Illinois Criminal Defense
In the state of Illinois, criminal defense law is based on the principle that a person is innocent until proven guilty. This means that the prosecution must prove the guilt of the accused beyond a reasonable doubt in order for a conviction to occur.
Defendants have several rights under Illinois criminal defense law, including the right to legal representation, the right to remain silent, and the right to a fair trial. They also have the right to present evidence in their own defense and to confront witnesses against them.
If a person is charged with a crime, they may be eligible for bail, which allows them to be released from custody until their trial. If the defendant is unable to afford an attorney, one will be appointed to them by the court.
It’s also important to know that in Illinois, there are different types of criminal offenses, such as misdemeanors and felonies. Misdemeanors are less serious crimes that are punishable by less than one year in jail. Felonies are more serious crimes that are punishable by more than one year in prison.
Additionally, Illinois has a process called plea bargaining, in which the defendant agrees to plead guilty to a lesser charge in exchange for a reduced sentence.
Louis M. Pissios
Attorneys and Counselors at Law
a professional corporation
9 South County Street
across the street from the courthouse
Waukegan, Illinois 60085
Direct Telephone 847.263.0001