Chicago Criminal Defense Lawyer
People who have been arrested and charged with a crime need a lawyer they can trust. Someone who not only understands their fears, but, who can guide them through the legal wilderness they are in.
That’s where I come in. My name is Chris Shepherd, a lawyer living in downtown Chicago focusing on the legal needs of people arrested for a misdemeanor or felony in Chicago and throughout Cook County.
To learn more about me and my practice philosophy, read my Attorney Profile page.
You can also learn about Service Guarantees and Pricing.Here’s How I Can Help You
Most of my clients fall into two categories: a) people who have been arrested for misdemeanors, such as battery, shoplifting or soliciting a prostitute and b) people who have been arrested for felonies such as sexual assault, drug offenses and armed robbery.Your Primary Objectives in Misdemeanor Cases
For clients charged with misdemeanors and some “less serious” felonies, my primary objectives as a Chicago criminal defense attorney are usually:
- Getting you through the case with no permanent impact to your record and
- Getting there in the quickest, least expensive and lowest risk way.
Today's job market is extremely competitive and my clients are justifiably concerned with the impact a conviction or guilty plea can have on their earning potential and career prospects.
Depending on several specific factors, there are usually ways to achieve these goals through negotiations with prosecutors instead of lengthy and expensive litigation.
For more on this, read my Settlement Options page.Your Primary Objectives in Felony Cases
For clients charged with “serious” felonies, quick resolutions are usually not an option, so the primary objective is avoiding jail. How do we do this?
Often at the beginning of a felony case, everything looks like it favors the police and prosecution. After all, if the prosecutor saw a serious weakness, they could easily have declined to bring the case.
The key in these high stakes cases is to out-think, out-imagine, out-investigate, out-research and out-prepare the other side. Experience teaches that out of court action ensures the greatest possibility of success in court.
In many cases, there is a single piece of evidence that severely weakens the prosecution’s case leading either to total dismissal or a more favorable settlement offer. Securing a video before it is destroyed, finding criminal history in your accuser’s background, getting witness statements down on paper before they disappear…these are just a few of the many methods that have completely broken cases against my clients.
For more on this, read my Beat Your Case page.Let’s Have a Conversation
If you’re the type of person who values experience and discipline in the people who serve you, get in touch. Since 2005, I have helped hundreds facing felony and misdemeanor accusations defeat the charges or at least control the damage they can cause. If there is a way to beat your case, I will find it. If there is a way to settle your case quickly while keeping your record clean, I will find it. On the way, phone calls and email will be answered promptly and you will have direct access to me personally.
For a free and confidential 15-minute consultation with a Chicago criminal defense lawyer, call me at 312.396.4112 or contact me online.