Chicago Criminal Defense

Chicago Criminal Defense Attorney

If you are in trouble with the Feds or the Chicago Police, you need representation from an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately. The Police can seize your money and assets and put you in jail. Criminal charges can remain on your record and harm your future job prospects.

Working with an aggressive and qualified criminal defense attorney significantly improves your chances of having a favorable outcome in your case: dropped charges or a “not guilty” verdict.

With nearly three decades of experience, criminal defense attorney Michael J. Petro serves Chicago, Cook County and the State of Illinois. He successfully defends individuals charged with a variety of offenses, including gun charges, drug violations as well as violent crimes like armed robbery, assault and battery, domestic violence, and murder.

Chicago criminal lawyer, Michael J. Petro’s Areas of practice include:

Federal Criminal Charges

Criminal defense attorney, Michael J. Petro, has represented individuals charged with the following offenses:

  • Mail Fraud
  • Wire Fraud
  • Bank Fraud
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Hobb’s Act Extortion
  • Possession and Delivery of Controlled Substances
  • Conspiracy and RICO Violations
  • Bank Robbery
  • Tax Offenses
  • Immigration and Unlawful Re-entry
  • Public Corruption and Embezzlement
  • Money Laundering
  • Software and Copyright Piracy
  • Internet Solicitation
  • Pornography Possession and Distribution and Supervised Release Violations
  • 7th Circuit Appeals

Illinois State Charges

Criminal defense attorney, Michael J. Petro, has represented individuals charged with the following offenses:

  • Possession and Distribution of Controlled Substances
  • Murder
  • Robbery
  • Assault and Battery
  • Sex Charges
  • Gun Possession
  • Theft
  • Forgery
  • Domestic Violence
  • Felonies
  • Misdemeanors
  • Violations of Probation
  • Solicitation
  • Prostitution
  • Bond and Preliminary Hearings.

What Should You Look for in a Criminal Defense Attorney?

To identify the best legal representation for your individual case, consider the attorney’s background, knowledge and experience.

Attorney Petro has handled thousands of criminal cases, including both misdemeanors and felonies. He works to develop effective defense strategies that improve the chances of having charges dropped or punishment reduced and eliminated.

The attorney you choose should have extensive knowledge of police investigations and court procedure at the local, state and federal level.

How Can Your Michael Petro Help You?

Prosecutors must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt to secure convictions in criminal cases. A defense attorney can choose among an endless array of strategies to prove your innocence. When you work with Michael J. Petro, you can feel confident that he will extensively review your case facts and relevant law to make sound legal arguments.

The best defense, of course, is that you simply did not commit the crime. Every criminal defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty with a trial or through a guilty plea. The presumption of innocence means the prosecutor has the burden of proving guilt, but the defense also can present evidence to raise reasonable doubt and make the prosecutor’s job more difficult.

In addition to helping you prepare the best possible case, Mr. Petro will work to have you released from jail as you await trial. He can work to persuade a judge to reduce bail so you can get back to your life and assist in preparing your defense.

Federal Criminal Defense

If you’re charged with a federal crime — including committing a criminal act on property of the federal government or violating U.S. laws — Michael Petro can assist you with mounting an effective defense. Federal crimes can include criminal acts that cross state lines, including racketeering and mail fraud.

Petro, a federal defense attorney, has significant experience with grand jury proceedings along with a deep knowledge of legal issues related to criminal defense in federal court. A variety of criminal cases are heard in federal court, including:

  • Drug offenses including trafficking and distribution.
  • Securities fraud, insider trading and other violations of antitrust laws.
  • Government fraud, including Medicare fraud and tax evasion.
  • Organized crime, including money laundering and extortion.

Defending federal cases differs in several important ways, and federal defense attorneys must have a thorough understanding of relevant laws. In addition, federal defense attorneys must understand the differences in federal sentencing guidelines with their potential for harsher penalties.

Work with the Best Criminal Defense Attorney in Chicago

If you’re charged with a crime in Chicago or Cook County, it’s important to work with an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Attorney Michael J. Petro will stand up for your rights and work diligently to obtain the most favorable result possible for you. For a consultation about your case, contact the office of Michael J. Petro or call 312-913-1111.