Peoria Criminal Defense Lawyer

Colin Bell

Peoria Criminal Defense Attorney

Attorney at Law Magazine’s Peoria Criminal Defense Local Legal Authority.

Colin Bell

Peoria Criminal Defense Attorney

Peoria Criminal Defense Lawyer

Attorney at Law Magazine’s Peoria Criminal Defense Local Legal Authority.

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If you or your loved one is facing a criminal charge, it can be a nerve-wracking and intimidating time.  Given the complexity of criminal laws and the potentially severe consequences, an experienced Peoria criminal lawyer is essential to navigating through this uncertain time.

Below we have provided some basic information about Peoria criminal law, including when and how a Peoria criminal defense attorney in can be most useful.

What Are Criminal Charges?

At its simplest, an individual is facing criminal charges when they have committed a crime.  A crime is any act committed or omitted that violates a public law.  The laws of Arizona will define these forbidden acts.  All crimes will generally fall into one of the following categories:

  • Felony: Felonies are the most severe level of crime, generally punishable by imprisonment for more than a year, in addition to any fines.  Examples of crimes that are considered felonies include murder, arson, and rape.
  • Misdemeanor: Misdemeanors are lesser crimes, generally resulting in prison sentences of less than a year and lesser fines.  Examples of misdemeanors include trespassing and vandalism.
  • Infraction: Infractions are minor or petty crimes that normally do not result in jail time.  Examples include speeding or running a red light.

While each of the above categories of crimes come with different punishments, each can have a significant impact on an individual’s life.

How a Peoria Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help

If you are facing criminal charges, you should contact a Criminal Defense attorney in Peoria as soon as possible.  Regardless of whether you have committed some wrongdoing or if you are completely innocent, a licensed legal practitioner will be an invaluable resource throughout the criminal process.

A criminal lawyer in Peoria can assist in all facets of the criminal process, including:

  • Ensure Your Rights are Protected. You may have heard the recitation of Miranda rights in movies or TV shows – including the right to an attorney.  This is considered an essential right to those facing criminal charges because an attorney can ensure a charged individual receives all the rights they are due under the law.
  • Understand the Legal Process. Criminal attorneys know the ins and outs of the legal process for criminal cases.  They can assist you in any preliminary hearings, ensure your bail is set at a reasonable amount, and confirm that all legal procedures are being properly followed by the police and the prosecutor.
  • Create Defense Strategy. Lawyers who work in Peoria criminal law have significant experience strategizing the most effective way to handle a case.  This often includes striking deals with the prosecution and securing lesser sentences.
  • Understand Case Precedent. One important tool in a successful criminal case is past case law.  If there are past cases where a similarly situated defendant overcame criminal charges, an attorney can use this to persuade a judge or jury that you should see the same result.

As you or your loved one determines next steps for handling criminal charges, an Peoria Criminal Defense attorney will be an invaluable asset.  The criminal legal process can present unexpectedly complicated twists and turns, where a wrong step could result in serious limitations on your personal liberty.

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Colin Bell

Stewart Law Group
4.5
Based on 22 reviews
I was referred to Melissa Kleminski-Bower by a dear friend and have had to retain her twice for child custody/parenting time. She's a very experienced attorney with impressive skills and knowledge taking both of my cases to victory. She's very quick to respond, detailed and her advice is always solid even if it's hard to hear. She's able to explain guidance in ways a non-expert can understand. My case was very complicated with massive amounts of evidence presented and she helped me the whole way and nailed it all in Trial. She even got me awarded attorney fees. I'm forever grateful for her work and know she's there if I should ever need her again. If you need a fighter in family law Melissa is your gal 100%!
Danelle Chapman
Danelle Chapman
16:26 12 Mar 21
No bs, tell it like it is, Lawyer...
Davy Anderson
Davy Anderson
21:17 01 Jul 20
We were given a complimentary review of our case and even were given free advice. The cost to hire the attorneys was unfortunately more than we could afford at the moment but without a doubt they will be my first call if and when we have to obtain a lawyer.
Charles Deschenes
Charles Deschenes
22:59 03 Sep 19
Melissa was great to work with. Either Melissa or her paralegal kept in contact with me making communication quick and easy. All documentation is performed electronically so I received all correspondence from Melissa, the courts, and opposing counsel in a timely manner, not waiting for it to arrive in the mail. I am very satisfied with the service provided by Melissa, her paralegal, the client coordinators, and the entire office staff.
Scott “Clips”
Scott “Clips”
18:26 25 Jan 19
If you are in need of a Family Attorney who is kind, knowledgeable, but tough as well then you need look no further. I don't know what I would have done without Melissa Bower and her team. She explains the process simply and always gives you the truth. I would recommend her highly to anyone .
cassie Larson
cassie Larson
19:43 29 Nov 18
Though when you seek an attorney it is not for a pleasant situation, Melissa Bower made the process smooth. Melissa and her staff were there for me every step of the way to finalization and in the most informative and professional manner.Her suggestions and guidence provided clarity in the decisions I needed to make per my issue. Though the situation was painful, Melissa made the process painless. I highly recommend Melissa and Stewart Law Group! Definitely 5 Stars
Jim Lynch (Runner Jim Lynch)
Jim Lynch (Runner Jim Lynch)
20:48 28 Sep 18

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