My name is Paul Marriett and I am an attorney based in Rockford, Illinois. My law office is here to help people in their dealings with the criminal and civil courts in Northern Illinois, including the local cities of Rockford, Machesney Park, Loves Park, Rockton, Roscoe, South Beloit, and the counties of Boone, Kane, Dekalb, Ogle, Lee, Whiteside, Stephenson, Carroll, and Jo Daviess. I do travel out of the area, so if you have a matter that is not listed in these counties, please do not hesitate to ask if my office can serve you. Additionally, I have a second office that handles matters in Knox, McDonough, and Warren Counties in West/Central Illinois.
My legal practice is devoted to my clients. In my office, you will have personal attention to your case from the attorney, and you will always be able to contact me for any inquiry on where your case currently stands.
As an example of how my practice is different from other lawyers, in some criminal cases other offices may simply take shortcuts to resolve your case to obtain a quick plea. At my office, I request formal discovery from the State's Attorney handling your case. I probe for ways to have your case dismissed and look for things the police may have done that violated your civil rights that may exclude some or all of the evidence that is being used to support pending charges against you or a loved one. If those are not available options, I will seek to get the charge(s) amended to a lesser offense.
In preparing your case from the very beginning as though it is going to trial, my office not only controls the entire case procedurally, but also carries the momentum if you make the decision to try and beat your charges through either a bench or jury trial. Often, the prosecution won’t look at your file until either a contested motion is filed that requires them to do more than read a few pages of a police report, or a few days before your trial is scheduled to start. This generally gives us a massive advantage when it comes to negotiations when we can dictate to the prosecutor what evidence is likely admissible and inadmissible which can impact their perceived strengths and weaknesses of the State’s case.
A real life situation: I recently had a client facing a 28-to-100-year consecutive prison sentence with the possibility of federal charges stemming from the allegations. After combing over hundreds of cases, I was able to find essentially the only case in Illinois case law history that outlines the admissibility of electronically discovered evidence and what is protected under the 4th amendment. Ultimately, numerous charges were not brought to a preliminary hearing and the final disposition in the case was fewer than 30 months of incarceration.
I will work tirelessly to fight for a favorable resolution to your case or legal issue. On the business side of my legal practice, I strive to reduce your costs. I am a lawyer who utilizes modern technology whenever possible. Your calls and emails are answered quickly, and your questions are answered in plain language.
I would be happy to help you in any of my listed practice areas, but if you happen to have an issue not listed, please do not hesitate to contact me as many practice areas overlap with one another.
Paul M. Marriett was born and raised in Loves Park, Illinois. He earned his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Florida, after earning Bachelor of Art's degrees in political science/international relations and philosophy at Western Illinois University — Macomb, IL campus.
Paul Marriett's professional experience includes time as an associate attorney at a Davenport, Iowa,-based criminal defense firm where he handled felony, misdemeanor, DUI, and traffic charges in Rock Island and Henry counties. He was formerly a staff lawyer at North Florida Legal Services, where he practiced family law, litigated BP oil recovery claims, probate, and landlord/tenant law. Paul also served an externship at the Cook County (Chicago) Domestic Violence Legal Clinic as a student attorney, where he obtained emergency and plenary orders of protection for clients that were victims of domestic violence. Through that experience and as a private attorney, Paul has either first or second chaired numerous civil and criminal hearings on contested motions and trials.
In his present capacity, Paul Marriett has a variety of experience in his general law practice. From traffic, misdemeanor, felony, and dui defense, Illinois Secretary of State license reinstatement hearings, pardons, expungement petitions and numerous types of civil cases from probate, personal injury, restraining orders, adoptions, and family law matters he can serve your legal needs. Paul also is one of the few local attorneys that will handle the full range of immigration cases from ICE holds, to Visa/Green Card Applications.
To schedule your confidential consultation please contact Paul by phone at 815-391-0089, or e-mail, alternatively consider reading testimonials on Avvo from satisfied clients.