Champaign County Criminal Defense Lawyer
Being accused of a crime is terrifying. Few people ever expect to be handcuffed and put in the back of a police cruiser or be interrogated by police in a dark room. Fortunately, criminal suspects have powerful rights that guarantee they are innocent until proven guilty and limit how the police can treat them.
Whether you are facing misdemeanor or felony charges, we can help you. Call to speak with a Champaign County criminal defense lawyer today. Our lawyers will always place your well-being at the forefront of everything we do.
Why You Should Hire Patel Law
After an arrest, you might think you should just request a public defender to stand beside you in court. But most people benefit from having their own attorney committed to their case.
A public defender is probably overworked, juggling hundreds of cases at one time. Unless you are charged with murder, they probably cannot devote all their time to your case. This is your life and your future—but to them, you are just a case file. Many public defenders are struggling to keep their heads above water, and they might recommend taking the first plea deal offered just to clear their caseload. By contrast, your private attorney can fully analyze the facts and determine the best outcome for your case. Your lawyer can review all facts and then settle on a defense strategy.
Our legal team can sometimes win a case before trial:
- We raise technical defenses, like defects in the indictment, and request that a case be dismissed.
- We ask a judge to suppress evidence when your Constitutional rights were violated, such as a search not supported by probable cause.
- We request that a judge exclude unfairly prejudicial evidence, like evidence of prior convictions or guilt-by-association evidence.
If successful, we can put pressure on a prosecutor to drop charges. In other cases, the prosecutor has no choice but to offer a very generous plea deal to salvage any sort of conviction. Patel Law is also eager to defend you in court. A trial isn’t ideal for all defendants, but it might be your best shot when a prosecutor won’t come to the table with a better deal. Our criminal defense attorneys are skilled in all aspects of a trial, including:
- Jury selection
- Pretrial motions
- Preservation of issues for appeal
- Witness questioning and cross-examination
- Opening and closing statements
- Expert witnesses
- Post-trial motions
We strive to present evidence in a commonsense way that is easy for jurors of all backgrounds to understand. Our experience is impressive: collectively, our lawyers have argued hundreds of felony cases to verdict.
Call Our Experienced Legal Team as Soon as Possible
Few people ever imagine they will need a criminal defense attorney. However, Illinois law makes many people potentially guilty of breaking the law.
Contact us today. Our Champaign County, Illinois criminal defense lawyer can meet you anywhere—in jail, at the police station, or in your home. Our consultations are confidential, and we can get to work immediately on your defense.