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Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices
dupage county criminal defense attorney


900 E. Roosevelt Road, Lombard, IL 60148

Phone: 630-932-9100


134 N. Bloomingdale Road, Bloomingdale, IL 60108

Phone: 630-529-4761


1730 Park Street, Suite 202, Naperville, IL 60563

Phone: 630-420-1000

DuPage County Criminal Defense Lawyers

Understanding the Criminal Law Process in Illinois

Criminal law is the body of law dealing with government prosecution of individuals for acts classified as crimes. It also covers the rights of an accused person and steps involved in the criminal process, such as:

  • Questioning by Law Enforcement;
  • Investigations and Police Reports;
  • Arrest;
  • Warrants, Motions to Quash Warrants;
  • Bond Hearings;
  • Arraignment/Indictment;
  • Grand Juries;
  • Discovery;
  • Pre-Trial Hearings, Motions to Suppress;
  • Trials;
  • Jury Selection;
  • Evidence;
  • Motions;
  • Sentencing; and
  • Post-Trial Remedies.

At Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices, we have several decades of combined experience successfully litigating criminal cases at all levels of the state and federal judicial system. Our award-winning attorneys are former prosecutors and public defenders who have an in-depth understanding of the criminal law process as well as the local courts in the Chicago area and throughout Northern Illinois. Our unique prosecutorial experience gives us extensive knowledge of how the government builds its case and which defense strategies are most effective to reduce or eliminate the charges against our clients.

Criminal Charges in Illinois

Criminal charges encompass a broad range of misdemeanors and felonies. Felonies are serious offenses such as murder, serious drug crimes, fraud, sex crimes, multiple DUIs, and aggravated assault. Misdemeanors, which are less serious in nature, include offenses such battery, simple assault, and minor drug and property crimes.

Felonies are divided into five classes based on the seriousness of the crime. The maximum penalties for each class are as follows:

  • Class X Felony: Fines of up to $25,000 and six to 35 years in state prison.
  • Class 1 Felony: Fines of up to $25,000 and four to 15 years in state prison.
  • Class 2 Felony: Fines of up to $25,000 and three to 7 years in state prison.
  • Class 3 Felony: Fines of up to $25,000 and two to 5 years in state prison.
  • Class 4 Felony: Fines of up to $25,000 and one to three years in state prison.

Misdemeanors are divided into three classes with the following maximum penalties:

  • Class A Misdemeanor: A maximum fine of $2500 and up to 364 days in county jail.
  • Class B Misdemeanor: A maximum fine of $1500 and up to six months in county jail.
  • Class C Misdemeanor: A maximum fine of $1500 and up to 30 days in county jail.

Rights of Criminal Defendants

When charged with a crime, defendants have several constitutional rights. First and foremost, the government must prove “beyond a reasonable doubt” that you are guilty. Other constitutional rights include:

  • Right to Remain Silent;
  • Right to Confront Witnesses;
  • Right to a Public Trial;
  • Right to a Trial by Jury;
  • Right to a Speedy Trial;
  • Right to Adequate Representation;
  • Right against Double Jeopardy (tried twice for the same offense);
  • Right to Reasonable Bail; and
  • Protection Against Unreasonable Search and Seizures.
At Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices, we help our clients understand the criminal law process, the charges against them and their rights and options. Drawing on our extensive experience, we thoroughly examine the specific circumstances of each case and identify any and all holes in the case against you to help us minimize (or eliminate) the negative consequences. For a free consultation with one of our skilled Illinois criminal defense attorneys, contact our office today at 630-932-9100630-932-9100.
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One Stop For All Your Legal Needs

Whether you are going through a divorce, injured in an accident, need to file a workers' compensation claim, charged with a crime, immigrating to the United States, or need to file for bankruptcy, Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices can help. Our trial lawyers have over 40 years of experience helping clients throughout Northern Illinois from 3 offices in Lombard, Bloomindale, and Naperville.

Steven Mevorah has assembled experienced attorneys under one roof so that his clients need not search for a new attorney each time they need help. Mr. Mevorah has also established a wide network of additional attorneys so that his clients merely need to stop by Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices to find the attorney they need.

Client Focused Representation

Our practice is focused on meeting your needs with flexible hours and locations to serve you:

  • Free initial consultations
  • Saturday and evening appointments available
  • Home and hospital visits if your injuries prevent you from traveling
  • Multiple locations throughout Chicagoland
  • Veteran trial attorneys
  • Experienced negotiators
  • Payment plans available
  • Cash, check, or credit card accepted