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Don't be in a rush to take the plea deal you're offered

If you've been charged with a crime in Illinois, the odds are high that your case will never go to trial. While it varies a little from state to state, 97 percent of federal convictions happen through plea deals. So do 94 percent of convictions for felonies at the state level.

Criminal defense attorneys: More than just a defense

Fighting in your defense is an important part of your attorney's job. However, your attorney has other jobs, too. When you work with an attorney, your attorney listens to you and gets to know your story. Your attorney is there to guide you and make sure you know what steps to take to avoid penalties you don't deserve.

Can you get a job after having served time in jail?

Being released from jail is liberating and allows you the chance to regain your footing and make drastic changes to your life. One of which, is finding a reliable job that allows you to make money and sustain your personal needs and lifestyle. Often, the biggest challenge you will face is the ability to find an employer in Illinois that will hire you considering your record and the fact that you have served time in jail. Fortunately, there are alternatives that you can consider as you put your best foot forward in the hunt for a job. 

Understanding the long-term consequences of a criminal conviction

When people are facing the immediate consequences of having a criminal conviction, their first goal may be to simply pay their dues so they can move on with their life. However, what many individuals do not realize is the long-term side effects that having a criminal conviction can create. Depending on the severity of the crime in Illinois, people can spend anywhere from several hours to several years behind bars. 

Can you repair a bad reputation after a conviction?

Once you have been convicted of a crime in Illinois, your future may seem bleak and hopeless. Repairing relationships, rebuilding trust and fixing your reputation and how people perceive you is going to take a lot of time, commitment and work. Fortunately, when you focus your energy on how you can be a better version of yourself, you have every chance at fixing your reputation and developing a new, stronger you.

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