At Kostopoulos Law Group, LLC, our attorneys have unique legal experiences and knowledge that help them stand apart from other area attorneys. In addition to defending DuPage County clients against criminal charges, our attorneys have experience on the other side of the table, as well.
Before shifting to criminal defense, attorney Gus Kostopoulos served as an Assistant State’s Attorney where he handled thousands of cases and directed teams of prosecutors. This experience gives our attorneys an understanding of the prosecution’s process and tactics, which is an unparalleled advantage. Using these experiences – and a comprehensive understanding of the law – our attorneys help clients achieve the best possible outcome.
At Kostopoulos Law Group, LLC, our attorneys have experience defending clients against a variety of criminal charges in Illinois. While not exhaustive, the following is an overview of the criminal offenses for which we frequently represent DuPage County 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. Allegations of domestic violence in Illinois are not taken 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.
- 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. Chicago and DuPage County are hotbeds of drug activity. 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 in Illinois you may be required to register with the state as a sex offender, which may seriously impact your ability to enjoy certain rights and privileges in the future. 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 criminal behaviors 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 DuPage 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 in DuPage rose by 7%.
An Experienced DuPage County Criminal Defense Attorney on Your Side
The attorneys at Kostopoulos Law Group, LLC have a history of successfully defending clients against criminal charges. If you or someone you know has been arrested and/or charged with a crime in DuPage County and want a qualified and passionate attorney at your side, contact us today.
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. When you choose the attorneys at Kostopoulos Law Group, LLC to represent you, we will passionately and tirelessly investigate your case and mount a powerful legal defense. Call us today to learn more about how we may be able to help.