Southern Illinois Criminal Defense

Standing up for the rights of individuals accused of criminal offenses

Facing any type of criminal allegations is always stressful and often frightening. Whether you have received a traffic ticket or have been arrested for a violent crime, you may not know what course of action is best for you. The criminal justice process can be intimidating and confusing and often involves law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and judges who may not be considering your best interests and upholding your legal rights. For this reason and more, it is imperative that your first call is to a highly experienced and committed criminal defense attorney who has a thorough understanding of criminal cases in Southern Illinois and can guide you through the legal process while ensuring your rights are protected.

Defending a wide range of criminal charges in Southern Illinois

The qualified criminal defense lawyers at Lawler Brown Law Firm have the knowledge and skill to handle a variety of criminal cases, including the following:

  • Traffic law1 violations
  • Commercial traffic tickets
  • DUI
  • Underage alcohol offenses
  • Drug possession or sales
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Assault2
  • Battery or Aggravated battery
  • Theft and retail theft
  • Criminal trespass

These are only a few examples of the types of cases we can defend, so please do not hesitate to call to discuss how we can help no matter what type of charge you may be facing.

Working to limit the penalties faced by criminal defendants

Any type of criminal violation under Illinois criminal law3 comes with potential penalties, many of which can be serious and can significantly affect many aspects of your life. Some of these penalties you may face include:

  • Points on your driver’s license
  • Loss of driving privileges
  • Fines and court costs
  • Probation
  • Community service
  • Jail or prison time

An experienced criminal defense attorney knows how to skillfully fight your charges and negotiate with prosecutors to ensure that you receive the best possible outcome in your case.

Contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer for help with your case

You always want to have a criminal defense attorney on your side who can help you understand your legal rights, can advise you of your options in your case, and who will guide you through every step of the process. At Lawler Brown Law Firm, we have significant criminal law experience on both the prosecution and defense sides of a case, so we understand how to best help each individual client and build an aggressive and effective defense strategy in every case. If you are facing criminal charges, please call our office today at 618-993-2222 to discuss your case.

1http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs4.asp?ActID=1815&ChapterID=49&SeqStart=109200000&SeqEnd=111100000

2http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs4.asp?ActID=1876&ChapterID=53&SeqStart=21100000&SeqEnd=23000000

3http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ChapterID=53&ActID=1876

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Penalties for Hunting Violations in Illinois

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