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Law Firm OverviewThe Law Offices of Matthew R. Gebhardt, P.C. is a criminal defense and real estate law firm serving Chicago and the surrounding areas. Whether protecting your rights in the face of a criminal charge or helping you through the buying or selling of a home, we take every step with confidence, careful planning, and genuine consideration of your needs and desires. You can trust us to always handle your case with the utmost commitment and professionalism.
We understand that, in any situation, having to navigate the legal system can be an intimidating prospect. This is especially true when a criminal charge is threatening your security and your future. Attorney Matthew R. Gebhardt knows what needs to be done to protect your rights, and he wonít waste any time in diving in and working on your behalf.
We pride ourselves on being able to provide direct communication and individualized service to each of our clients. At the same time, our fifteen years of experience have given us the thorough knowledge and confidence youíre looking for in a defense lawyer. We hope you will find our balance of personal care and professional expertise to be the right combination for your unique needs.
Year this Office was Established: 2003
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The Law Offices of Matthew R. Gebhardt, PC provides skillful and professional representation in a wide range of practice areas, including:
- Criminal Law
Facing criminal charges is overwhelming in many regards. At the Law Offices of Matthew R. Gebhardt, PC, we strive to make navigating the criminal justice system as smooth as possible for our clients. We maintain consistent contact with our clients and are available to answer questions around the clock. No matter what you are charged with, we will work diligently to defend you, your rights and your freedom.
* Retail Theft
Retail theft, or shoplifting, can seem like a minor crime, but itís not. Convictions for retail theft can have serious and lasting negative consequences. Depending on the value of the item stolen, shoplifting can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. Convictions can result in fines and jail time. At the Law Offices of Matthew R. Gebhardt, PC, we are experienced in handling misdemeanor and felony retail theft charges and know how to effectively defend and protect our clients.
* Drug Crimes
Drug crimes are taken very seriously in Illinois and prosecuted aggressively. At the Law Offices of Matthew R. Gebhardt, PC, we understand the seriousness of these charges, and we explore every avenue to defend our clients. Many drug cases can be effectively challenged on constitutional grounds. No matter what the circumstances of your arrest, Attorney Matthew R. Gebhardt will carefully evaluate your case and give you an honest assessment of your prospects.
Depending on the charge, there may be a two or five-year waiting period before the record can be expunged, and you cannot be arrested during that period and remain eligible. Felony charges and DUI convictions cannot be expunged. Attorney Matthew R. Gebhardt is familiar with all expungement laws in Illinois. We can help you determine if you are eligible for expungement and guide you through the process. If you are not eligible for expungement, we may still be able to help you seal your criminal record to prevent it from appearing on consumer background checks.
* Suspended License
Driving with a suspended license is typically a misdemeanor in the State of Illinois. There are some aggravating circumstances that can cause it to become a felony, however. Either way, this charge can seriously jeopardize your driving privileges and may even lead to jail time. At the Law Offices of Matthew R. Gebhardt, PC we understands how important driving privileges are to our clients and their livelihoods. We also help clients obtain restricted driverís license permits (RDPs) and assist clients in the driverís license reinstatement process.
Attorney Matthew R. Gebhardt, a former prosecutor, is experienced in handling all types of misdemeanor crimes from both sides of the courtroom. He understands how prosecutors think, and can use that information to benefit his clients. With misdemeanor crimes, particularly first offenses, it is often possible to have the charges dropped completely or negotiate for court supervision. Court supervision is the next best outcome to beating the charges because it will result in a case dismissal if properly completed.
* Driverís License Reinstatement
Losing your driving privileges can dramatically impact our life and your job. Whether your license was suspended or revoked because of a DUI or traffic violations, it is possible to have your license reinstated. At the Law Offices of Matthew R. Gebhardt, PC, we are experienced in helping clients through the reinstatement process. Very few people are successful in their first attempt at driverís license reinstatement without the proper representation. We accompany our clients to the Secretary of State hearings and help them present the best possible case to restore their driving privileges.
* Aggravated Speeding
For most speeding tickets the worst outcomes are fines, traffic school and possibly court supervision. If you are stopped while going 40 or more miles per hour over the speed limit, however, you can be charged with the criminal offense of aggravated speeding. At the Law Offices of Matthew R. Gebhardt, PC, we are experienced in representing clients facing aggravated speeding charges. We help clients avoid the harsh consequences of these charges and get back on the road.
* Felony Crimes
Felony crimes can carry lengthy prison sentences and have serious negative repercussions, but an experienced attorney can help mitigate those consequences. At the Law Offices of Matthew R. Gebhardt, PC, we are experienced in handling a wide variety of felony charges. A former prosecutor, attorney Matthew R. Gebhardt understands how felony cases are prosecuted. He uses his past experience and extensive knowledge of the law to protect the rights and freedom of his clients.
DUI cases are handled just like any other criminal case. The prosecutor must present enough compelling evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you were driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. As your defense counsel, we seek to exclude or cast doubt on the prosecutorís evidence against you. We look for all opportunities for dismissals and not-guilty verdicts. No matter what the circumstances of your arrest, we will thoroughly investigate your case and pursue the best possible outcome.
* Felony DUI
Most DUIs are charged as misdemeanors in Illinois. However, felony DUIs are not uncommon. Felony DUIs can carry significant penalties depending on the circumstances of the crime and classification of the charge. If you are charged with a felony DUI, itís important to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. At the Law Offices of Matthew R. Gebhardt, PC, we are skilled in handling felony DUI cases. We understand the seriousness of these charges and go the extra mile to protect your rights, your freedom and your driving privileges.
* Multiple DUI
Multiple DUI charges are harder to defend than first offense charges because your past DUI convictions will predispose a judge and jury to believe that you were driving under the influence again. Likewise, sentences for these charges are often much more severe. Attorney Matthew R. Gebhardt, a former prosecutor, is familiar with how prosecutors handle these types of cases. A skilled litigator and negotiator, he knows how to advocate for his clients in these very challenging cases.
- Real Estate
Real estate transactions, including residential closings, are among the top financial transactions in most peopleís lives. At the Law Offices of Matthew R. Gebhardt, PC, we are experienced in guiding clients through the residential closing process and other real estate transactions with professionalism and efficiency. We make sure your transaction goes smoothly and ensure your rights and interests are protected at every step of the process.
- Chicago Bar Association
- Illinois State Bar Association
- West Suburban Bar Association
- Northwest Suburban Bar Association
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