Criminal Defense Attorneys in Springfield, IL who serve all of Central Illinois
If you have been arrested or charged with a crime, the Springfield criminal defense attorneys at the Noll Law Office are here to help. They understand that being accused of a crime is a scary and stressful situation. You could be looking at the possibility of becoming a convicted felon, an extended prison sentence, fines, and other collateral consequences of a criminal conviction. You should not leave your future – and that of your family – to a lawyer who does not go to trial or understand the specifics of criminal law.
The lawyers at the Noll Law Office provide representation on felony charges, misdemeanor charges, DUI cases, traffic tickets, and federal crimes throughout Central Illinois. Located in the historic Lincoln Depot in Springfield, Illinois, their office is conveniently situated next to the Sangamon County Courthouse and across the street from the Sangamon County Jail.
The Springfield criminal defense attorneys at the Noll Law Office have extensive jury trial experience. They understand the criminal process and look at it from the perspective of a prosecutor, a defense attorney, and a law enforcement officer to gain a full understanding of the facts surrounding your case. This approach, coupled with their knowledge and experience, is utilized to defend every client.
No matter what you are accused of, they will fight to protect your rights. They have developed a reputation for providing high-quality, honest representation for criminal cases. If you don’t believe them, read the Google reviews which have been provided by people just like you.
The Noll Law Office provides free initial consultations on criminal cases and you may qualify for financing. You may call them at (217) 414-8889. Please note that if you are currently represented by a different private attorney, they cannot speak to you as it is a violation of the Illinois Professional Rules of Conduct 4.2.
What Types of Criminal Charges Do the Lawyers at the Noll Law Office Represent Clients On?
The Springfield, Illinois Criminal Defense Lawyers represent individuals on all state and federal criminal charges, including:
Their lawyers represent clients on virtually all criminal charges. The Springfield criminal defense attorneys at the Noll Law Office are not afraid to take on challenging cases. Regardless of who their client is or what they are accused of, their lawyers work to make sure that their clients are treated fairly in the criminal justice system.
They have extensive experience in both federal and state courts. The criminal defense lawyers at the Noll Law Office have taken all types of criminal charges to trial in both State and Federal Court up to and including first-degree murder cases. No matter your charges, the Noll Law Office has the experience and knowledge to represent you in court.
What process does the Noll Law Office use when it represents someone?
When the Springfield criminal defense attorneys at the Noll Law Office begin representing an individual accused of a crime, they utilize a process that has a successful track record of obtaining favorable results on cases. Please note that this process may vary slightly depending on the procedural status of the case when they are retained and whether the client decides to plead guilty or not.
Normally, the Noll Law Office will do the following on every criminal case:
- They speak to their clients. The lawyers need to have a factual understanding of what happened and who was involved. They need to identify potential witnesses who can provide favorable testimony and favorable evidence which may need to be obtained or preserved.
- Obtain and review the discovery. Generally, discovery includes police reports, body camera videos, surveillance videos, DNA tests, and other laboratory results.
- Review discovery with the client for potential factual or legal defenses.
- Finalize discovery – After the legal and factual defenses have been reviewed, additional discovery may be needed. On occasion, discovery requests may need to be sent to the prosecutor. If they are unwilling to provide the documents, it may need to be litigated in court.
- File pretrial motions. After the Noll Law Office is in receipt of the discovery, pretrial motions are filed. These motions present all the legal and evidentiary issues the court needs to rule on prior to trial.
- Negotiate a favorable outcome. The attorneys will often attempt to negotiate with the prosecutors to attempt to obtain an offer to resolve the case short of trial. If the offer is acceptable to the prosecutor and the Defendant, the defendant would plead guilty to whatever the terms of the plea agreement are.
- Take the case to trial. If the parties are unable to come to an agreement, the case would proceed forward to trial. There are two types of trial – jury trial or bench trial. A jury trial is where members of the community come in and hear the evidence to determine whether a person is guilty. In a bench trial, the judge determines whether the accused is guilty.
- If a person is found guilty of some or all the charges, the case would proceed forward to sentencing. At a sentencing hearing, the judge determines the appropriate sentence given the charges the person was found guilty of as well as several other statutory factors.
- If necessary, present mitigating evidence at the sentencing hearing to be the lowest sentence possible.
What Geographical Areas Do the Criminal Defense Attorneys at the Noll Law Office Serve?
Their office is in Springfield, Illinois. Generally speaking, the closer to Springfield your case is, the more likely they are they will represent you on it due to financial considerations.
The criminal defense attorneys at the Noll Law Office regularly represent clients charged with crimes in:
- Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois
- Springfield Division, Central District of Illinois (Federal Court)
- Decatur, Macon County, Illinois
- Lincoln, Logan County, Illinois
- Taylorville, Christian County, Illinois
- Petersburg, Menard County, Illinois
- Jacksonville, Morgan County, Illinois
- Virginia, Cass County, Illinois
- Hillsboro, Montgomery County, Illinois
- Peoria, Illinois, Central District of Illinois (Peoria Division – Federal Court)
- Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, Central District of Illinois (Urbana Division – Federal Court)
If you have been charged with a crime in one of these areas, call the Noll Law Office today for a free consultation. They can be reached at (217) 414-8889.
How much do you charge for criminal defense cases?
Fees for criminal cases vary wildly depending on the complexity of the charges, the nature of the charges, time, where the case is located, as well as other factors. The Noll Law Office has represented clients on felony matters for fees ranging from a few thousand dollars up to hundreds of thousands of dollars. The following fees are to be used as a starting point and are not an offer of services. Contact the Noll Law Office for an exact quote based on your specific case.
- Traffic Tickets – $250+
- Misdemeanors – $2,500+
- DUI (first) – $2,000+
- Felony – $3,500+
- Federal Case – $7,500+
The important thing to do is call the Noll Law Office at (217) 414-8889. They will give you an estimate of the cost of legal representation on your specific case. They are always happy to speak to people about representation to see if there is a way to come to a financial agreement for representation. They do offer financing through a third-party vendor.
The Noll Law Office attempts to keep a smaller caseload than most other lawyers so their clients get the time and attention their cases deserve. The service they provide and the results they obtain make their fees an excellent value. You can always read their Google reviews so you can see what former clients have to say about them.
They accept cash, check, and credit card payments. They also offer financing through a third-party vendor.
I’ve Never Hired a Criminal Defense Lawyer Before. How Do I Find a Great Criminal Defense Attorney Near Me?
It is important to ask questions. You should be comfortable with the lawyer and have confidence that they will act in your best interest. Furthermore, you should specifically ask them how many criminal jury trials they have done. Many lawyers talk a good game about being trial lawyers – few are. Make sure that the lawyer you hire has the skills necessary to take your case all the way through a jury trial. You do not want a lawyer who will quit on your case because they are scared to go in front of a jury.
Some important questions to ask a criminal defense attorney are:
- How long have you been practicing law?
- How much of your practice is devoted to criminal law?
- How many criminal jury trials have you taken to a verdict?
- How long ago was your last trial?
- How many similar cases to mine have you handled?
- Do you practice regularly in this geographic area?
- What types of outcomes have you had on like cases mine?
- Are you a public defender?
- If so, what is the difference between your representation of clients as a public defender vs. a private attorney?
- When was the last time you had a case like mine?
- Have you ever appeared in front of the judge assigned to my case?
- What are they like?
- What is your fee?
- How is the fee structured (hourly v. flat fee)?
- Are there any other fees I should expect?
- How often is court?
- Will I need to be there?
- Will you represent me or will it be another attorney?
- How long will my case take to resolve?
- Will you review the discovery in my case with me?
- What legal issues do you see in my case?
- What factual issues do you see in my case?
- Do they guarantee any results? (If yes, RUN AWAY)
If We Hire You, What Results Do You Guarantee?
No lawyer can guarantee the outcome of a case. Ultimately, a judge or jury determines whether a person is guilty or not guilty. A prosecutor has the authority to charge a person or dismiss a case. The Noll Law Office can guarantee you that their process for handling criminal cases has consistently led to great results for clients. If you listen to their advice and stay out of trouble, they will place you in the best possible position any law firm can put you in based on the facts of your case.
My Case Has Been Set for a Preliminary Hearing. What is a Preliminary Hearing in the State of Illinois?
A preliminary hearing is a hearing in front of a judge for purpose of determining probable cause on a felony case. If the judge finds probable cause on a single felony offense, the Court will find probable cause for all charges. If the court does not find probable cause, the case is done.
Normally, at a preliminary hearing, the State will call an officer to testify. The officer can testify as to anything anyone saw, did, or heard whether or not they personally observed it. This differs greatly from the rules of evidence at trial.
If the court does find probable cause, the Defendant’s attorney will normally enter a plea of not guilty and demand a trial. After the hearing, the State will tender the discovery to the defense lawyer and the case will proceed forward.
What Is Discovery in an Illinois Criminal Case?
Discovery is anything that proves or disproves an offense that occurred. Most often, discovery will include police reports, lab reports, video and/or recordings, DNA test results, photographs, and other potential evidence in a case. The flow of discovery is governed by the United States Constitution, the Constitution of the State of Illinois, Illinois Supreme Court Rules 412, 413 and 415 as well as any pretrial discovery orders.
When Should I Retain a Criminal Defense Lawyer?
If you are being investigated for a crime or have been charged with a crime, immediately.
Are There Any Options For Me Besides Jail or Prison?
Maybe! The modern trend in the criminal justice system has been to look at the rehabilitative aspect of criminal sentencing. In the relatively recent past, the State of Illinois has passed several alternative sentencing options for criminal defendants. The Springfield criminal defense attorneys at the Noll Law Office are aware of the eligibility requirements for these programs and attempt to get their clients accepted into them whenever possible.
They have written an article describing some of the programs available including Second Chance Probation, First Offender Probation, Impact Incarceration (“Boot Camp”), Drug Court, and more. If you are interested in one of these programs, contact the Noll Law Office today and they can discuss your legal options with you. (217) 414-8889.
How Can the Noll Law Office Help Me on My Criminal Case?
The Noll Law Office has earned a reputation in Central Illinois for providing aggressive advocacy, compassionate counsel, and real results. They vigorously defend each client they represent in court and provide them with honest, well-reasoned opinions. Their attorneys treat their clients and families with respect no matter the charges against them.
If you retain the Noll Law Office, they will:
- Speak to you about your case;
- Review the discovery for any factual defenses which may exist in your case;
- Review the discovery for any suppression issues or other legal defenses which may exist in your case;
- Determine if you are eligible for any sentencing alternative programs;
- Help obtain favorable mitigating evidence which may exist;
- Speak to the prosecutor about any acceptable resolutions to your case prior to trial;
- Take the case to trial if needed; and
- Always act in your best interests.
If you or your loved one needs a criminal defense lawyer in Central Illinois, contact the Noll Law Office today at (217) 414-8889.