Felonies are criminal offenses that carry a maximum penalty of more than one year incarceration. Because felonies are serious charges that carry significant penalties, it is important to enlist the help of an experienced Illinois felony lawyer who understands the ins and outs of the criminal justice system and can advocate on your behalf for dismissal or reduction of charges.
Thomas F. McGuire has dedicated his legal practice to criminal law including felonies and misdemeanors. As a former Cook County State’s Attorney and judicial clerk, he has considerable experience with the Illinois criminal courts and is familiar with the strategies used by prosecutors.
In many cases, Mr. McGuire has helped his clients facing felony charges get their charges reduced to a misdemeanor offense. By obtaining a reduction of charges from a felony to a misdemeanor, clients are often able to avoid lengthy prison stays, hefty fines, and a number of other restrictions on their life and livelihood.
Attorney Thomas F. McGuire helps clients facing a variety of felony charges, including:
- Domestic Violence
- Drug Crimes
- Felony DUI Charges
- Homicide and Manslaughter
- Sex Crimes
- Weapons Charges
- White Collar Crimes
Felony Preliminary Hearing
The defendant will appear before a judge to set bond within 72 hours of an arrest. After bond is set, a felony preliminary hearing will be scheduled, during which the judge will determine whether there is probable cause. The case will be assigned to a trial court when the judge finds that probably cause exists. If the event that the judge finds that there is no probable cause, charges will be dropped.
Thomas F. McGuire represents clients facing felony charges from the arrest and bond hearing to the preliminary hearing and pretrial hearings, and at trial if needed. Mr. McGuire prides himself on representing clients with skill, compassion, and diligence. He provides exceptional client service and personal attention, and he is available for his clients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including weekend bond hearings.
As a former prosecutor and judicial clerk in the criminal courts, Mr. McGuire has considerable experience with the Illinois criminal courts. Because he knows how state’s attorneys may prosecute a felony case, he is well-equipped to defend his clients, seek dismissal of charges, seek reductions in charges from felonies to misdemeanors, and advocate on their behalf for a reduced sentence.
Facing felony criminal charges? Do not delay, call attorney Thomas F. McGuire today at 847.962.7187 to schedule a free consultation.