Criminal Defense Law
Criminal Defense Attorney in McHenry County, Chicago
If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, Robert H. Hanaford criminal defense attorney in McHenry County, Chicago can help. Contact our law firm to know more about the criminal defense services we provide across Mchenry County and Chicago, IL.
McHenry County Attorney for Individuals Facing Prosecution
With more than three decades of experience, Robert H. Hanaford criminal defense lawyer in McHenry County, Chicago, represents Illinois residents who have been charged with a wide range of offenses.
A former elected official, Mr. Hanaford is dedicated to serving his neighbors and has been recognized by his peers for his legal knowledge and sophistication. Mr. Hanaford has the skill to guide defendants through what can be a complex process of working to get charges dropped or reduced.
If you need a DUI attorney or assistance in fighting any other type of prosecution, you can expect to receive the compassion and candor that you deserve.
Protecting Your Rights When Facing Charges in Illinois
The penalties that a defendant may face upon a conviction depend largely on the number of charges involved, the nature of the offenses, and the person’s prior criminal history, if any. Misdemeanors usually refer to charges that carry sentences of up to one year in jail, while felonies are more serious offenses with more severe consequences. It is important to remember that criminal defendants are often charged with more than one offense and that each offense carries its own potential punishment.
Many of the issues that arise in these cases relate to whether the police acted within their constitutional limits in pursuing an investigation and making an arrest. To pull over a car or stop a person on the street, the police must have a “reasonable suspicion” to believe that a crime has been committed. To arrest someone for a crime, the police must have “probable cause” to believe that the person committed the crime.
Similarly, police are generally not authorized to search a home or car without a warrant issued by a judge. In some cases, however, such a search may be justified as reasonable under the circumstances. This includes searches that are part of a lawful stop or arrest or that are considered necessary as a result of “exigent circumstances.” If a judge finds that the police action was improper, however, any and all evidence gathered following an improper stop or arrest or during a search cannot be used against you in court. This often severely undermines the prosecution’s case, resulting in charges being dismissed or reduced.
Contact a Criminal Defense Lawyer in McHenry County, Chicago
Robert H. Hanaford represents people in Algonquin, Crystal Lake, Cary, Lake in the Hills, Woodstock, McHenry, and other communities throughout McHenry County.
He also can assist people in Arlington Heights, Palatine, Elgin, Barrington, and elsewhere in Cook, Kane, and Lake Counties.
To speak with a knowledgeable drunk driving attorney or seek representation against another type of charge, you can Contact Us online, call the Chicago office at (312) 899-9020, or call the McHenry County office at (847) 516-5297. You can also call Mr. Hanaford’s cell phone at (312) 636-4807 to schedule a free consultation.