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
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|