Springfield, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
Aggressive Defense Representation in Springfield, IL
When a new client comes to us at Johnson Law Group, they are normally behind the eight ball. By the time that the person has chosen to hire a Springfield, IL criminal defense attorney, he or she has typically already been arrested. The police have completed a full investigation, and the case is usually in the hands of the prosecutor. Our new client often feels helpless and alone, is being targeted by prosecutors and law enforcement, and may even have been deserted by friends and family. That is where we come in.
We level the playing field by getting straight to work, identifying the prosecutor and filing motions for discovery of evidence.
These actions enable us to find out what the prosecutor knows - and at least as importantly, what he or she doesn't know. We will normally initiate negotiations in pursuit of a favorable disposition such as a reduction or outright dismissal of the charges, but at the same time we prepare the case for the possibility that it will end up before a jury at a full trial. In everything we do, we work diligently achieve the results that our clients deserve.
Why Choose Johnson Law Group
By hiring Johnson Law Group to represent your case, you can take advantage of these benefits:
- We are a team of Springfield, Illinois criminal defense lawyers who have more than 50 years of combined experience in the courtroom.
- Several of our attorneys have backgrounds as former prosecutors.
- We have extensive familiarity with the judges and prosecutors in Sangamon County and throughout Illinois.
- We know how to get results in the local courtrooms.
Our Awards & Memberships
Our commitment to providing personalized service and hard-hitting advocacy in every case we represent is reflected by the many awards and professional recognitions that we have received. For example, we have been included in the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers, an invitation-only organization composed of America's top trial lawyers. Only a select few of the leading attorneys from each state are invited to join this group, based on their reputation for leadership, their influence, and their stature in the field of criminal law. We also maintain membership in several cutting-edge legal organizations, including:
- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
- National Trial Lawyers Association - Top 100
- American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys - Ten Best in 2016
- National College of DUI Defense
- National Association for Justice
- Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Federal Bar Association (FBA)
- Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA)
- National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA)
- American Bar Association (ABA)
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Illinois Bar Foundation
Furthermore, we are accredited by the Better Business Bureau. Trusted by our former clients and esteemed by our peers, we offer legal counsel and service that you can have confidence in during this difficult time in your life.
Our Springfield DUI Lawyers Mean Business
Driving under the influence (DUI) arrests account for a large percentage of all criminal charges filed in Springfield, Illinois. At Johnson Law Group, our Springfield DUI attorneys are always at the forefront of all legal matters pertaining to DUI law and defense. We genuinely want to see our clients well prepared for the litigation and challenges ahead, and this means never backing down from a fight when their livelihoods are on the line.
Defense strategies we may be able to use to protect you after a DUI charge include:
- Unlawful stop
- Mistaken identity
- Unreliable field sobriety test
- Uncalibrated chemical testing machine
However we approach your case, you know that we will do it with the utmost tenacity and professionalism. There are some heavy penalties on the other side of a DUI conviction in Illinois. By committing ourselves to your case and utilizing the full force of our eclectic legal team, we hope to prevent you from experiencing the harsh, unforgiving consequences of the criminal justice system.
Penalties associated with a DUI, even for a first time offender, include:
- High fines, up to $2,500
- Jail time, up to 1 year
- At least one year driver's license suspension
- Mandatory ignition interlock device installation
Have you already been convicted for a DUI offense in Illinois? You might be understandably worried about what will happen at the end of your license suspension. The state of Illinois requires that all drivers convicted of a DUI reprove that they can safely and responsible operate a vehicle during a lengthy driver's license reinstatement hearing. Our Springfield DUI attorneys are proud to offer our services to clients in such a situation. With us in your corner during your hearing, you can be confident that you are making the right moves to get your license and driving privilege back.
Contact Our Criminal Defense Attorneys Right Now!
We understand that when you come to us for help, you are probably living with overwhelming pressure and stress as a consequence of having been charged with a crime. Our attorneys and case managers do whatever we can to provide you with relief. By hiring us, you give yourself the benefit of having a personal representative and experienced professional on your side who has assisted countless others with problems similar to your own. The first step we take is to meet with you for a free case evaluation in order to determine whether the case is "beatable."
In other words, we raise the question of whether we should be fighting for an acquittal or dismissal of the charges, or if it would be better to negotiate with the prosecutor for a favorable plea bargain. At every stage of the case, from pre-file investigation through to preliminary hearings and even a full trial, we work closely with you to ensure the best possible results. When you hire us, we treat your case as if it were our own. We settle for nothing less than the outcome that we would want in your position.