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Gurnee Misdemeanors Lawyer

What Is A Misdemeanor?

There are generally two classes of criminal offenses - misdemeanors and felonies. Misdemeanors are considered less serious, and a conviction will carry less than a year of potential jail time. In many cases, people convicted of misdemeanors can be sentenced to probation rather than jail if their attorney handles the situation skillfully. This is not to say that you should not worry about being charged with a misdemeanor - the consequences can still be quite serious, and a conviction can have a major impact on your day-to-day life going forward. For example, a drunk driving offense may cost you your driver's license for a period of time, and a domestic violence conviction may lead to a loss of employment or educational opportunities. However, in many cases, an attorney can step in and defend you, helping to minimize any potential consequences or even have your case dismissed or win an acquittal.

Brady Cole Trial Lawyers's experienced team has the skills needed to raise the best defense possible for those who are facing misdemeanor charges. We recognize that every case is unique, so we begin our representation with a deep dive into the facts and circumstances of your particular case. Our goal is to identify the best defense strategy available so that we can fight for you in court.

Gurnee Criminal Defense Attorney

Assault & Domestic Violence Lawyer

Assault (and battery) and domestic violence are essentially the same offense - the only real difference is the relationship between the alleged victim and offender. If the alleged victim was a stranger or an unrelated acquaintance, you are most likely facing simple assault charges.

However, if the alleged victim was someone with whom you share a domestic or familial relationship, including roommates and current or former romantic partners, you will likely be charged with the somewhat more serious crime of domestic violence.

If you are facing either type of charge, you run the risk of permanently being labeled a violent criminal. In these situations, it is important to begin working with a criminal defense attorney quickly in order to minimize the chances of facing serious penalties.

DUI/OWI Attorney Serving Illinois and Wisconsin

Drunk (or drugged) driving is taken very seriously. Intoxicated drivers put others in danger, prompting many courts to punish these offenses harshly, even if no actual harm was done. While DUI and OWI are punishable by jail time, a skilled attorney may be able to help prevent this outcome. You may be eligible for treatment or probation in lieu of incarceration, or you may have a defense available that can prevent you from being convicted. We will strive for the best possible outcome in your case.

Misdemeanor Drug Possession

In some cases, minor drug possession offenses can be charged as misdemeanors. After years of practice, we understand that most people charged with drug possession for personal use are not hardened career criminals, but rather individuals who are struggling with addiction and mental health. In many cases, substance abuse treatment and monitoring rather than traditional punishments like incarceration is an option when your case is handled by a skilled attorney.

In some cases, we can identify a strong defense that leads to cases being dismissed. For example, if the search that led to the discovery of the drugs was illegal, your case is likely to be thrown out.

Weapons Charges Defense

While most gun or weapons crimes sit squarely in felony territory, some lesser violations that do not involve an assault may be handled as misdemeanors. Unlawfully carrying or possessing a firearm can land you in trouble, even if you did not intend to break the law. Interpretation of the rights afforded by the Second Amendment as well as other laws that restrict the possession and use of weapons can be highly complex. You will likely need an attorney to give you the best chances of beating your charge - and being able to own a gun in the future.

Contact a Waukegan Misdemeanor Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you are facing misdemeanor charges, it is important that you take the situation seriously. The consequences associated with some misdemeanors can be harsh, at both the judicial and social levels. Brady Cole Trial Lawyers has the experience and skill needed to give you the best defense possible. For a free consultation, please contact us at 847-752-9639. We serve clients throughout Kenosha County and Lake County.

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