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Criminal Defense FAQs

If I'm arrested for one thing, can I be charged with a different crime?

Absolutely! In fact, this is more common than most people realize. When someone is arrested, it’s usually for a single act. After a case goes to a grand jury or preliminary hearing, the state can charge additional offenses.

Is my record expunged after a certain amount of time?

No. This is a common misconception. In order to expunge your record, the petitioner must file a petition requesting that the offenses be sealed or expunged. The state has an opportunity to object to the petition. A judge makes the final determination.

Do you do civil asset forfeiture cases?

Many times when clients are arrested their property will be seized. I do assist my clients in attempting to retrieve their property.

Can you guarantee that I will win my case?

Ethically, I cannot say I will win your case. I will do everything I can to achieve a successful outcome in every case.

Are traffic offenses serious?

All traffic cases are serious. Many traffic offenses have mandatory jail sentences in case of a conviction.

What do you charge?

What I charge depends on the seriousness of the offense, how long I estimate it will take for a possible resolution, and your previous criminal history. Representation starts at $750 for a preliminary hearing.

Do you offer free consultations?

I do office consultations that start at $100 for an initial consultation which can be applied toward the initial payment of your retainer. I also do consultations in jail that begin at $150 in Cook County.

Do you accept payment plans?

Yes, I always look for ways to work with clients to ease the financial burden.

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