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Hoffman Estates Misdemeanor Criminal Defense Lawyer

Defense Attorney for Assault, Battery, and Theft Misdemeanors in Rolling Meadows and Schaumburg

Hoffman Estates Misdemeanor Criminal Defense Lawyer

A misdemeanor crime, while less serious than a felony, can still have serious consequences for an Illinois resident. The possible penalties include up to one year in jail, 2 years on probation, home detention with electronic monitoring, a fine of up to $2,500, community service, restitution for damages caused, and/or mandatory counseling.

Brian M. Krause understands how overwhelming it can be to deal with an arrest, criminal charges, and court hearings. We will be at your side every step of the way to ensure that your rights are not violated and that you receive sound legal advice prior to making any decisions.

We focus on a limited scope of criminal offenses to ensure that we are fully conversant in the latest laws, appellate court rulings, and local court practices. This approach has enabled us to provide the highest level of service to our clients for over a decade.

Aggressive Defense for Misdemeanor Crimes in Cook County

You can rely on the law office of Brian M. Krause to provide a forceful defense against misdemeanor charges such as:

  • Assault – threatening conduct that places another person in fear of bodily harm but does not involve physical contact with the victim.
  • Battery – physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature that is done intentionally without legal justification; it may or may not involve actual bodily harm.
  • Order of protection violations – harassing or abusing someone who has been granted an order of protection against you.
  • Criminal trespass – unauthorized entry of another person's vehicle or property.
  • Vandalism – criminal damage to property less than $500.
  • Theft or shoplifting – theft from a store or other location of items not exceeding $500 in value.
  • Prostitution - patronizing, soliciting or engaging in prostitution.

Trial or Plea Bargain?

In Illinois, adult defendants have the right to a jury trial but also have the option to request a bench trial in which the judge will decide guilt or innocence. Juveniles do not have the right to a jury trial, only a bench trial.

However, the vast majority of criminal cases, both in Illinois and nationwide, are resolved through plea bargaining. A plea bargain requires you to plead guilty to some offense, but the prosecutor generally reduces the charges and/or penalties in exchange for avoiding the time and expense of a trial. A plea bargain is typically the quickest way to resolve a criminal case.

As with a trial, preparation is key to success in a plea negotiation. Your lawyer will investigate your case and develop arguments in your defense, seeking to counter whatever evidence the prosecution has.

Attorney Krause is a skillful negotiator who will leverage all possible facts in your favor to get charges reduced or even dismissed entirely. Another favorable outcome may be court supervision; if you complete the supervision period successfully, the case will be dismissed and no conviction will go on your record.

Misdemeanor Criminal Defense Lawyer in Hoffman Estates

Brian M. Krause provides effective and affordable legal assistance to clients in Cook County including the communities of Hoffman Estates, Rolling Meadows, Schaumburg, Streamwood, Barrington, South Barrington, Hanover Park, and Chicago. Contact us in our Hoffman Estates office at 630-388-8253.

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