The United States Constitution grants important rights to any person accused of a crime including due process, the right to a fair and speedy trial, the right to representation by counsel, the right to remain silent and to be free of unreasonable searches and seizures.
When choosing a criminal defense attorney in Illinois, consider the lawyer's training, experience, ratings and reviews. Attorneys that practice within the criminal justice system tend to focus on certain types of cases in either state or federal court.
Most criminal defense attorneys provide a free consultation to discuss the facts of your case and defenses that might apply. Before you decide on which attorney to hire, meet with several different attorneys in their office to discuss the case and the attorney fees required for representation.
Once you decide which attorney to hire, make sure you and the attorney sign a written fee agreement or contract that describes the attorney fees required at each stage of the case including during pre-trial negotiations, motion hearings and a bench or jury trial.
A criminal defense lawyer in Illinois should fight to protect the rights of his or her client in a criminal case against felony or misdemeanor charges... Read more »
NBLSC Certification in Criminal Trial Advocacy - The National Board of Legal Specialty Certification is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) to certify attorneys as specialists in criminal trial advocacy.
Founded in 1958, NACDL is the largest organization for criminal defense lawyers fighting to preserve fairness within America's criminal justice system. The organization has more than 10,000 direct members including criminal defense attorneys in private practice, public defenders in state or federal court, U.S. military defense counsel, law professors and judges.
IADCL seeks to preserve fairness in the criminal justice system and to educate the public and attorneys.
Lawyer Referral Service in Chicago - The Chicago Bar Association sponsors a non-profit Lawyer Referral Service. The public service refers individuals and businesses to local attorneys in Chicago, and the surrounding areas of Cook County, DuPage County, and Lake County, Illinois. More than 300 pre-screened attorneys participate in the Lawyer Referral Service. These attorneys serve on more than 40 different subject matter panels depending on their experience in a particular practice area. The attorneys that participate in the service have an average of 20 years experience.