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Hire Chicago's Premier Criminal Defense Attorney For Your Legal Representation

Your reputation, finances, and even your freedom are at risk if you are facing criminal charges. Do not risk being convicted of a crime or getting a criminal record simply because you did not hire a skilled professional to defend you. You need to hire a Chicago criminal defense lawyer right away.

Choose a Chicago criminal defense lawyer who will act decisively and intelligently on your behalf. Rather than gambling on the proficiency of an overworked and impersonal public defender, team up with someone who will stay by your side every step of the way!

Whether you need legal defense against drug chargespublic indecencysexual assaultthefthit & rundomestic batterymurdergun charges, or any other criminal offense, I am here to listen to your side of the story and to help you reach a favorable outcome. Contact us online or call us today at (312) 236-7078.

What Type of Criminal Defense Lawyer Is Best for Me?

Your reputation, finances, and even your freedom are at risk if you are facing criminal charges. Do not risk being convicted of a crime or getting a criminal record simply because you did not hire a skilled professional to defend you. You need to hire a Chicago criminal defense lawyer right away.

Choose a Chicago criminal defense lawyer who will act decisively and intelligently on your behalf. Rather than gambling on the proficiency of an overworked and impersonal public defender, team up with someone who will stay by your side every step of the way!

Whether you need legal defense against drug chargespublic indecencysexual assaultthefthit & rundomestic batterymurdergun charges, or any other criminal offense, I am here to listen to your side of the story and to help you reach a favorable outcome. Contact us online or call us today at (312) 236-7078.

Criminal Charges We Routinely Handle

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How Will a Good Criminal Defense Attorney Help Me?

Finding the appropriate criminal defense attorney is critical when facing a criminal case. It is crucial to begin the search for the right criminal defense trial lawyer as soon as one becomes aware of being under criminal investigation by law enforcement and police officers.

Often, individuals being investigated for a crime make detrimental errors by cooperating with police officers and providing self-incriminating statements to law enforcement agencies. A proficient criminal defense attorney typically advises their client to exercise their constitutional right to remain silent and refrain from speaking to the police without the presence of their attorney.

It is always recommended to seek a criminal defense lawyer who possesses a comprehensive understanding of the law.

What type of Criminal Defense lawyer should i hire ?

There are numerous challenges when maneuvering through the criminal justice system in Cook County, Illinois. Several elements play a role in effectively protecting the defendant.

It is more likely for a seasoned criminal defense attorney, who is well-acquainted with the local courts and protocols, to ensure your liberty. Seek out a criminal defense lawyer with experience in the specific court where your case will be heard.

Meet Criminal Defense Attorney Mitch Furman

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I, Mitch Furman, a Chicago criminal defense attorney who understands how serious a criminal accusation can be, even if it is just a misdemeanor. For more than two decades, I have been fighting for the rights of my clients in a variety of cases.

My criminal defense law firm – the Law Offices of Mitch Furman – has earned the respect of the court, the legal community, and the people of Cook County, Illinois, due to my professionalism and ability to present a powerful defensive case in throughout th legal process in court. You can trust me to get results.

 

Top-Notch Criminal Defense Lawyer

Remember – being arrested in no way makes you guilty of any crime. The prosecution needs to present solid evidence in court in order to get you convicted. No matter how thorough the prosecution might try to be, I am confident that through diligence, determination, and effective defense, I can find a way to dismantle their case and expose major flaws in their reasoning.

As a seasoned criminal defense lawyer, I have honed my highly persuasive negotiation skills through years of dealing with trial litigation. If I can get involved early on in your case, I can attempt to have your charges reduced or possibly eliminate the need to go to trial altogether. In some circumstances, I may even be able to seek an acquittal in your case without you doing any unnecessary legwork.

Reasons to Choose My Firm

  • More than two decades of experience handling felony cases
  • Positive Google reviews and rating
  • Long list of 5-star client testimonials
  • Impressive history of successful case results

No Case Too Big, No Charge Too Small

As one of the top-rated law firms. Chicago Premier Attorney, the Law Offices of Mitch Furman, I handle many criminal cases, provide criminal defense representation, and know how to achieve a positive outcome during the criminal process. Whether you are facing an ordinance violation, a misdemeanor, or a felony charge, now is the time to review all of your legal options with my firm.

As a Premier Chicago Criminal Lawyer, I communicate closely with my clients to ensure they are not left in the dark about the process. If you are charged with a crime, I want you to feel involved and informed as developments occur, but I will also do all the heavy lifting so that you don’t have to worry.

Criminal Charges We Handle

Drug Crimes

Drug Possession 

The unlawful possession of controlled substances, such as narcotics or illegal drugs, is codified under Section 720 ILCS 570/402 of Illinois Criminal Offenses. It makes it unlawful for any person knowingly to possess a controlled or counterfeit substance or controlled substance analog. 

The law is serious when it comes to drug possession. If convicted, a person could face a sentence ranging from 4 to 14 years as a class 1 felon under Illinois law. This is a significant penalty, highlighting the gravity of the offense.

Drug Trafficking 

The illegal distribution, transportation, or sale of controlled substances. Drug trafficking is codified under Section 720 ILCS 570/401.1. Under the Controlled Substance Trafficking statute, a person convicted of this drug offense shall be sentenced to a term of imprisonment not less than twice the minimum term and fined an amount as authorized by Section 401.

While most drug trafficking cases are litigated in Federal Court, a handful of such cases are decided at George N. Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Cook County, Illinois. A criminal conviction for drug trafficking will result in a lengthy prison sentence.

Marijuana Possession 

Specifically refers to the unlawful possession of marijuana. In Illinois, it is legal to possess up to 30 grams of cannabis flower, 5 grams of cannabis concentrate, and less than 500 milligrams of THC contained in a cannabis-infused product.

If you are found in possession of marijuana in quantities exceeding the legal limits, you could face serious charges. A skilled criminal attorney in Chicago can help you navigate the intricate laws surrounding marijuana possession and build a strong defense strategy tailored to your unique case.

Marijuana Cultivation

In Illinois, the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use has been decriminalized. As of 2020, the state allows individuals who are 21 years of age or older to cultivate up to 5 marijuana plants in a single dwelling for personal use under the 410 ILCS 705/10-5 law.

However, any cultivation beyond this limit or cultivation without proper authorization is considered illegal and can result in criminal charges.

Prescription Fraud

 The unauthorized possession of a prescription form under 720 ILCS 570/406.2 makes it illegal to alter or possess a prescription form not issued by a licensed prescriber without authorization.

Prescription fraud is a serious offense that involves the illegal acquisition, distribution, or alteration of prescription medications. This crime typically occurs when individuals obtain prescriptions through deceit or forgery or possess prescription forms not issued by a licensed prescriber.

Domestic Violence

Domestic Battery

Causing physical harm to a family or household member. Section 720 ILCS 5/12-3.2 of the Illinois Domestic Violence Act also makes it a crime to make physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature between any family or household members.

Domestic violence is a serious offense that can have severe consequences for all parties involved. If you are facing charges of domestic battery in Chicago, it is essential to hire a skilled and experienced criminal attorney who specializes in domestic violence cases.

Orders of Protection

Civil court orders are intended to protect individuals from abusive or harassing behavior. The purview of protection generally applies to "blood relatives." It is intended to prevent contact and potential harm from a family or household member.

These orders prohibit the respondent from engaging in any form of abusive or threatening behavior, including physical abuse, harassment, intimidation, stalking, or entering the petitioner's residence or workplace.

In addition to protecting blood relatives, Illinois offers the option of obtaining a no-contact stalking protective order. This order is available for those who are not related by blood but have experienced stalking behavior.

To secure a no-contact stalking protective order, the petitioner must provide evidence of at least two acts of stalking by the respondent.

Orders of Protection Violation

Breaching the terms of an order of protection. While orders of protection are considered civil matters, the violation of breaking one carries criminal consequences and may result in jail time.

If you find yourself in this situation, it is crucial to seek the assistance of a skilled criminal attorney in Chicago who understands the intricacies of domestic violence cases.

Child Endangerment

Child endangerment is a serious offense that brings immense harm to innocent children. In Chicago, the law regarding child endangerment is clear and strictly enforced.

According to section 720 ILCS 5/12C-5 of the Illinois Criminal Code, a person can be found guilty of child endangerment if they knowingly cause or permit the life or health of a child under the age of 18 to be endangered or if they place a child in circumstances that endanger their life or health.

White Collar Crimes

Money Laundering

Money laundering is taken very seriously, as it is often associated with other criminal activities such as drug trafficking, organized crime, and terrorism.

Generally, money laundering is a federal crime. However, Illinois Section 720 ILCS 5/29B-1 of the Criminal Code addresses money laundering and provides severe penalties for those convicted.

Identity Theft

Under Section 720 ILCS 5/16-30 of the Illinois Criminal Code, a person commits identity theft when they knowingly use, possess, or transfer another person's personal identification information without consent, intending to commit any unlawful activity.

Identity thieves commonly target personal identification information such as social security numbers, driver's license numbers, credit card information, and bank account details.

Once in possession of this information, the perpetrator may use it to make unauthorized purchases, open fraudulent accounts, or even commit other crimes using the victim's identity.

Fraud

Fraud is a serious criminal offense that encompasses a wide range of illegal activities. In the context of criminal law, fraud refers to intentionally deceiving someone else for personal gain.

Forgery

Forgery is a specific type of fraud that involves creating or altering documents to deceive others. Under Section 720 ILCS 5/17-3 of the Illinois Criminal Code, forgery can take various forms, including falsifying signatures, fabricating official seals or stamps, or creating counterfeit money or checks.

The penalties for forgery convictions in Chicago can include imprisonment, fines, and a permanent criminal record.

Embezzlement

In Chicago, embezzlement cases are dealt with under Section 720 ILCS 5/16-1 of the Illinois Criminal Code. Embezzlement can occur in various settings, such as corporate entities, non-profit organizations, government agencies, or even within small businesses.

Common examples include an employee diverting funds into personal accounts, misusing company credit cards, or altering financial records to cover up their fraudulent activities.

To prove embezzlement and secure a guilty verdict, prosecutors must establish that the accused had lawful possession of the funds or assets, misappropriated them for personal gain or unauthorized use, and intentionally deceived others to conceal their actions.

Credit Card Fraud

Credit card fraud cases in Chicago are typically prosecuted under Section 720 ILCS 5/17-41 of the Illinois Criminal Code.

This law covers a wide range of fraudulent activities, including using counterfeit or stolen credit cards, making unauthorized charges on someone else's card, or engaging in identity theft to obtain credit card information.

Counterfeiting

Counterfeiting is another serious criminal offense in Chicago that involves the production or distribution of counterfeit goods or currency. Under Section 720 ILCS 5/17-37 of the Illinois Criminal Code, counterfeiting encompasses a range of activities, including creating fake money, fake identification documents, and counterfeit merchandise.

Counterfeiting currency is a federal offense that can result in severe penalties, including substantial fines and lengthy prison sentences. The United States Secret Service is responsible for investigating and prosecuting counterfeit currency cases on a federal level.

Weapon Crimes

One commonly charged weapon crime in Chicago is unlawful use of a weapon. Under Section 720 ILCS 5/24-1, it is illegal to carry or possess a weapon without a valid Firearm Owner's Identification (FOID) card.

This includes not only firearms but also various other types of weapons, such as knives, brass knuckles, or stun guns. Violating this law can result in misdemeanor or felony charges, depending on the circumstances.

Gun Cases

Cases involving firearms, which may include possession, use, or illegally carrying weapons. Illinois has several statutes dealing with gun crimes. Amongst them are unlawful use of weapon, aggravated use weapon, possession of weapon by felon, and armed habitual criminal.

Discharge of Firearm

 Unlawful firing of a gun, which can include recklessness or intent to harm. 

Reckless Discharge of Firearm is codified under Section 720 ILCS 5/24-1.5, is a class 4 felony, and is punishable by imprisonment of 1 to 3 years. 

Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm is codified under Section 720 ILCS 5/24-1.2. It is a class 1 felony punishable by imprisonment for 1 to 3 years.

Violent Crimes

Aggravated Battery 

Severe or aggravated physical assault. Section 720 ILCS 5/12-3.05 defines aggravated battery as an act of battery that causes great bodily harm or permanent disability or disfigurement. An aggravated battery is a felony-qualified criminal offense.

The consequences of an aggravated battery conviction can be devastating. Not only may you face significant jail time, but you also risk ruining your personal and professional reputation. Furthermore, a felony conviction can have long-lasting effects on your ability to

Arson

Intentional setting of fires to property or structures. Section 720 ILCS 5/20-1 makes it a crime to knowingly cause fire or explosives to cause damage to any real or personal property.

Assault

Threatening or putting someone in apprehension of receiving a battery. Section 720 ILCS 5/12-1 of the Illinois Criminal Code makes assault a class C misdemeanor.

Assault charges in Chicago can arise from a variety of situations. From bar fights to domestic disputes, understanding the specific elements of an assault charge is essential in building a strong defense strategy throughout the legal process.

Attempted Murder

A deliberate attempt to kill someone that does not result in death. Section 720 ILCS 5/8-4 defines the offense of Attempted Murder as a specific intent crime, which is non-probational, with a minimum sentence of 6 years in prison.

Battery

Harmful or unlawful contact with another person. Section 720 ILCS 5/12-3 makes simple battery a class A misdemeanor.

Carjacking

Theft of a motor vehicle by force or threat of force. Section 720 ILCS 5/18-3 makes vehicular high jacking a class 1 felony.

Home Invasion

Illegally entering someone's home to commit a crime, often involving violence or theft. Section 720 ILCS 5/19-6 makes entering a dwelling without authority while knowing someone is there a crime. 

If you find yourself charged with home invasion, it is imperative to seek the assistance of a skilled legal counsel in Chicago. The consequences of a home invasion conviction are severe, and if you are convicted as charged, you will face a minimum of 6 years in prison.

Kidnapping

Unlawfully abducting or holding someone against their will. Section 720 ILCS 5/10-1 states that the criminal offense of kidnapping is a class 2 felony.

However, the severity of the charges can escalate if aggravating factors are present, such as the use of a deadly weapon, the victim being a minor, or if the kidnapping is for ransom or extortion purposes.

Manslaughter

Unintentional killing of another person without premeditation. Section 720 ILCS 5/9-3. In Illinois, manslaughter is a class 3 felony.

Murder

Intentional killing of another person with premeditation. Under Section 720 ILCS 5/9-1, a first-degree murder charge occurs when a person kills another without lawful justification.

Reckless Homicide 

Causing death through reckless behavior. In cases where a drunk driver causes the death of another person, reckless homicide charges would be appropriate.

Theft Crimes

Burglary

In Illinois, burglary is defined as illegally entering a building or structure to commit theft or another felony crime. Section 720 ILCS 5/19-3 states that residential burglary is considered a class 1 felony. If convicted, you could face significant fines and lengthy prison sentences.

Robbery

Theft or attempted theft from a person using force or threat. Section 720 ILCS 5/18-1 makes robbery a class 2 felony. A jail sentence for this type of theft crime is usually enhanced if a weapon or firearm is used during its commission.

Shoplifting

Theft from a retail store. Section 720 ILCS 5/16-25 makes it a class A misdemeanor to take possession of any merchandise offered for sale in a retail mercantile establishment with the intention of depriving the merchant permanently of the possession of such merchandise.

Sex Crimes

Criminal Sexual Assault

Forcible sexual penetration or contact without consent. Section 720 ILCS 5/11-1.20 makes criminal sexual assault a class 1 felony.

Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault

More severe forms of sexual assault involving aggravating factors. Violation of Section 720 ILCS 5/11-1.30 is a class x felony.

Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault

Sexual assault against a minor or someone particularly vulnerable. Violation of Section 720 ILCS 5/11-1.40 is a class x felony.

Sex With Minor

Engaging in sexual activity with a minor, typically under statutory age.

Prostitution

Engaging in sexual acts or services in exchange for money or goods. Illinois prostitution statute 720 ILCS 5/11-14 makes solicitation of a prostitute a class A misdemeanor.

Sex offenses can have serious consequences and can have a lasting impact on your life. This is why it is crucial to hire an experienced criminal lawyer in Chicago who specializes in handling sex crime cases.

Public Indecency

Engaging in lewd or sexual behavior in public. Section 720 ILCS 5/11-30 makes it a class A misdemeanor to engage in public indecency or indecent exposure.

Driving Violations

DUI

Driving under the influence of alcohol occurs when someone is driving on a public highway or is in actual physical control of the vehicle while having a blood concentration of .08 or being under the influence. In Illinois, drunk driving offenses are prosecuted under Section 625 ILCS 5/11-501.

A person can be prosecuted under one of seven sections for a DUI. Including, having a blood alcohol concentration of over .08 or driving a car while under the influence of alcohol.

If you are charged with a DUI, finding a criminal attorney with extensive experience is of utmost importance.

Traffic Tickets 

Are citations issued for violations of traffic laws. Most traffic offenses are considered to be petty offenses, punishable by a fine only. However, some traffic offenses, such as DUI or hit-and-run, are more serious and can result in prison sentences.

CDL Violations

Violations specific to Commercial Driver's License holders. This can often lead to disqualification of CDL driving privileges.

Overweight Violations

Violations related to exceeding weight limits for vehicles on roads. These types of violations are not criminal but carry hefty fines.

Seeking a persuasive defense attorney, who can help with the fines amount, is critical.

Court houses we often appear at are located at:

Cook County

  • George N. Leighton Criminal Court Building 2600 S, California Avenue, Chicago, IL. 
  • Skokie Courthouse, 2nd District Cook County. Located at 5600 Old Orchard Rd., Skokie, IL. 
  • Rolling Meadows Courthouse, 3rd District, Cook County. Located at 2121 Euclid Ave., Rolling Meadows, IL. 
  • Maywood Courthouse, 4th District, Cook County. Located at 1311 Maybrook Dr, Maywood, IL. 
  • Bridgeview Courthouse, 5th District, Cook County. Located at 10220 S 76th Ave., Bridgeview, IL. 
  • Markham Courthouse, 6th District, Cook County. Located at 16501 Kedzie Ave, Markham, IL.

DuPage County

Will County

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Avoid jail time; contact me today to start working with an aggressive and renowned Chicago criminal defense lawyer. Let the Law Offices of Mitch Furman fight for you!

 

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