Criminal Defense

Our Criminal Defense Practice Areas

In the United States legal system, everyone is entitled to a fair trial, and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. What lawyer a person hires for his or her criminal defense can make a remarkable difference in everything that happens regarding the case, from the beginning to the very end.

Criminal Defense Attorney Near You

Finding a lawyer can be difficult. Some people search for the “best criminal defense attorney near me”, hoping to find someone nearby. While it is important to hire a law firm nearby, it’s much more important that you find the right attorney for your case.

It can be difficult to choose the right criminal defense lawyer, but an attorney with a strong background in fighting for the rights of those facing criminal charges will be your best ally. If you are facing a DUI, traffic violation, or any number of misdemeanor or felony offenses in Rockford, Machesney Park, Belvidere, Loves Park, or Winnebago County, having a skilled criminal defense attorney with a proven legal track record in northern Illinois matters.

We Can Help You with These Cases

The Law Office of Paul M. Marriett delivers premier criminal defense services for all types of misdemeanor and felony cases, including DUIs, weapons charges, drug-related crimes, and even common traffic violations.

A Rockford-based attorney, the Law Office of Paul M. Marriett represents clients in criminal defense cases all over northern Illinois.

Here are just some of the charges that we can help you with:

  • State & Federal Criminal Defense
  • All Felony & Misdemeanor Charges
  • Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm
  • Aggravated Robbery
  • Aggravated Sexual Assault
  • Armed Robbery
  • Arson
  • Assault / Aggravated Assault
  • Battery / Aggravated Battery / Aggravated Battery with Strangulation
  • Bond Hearings
  • Burglary
  • CDL Violations
    • Overweight Violations
    • Use of a Cell Phone Violation
  • Civil Rights
  • Check Fraud
  • Child Pornography
  • Conservation Offenses
  • Credit Card Fraud / Theft
  • Criminal Defacement of Property
  • Criminal Trespassing to Land
  • DUI / Drunk Driving
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Domestic Assault
  • Domestic Battery
  • Domestic Violence
  • Driver’s License Reinstatement
  • Drug Crimes
    • Cultivation
    • Distribution
    • Intent To Deliver
    • Manufacturing
    • Possession
    • Prescription Drug Charges
    • Sale
    • Trafficking
  • Electronic / Phone Harassment
  • Embezzlement
  • Expungements / Record Sealing
  • Federal Criminal Defense
  • Federal Drug Charges
  • Federal Sex Crimes
  • Felonies
  • Financial Crimes
  • Firearm Possession
  • Forfeitures – Cash / Currency / Vehicles
  • Forgery Defense
  • Fraud Defense
  • Gun Charges
  • Home Invasion
  • Homicide
  • ID Fraud / Misuse
  • Juvenile Crimes
    • Alcohol Offenses
    • Assault
    • Battery
    • Burglary
    • Criminal Trespassing
    • Curfew Violations
    • Disorderly Conduct
    • Drug Possession
    • False Reporting – Pulling a Fire Alarm, False 911 Calls, etc.
    • Fraud
    • Harassment
    • Minor in Possession
    • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
    • Possession of Stolen Property
    • Possession of a Weapon
    • Reckless Endangerment
    • Resisting Arrest
    • School Disciplinary Offenses
    • Shoplifting
    • Stealing
    • Theft
    • Traffic Violations
    • Truancy
    • Underage Consumption of Alcohol
    • Underage Drinking & Driving
    • Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
    • Vandalism
  • Manslaughter
  • Misdemeanors
  • Murder
  • Obstruction of Justice
  • Property & Financial Crimes
  • Public Indecency / Indecent Exposure
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Robbery
  • Secretary of State Reinstatement Hearings
  • Sex Crimes
    • Child Pornography
    • Criminal Sexual Abuse
    • Criminal Sexual Assault
    • Date Rape
    • Internet Solicitation
    • Prostitution
    • Rape
    • Public Indecency
    • Sex Offender Registration
    • Solicitation of a Child / Minor
    • Solicitation of Prostitution
    • Sex Trafficking
  • Theft
    • Identity Theft
    • Retail Theft / Shoplifting
  • Traffic Offenses, Tickets & Violations
    • Aggravated speeding
    • Approaching Disabled Vehicles
    • Curfew and Nighttime Driving Restrictions
    • Drag Racing
    • Driving on Expired Registration
    • Driving on Expired License Plates
    • Driving with a Suspended / Revoked Driver’s License
    • DUI / Drunk Driving
    • Failure to Provide Proof of Insurance
    • Failure To Yield
    • Failure to Reduce Speed
    • Failure to STOP at a Railroad Crossing
    • Failure to STOP for a School Bus
    • Following too Closely
    • Hit and Run Accidents
    • Leaving the Scene of an Accident
    • Improper Lane Usage
    • Reckless Driving
    • Red Light Violations
    • Speeding in a Construction Zone
    • Speeding in a School Zone
    • Speeding Tickets
    • Stop Sign Violations
    • Underage Drinking & Driving
    • Unsafe Lane Changes
  • Violent Crimes
    • Assault
    • Battery
    • Home Invasion
    • Kidnapping
    • Murder / Manslaughter
    • Robbery
  • Weapon Offenses
    • Unlawful Use of a Weapon (UUW)
    • Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon
    • Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon
    • Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm
  • White Collar Crimes
    • Bribery
    • Check Fraud
    • Computer Fraud
    • Counterfeiting
    • Credit Card Fraud
    • Embezzlement
    • Forgery
    • Fraud

What to Expect from Your Criminal Defense Attorney

As required by the Illinois State Bar Association, your criminal defense attorney will provide valuable guidance to help you:

  • Present the best possible defense for your particular criminal case
  • Negotiate a plea bargain that can often reduce your potential sentence or eliminate some or all of the charges
  • Find and hire investigators that can thoroughly weigh details of the crime and also the witnesses for the prosecution
  • Find the right expert witnesses to support your claims or to challenge evidence presented by the prosecution
  • Recognize important legal rules and regulations that pertain to your case, even the most obscure ones
  • Steer your case through the Illinois legal system, which can save time and effort and expedite the proceedings through complex jurisdictional issues
  • Broker a favorable sentence in the event of a guilty verdict, which could include treatment or rehabilitation programs in lieu of added jail time
  • Explain some of the personal costs that come along with certain pleas and deals
  • Navigate the many emotions that defendants can experience during the case

What makes the Law Office of Paul M. Marriett different from other criminal defense lawyers, however, is that before we start trying to negotiate with the State’s Attorney to obtain a favorable plea, we first try to have your case dismissed. We start with this goal in mind for every criminal defense case, and although it requires more work up front, this strategy is often the desired outcome for the client.

When you retain the Law Office of Paul M. Marriett’s services, we immediately file our entry of appearance on your case and serve discovery motions on the State’s Attorney handling the matter. If we cannot have your case dismissed based on the evidence the State has presented against you, we then seek to have your charges reduced — from a felony charge to a misdemeanor charge, for example. If the facts allow such a departure, this can result in significantly less jail time or in custody of the Department of Corrections, as well as lower fines assessed in any plea bargain or sentence after the trial.

In addition to reviewing the evidence, our attorneys also analyze the way that evidence against you was obtained to see whether it was taken in violation of your constitutional rights. If the means to obtain that evidence violated your rights, we will work tirelessly to have it suppressed.

Even if you qualify for a court-appointed attorney, seeking a second opinion on your case with an experienced attorney like the Law Office of Paul M. Marriett might be the best decision you could make regarding your case.

Get Serious About Your Criminal Defense

A strong legal defense can favorably shape the entire outcome of your case, and attorney Paul M. Marriett’s resources and extensive knowledge of the Illinois legal system have allowed him to get the best possible results for his clients. If you are facing serious penalties or prison time, you will want to have the best criminal defense lawyer fighting for your rights.

Want more information on a specific charge? Need a lawyer to represent your criminal defense case? Click on the links on this page to learn more about your legal options. To discuss your defense or criminal charges with a lawyer, call the Law Office of Paul M. Marriett to schedule a free confidential consultation at (815) 391-0089 or send us an email.

Why Choose Attorney Paul M. Marriett?

The Law Office of Paul M. Marriett is dedicated to providing a high-quality legal defense against criminal charges in northern Illinois. As an experienced criminal defense lawyer, Paul M. Marriett has handled thousands of cases – experience and results matter!

The goal of any criminal lawyer is to provide a great defense, to analyze your case for all legal defenses as well as procedural defenses, such as improper or illegal seizing of your person or of the evidence being used to support your charge. Attorney Paul M. Marriett utilizes e-mail, text messaging and phone calls, as well as in-office appointments to stay in contact with clients and in general will provide you with high-quality representation from your initial arraignment to trial and beyond.

The Law Office of Paul M. Marriett offers a free consultation for traffic and criminal defense cases, and offers payment plans to qualified individuals.

Contact A Criminal Defense Lawyer For Help

Rockford criminal defense attorney Paul M. Marriett has handled thousands of cases. We defend the accused against all types of criminal defense accusations and charges – experience and results matter – call TODAY for help and a FREE CONSULTATION!

What Our Clients Have to Say

“Almost a year ago, I found myself in a situation that required legal advice and representation. I had never in my life been in any sort of criminal trouble. I was facing very serious charges. I found Mr. Marriett by googling criminal defense lawyers. After reading previous written reviews, I decided to give him a call. I briefly explained my situation. He agreed to meet with me and discuss my case and options. I was completely nervous and scared when we sat down to talk, but Mr. Marriett was able to convey to me in understandable terms what I was facing and come up with a solution to work with the State’s Attorney Office to keep my record clean. He’s a very genuine, down to earth invidual, that abled me to put my trust in him. He kept me informed through text messages and email, which worked wonderfully with my busy schedule. I’m so grateful to Mr. Marriett for representing me and allowing me to stay in a field that I truly love. I highly recommend him for your legal needs. It was by chance that I found him but after one year later my life couldn’t be better.”

Rating: 5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Melissa K

January 17, 2018

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