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Criminal Defense

Criminal Defense

Specialties of the Criminal Defense Team at CFS&G

  • Murder
  • Drug Offenses (Possession, Trafficking, and possession with intent to distribute)
  • Federal and Felony Charges
  • Illinois DUI Attorney and Chicago DUI Lawyer
  • Weapons
  • Sex Charges

Embezzlement and Fraud

  • Assault and Battery
  • Juvenile Crime
  • Violent Crimes
  • Theft and Burglary
  • Domestic Violence
  • Probation Violations
  • Hit and Run

Traffic and Felony Traffic Offenses

Drug Related Offenses

CFS&G has defended people charged with drug and narcotics altercations in both State and Federal Court in Illinois for over 25 years. Drug charges defended by our expert legal team include:

  • Possession
  • Possession with Intent to Distribute
  • Trafficking
  • Felony Drugs and Narcotics Charges
  • Misdemeanor Drugs and Narcotics
  • Drug Cases involving cocaine, marijuana, prescription drugs, methamphetamines, opiates, ecstasy, LSD, controlled substances and many other drugs.

If you have been charged with or under investigation with any drug offense by the DEA, FBI, ATF, police, Illinois State Police, or any other agency call immediately for a consultation.

Every state in the nation has its own laws regarding narcotics and other illegal or controlled substances, but most adhere closely to federal regulations. 720 ILCS 570 is known as the Illinois Controlled Substances Act, and explains exactly what substances and drug-related actions are illegal. If you are accused of a drug crime, it could involve any of the following Schedule I and II drugs:

  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • Methamphetamines
  • PCP
  • Prescription painkillers – codeine, morphine, etc.

Many people who have been arrested for a drug offense were found with such small amounts of an illegal substance that they honestly did not know they were committing a serious violation. If you are facing serious criminal charges, contact our office as soon as possible. Act today to start seeking the help you need and the relief you deserve.

Common Forms of Drug Crimes May Carry High Penalties

Our firm provides exceptional criminal defense for individuals who are facing all types of drug crime charges. No matter the circumstances of your arrest, we can collect and analyze evidence, challenge the prosecution’s claims, and stand up for your rights. Without our assistance, you could be punished with steep fines and extended jail times for the following common drug-related offenses, and more:

  • Possession
  • Use
  • Sale
  • Cultivation
  • Manufacturing
  • Distribution
  • Trafficking

Prescription drug crimes can also result in imprisonment and high fines, as it is illegal to obtain or issue a prescription using deception or fraud. Additionally, if you use a prescribed medicine with the explicit intent to abuse it, you could be charged for committing a drug crime violation.

Successfully Defending Against Drug Charges

If you are caught with drugs in your possession, you may feel like the case against you is ironclad. In truth, there are many strategies that can be used to successfully defend against drug charges and secure an acquittal or reduced charges.  At CFS&G we are skilled in handling misdemeanor and felony drug charges of all types including:

  • Drug Possession
  • Drug Possession with Intent to Deliver
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Manufacture and Delivery of Drugs
  • Operating a Meth Lab

No matter what the charge, we thoroughly investigate the circumstances of every case in order to prepare the strongest possible defense. With drug charges, questions regarding the legality of the search that uncovered the illegal substance(s) are often applicable. Our attorneys are knowledgeable about Illinois search and seizure laws and skilled in making Constitutional arguments. We often succeed in excluding incriminating evidence against our clients thereby weakening the case against you. At CFS&G we are experienced in dealing with drug charges related to all types of illegal substances including:

  • Cocaine
  • Crack
  • Ecstasy
  • Heroin
  • Marijuana
  • Methamphetamine
  • OxyContin and Oxycodone
  • Prescription Drugs

Traffic Offenses

MCF & G has defended Traffic and Vehicle Offenses ranging from misdemeanor driving offenses to felony charges including Driving Under the Influence. An Illinois dui is defined as driving under the influence and oftentimes a dui is the charge for driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence of controlled substances. If you are charged with a dui in Illinois there is no time to waste, call our office immediately to schedule a consultation, your driving privileges could be at risk of suspension.

Weapons Charges

Illegal Possession, Sale, Purchase & Use of Firearms

Over the past few decades, the possession and use of firearms has become a point of extreme controversy. Whether you have been accused of a weapons crime because of someone’s overreaction or for any other reason. Illinois has very strict laws regarding the sale, purchase, carrying, and use of firearms and other dangerous weapons. We defend against all types of weapons charges, including the following:

  • Unlawful possession of a firearm
  • Unlawful use of a firearm
  • Unlawful sale of a firearm
  • Reckless discharge of a firearm
  • Endangerment of a minor

You Could Be Facing High Penalties for Weapons Crimes

Most weapons crimes are categorized as felonies, even if no one suffered personal injury or if you did not act with any criminal intent. If you are convicted, you could face extremely harsh punishments, including:

  • Up to $25,000 in fines
  • 1 to 3 years in prison
  • Restraining or barring orders
  • Loss of employment

When you have been accused of a weapons crime, your most important course of action is to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney, contact one of our attorneys today.

Violent Offenses (or crimes of violence)

Violent crimes are some of the most serious crimes a person can be charged with committing. Usually involving some form of aggravation or menacing intimidation, violent crimes carry severe legal penalties, no matter their form. If you have been arrested for a violent crime, time is of the essence. Contact one of the attorneys at CFS&G today.

What are the most common forms of violent crimes?

Anything that involves violence, aggravation, and harmful intent can be considered a violent crime. It is due to this umbrella-effect that there is a certain amount of controversy surrounding this area of criminal accusations. Regardless of the circumstances of your arrest, you could be facing harsh punishment if you have been arrested for any of the following offenses:

  • Assault and battery
  • Manslaughter
  • Murder
  • Rape
  • Kidnapping
  • Theft with the use of force
  • Armed robbery

Take Immediate Action to Defend Yourself from Serious Charges

Homicide – or murder – is absolutely one of the most severely punished crimes in the nation. Just the allegation is enough to fill people with prejudice and unfair bias towards the accused. If you have been arrested on murder charges, it is of utmost importance that you contact one of our attorneys immediately. You can be sure that the prosecution is not resting, and neither should you.

Murder in the First and Second Degree

If you have been accused of the severe crime of homicide, you should first understand that there are two degrees of murder recognized by the Illinois Compiled Statutes.

Second-degree murder is defined in 720 ILCS 5 / 9-2 as killing another person intentionally or while trying to cause them serious bodily harm when under a sudden and intense passion. This passion must have been the result of serious provocation by the victim or other person that the defendant intended to kill, provided that the provoking actions would be sufficient to cause similar outrage in another person of reasonable temperament.

First-degree murder is defined in 720 ILCS 5 / 9-1 as killing someone intentionally or when intending to cause great bodily harm. In most cases, you must have had full knowledge that your actions created a strong probability of your victim’s death, or at the very least that they would suffer catastrophic injury. It can also be categorized as first-degree murder if you kill someone while attempting or committing a forcible felony, excluding second-degree murder.

Homicide Convictions Carry Life-Changing Consequences

Whether you are convicted of murder in the second or first-degree, you are facing a felony conviction that is sure to have negative effects on the rest of your life. Penalties applied to your case will be severe and may include:

  • 4 to 15 years in prison for second-degree charges
  • 20 to 100 years (life sentence) for first-degree charges
  • Up to $25,000 fines – not including nominal damages
  • Death penalty for aggravated murder charges

Start Building a Strong Case Today

The attorneys at C,F,S& G can provide you the focused and experienced representation you need when facing some of the most serious criminal charges that exist. Our lawyers will work together to build you a reliable case and fight tirelessly to reduce your charges in any way possible. Or, with proper evidence and preparation, we can seek to obtain a dismissal of your case altogether.

Trust Your Case to a Knowledgeable Team of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Sex Crimes

Sex offenses are some of the worst crimes that a person can commit. When someone commits a sex crime, victims are violated on the most personal level. Such serious crimes can only be penalized with some of the harshest sentencing in the state. In Illinois, sex offenses range from misdemeanors to felonies depending on the offense. Lesser sex offenses include public indecency, solicitation of a prostitute, and prostitution itself. Misdemeanor sex offenses incur up to $2,500 in fines and a jail sentence of up to one year. Most sex offenses are felonies, however, and result in much more severe penalties.

Criminal sexual assault, also known as “rape,” is one of the most serious sex crimes under the Illinois Compiled Statutes. Criminal sexual assault is a Class 1 felony that can land you in prison for up to 15 years. Aggravated criminal assault, which involves a dangerous weapon, bodily harm to the victim, or other aggravating factors, is a Class X felony that can land you in prison for up to 30 years. Certain aggravating factors can add on another 10, 15, 20, or 25 years, or result in a life sentence.

Sex crimes are different than any other crime in that they result in lifetime sex offender registration along with criminal sentencing and fines. Sex offenders must provide their personal information to be made available for public viewing in an online database. This allows others to know where convicted sex offenders live at all times. Sex offenders are also restricted from living within a certain distance of a school, playground, or other area where children regularly congregate. This makes it difficult to find a place to live after being convicted of a sex crime. Employers are also hesitant to hire individuals with a sex offense on their criminal record, making it difficult to succeed in a career.

Aggressive Defense for Those Charged with Federal Crimes

While it is always daunting to face the investigative and prosecutorial resources of the government, federal charges are especially serious. Federal criminal offenses tend to be serious crimes that carry long terms of imprisonment without an option for probation. Investigations of these charges are conducted by federal law enforcement agencies like the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Justice Department (Department Of Justice) and other agencies. These law enforcement agencies have virtually unlimited resources to investigate alleged criminal offenses. Federal sentencing guidelines also typically entail far harsher sentences.

The firm of CFS & G are experienced Federal criminal defense attorneys and have the expertise and experience to effectively defend clients who have been the subject of long-term investigations. We analyze and evaluate voluminous financial records, witness interviews and other evidence typically gathered by federal law enforcement agencies.

A. Federal Drug Crimes

Under federal law drugs are classified into five schedules based on their level of addictiveness, harmful effects and legitimate therapeutic applications. Federal drug crimes relate to the possession, distribution, sale, manufacturing, trafficking, possession, sale and trafficking of controlled dangerous substances. The penalties for federal drug crimes are based on the classification of the controlled substance, the quantity and the type of drug related offense. Federal drug crimes cover street drugs like methamphetamine, cocaine, ecstasy, marijuana and heroin, as well as prescription drugs like Oxycodone and Vicodin.

If you are charged with a federal drug crime, it is important to have an experienced criminal defense attorney represent you because many federal drug offenses carry mandatory minimum sentences. This means that the judge has no discretion to sentence those convicted of these federal drug offenses to a more lenient penalty. If you are charged with a federal drug crime, our experience help you defend your rights, including challenging unreliable informants and identifying improper search and seizures.

B. White Collar Crime

In general, any offense that affects the economic stability of another person or business, or of the government, is considered to be a “white collar crime.” Most of these offenses involve some form of fraud and are treated as serious theft offenses, since the ultimate goal of the white collar criminal is to deprive another entity of money, assets, profit, stocks, and other such property. Some of the most common white collar crimes include the following:

  • Bribery
  • Embezzlement
  • Forgery
  • Fraud
  • Identity theft
  • Money laundering
  • Tax evasion

Start Protecting Your Reputation & Career

As a person who has been placed in a position of responsibility over the finances of another, you cannot afford to allow charges of a white collar crime to ruin your reputation. You need to act quickly and fight your charges before your peers and employer lose their faith in you. CFS&G has a history of success in all types criminal defenses and can provide the representation that you need. We also represent clients during the pre-charges investigations and therefore may be able to prevent white collar crime charges from being filed against you in the first place.

C. Federal Sex Crimes & Violent Crimes

Federal sex offenses like human trafficking or violent crimes like kidnapping are aggressively prosecuted by federal prosecutors and can result in both long prison terms and a devastating impact on your reputation.

Whether you are under investigation by a federal law enforcement agency or have been charged with a federal criminal offense, CFS & G is committed to aggressively protecting our clients from incarceration and damage to their reputation.

Juvenile Crimes

When a child is arrested and charged with a crime, a parent’s instinct is to protect that child. And so it should be. The consequences for juvenile offenses can be harsh, and a conviction can negatively affect your child’s life for many years to come. At CFS&G we understand what is at stake when handling juvenile cases. We seek to protect our juvenile clients from the harsh consequences of a criminal conviction so they have the opportunity to turn their lives in a positive direction.

Dealing with the juvenile justice system can be challenging for a family. At CFS&G we seek to ease the process by providing sound legal advice and aggressive representation. We understand how important it is to be available to answer questions and address concerns whenever they arise. Our attorneys are highly accessible and ensure our clients and their parents are well informed throughout the duration of your case.

At CFS&G we provide skilled and compassionate legal counsel and representation in a wide variety of juvenile law matters including:

Drug Charges

Drug crimes are strongly prosecuted in Illinois, but there is a lot of discretion in how prosecutors and the Court treat drug offenders. If you or a loved one has been charged with a drug crime, it is crucial to hire an attorney who has experience in Drug Court. We understand how to build strong defenses against drug charges and how to leverage our cases to secure the best possible outcomes for our clients.

In all cases we strive to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients. As skilled trial attorneys, we are never afraid to take your case to court to argue for an acquittal if that is in your best interests. Likewise, we are skilled negotiators practiced in arranging favorable plea deals that protect our clients’ freedom and futures to the greatest extent possible.

  • Underage drinking
  • Traffic Offenses
  • Property Damage
  • Vandalism
  • Gang-related activities
  • Weapons charges
  • Violent Crimes
  • Sex Offenses

We are always prepared to fight for dismissal and acquittal in court where appropriate. In some case, however, it may be in the child’s best interest to pursue an alternative sentence program. Unlike adult court, juvenile court is often more focused on the rehabilitation of juvenile offenders. Consequently, juvenile prosecutors and judges are often open to creative sentencing options such as good behavior programs, traffic school, and drug programs. At CFS&G our focus is on protecting the freedom and criminal records of our juvenile clients to ensure they have every opportunity for a bright future. 

If your child has been arrested and charged with a crime, contact us to schedule a free case evaluation. We will go over the circumstances of your child’s arrest, answer your questions, and advise you on the best steps forward.

We Can Stop Your Charges Before They're Even Filed

Have you been accused of a criminal offense? Even if charges have yet to be filed against you, there is legal action that you can take in your defense. Law enforcement agencies often conduct investigations before official charges may be filed. In such an investigation, police officers may knock on the accused individual’s door and speak with them about the alleged offense in an effort to gather information and, most importantly, to incriminate the suspect.

What few people realize is that no one is required to comply with the police during these investigations. Furthermore, you can hire a criminal defense attorney to protect your rights even before criminal charges are officially filed. If you believe that you are under investigation for a crime, you can take action right away to put an end to your legal trouble, contact us (insert Link)

Understand Your Rights with Experienced Representation

It is not uncommon for evidence to be collected against the accused without them even knowing it is going on. Law enforcement officers may attempt to trick you into saying something that could affect your defense before any charges are officially filed. While you certainly have the right to remain silent – as included in the Miranda Rights – police officers are specially trained to convince or lead suspects into speaking so that the individual says more than is good for them, resulting in the filing of criminal charges and a difficult defense. Instead of giving into the officer’s demand to answer the questions, you may respectfully decline to do so and request the representation of an attorney before the investigation continues.

Expungement, Sealing, Pardons & Clemency

Don’t Let a Single Arrest Ruin the Rest of Your Life!

Understanding the differences between expungements, sealing, pardons, and executive clemency can be tough, which is why the attorneys at CFS&G are here to help. We understand that this can be a confusing topic, but pursuing a clean record can be an effective tool for your future. Let us guide you through the process today!

Permanently Clean Your Record with Expungement

If you have been arrested and convicted of a misdemeanor or felony, it will remain on your record. However, arrests, certain types of supervision, and other alternative sentencing can be removed from your record permanently through expungement. This means that it can never be seen by the public and you will not be required to disclose your prior arrest and conviction. Even police officers will not able to pull up this information in a regular background check with a special court order.

It is important to note the following:

  • Even if you were found not guilty of a crime, all of your arrests remain on your criminal record.
  • Your record will not expunge arrests on its own.
  • Most felony convictions cannot be expunged.
  • If your case was dismissed you still have a record due to your arrest.

Use Sealing to Conceal Your Criminal Record from the Public

While you cannot expunge criminal convicts in Illinois, some misdemeanors and felonies can be sealed, which means your criminal record cannot be released to non-law enforcement personnel. Though you will still have a criminal record, it will be unavailable to the public without a court order.

Executive Clemency and Governor Pardons Can Clear Your Name

A pardon will forgive your crime and clear your criminal record. This is done by submitting a Petition for Clemency with the Illinois Prisoner Review Board. A pardon or clemency is the only way to clear your record if it cannot be expunged or sealed. Even if you were not given a prison sentence but were given probation, you may still file a petition.

Having an experienced defense attorney can dramatically help your chances of removing or sealing your criminal record from public view. The attorneys at CFS&G can help you prepare your petition and fight to clear your name. If you have been arrested and convicted, you do not need to forfeit your future. Contact us today.