Bloomington Criminal Defense Attorney John G Prior

John Prior

DUI and Criminal Law Attorney

The Defense Attorney You Can Trust to Handle Your Bloomington Charge

If you have been arrested or charged in the state of Illinois, there are likely many thoughts and emotions flying around in your head. Fear about what kind of punishment you are going to have to face. Worry over what will happen with your job. Concern over how your loved ones will cope. Embarrassment over having your friends, neighbors, and coworkers hear what happened. Shame that they may judge you over this one action.

John Prior, Jr. has seen it all before, and he understands. He has helped countless people to cope with these feelings and move past them so that they can start dealing with the real problem in front of them: fighting their charges.

Because he knows that the state of Illinois takes criminal charges seriously and will not hesitate to hit you with severe consequences. These can include years in prison, high fines, probation, and more. If you want to give yourself the best chance at getting a positive outcome, you have to act fast.

An Illinois Criminal Lawyer Who Understands How Prosecutors Think

Since 2004, The Prior Law Firm, P.C. has been helping people in and around Bloomington, IL, to do just that, fighting for their rights and making sure that they receive a fair trial. However, John Prior’s legal experience stretches back far longer than that – for more than 25 years.

Over that time he has worked on both sides of the aisle. First for the State’s Attorney’s Office, where he served as a brief writer for the Appellate Prosecutor’s office, as an Assistant State’s Attorney in multiple counties, and as the elected State’s Attorney of Henderson County.

Now he has his own defense law firm, where he uses his first-hand knowledge of how prosecutors think to craft winning strategies and help his clients to get their charges reduced, dropped, or dismissed.

When you understand the types of arguments that the other side is going to use, it not only helps to bolster your own argument, but undercut theirs. This is a method that Prior has used time and time again to poke holes in prosecutors’ cases and cast doubt on their evidence and assertions.

This is incredibly important because, in criminal trials, the burden of proof is on the other side. While prosecutors must prove your guilt, you don’t need to prove your innocence. All you need to do is put doubts into the minds of the jury members or judge. That is what “innocent until proven guilty” means. It may not always feel like it, but under our legal system, you are given the benefit of the doubt.

A Track Record on Bloomington Cases That You Can Trust

Due to the positive outcomes he has been able to achieve handling DUIs, felonies, and all kinds of other Illinois criminal charges, Prior has received quite a bit of recognition from a wide variety of legal institutions, including being Lead Counsel rated, having both the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys and the American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys name him to their 10 Best in Client Satisfaction list two years in a row (2016 and 2017), and appearing on the National Trial Lawyers list of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers.

Above all, John Prior believes in the right for everyone to receive the strongest possible defense and have their rights protected while going through the criminal justice system. When your life and future are on the line, you want to make sure you have the best possible advocate in your corner.

Mr. Prior not only possesses the knowledge and experience in Illinois criminal law that you need, he will treat your case like the priority that it is. He will give you his full attention and commitment until your situation is resolved to the best of his abilities.

A Bloomington Criminal Lawyer with Experience You Can Count On

Title Company name Duration
Owner The Prior Law Firm, P.C. 2004 – Present
Managing Attorney in charge of the Subrogation Department The Wilber Law Firm 2003 – 2004
Assistant State’s Attorney Peoria County State’s Attorney Office 2003 – 2003
Contract brief writer State’s Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor’s Office 2002 – 2003
Head of Domestic Violence Unit McLean County State’s Attorney’s Office 1996 – 2002
Elected State’s Attorney Henderson County Attorney’s Office 1992 – 1996
Assistant State’s Attorney Knox County State’s Attorney’s Office 1990 – 1992
Licensed to Practice Law Illinois 1990
School name Major Degree Graduated
John Marshall Law School, Chicago Law JD – Juris Doctor 1990
University of Northern Iowa Physical Education MA – Masters 1979
Coe College Physical Education BA – Bachelor of Arts 1974
Award name Grantor Date granted
Peer Review Rated Martindale-Hubbell 2016
Client Rating Martindale-Hubbell 2015
Award of Recognition Countering Domestic Violence 2003
Department Special Award Illinois State Police 1995
Association name Position name Duration
American Bar Association Member 2013 – Present
McLean County Bar Association Member 1998 – Present
Illinois State Bar Association Member 1990 – Present
Conference name Title Date  
Annual Legal Training, Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence Domestic Violence Prosecution–A Team Approach– 2007  
Investigating & Prosecuting Stalking Stalking Laws & Law Enforcement Strategies 2006  
Various Counties Prosecuting Domestic Violence Cases 2002  
Family Violence Symposia Pro-arrest Police and Responding to Domestic Violence for Law Enforcement Officers, Prosecutors, Probation Officers, Public Defenders  
Publication name Title Date
Athletic Journal Kinesiological Analysis of the Power Granby Roll 1982
Scholastic Wrestling News “Participation in Pre-College Wrestling Programs and Their Effect on Performance at the N.C.A.A. Wrestling Championships” 1979
Wrestling USA Participation in Pre-College Wrestling Programs and Their Effect on Performance at the N.C.A.A. Championships 1979
Case name Outcome
McLean County Case 16-DT-120 DUI, dismissed. Motion to Rescind, Granted.
McLean County Case 16-CM-09 Case dismissed
McLean County Case 15-DT-323 Motion granted, DUI case dismissed.
McLean County Case 15-DT-242 Not Guilty
McLean County Case 15-CF-214 Not Guilty on both counts