Criminal Defense

Trusted Criminal Defense Attorney serving all of the appellate courts in Illinois and federal courts.

Criminal defense is an adversarial proceeding between the prosecutor and your criminal defense attorney. In this adversarial situation the judge and jury always know less about the case then the attorneys. Because of this pretrial litigation seeking to suppress key evidence against the accused or ensuring that favorable evidence is admissible at trial is critical to the final outcome.

Criminal defense attorney Omer Jaleel has handled the most complex criminal defense cases as both a prosecutor and as a private criminal defense attorney. His unique background allows him to analyze a case how a prosecutor would and he is able to negate the prosecutor’s case because he knows how to think like a prosecutor.

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The most important part of any criminal appeal or post-conviction petition is an open communication between myself and my client Only with an open dialogue and constant communication can we develop a winning appellate strategy. Together we can overturn your wrongful conviction or unjust sentence.

Omer Jaleel – Criminal Appeals Attorney

Felony Crimes

Felony offenses are the most serious offenses and they carry the harshest sentences. The sentence available depends upon many factors such as the nature of the charge, whether a weapon was used, the seriousness of the injuries to the victim, whether federal or state charges have been filed and the accused’s background. In Illinois, felony offenses are classified as Class 4, Class 3, Class 2, Class 1 and Class X offenses while first-degree murder has its own classification and sentencing range. A sentence of probation is possible for most sentences; however, many criminal felony offenses carry mandatory prison time.

The biggest difference between felony and misdemeanor offenses is the likelihood of incarceration following a conviction for a felony crime. Many serious felony offenses can result in the functional equivalent of a life-sentence based upon the length of the sentence and the age of the offender. Even if prison is avoided, felony offenses are usually unable to be expunged which can result in life-time disadvantages such as the inability to obtain employment, housing, or loans. Felony offenses also carry serious immigration consequences for non-citizens which can include deportation, denial of naturalization or an exclusion from the United States. 

Misdemeanor Crimes

Misdemeanor offenses are the least serious offenses that can only be punished by a maximum of one-year in jail unlike a felony that is punished by a minimum of a year in prison. Although misdemeanors are punished much less severely the consequences of a conviction can be serious and often times result in a person being unemployable.

Misdemeanors in Illinois range from the least severe Class C misdemeanors all the way to the most serious misdemeanors which are Class A misdemeanors that includes domestic battery. The defenses available to misdemeanor offenses vary as much as the different types of offenses that are punishable as a misdemeanor. We have successfully defended clients charged with misdemeanors by establishing reasonable doubt, establishing the flaws in the charging documents, and even based upon First Amendment rights to free speech.

A felony conviction can result in substantial fines and lengthy prison sentences.

(DUI) Driving While Under the Influence

Driving while under the influence of alcohol or driving while under the influence of drugs are cases that pose their own set of challenges and set of rules that only apply in DUI cases. Driving while under the influence can be either a misdemeanor offense or a felony if the case is an aggravated DUI. Aggravated DUIs occur either based upon prior DUI offenses or aggravating factors such as driving while license suspended, prior DUI convictions, or cases involving driving while under the influence and causing a death.

Issues that frequently accompany driving while under the influence cases whether charged as a misdemeanor DUI or as a felony aggravated DUI are whether the driver was driving, the validity of field sobriety tests, accuracy of the breathalyzer machine and whether the police officer followed every rule and regulation before taking the breath sample. Often times a DUI case can be beaten because the officer did not have probable cause to stop the vehicle. We have also beaten an aggravated DUI because the indictment was wrong and our client was not eligible for felony enhancement. Aggravated driving while under the influence causing death are unique charges because the prosecution not only needs to establish the elements of a DUI but also that the alcohol or drugs was the proximate cause of the death. This element can be difficult to establish if the deceased had also ingested drugs or alcohol or if he or she was also partly to blame for the car accident.

Criminal Defense Cases Won In Illinois

We are very proud of the cases that we have won especially those when our clients were told by others to plead guilty and pray for the court’s mercy at sentencing. Each case is different and past case studies along with the information on this website is for informational purposes only and should not be interpreted to indicate a certain result will occur in your specific legal situation.

We helped clients facing charges related with wire fraud, Medicare fraud and whole host of other criminal and civil charges brought by the federal government. Prior attorney recommended settling; after Mr. Jaleel’s involvement and suggestion to try the case based upon the lack of evidence, the government eventually dismissed the criminal and civil charges without the need for a trial.

Client was facing several counts of armed robbery along with his co-defendants who were now cooperating witnesses for the prosecution. Successfully obtained a finding of guilty following a jury trial because the prosecution was unable to establish an essential element of the indictment.

Illinois criminal defense includes both federal crimes and state offenses. Hiring an experienced Criminal and federal Defense Attorney will secure your win!

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Jaleel Law P.C.
1550 Spring Road Suite 120
Oak Brook, IL 60523