Benefits of Hiring Us
Experience You Can Rely On
If you have been arrested and charged with a crime, whether it is a misdemeanor drug possession offense or felony homicide, you owe it to yourself to find a Springfield, IL criminal defense lawyer who is fully prepared to take on the challenges of fighting for you. Your choice of legal representation could very well determine the course of your future for years to come. The outcome of your case depends in large measure on the skill and determination of the lawyer who is representing you. Come to Johnson Law Group for help from a team of criminal defense attorneys who have experience as former prosecutors and even a background in law enforcement.
We Have Worked on Both Sides of the Courtroom
The fact that many of our attorneys have worked on the other side of the courtroom, representing the state in criminal prosecutions, gives us a unique advantage in defending people who have been accused. During the pre-file investigation, we know what angles the detective or prosecutor will be looking at and what type of evidence they will focus on when developing the case. With our training and experience in law enforcement, we know what rules the police are supposed to follow in the course of an investigation and arrest.
Exploiting Police Errors to Your Benefit
We also know what types of mistakes law enforcement officers commonly make when carrying out their duties, as well as the ways in which they attempt to cover up such mistakes. When we approach a case, we look for police errors that might be exploited in the favor of our client, such as if the police officer made the arrest without probable cause or a warrant, thereby violating the client's constitutional rights. By exposing the fact that our client's rights were violated, we can often move to have the charges dismissed.
Looking at the Case from the Prosecutor's Viewpoint
Based on our experience as prosecutors, we can look at your case from the viewpoint of the state's attorney. Prosecutors manage limited resources at their disposal, and they place a higher priority on some types of cases than on others. For certain charges, the prosecutor may be more likely to offer a plea bargain, while in other situations he or she can be expected to fight for a conviction. Our understanding of how the state's attorneys approach cases such as yours informs our own strategizing and preparation on your behalf, helping us to determine whether we should focus on negotiation or if we should arm ourselves for a courtroom battle.
At the outset of the case, we typically file a motion for discovery in order to obtain access to the evidence in the possession of the state. We need to find out what the prosecutor knows, and at least as importantly, what the prosecutor doesn't know. You are legally presumed to be innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. In our work as criminal defense attorneys, our job is to raise reasonable doubts and to make it difficult - or impossible - to prove your guilt. To find out more about how our background in law enforcement and prosecution can benefit you, contact our office now for a free case evaluation.