Criminal Defense

Lake in the Hills Criminal Defense Lawyers

Aggressive Criminal Law Attorneys in McHenry, Lake, and All Surrounding Counties

mchenry county criminal defense lawyerWhen you are charged with a crime, it is a scary and uncertain time. It is difficult to predict what will happen next, whether you will be forced to pay heavy fines or even lose your freedom for an extended period of time. The police and prosecutors will use every means at their disposal to enforce the maximum penalties allowed by the law. For this reason, it is essential to have an experienced criminal defense attorney in your corner fighting hard to protect your rights.

At Owens & Laughlin LLC, we have litigated thousands of felony crime cases over the years. Our lawyers are former assistant state's attorneys, and we have a strong track record of success obtaining winning verdicts for countless clients. We have defended those charged with some of the most serious felonies and violent crimes, such as first-degree murder, death penalty litigation, and cases of similar severity. We adopt a thorough and aggressive approach, taking strong actions at each stage of the process to put our clients in the best possible position to secure a favorable outcome.

We handle a wide range of criminal defense cases. Some of our primary areas of focus include:

Criminal Defense Attorneys Standing Up for You

Experience has shown us that one of the major keys to success in criminal defense cases is taking preemptive actions. From the moment you are charged, we adopt an aggressive posture and seek to exploit any and all weaknesses in the prosecution's case. During the pretrial phase, errors are often made because of hasty and unskilled police work. By performing independent defense investigations early on in the process, we are often able to uncover or preserve valuable evidence that could later have been tampered with, modified, altered or destroyed. We have also been highly successful through the aggressive use of pretrial litigation. During this phase, we forcefully assert the constitutional rights of the defendant through actions such as:

  • Motions to Quash Search Warrants
  • Motions to Quash Arrest
  • Motions to Suppress Physical Evidence
  • Motions to Suppress Arrest
  • Motions to Suppress Identification
  • Motions to Dismiss

Many defendant rights are found in the U.S. Constitution. Others, however, are found in the Illinois state constitution, which has even greater protections than the federal document. Examples of state-specific constitutional protections include the Single Subject Clause and the Ban Against Special Legislation or Proportionate Penalties Clause. We know how to systematically utilize these little-known constitutional protections to obtain successful results.

Contact Our McHenry County Criminal Lawyers

The attorneys at Owens & Laughlin LLC have extensive experience successfully defending clients in all types of criminal cases, including jury trials, bench trials, felony trials, murder trials, and even capital punishment trials. We have been recognized by our peers for exemplary work in this area of the law. We have served as speakers on subjects such as Use of Expert Witnesses, Closing Arguments, and Subsets of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder at training seminars sponsored by the Illinois Association of Attorneys General and the Illinois State's Attorney Appellate Prosecutor.

If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, contact our offices today at 847-854-8700 (Lake in the Hills) or 847-752-8537 (Grayslake) for a personalized consultation with one of our skilled criminal defense lawyers. We serve clients in Lake County, McHenry County, Cook County DuPage County, Will County, Kane County, and Rockford County.

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