If you have been arrested or charged with a crime, call Dupage County criminal defense attorney Gus Kostopoulos today. Gus is a former prosecutor with over 18 years experience. He knows how the prosecution thinks and how they build a case against you. Gus uses this experience to attack every part of their case and help you achieve the best possible outcome. Call us today for a free consultation.
Criminal Defense Lawyers Serving DuPage County
During a police investigation or immediately after an arrest, you may be tempted to speak to the police. They might encourage you to “tell your side of the story.” Don’t do it.
The police have one goal in mind: to get you to say something they can use against you. As a DuPage County State’s Attorney, Gus saw countless cases where the defendant made self-incriminating statements to the police.
So what should you do if you’re arrested or contacted by the police? Invoke your right to counsel. Let the police know that you want a lawyer. By invoking your right counsel, you force the police to immediately stop asking you questions.
If you need immediate assistance, call our law firm 24/7 to discuss your case. Our DuPage criminal attorneys are standing by to take your call and provide helpful legal advice.
At Kostopoulos Law Group, we have experience defending clients against a variety of criminal charges. We handle all misdemeanor and felony charges.
The following is an overview of the criminal offenses for which we represent clients.
- Assault and Battery. Assault and battery are two distinct crimes, though often charged together. An assault occurs when you engage in conduct that puts another person in reasonable fear of a battery. A battery occurs when you engage in physical contact with another person that causes bodily harm or is of an insulting or provoking nature.
- Domestic Violence. Authorities do not take allegations of domestic violence lightly. Many crimes can be charged under the umbrella of domestic violence, but the most common is domestic battery. A domestic battery occurs when a person knowingly causes bodily harm or engages in unwanted physical contact with a family or household member. Family or household members can include spouses, children, parents, cousins, roommates, and stepparents. If you’re facing domestic violence allegations, speak to our criminal defense lawyers today.
- DUI. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can have serious repercussions. The state may suspend or revoke your license, require you to install a breathalyzer device in your car, impose fines, or sentence you to time in jail. A DUI defense attorney can help to limit – or remove – the potential for these penalties.
- Drug Crimes. If convicted of a drug-related crime you could face serious jail time. Drug crimes that are generally charged include possession, delivery and manufacture, and distribution or trafficking. An attorney can ensure your Constitutional rights were not infringed during an arrest for a drug-related crime.
- Retail Theft. Unlike most states, Illinois aggressively invests in and pursues the conviction of shoplifters. Contrary to what most believe, retail theft does not require property to be physically removed from the store. Rather, retail theft – or shoplifting – occurs when you obtain or exert unauthorized control over property. Holding items with the intent to steal, removing price tags in an attempt to pay less than the true price, and intentionally undercharging for an item are examples of cases of retail theft.
- Sex Crimes. If convicted of a sex crime, you may be required to register as a sex offender. This will seriously impact every aspect of your life. Sexual abuse, sexual assault or rape, prostitution, solicitation, and public indecency are all offenses that fall into the category of sex crimes.
- Theft. Theft is a broad crime that covers many crimes related to taking the property of another person. Theft can occur when a person takes control of property belonging to another through force, deception, or threat. A conviction of a theft crime requires proof of an intent to deprive the owner of the stolen property of the right or ability to enjoy the property.
- Weapons Charges. The rise in violent crime in Chicagoland has caused authorities to aggressively enforce weapon-relate crimes. Illinois has relaxed gun and weapon ownership charges but imposes severe penalties if these ownership privileges are abused.
- White Collar Crimes. White collar crimes may be non-violent, but they are not victimless. Bribery, fraud, forgery, embezzlement, and identity theft are all crimes that can be considered white collar offenses. Penalties for these crimes vary, but range from a few thousand dollars in fines to up to 30 years in prison.
DuPage County Crimes Overview
DuPage County is home to an estimated 925,500 people in the state of Illinois. This diverse county is west of Chicago and contains some of the state’s most affluent and poorest cities. The mix of demographics makes it both one of the safest and most dangerous counties in the state.
Much of the crime attributed to this county can be traced to nearby Chicago which, in 2015, was the 16th deadliest city in the country with more than 18.5 murders per 100,000 residents. DuPage County itself saw a 1% decline in overall criminal activity over a decade. However, during that same time, violent crime rose by 7%.
An Experienced DuPage County Criminal Defense Attorney on Your Side
Call DuPage County criminal lawyer Gus Kostopoulos if you’re facing criminal charges. Gus’s experience as a former prosecutor will greatly benefit you during this difficult time.
When you call us for your free consultation, we will:
- Review the facts of your case,
- Explain your legal rights, and
- Advise you of the best course of legal action.
We are available 24/7 to take your call.