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Frequently Asked Questions

If you’ve been charged with a Chicago criminal offense, you may have a number of questions and concerns. The Chicago criminal defense lawyers at Goldman & Associates provide a free case evaluation of your case so that you will know all of the options available to you before committing to a financial obligation.

We have a long history of representing clients with criminal defense cases in the Chicagoland area, and in that time, we’ve grown accustomed to many of the same questions about these kinds of cases. While we encourage you to contact us for a free consultation about the specific details of your case, we also urge you to read the following frequently asked questions which touch on some of the more general criminal defense questions we receive.

How can I make the best choice of criminal defense representation?

A Chicago criminal defense lawyer with a great amount of experience and demonstrated success with trials is your best bet. You may also elect to choose a defense attorney with a favorable disposition, as juries are often swayed by the matter in which a case is presented.

Is there a difference between assault and battery?

Yes. Assault is threatening harm, which can include verbal threats. If there is a deadly weapon involved in the threat, that charge will often be bumped up to aggravated assault. If battery is the charge, physical harm to another person has occurred.

What are the benefits of hiring a criminal defense attorney versus a public defender?

If you’ve been charged with a criminal offense, the stakes are high for your freedom and future. It is advisable to employ an experienced Chicago criminal attorney who knows the courts and how to present the very best defense.

Can I go to jail for a DUI charge?

While many charged with driving under the influence end up with their case dropped, receiving a jail sentence for DUI crimes is not unheard of, particularly for those without the representation of an experienced Chicago DUI lawyer.

If I violate my probation, can I be arrested?

Possibly. According to Illinois law, a warrant may be issued for your arrest if you violate your probation.

How do I know if the crime I’m charged with is a felony?

While there are many resources available online that describe the differences between a felonies and misdemeanors, the exact details of your particular case can be discussed when you consult with your Chicago criminal defense attorney.

My charges are extremely serious. Do I have a chance of winning my case?

If you consult a Chicago defense lawyer who knows criminal law and has proven experience helping clients with such cases, you stand a much greater chance of achieving the best possible result.

If you’re so confident about your services, why do you not offer a guarantee?

There are a variety of elements that may come into play in any case which makes guaranteeing the outcome difficult, and one should think twice about hiring an attorney who makes such claims. While we cannot guarantee the result of any criminal defense case, we can guarantee that we will provide the very best defense available.

If you have questions not covered on this page, we encourage you to contact the Chicago criminal defense lawyers at Goldman & Associates to schedule a free case evaluation. Get in touch using the form on this page or by calling us at 773.484.3131 today!