Chicago Violent Crime Defense Lawyer
If you, or a loved one, is facing allegations associated with a violent crime, your future freedom is on the line, and you will need the representation of a knowledgeable and highly skilled Chicago criminal attorney. He is well versed in these types of legal matters and stands ready to aggressively defend you against these charges.
Violent crime cases are routinely quite complex and will require that your attorney have the fortitude and resources to be able to effectively represent you.
What Exactly Constitutes a Violent Crime?
Defining violent crime is more complicated than many people think. The best way to try to understand is to think about it as being its own category, different than other crimes. Two ways to categorize violent crimes have developed. One way is to adhere to the FBI’s definition, which considers violent crime to be the following:
- Murder and manslaughter;
- Forcible rape;
- Robbery; and/or
- Aggravated assault.
However, in Illinois, there are many different offenses that could be considered “violent crimes” including:
- Murder and manslaughter;
- Aggravated assault;
- Rape and sexual abuse;
- Gang offense;
- Hate crimes;
- Domestic violence;
- Weapons offenses, and/or
- Juvenile crimes of a violent nature.
There are also many individuals who have been wrongfully convicted of these crimes in the past. Chicago defense attorney understands the difficulties of the situation you are facing if you have been charged with a violent crime and you can be sure that we will aggressively fight to see that you are not convicted of a crime that you did not commit.
Crimes which involve threats, force or the use of weapons during their commission are included under the category of violent crime. This type of offense is considered very serious by law enforcement, prosecutors and the courts.
If you or a loved one has been charged with such a crime, you need to seek the assistance of a knowledgeable attorney who is prepared to aggressively defend your rights and pursue your goals and desires regarding the outcome of your case.
Serious Penalties Associated with a Violent Crime Conviction
Regardless of the particular offense you are alleged to have committed, these charges carry severe penalties if convicted. At the time of your arrest prosecution has already gathered enough evidence to feel confident that a conviction can be achieved. Criminal charges for violent crimes can carry extremely severe penalties such as:
- Long-term or life imprisonment
- Capital punishment
- Significant fines and fees
- Negative impact on your legal record, making it very difficult to get hired for a job and maintain employment, as well as limiting your housing options. Anyone who conducts a simple background check will see your arrests, charges and convictions for past crimes.
- A lifetime of being ordered to register as a sex offender, if the crime was of a sexual nature.
Because of this, it is vitally important for you to retain skilled legal assistance in order to begin building a defense of your case as soon as possible.
As you can see, a violent crime charge needs to be taken seriously and warrants retaining a serious and knowledgeable Chicago criminal defense lawyer.
Benefits of Retaining a Skilled Defense Attorney in Chicago
When you hire a skilled and experienced Chicago defense lawyer, it helps level the proverbial playing field. An attorney can help you in constructing a powerful defense strategy to overcome the charges which have been filed against you. A skilled and savvy defense lawyer will work tirelessly to expose flaws in the prosecution’s case and work to get the charges dropped, dismissed or gain an acquittal. He is ready and able to represent you in any serious criminal matter, including:
- Domestic violence
- Hate crimes
- Weapons charges
What makes our lawyer unique is that when you make him your lawyer, he will be there for you from beginning to end. He represents clients throughout all stages of litigation, including grand jury investigations, verdicts, sentencing, and appeals. He also respects and appreciates the fact that no two cases are alike and provides an individualized assessment and approach to every case he handles in order to ensure the best possible outcome for his clients.
Attorney Bukh has represented individuals from all walks of life including businessmen, doctors, lawyers, and political figures, among many others. Whether representing a high-profile or indigent client, all are represented with an equal vigor and tenacity. Mr. Bukh works closely with clients to effectively develop a defense strategy and makes sure they understand how to best protect their rights.
Contact him today to schedule an in-person meeting to discuss your case.