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The Experience You Need to Fight Criminal Charges in Bloomington

Getting charged with a crime around Bloomington or in another part of Illinois can be an overwhelming experience – especially if you are not familiar with the inner workings of our criminal justice system.

One moment you are living your life and the next you are terrified and confused about what is coming next. Will there be a trial? Should you take a plea deal? Is there any way to get your charges dropped or dismissed? Will you lose your job? Go to prison? What does your charge even mean?

To navigate the Illinois criminal justice system, you need an experienced guide who can take you by the hand and walk you through the process while working with you to craft the strongest possible defense. John Prior of The Prior Law Firm, P.C., has over 25 years of legal experience in the state of Illinois, so he knows exactly what is needed to help you craft a strong defense and give you the best chance at a positive outcome.

Unlike some defense attorneys, he is not afraid to go to trial if he believes that it will result in a better outcome for you, and he will never stop fighting until he has exhausted every possible legal avenue to protect your rights and fight for your future.

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Illinois Charges The Prior Law Firm, P.C. Can Help You Battle Against

John Prior DUI and Criminal Attorney

Not all criminal charges are created equal, and when it comes to choosing a defense attorney to help you clear your good name – or at least minimize the damage – that matters a lot. Many people who have been charged with a criminal offense often consider the do-it-yourself route.  While the do-it-yourself route may be a good one to take when putting together a table from IKEA, trying to represent yourself by using advice from a non-lawyer almost always ends up being a huge mistake.  Non-lawyers are not licensed to practice law for a good reason.  Unlike licensed attorneys, they are not required to maintain competency on legal defenses which usually depend on the specific facts of an individual's case. These online resources are not able to provide legal advice and they cannot take into account what would be best for your personal circumstances.

In his more than 25 years as an attorney, John Prior has handled just about every type of criminal charge on the books in Bloomington and other parts of Illinois. He has an in-depth understanding of both misdemeanor and felony sentencing guidelines, as well as the collateral consequences that you may face. No matter what you are up against and how confusing it seems, he can help you make sense of your charges, the options available to you, and the rights you have under the rules of criminal procedure.

 

Common criminal charges that The Prior Law Firm handles include:

  • Aggravated Assault
  • Aggravated Battery
  • Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse
  • Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault
  • Aggravated DUI
  • Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm
  • Aggravated Kidnapping
  • Aggravated Robbery
  • Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking
  • Armed Robbery
  • Arson
  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Burglary
  • Cannabis Conspiracy
  • Cannabis Delivery To Persons Under 18 Years of Age
  • Cannabis Trafficking
  • Casual Delivery of Cannabis
  • Criminal Damage to Property
  • Criminal Sexual Abuse
  • Criminal Sexual Assault
  • Criminal Trespass to Real Property
  • Criminal Trespass to Vehicles
  • Delivery of Cannabis on School Grounds
  • DUI
  • Domestic Battery
  • Forgery
  • Fraudulent Identification Card
  • Grooming
  • Home Invasion
  • Kidnapping
  • Manufacture or Delivery of Cannabis
  • Obstructing Identification
  • Possession of Cannabis
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child
  • Production or Possession of Cannabis Sativa Plant
  • Prostitution
  • Residential Burglary
  • Robbery
  • Theft
  • Unlawful Use of Weapons
  • Vehicular Hijacking

The list above contains the most common criminal offenses in Illinois, but is in no way exhaustive.  Even if your specific charge is not listed, reach out to our office and describe your situation.

Why More People In and Around Bloomington Choose John Prior to Defend Them

Selecting the right attorney goes beyond making sure they have handled your specific charge in the past. When people choose John Prior and The Prior Law Firm, it is due to several very important reasons.

Experience and Background. The Prior Law Firm, P.C. has been helping people in and around Bloomington to fight for their rights since 2004. Over the lifetime of the firm, Mr. Prior has successfully defended countless people charged throughout Illinois. However, his experience in criminal law started long before 2004.

For years, he worked as an Appellate Prosecutor, Assistant State’s Attorney, and even served as the elected State’s Attorney for Henderson County. In other words, his job was to build cases against alleged offenders and try to secure convictions.

Why should this matter to you? Because it means that he understands how the minds of prosecutors work. He now uses the countless hours he spent crafting legal strategies to put people behind bars to more easily anticipate and poke holes in those strategies when defending his clients.

Recognition and Results. Over his years of defending people just like you, Mr. Prior has been recognized in a number of ways, including being named a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by The National Trial Lawyers and listed as one of the 10 Best in client satisfaction from the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys two years in a row.

Dedication and Respect. When you find yourself facing criminal charges, it can negatively impact the rest of your life. Because of this, fighting those charges should be your number one priority.

John Prior has a clear understanding of the stakes involved and will use every legal avenue available to him to make sure your rights are respected as he works to get your charges reduced, dropped, or dismissed. Moreover, he knows how confusing and depersonalizing the criminal legal process can be for defendants, so he strives to help his clients understand their situation and keep them informed about what to expect every step of the way.

Reach Out to The Prior Law Firm, P.C. Today to Start Crafting a Strong Defense against Your Illinois Charges

Regardless of the charges that you are facing, one thing is always true: speed matters. The faster you get a skilled Bloomington criminal lawyer in your corner, the more likely you are to experience a positive outcome. Waiting to hire an attorney only benefits the prosecution.

Why? Because they will start building their case against you the second your file hits their desk. If you wait to hire your own lawyer, it gives them a bigger head start.

Worse, police officers and prosecutors will be able to meet with you and question you even if you do not have a legal representative on your side. You can be sure they will use every legal maneuver imaginable to get you to admit to the charges and take a deal that will be in their best interests rather than yours.

Finally, some types of evidence simply do not last very long. If you wait to get an attorney, the evidence may be gone before they can collect it to use for your defense.

The bottom line? Do not delay. Get in contact with our office today for a free consultation by filling out our easy online contact form, emailing johnprior@thepriorlawfirm.com, or calling us at (309) 827-4300.