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Criminal Defense Law Lawyers In East Peoria Illinois

East Peoria is a city in Tazewell County, Illinois, United States. The population was 22,638 at the 2000 census. East Peoria, is not a suburb of Peoria, but is part of the Peoria, Illinois Metropolitan Statistical Area. Many people mistaken East Peoria as an suburb or subdivison of Peoria when actually its a city on its own; residing in a separate county. Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, is located across the Illinois River from East Peoria. It is home to many Caterpillar Inc. facilities. The city is also the site of the home campus of Illinois Central College, a regional community college, Par-A-Dice Hotel and Casino, and the eight story Embassy Suites Hotel and Riverfront Conference Center,Central Illinois's largest hotel that has 226 two-room luxury suites; opened in Fall of 2007. The main commercial area of East Peoria is just across the river from downtown Peoria.

What is criminal defense law?

In a criminal case, the state, through a prosecutor, initiates the suit, while in a civil case the victim brings the suit. Persons convicted of a crime may be incarcerated, fined, or both. Criminal defense attorneys represent clients who have been accused of committing a crime, and defend their rights at each stage of a misdemeanor or felony case -- from an arrest to an appeal after conviction. Criminal defense attorneys may be hired privately or provided by the government (called "public defenders").

Answers to criminal defense law issues in Illinois

The Fourth Amendment of the Constitution says that you have a right to be free of unreasonable police searches and...

The general criteria for making an arrest is what is referred to as probable cause. Probable cause arises when there...

There are two different types of warrants that may be issued:

  • arrest warrants - an order issued by a...

The Miranda decision relates specifically to the rights of a criminal suspect after he has been detained by the...

Bail is typically set by a magistrate or a judge who considers the seriousness of the offense and the likelihood of...

Early in the course of a criminal proceeding, the defendant will be brought into court and the charges brought...

At any point during this process the defendant may plead guilty to the charge leveled against him or her. Likewise,...

Criminal offenses can be divided into two general categories:

  • ¬≠felonies -- a crime for which a person...

The distinguishing feature of criminal law is the element of punishment. The purpose of criminal law is to punish...

There are several defenses that can be raised in a criminal case. The defenses listed here are a sampling of those...