Answering Your Questions About The Criminal Justice Process
Being charged with a crime can be a frightening experience. Your future becomes uncertain. You may have to go to jail. Even if you eventually obtain a positive outcome, your life will be disrupted in many ways. At this critical time in your life, you need strong and effective representation to help yourself through the crisis.
At Spector | Baker Attorneys and Counselors at Law, attorney Michael E. Baker provides results-oriented representation and supportive counsel for people who are facing criminal charges. Mr. Baker is aggressive and experienced, and he will fight for your rights and freedom.
What To Expect As Your Case Moves Forward
The experience throughout the criminal justice process of a person charged with a crime will vary somewhat according to the type of crime he or she is charged with. A brief outline of the general criminal justice process in Illinois for a felony appears below. Your experience may differ somewhat if you are charged with a misdemeanor or DUI. In a free consultation, Mr. Baker can explain the criminal justice process and what you can expect.
- Arrest — After you were apprehended, if you were questioned, the arresting officer should have read you your Miranda rights. If the officer failed to do so or your constitutional rights were violated in other ways, it may be possible to get the charge dismissed.
- Bond hearing — If you were not released on your own recognizance after the arrest, it may be possible to be released on bond. At a bond hearing, the only issue decided is the amount of money that you must pay to be released from jail while your criminal charges are pending. Innocence or guilt is not addressed at this stage. Spector | Baker Attorneys and Counselors at Law can represent you in this hearing, presenting evidence as to your character and, if necessary, seeking to lower your bond.
- Preliminary hearing/grand jury — Prosecutors may seek formal charges against you in a preliminary hearing where a judge will hear evidence to determine if there is sufficient cause to hold the case over for trial. The prosecutors at their discretion may also choose to seek an indictment by presenting evidence to the Grand Jury.
- Arraignment — Before a judge, the charge or charges against you will be read out and you will be asked to enter a plea. As your attorney, Mr. Baker will have already begun reviewing the facts and preparing a defense.
- Discovery/negotiations/pretrial motions — Mr. Baker will conduct a thorough investigation of the factual and legal issues in your case. If applicable, he will file pretrial motions that address any constitutional violations that may have occurred during or prior to your arrest. Depending on your wishes, he may also initiate discussions with the prosecutor regarding a negotiated resolution to your case.
- Trial — The firm has skillfully represented defendants before jury and at bench trials for years. Mr. Baker will work diligently to protect your rights and preserve your freedom.
Contact Spector | Baker Attorneys and Counselors at Law
If you have been arrested for a crime, Mr. Baker is fully prepared to defend you. Contact the firm online or call 312-782-4640 for a free consultation. Mr. Baker can meet with you in his office in Evanston or Chicago, at the Cook County jail, or at another convenient location.