Criminal Defense

A criminal conviction in the State of Illinois has meaningful consequences.

A criminal conviction in the State of Illinois has meaningful consequences. The Law Offices of Peter W Lewis also focuses on the area of criminal law in the Chicago area. My firm aggressively defends clients facing most classes of felony and misdemeanors. If you have been charged, arrested, or wanted for a felony or misdemeanor you could be facing serious fines or possibly jail time. The Law Offices of Peter W Lewis focuses on rehabilitation and changing the lives of our clients for the better. The Law Offices of Peter W Lewis helps its clients that are facing criminal charges understand that they are not guilty until proven guilty and we work aggressively to prove our clients’ innocence in all areas of law.

Your Rights

Individuals who have been accused or charged with a crime have various legal rights, five of which are extremely important and should always be invoked. They include:

  • • Defendants Right to an Attorney Every defendant has the right to obtain legal counsel. If an individual cannot afford an attorney, the court must appoint one at no cost. A defendant can also choose to represent him/herself in court, which is NOT recommended.
  • • Defendants Right to a Jury Trial All individuals charged with crimes have the right to a fair, public, and speedy trial. Furthermore, they are presumed innocent unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt by 12 impartial jurors.
  • • Defendants Right Against Self-Incrimination A defendant has the legal right to remain silent to prevent self-incrimination. Defendants are also legally eligible to testify on their own behalf.
  • • Defendants Right to Confront Witnesses An individual has the right to question and cross-examine every witness that testifies against him/her in trial.
  • • Defendants Right to Produce Evidence A defendant may present his/her evidence to the court or file a motion requesting a subpoena to call forth all witnesses and evidence that could favorably determine the outcome of the case, at no cost.

If you are facing criminal charges, dont risk your rights or liberty. Please contact the qualified criminal defense attorneys at The Law Offices of Peter W Lewis who will work vigorously to ensure your legal rights and interests are fully protected at every step of the legal process. It is important that individual facing a criminal charge understand that you are not guilty until proven guilty. There are numerous tools the Law Offices of Peter W Lewis will use to prove your innocence.