Felonies are the most serious criminal offenses for which a sentence of one year or more in the Illinois Department of Corrections is permitted. When it comes to protecting your rights, your livelihood and your future, it is not wise to attempt to navigate the justice system alone. Having years of experience in the criminal courtrooms in Central Illinois allows attorney Robert Carter to have a comprehensive understanding on how the prosecution may build their case against you.
The first step in defending your case is to thoroughly review the police reports, recorded interviews, grand jury testimony and any other information the police or prosecuting attorney has to determine the answers to questions such as: if the prosecution can meet their burden of proof, if proper police procedures were followed, if the evidence was obtained legally, among many other inquires. Once these answers are obtained, we can begin building the appropriate defense.
All of the evidence pertinent to your case will be reviewed with you, and Attorney Robert Carter will advise you based on his education, training and experience. Criminal Defense Attorneys have the ability to retain expert witnesses if needed to review any scientific evidence, or retain private investigators to interview witnesses or gather further information for your case. Defense Attorneys also have the power to subpoena witnesses to secure their appearance for testimony on your behalf at trial.
After investigating the facts of your case, The Law Office of Robert J. Carter will determine the best course of action for aggressively defending your case. Your options for defending your case will be thoroughly explained so you stay fully informed and feel comfortable in proceeding with your defense. The defense options could include negotiating with the State’s Attorney to attempt to secure a reduction in the charges, negotiating with the State for the mandatory minimum penalties, arguing for minimum penalties before a judge at an open sentencing hearing, or presenting your case for trial before a judge or jury.
The standard sentencing structure of prison sentences for felonies is as follows:
- Class X: 6 to 30 years
- Class 1: 4 to 15 years
- Class 2: 3 to 7 years
- Class 3: 2 to 5 years
- Class 4: 1 to 3 years
However, there are circumstances and statutory provisions which can increase these sentencing ranges. On the other hand, there are also community based sentencing options, or in certain circumstances, sentencing alternative options which ultimately could result in no permanent felony conviction entering on your record.
Regardless of which route is appropriate for your individual case, The Law Office of Robert J. Carter is committed to guiding you through the process and obtaining the best possible disposition. Attorney Robert Carter will fight to represent your rights and secure your freedom.
Call The Law Office of Robert J. Carter immediately for a free consultation if you have been arrested or are being investigated for any criminal felony in Bloomington-Normal or Central Illinois. Evening and weekend consultations are available if necessary. Securing an aggressive defense is necessary for protecting your reputation and record.