Frequently Asked Questions
At Chicago Criminal Law Firm we have been representing the residents of Chicago, IL in various criminal defense matters for many years with a long history of success in the cases that we handle and we have many satisfied clients whom we have represented in the past. If you have been charged with a crime then you will greatly benefit from the legal assistance of a representative from our firm. We offer a free case evaluation so that you may obtain legal advice regarding your case without any financial obligation or commitment on your part.
We are asked many different questions in the case evaluation that we offer, throughout the representation of a client and in many other cases. While we try to provide as much information as possible for our clients, we still receive some common inquiries regarding various issues with our firm. The following are some of the more common questions we are asked:
Q: What happens if I violate my probation?
A: According to Illinois Statutes (730, § 5-6-4), anyone who violates their probation may be issued a notice, be summoned to appear in court or have a warrant issued for their arrest.
Q: Is my offense a felony or a misdemeanor?
A: In Chicago, there are five classes of felony offenses and three classes of misdemeanors. Felonies range from Class 4 to Class X, with Class X being the most severe. Misdemeanors are Class C through A, with A being the most severe.
Q: What constitutes assault?
A: Illinois code (720, Article 12, Subdivision 5) states that assault is the threat of harm while battery is the actual execution of that physical harm. Assault may be purely verbal, or it may involve a deadly weapon, which is aggravated assault.
Q: How do I choose an attorney?
A: The first thing to check is the trial experience of the attorney. When criminal charges are in play, how your case is presented in court can have a huge impact on the outcome of your case. Juries are people, and can be influenced by a well presented defense case.
Q: Is it possible to successfully defend a serious criminal offense?
A: Absolutely, the first step is to review the circumstances, evidence, and all facets of your case to determine our best approach. You can be sure that we will be committed to finding a defense with the goal of getting the most favorable result at trial.
Q: I’ve been arrested and charged with a crime, should I answer the questions that I am being asked?
A: If you have been charged with a crime, any police officer or investigator who comes to talk to you about the charges you face will only be gathering evidence to support a conviction in court. It is vitally important that you utilize your Fifth Amendment rights and remain silent until you are able to retain the legal assistance of an attorney.
Q: The police officer says that I will be put in prison if I don’t cooperate, is this true?
A: Sadly, police officers can tell you a direct lie in order to illicit information or a confession from you. They are able to threaten you, coerce you, stretch the truth or tell you a complete lie in order to obtain the information that they need in order to obtain a conviction in court. Because of this, it is vitally important that you do not answer any questions and speak with a legal representative as soon as possible.
Q: If I choose to hire you, can you guarantee a favorable outcome?
A: Any law firm that promises to reduce your sentence, or get you off the hook, is lying to you and is not worth your time or consideration. An experienced law firm will understand that there are many complications in every criminal defense case. A skilled law firm, like Chicago Criminal Law Firm, will promise to work and fight aggressively for your rights, your goals and your desires regarding the outcome of your case if you choose to work with them.
How Arkady Bukh Can Help You
Our firm has been serving the residents of Chicago for many years; we understand the difficulties that you may be facing if you have been charged with a crime. There are many different factors to consider, embarrassment, the future impact that this charge can have on your personal life and many others. You can be sure that if you choose to work with us that we will aggressively fight for your rights, your goals, and your desires regarding the outcome of your case.