Sarm Law specializes in DUI, traffic, misdemeanor, domestic battery and felony offenses. In addition to State criminal charges, Attorney Sarm practices Federal criminal defense for the Central District of Illinois.
DUI laws have dramatically changed in the last 20 years. The Illinois Vehicle Code and the Illinois State legislature have increasingly set additional and stringent mandatory minimums in certain aggravating DUI cases and in cases where someone has been convicted of one or more previous DUI's in his or her life time. Keeping up on the ever changing DUI law is imperative for any attorney who specialize in this area of law. Between his extensive knowledge and experience in defending DUI cases, Attorney Sarm offers his clients a thorough assessment of their cases, an honest and informed opinion on each an every issue involved and a vigorous defense.
Whether your concern ranges from a petty traffic ticket to a misdemeanor or felony traffic charge, it is imperative to resolve these cases as favorably as possible with an attorney who is competent and intimate with the nature and consequences of these offenses. One uninformed decision about a traffic matter could result in the suspension of one's driver's license, jail/prison time, public service work and fines and costs. Just like the changing DUI laws, traffic laws have become more and more stringent as well. Attorney Sarm knows how to resolve these cases in a manner that will be most beneficial to his clients. Additionally, Attorney Sarm will work with any individuals to obtain a valid license from the Illinois Secretary of State.
There are three classifications of misdemeanors in Illinois. A Class A misdemeanor is punishable by up to 364 days in the county jail and a fine not to exceed $2,500.00. A Class B misdemeanor is punishable by up to 180 days in the county jail and a fine not to exceed $1,500.00. A Class C misdemeanor is punishable by up to 30 days in the county jail and a fine not to exceed $1,500.00. A conviction for a Class A Domestic Battery, a Class A Violation of Order of Protection (VOP), or a conviction for a Class A Unlawful Use of Weapons statutorily results in a defendant's inability to ever again legally possess or legally use a gun. In addition to the penalties mentioned above, misdemeanors have the potential to stay on your record indefinitely and if you are not a natural citizen of the United States, conviction of a misdemeanor offense could result in your deportation.
Attorney Sarm has vast experience in resolving misdemeanors in a light most favorable to his clients. Misdemeanors should be taken as seriously as any other criminal offense. Contact Sarm Law, Inc. to discuss your misdemeanor case during a free consultation.
Felonies are the most serious criminal charges in the State of Illinois. Felonies can be charged in many different ways and the way in which a felony is charged will determine the maximum and minimum sentence allowed by law. A Class X felony is punishable by 6-30 years in prison with no option for probation or any other community based sentence. A Class 1 felony is punishable by 4-15 years in prison and are generally probation eligible with the exception of certain Class 1 felonies. A Class 2 felony is punishable by 3-7 years in prison and is probation eligible in most circumstances. A Class 3 felony is punishable by 2-5 years in prison and is probation eligible in most cases. A Class 4 felony is punishable by 1-3 years in prison and is generally probation eligible.
During his tenure as an Assistant State's Attorney in Peoria County, Attorney Sarm investigated, prepared and tried to verdict, dozens of serious criminal felonies. In private practice, Attorney Sarm has been the lead defense attorney in murder cases, sexual assault cases, shooting cases and drug cases, to name a few.
A felony conviction is capable of causing disaster to individuals and to entire families. In addition to a possible prison sentence, a felony conviction tends to eliminate otherwise potential employment opportunities and generally stays on a defendant's record forever.
If you are in dire straights and facing a felony charge, do not settle for less than the most zealous, experienced and aggressive advocate. Do not hesitate! Call Sarm Law, Inc. today.
Federal Criminal Charges:
Federal charges are as serious, if not more serious than state felony charges. Most Federal charges that result in a term of imprisonment require a defendant to complete 85% of his sentence before he or she is eligible to be released. Additionally, the sentencing range for a federal criminal charge will vary depending on the defendant's prior criminal history and the egregiousness of the offense for which he is charged.