Results-Driven, Criminal-Defense Lawyer Serving Peoria, Illinois

If you or someone you care about has been charged with a crime, you need a criminal defense lawyer on your side that you can have a real conversation with, someone who can actually relate to you as a person. You’ll never feel belittled or out of place when you come to Hanauer Law in Peoria. Our founder, Rob Hanauer, knows how important it is to have someone with whom you can talk who is genuine, direct, and honest. He’s the first person you’ll see when you come to us because he understands what you’re going through, and you’ll never feel like your case is just one of hundreds. We believe in a quality practice, not a quantity practice. That means we prioritize personalized and dedicated criminal defense for each unique case.

That takes time and money. However, we focus on fewer cases with the goal of obtaining a more-favorable outcome than if we handled more cases. Rob is not your typical attorney and this is not your typical firm. We know that getting a favorable outcome to your case means that we are in it together, shoulder to shoulder.

The last thing that someone who is facing the possibility of imprisonment and fines needs is to feel overwhelmed and treated like a criminal by their own lawyer. When you come to us for help, you gain a solid ally and you’ll have the kind of skilled, aggressive defense that will make the other side flinch.

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Contact The Firm That Understands What You’re Up Against

Laws are created for the betterment of society and to protect your rights. However, they are often confusing. The criminal justice system is a complex set of overlapping law enforcement agencies with a complicated set of rules and guidelines. Without an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side, dealing with criminal charges can be an overwhelming ordeal. Contact Hanauer Law now to schedule a free case evaluation. We’ll help you make sense of the criminal justice process from start to finish.

Charged With a Crime? We Have Your Back

We have represented clients against all types of criminal charges, from simple infractions to misdemeanors and felonies. Our services include defense for crimes against people, crimes against property, and statutory crimes, namely:

  • Misdemeanor Charges: petty theft, property damage, child endangerment, traffic violations, and intoxication-related offenses 
  • Felony Charges: grand theft, robbery, arson, kidnapping, involuntary manslaughter, conspiracy, murder, and other serious violent crimes
  • Federal Charges: misdemeanor or felony crimes that violate federal laws, such as murder, drug distribution, child pornography, tax-related offenses, conspiracy, RICO Conspiracy, and many other federal crimes
  • DUI / DWI: driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, DUI involving property damage, drunk driving accidents, DUI involving injury, second DUI, third DUI, subsequent DUIs
  • Firearms Charges: unlawful use of weapons, possession of a stolen firearm, unlawful sales, unlawful purchases, unlawful discharge, use of a firearm in the commission of a crime
  • Drug Charges: possession, sales, distribution, drug manufacture, intent to distribute
  • Violent Crimes: assault, battery, homicide, robbery, sexual assault
  • White-Collar Offenses: bank fraud, identity theft, credit card fraud, computer fraud, wire fraud, mail fraud
  • Tax Fraud: tax evasion, fraudulent tax claims, hiding assets, forgery of tax-related documents
  • Sex Offenses:  prostitution, solicitation, sexual assault, rape, sexual abuse, child molestation, sexual harassment, lewd or lascivious conduct
  • Juvenile Criminal Cases: theft, drug use, drug possession, disorderly conduct, underage driving, reckless driving, underage drinking, truancy

No matter what kind of charges you are facing, we can help. Our legal team will fight zealously on your behalf while guiding you through the process.

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Confused About Why You Have Been Charged with a Crime in the Greater Peoria Area?

You are not alone if you are utterly confused about how this could have happened to you. Our criminal defense attorneys in Peoria have seen this happen all too many times; clients come to us confused about why the police have showed up at their door or why they are being investigated in connection with a crime.

It’s frightening to wonder what is going to happen and not have any answers. Our criminal defense team does everything possible to put you at ease and help you understand what you’ve been accused of and outline the steps we plan to take to negotiate on your behalf, or to get the charges reduced or dismissed altogether.

While knowing legal procedure inside and out is crucial when you have been charged with a crime, we know that getting a positive outcome calls for much more than that. It calls for patience, heart, and a drive to get you the result you need. We’re in it to help our clients and win—regardless of the obstacles.

About Imprisonment and Fines

The most common question we get when a client comes to us is, “Will I have to go to jail?” While we do everything possible to get the charges against you dismissed or reduced, it’s important to understand some basic information about state criminal charges and penalties in Illinois. Criminal charges are largely divided into two categories based on the severity of the crime and how much jail time and fines are assessed if someone is found guilty. For instance, a theft can be a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the value of the item allegedly stolen. Crimes can also be State or Federal offenses:

  • Misdemeanors are crimes penalized with a fine and a potential sentence of up to one year in the county jail.
  • Felonies are crimes penalized with a fine and a potential sentence of one year or more in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
  • Federal crimes include misdemeanors or felonies that violate U.S. laws and are often investigated by federal agencies such as the IRS, FBI, ATF, etc. Sentences are governed by mandatory minimums (set by federal statute) and sentencing guidelines, which take into consideration the specific characteristics of the criminal offense to establish a base offense level and the defendant’s criminal history to establish a sentencing guideline range in terms of months. Often, sentences in federal court are very severe.  However, Rob Hanauer has consistently and successfully argued for below-guideline sentences and has often obtained favorable outcomes for his clients, regularly securing sentences that eliminate years from their guideline range.
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Experience Matters

At Hanauer Law, our Peoria criminal defense lawyers understand the fear that comes with facing criminal charges. We have the skills and experience to guide you through the criminal justice system with minimal stress and anxiety. We explain the entire process to you and let you know what to expect every step of the way. Our legal team prides itself on the skillset we bring to the table:

  • Thorough Investigations
  • Innovative Defense Strategies
  • Reducing Penalties 
  • Getting Charges Dropped

Contact a Criminal Defense Attorney at Hanauer Law Today

If you are under investigation or charged with a crime, do not talk to the police. Contact on of our criminal defense attorneys by calling 844-583-7431 or filling out our online contact form. The initial consultation is always free.

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