Mount Prospect Criminal Defense Lawyers Protecting Your Rights
50+ Years of Combined Experienced
No one ever wants to face a traffic offense or a more serious criminal charge, and the stress and uncertainty about your future takes a toll. After being charged, the first step is to seek a qualified Illinois criminal defense attorney to build the best defense.
Villadonga & Villadonga Attorneys at Law is a criminal defense law firm located in Mount Prospect, Illinois, and proudly assists clients in the entire Chicagoland area, including Cook and the surrounding counties. Whether you are under investigation or have already been charged with a traffic violation or crime, our attorneys are ready to fight for your rights. Our Mount Prospect criminal defense attorneys – Edward A. Villadonga and Alexandra A. Villadonga are a father and daughter team, offer quality and compassionate criminal defense in these areas:
How Can Villadonga & Villadonga Help With My Case?
Our Mount Prospect law firm has a strong reputation in the Chicagoland area for offering quality criminal defense, traffic citation defense, compassionate legal assistance, and real-world results. We vigorously defend every client in court and fight for the best outcome in every case. If you hire our law firm to represent you, we will:
- Talk to you in detail about your criminal or traffic case
- Review the evidence to build the ideal defense for your case
- Determine your eligibility for sentencing alternative programs
- Speak to eyewitnesses about your case
- Obtain any evidence in your favor that exists
- Speak to the city or state prosecutor about how to resolve the matter before trial
- Go to trial if needed and always act in the client’s best interests
Why Strong Legal Defense Matters
Whether you are charged with a traffic violation or a more serious crime, your future is on the line. Even being convicted of a misdemeanor in Illinois can affect your life for years. For instance, being convicted of a Class A misdemeanor in Illinois can result in up to 364 days in jail, and even a ‘minor’ Class C misdemeanor conviction can result in a 30-day jail sentence. If convicted of a felony, you could face jail time and be saddled with a permanent criminal record. That is why hiring a skilled Illinois criminal defense firm is so critical.
If you are charged with a traffic offense, a conviction usually does not lead to jail time, but the consequences still are worth considering. You will be fined and have a negative mark placed on your driving record. If you get enough traffic ticket convictions, your license can be suspended. Hiring a traffic ticket attorney to fight the charge is usually a wise investment in your future.
How Do I Choose The Best Criminal Defense Attorney?
Selecting a criminal defense attorney is a challenging but essential choice. There are two significant factors to consider when choosing your attorney:
You should always choose an experienced criminal defense attorney with experience in your type of traffic or criminal case. In addition, your attorney should know the local court procedures, case law, and possess extensive trial experience with the criminal charges you face.
If your case goes to court in Illinois, there are only two options: taking a plea deal or going to trial. While your attorney will attempt to negotiate a plea deal, sometimes going to trial is the only choice. It is essential in this situation that your attorney is skilled and comfortable in front of a judge or jury, knows how to cross-examine key witnesses, and understands how to deal with judges and prosecutors in a way favorable to your case.
These skills are honed through years of courtroom experience and building solid defenses against traffic and criminal charges. You also should talk to any prospective attorney in detail about your case and ask how they will defend you. Your lawyer also should know early on if they must hire investigators or experts to advocate in your defense.
Comfort And Communication
Having a highly skilled criminal defense attorney is vital, but it also is essential to feel comfortable and communicate well with them. You may be working with your attorney for weeks or months on a serious charge, so it matters that you have a level of comfort with them. Your attorney also should be available on a reasonable basis to answer any questions you have about your case.
When Should I Hire An Illinois Criminal Defense Attorney?
You should retain an attorney as soon as possible after you are arrested. If you wait until after your initial court appearance, critical time has been lost. An excellent attorney will protect your rights and ensure you are treated fairly by law enforcement and receive a fair trial. If you wait too long to hire an attorney or go with the public defender, you may say or do something that damages your case. Your criminal defense attorney will go to work immediately on your defense and examine the evidence against you to determine if it was obtained legally.
Do I Need A Criminal Defense Attorney For A Traffic Ticket?
It may be tempting to pay your Illinois traffic ticket by mail and be done with it. But this decision can have adverse outcomes you should consider. For example, if you have multiple moving violations in two years, your driver’s license could be suspended or revoked. Also, serious traffic violations like going around a stopped school bus can automatically suspend your license.
Losing your driver’s license can seriously affect your professional and personal life, so you must retain a Mount Prospect traffic violation attorney to discuss your legal options. Also, traffic convictions can significantly raise your insurance rates, so investing in a traffic defense attorney is wise.
Contact Our Mount Prospect Criminal Defense Attorneys Today
No matter what you have been accused of, Villadonga & Villadonga will fight for your rights. We have a family law firm, a father-and-daughter legal team, and we treat every client with compassion and fairness. If you have been charged with a crime or traffic violation in Illinois, you need qualified legal representation for the best outcome in your case. Contact Mount Prospect criminal defense attorneys at Villadonga & Villadonga Attorneys at Law today for a case consultation at 847-298-5740.
Our Areas of Practice
Villadonga & Villadonga is a Chicago area criminal defense firm that has a strong, proven history of successfully representing clients in all areas of criminal defense.
Assault & Battery
An assault or battery charge can carry severe penalties. Our firm will safeguard your rights and work tirelessly to reduce or throw out the charges.
A domestic battery charge, also known as domestic violence, can be a misdemeanor or felony. If you’ve been charged, contact our firm today.
Drug possession charges are serious and carry stiff penalties. The lawyers at Villadonga & Villadonga are prepared to fight for your rights.
Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
DUIs are taken seriously in Illinois, and if convicted you face serious consequences Many potential defenses are available for an experienced attorney.
If you are dealing with any kind of traffic ticket in Illinois, do not pay the ticket without first consulting with an experienced Chicago traffic violation attorney.
Edward A. Villadonga
Meet Our Legal Team
Edward is a graduate of Chicago-Kent College of Law Class of 1967 and has been practicing law for over fifty years. Alexandra is also a graduate of Chicago-Kent College of Law Class of 2020. Alexandra joined her dad at the law firm in 2021.More About the Firm
Alexandra A. Villadonga
If you are in need of legal services look no further. Alex and her team are very professional and treat you as a close friend or member of the family. Alex explains the entire process thoroughly, what to expect, and goes out of her way to make sure all of your needs and questions are addressed. They're not satisfied until you're satisfied!
The Villadonga’s have helped me with more than I could ever express here. Great people to know and work with
Alex was an incredible attorney to work with! She is very professional, she responds quickly to all questions, and was not afraid to be tough when she needed to be. I would strongly recommend her to anyone looking for an attorney in the Northwest suburbs!
Edward and now Alexandra provide a peace of mind for you. Ask them for help and find out you too can be helped through tough times.
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