Illinois Criminal Defense Lawyers
Other Offices: Aurora (IL)
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Law Firm OverviewZuelke & Byrd, L.L.C. is a criminal defense law firm based in Aurora and St. Charles, Illinois. We serve the western suburbs of Chicago with diligent and personal representation for individuals facing a variety of charges.
If youíve been charged with or are facing investigation for any type of crime, your very first step should be to contact a lawyer you can trust. Every moment can make a difference when it comes to protecting yourself and developing an effective defense. Zuelke & Byrd, L.L.C. will work to keep the time and the law in your favor. Our goal is to create the strongest defense possible, while always aiming for the most favorable verdict or settlement.
Our attorneys have years of experience representing clients charged with every type of crime, from drunk driving to internet crimes to murder. When we accept your case, you can be confident that we will stand beside you with loyalty and in good faith. From making a thorough initial investigation to vigorously advocating on your behalf in the courtroom, Zuelke & Byrd, L.L.C. will do everything we can to protect your rights and secure your future.
Languages: English, Spanish
Areas of Law
Additional Areas of Law: Aggravated Assault; Criminal Sexual Assault; Domestic Assault; Domestic Battery; Aggravated Battery With a Firearm; Armed Robbery; Home Invasion With a Weapon; Carjacking; Attempted Murder; Aggravated Arson; Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm; Mob Action; First Degree Murder; Involuntary Manslaughter; Reckless Homicide; Violation of Restraining Order; Stalking; Aggravated Stalking; Unlawful Restraint; Misdemeanor; Driving Under a Suspended or Revoked License; Driving in a Construction Zone; Reckless Driving; Driving Without Insurance; Speeding Violation; Property Crimes; Vandalism; Graffiti; Auto Theft; Damage to Property; Internet Fraud; Hacking; Phishing; Selling of Pirated Goods Over the Internet; Internet Gambling; Internet-Initiated Human Trafficking and Child Solicitation; Forcible Rape; Indecent Solicitation of a Minor; Indecent Exposure; Pandering; Public Indecency; Larceny; Forgery; Bad Checks; Possession of Any Stolen Property; Probation and Parole Violations.
Areas of Law Description
The attorneys at Zuelke & Byrd, LLC represent people charged with the following:
- Criminal Defense
At Zuelke & Byrd, LLC, our attorneys focus exclusively on criminal defense law. As assistant public defenders, our firm represented thousands of people in criminal proceedings. We continue to defend people charged with crimes as defense attorneys in private practice. Our skilled and knowledgeable attorneys at Zuelke & Byrd, LLC believe that everyone is entitled to a skilled, vigorous defense, no matter the charge or the evidence presented against them.
Once you are arrested for assault, it goes on your criminal record and is available to the public. If you are being considered for a promotion or position at a new company, having an assault arrest or any arrest on your record could prevent you from meeting your goals. Our attorneys offer strong criminal defense for all kinds of assault, including assault and battery and sexual assault. We will aggressively fight to defend you and help you or someone you know avoid conviction.
- Murder & Reckless Homicide
Zuelke & Byrd, LLC has defended people against murder and reckless homicide charges. A conviction for a charge of first degree murder will lead to a sentence of many years in prison, or even life without parole or the death penalty. A conviction for attempted murder, manslaughter, reckless homicide or involuntary manslaughter can also result in a lengthy prison sentence. It is critical to have a skilled attorney who has experience defending people against homicide charges.
- Guns & Weapons Charges
In Illinois, laws regarding weapons violations are complicated. There are many exceptions, and the penalties for a violation of gun laws depend on age, prior criminal convictions, and the circumstances surrounding a charge of violating Illinois gun laws. Our firearms charges attorneys have handled weapons charges as diverse as aggravated discharge of a firearm, reckless discharge of a firearm, commission of a felony with a firearm, aggravated battery with a firearm and much more.
- Domestic Violence
Our Kane County domestic violence defense lawyers at Zuelke & Byrd, LLC know how confusing and stressful any domestic violence charge can be. A person accused of domestic battery or a restraining order violation may have been wrongly accused. Often the alleged victim does not want to pursue charges but the prosecutor will not drop the charges. Sometimes the prosecution process can cause more division within the family than the alleged incident that led to the charge.
- DUI / DWI
An Illinois conviction for DUI carries significant penalties. The penalties for DUI of alcohol or drugs can include driverís revocation or license suspension, jail time, fines, and other penalties. Moreover, the state legislature continues to increase the penalties and other consequences for DUI. If you have been arrested for DWI / DUI, it is important to have a defense attorney who knows the ever-changing Illinois laws against drunk driving.
- Traffic Offenses
We defend people against all petty misdemeanor and felony traffic crimes. Many traffic offenses can result in the suspension of one's driver's license upon conviction. If you have been charged with driving while your license is suspended or revoked as a result of a DUI charge, you may be facing mandatory jail time or even a felony charge. Anyone charged with a misdemeanor or felony traffic offense should be represented by an attorney to ensure that his or her rights are fully protected.
- Drug Charges
The skilled defense lawyers at Zuelke & Byrd, LLC know the state laws relating to possession and sale of controlled substances such as cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, ecstasy and marijuana. The consequences for violating Illinois drug laws continue to get worse, with increasingly severe penalties if convicted of drug crimes. We use our knowledge of Illinois drug offenses and their penalties to provide a strong defense against any drug charge.
- Sex Crimes
The defense lawyers of Zuelke & Byrd, LLC have a substantial record defending individuals accused of sex crimes such as sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual abuse, child pornography and prostitution. Individuals convicted of sex crimes may face severe consequences. That is why a person charged with or even under investigation for a sex offense should seek advice from a criminal defense attorney before discussing the charges with anyone else.
- Internet & Cybercrimes
Internet and cybercrimes are as diverse as those who use the Web. The lawyers at Zuelke & Byrd, LLC are experienced in handling cases having to do with cybercrimes, including internet fraud, hacking and internet sex crimes. Our attorneys provide strong internet crimes defense to those charged with all types of cybercrimes. We focus exclusively on criminal defense and providing solid defense to those charged, or under investigation for misdemeanors and felonies, including cybercrimes.
- Juvenile Offenses
The lawyers at Zuelke & Byrd, LLC are experienced in representing juveniles in delinquency proceedings and know how serious an adjudication of delinquency can be. Even more serious is the transfer of a juvenile case to adult court, where a criminal conviction can follow a young person throughout his or her life. Our attorneys will make every effort to keep legal proceedings against a minor child in juvenile court to mitigate the consequences of youthful misbehavior.
- Theft & Property Offenses
The defense lawyers at our firm, Zuelke & Byrd, LLC, defend people against charges of theft and other property crimes. Theft is generally the taking of or possession of another person's property without consent. Theft can also be trying to acquire someone elseís property through deceit, such as a deliberately writing a bad check. Talk to the skilled property crimes attorneys at Zuelke & Byrd, LLC, if you have been accused of theft or any other property crime.
- Probation and Parole Violations
The penalties for the violation of probation can be harsh. An individual may face a recurrence of the penalty they faced for the original crime, extended probation and jail time. At the stage of being charged with probation or parole violation, solid legal representation is key. An individual could face the original penalties for the original crime committed and other penalties. Our attorneys have a thorough understanding of Illinois sentencing practices.
- American Bar Association
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Kane County Bar Association
- Illinois Public Defender Association
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