citations carry very high fines, and reckless driving is an arrestable offense.
Criminal Law Processes in Illinois
A criminal case begins with a charging instrument, which might be an indictment, information, or complaint. This document need not be totally error-free, but it must conform to the evidence in the case and contain the correct legal language. After the case is filed, there is an extensive pretrial period that involves:
- Investigation and discovery,
- Any ancillary proceedings such as drivers license suspension, and
- Plea negotiations to reduce the charges and/or penalties.
At trial, the prosecutor has the burden of proof to establish guilt beyond any reasonable doubt. After trial, even if there was an adverse result, expungement may be an option. If the judge orders court supervision or there is early release from prison, we handle all sentence and parole violation matters.
For prompt assistance from an aggressive advocate and an experienced adviser, contact Stringini & Garvey, P.C. at 630-834-9595. We assist clients in DuPage County, Cook County, including but not limited to the communities of Lombard, Wheaton, Maywood, and Bridgeview. Se habla Español.