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Will County Criminal Attorney

Will County Criminal Attorney

There are three main categories of criminal offenses in Illinois, including crimes against other people, offenses involving property, and crimes against the public. Depending on what a person has been accused of, the penalties for offenses that fall under these categories can include jail time and hefty fines. With so much at stake, it is critical for defendants who are being investigated for or have been charged with a criminal offense in Illinois, to retain an experienced criminal defense attorney who will aggressively defend their interests.

Categories of Offenses

At Sabuco, Beck, Hansen & Massino, P.C., we represent clients who have been accused of crimes that fall under all three categories of offenses, including:

  • Theft;
  • Armed robbery;
  • Assault and battery;
  • Drug possession and distribution;
  • Murder;
  • Motor vehicle offenses;
  • DUI;
  • Possession of firearms;
  • White collar crimes; and
  • Juvenile offenses.

The penalties that a person faces if convicted depends on a series of factors, including the severity of the crime, the defendant’s prior criminal history, whether any victims sustained a physical injury during the commission of the offense, and the defendant’s age.

State Jurisdiction

Criminal charges can only be filed against someone in Illinois if the prosecution can establish that the offense was committed in Illinois, or falls within other specific exceptions as detailed by the law.

As long as the conduct or result of a crime qualifies as at least one element of an offense and occurs in Illinois, a crime will be considered to have taken place partly in the state.

Aggravating Circumstances

Even relatively minor offenses can be elevated to serious crimes when certain aggravating circumstances exist. Those who are charged with a felony offense, for example, face much more severe penalties if they were in possession of a firearm when the crime was allegedly committed. This is true even if a person did not use or brandish a weapon, but only carried it on or about his or her person during the commission of an offense. If this aggravating circumstance can be proved, a defendant could spend a minimum of 15 years in prison. Other aggravating circumstances include participating in gang activity, using body armor for an unlawful purpose, and interfering with public contracting.

Call Today to Set up a Consultation with an Experienced Will County Criminal Defense Lawyer

Being convicted of a criminal offense can have far reaching consequences. For example, defendants who are convicted will have a permanent criminal record, which can make it difficult to find work or housing. To ensure that you have the best chance of avoiding these types of consequences, please contact one of the experienced criminal defense attorneys at Sabuco, Beck, Hansen & Massino, P.C. by calling (815) 730-8860 today.

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We are closely observing the situation regarding COVID-19 and taking all necessary steps to protect the health and safety of our clients and employees. All staff are following strict hygiene and cleaning procedures and following recommendations to limit the risk of exposure.

Because our services require close contact and interaction with our clients, we are acting with extreme caution to prevent further spread of the disease. If you are having symptoms of illness or may have been exposed to the virus, please contact us to reschedule your services. Our staff will be happy to assist you.

We are deemed an "essential business" under the Governor's Shelter-in-Place Order, and thus we will continue to remain open and provide services to our existing and new clients during this shutdown. In an effort to remain compliant with the social distancing directives of the CDC, and the Governor's Order, we are closing the lobby of our offices to outside visitors.

Our Joliet and Morris offices will remain open and staffed with attorneys and paralegals, and we will remain available to our clients by telephone, email, or video conferencing at the hours listed below:

Joliet: Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Friday 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Morris: Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

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