Criminal Defense

Accused of a Crime? Joliet Defense Attorney Neil Adams Has the Expertise and Experience That are Crucial to a Solid Defense


Joliet Criminal Defense Lawyer


If you have been accused of a crime, you are no doubt feeling frightened and confused. Many people in your position panic and make the mistake of choosing the first defense attorney they hear about, whether the attorney is recommended by a jailer or bail bond officer, a form letter in the mail, or they choose the first lawyer to pop up on an Internet search.


Unfortunately, hearing about a lawyer first does not make them the best defense attorney for you and your circumstance. A criminal accusation is an extremely serious matter that can have severe consequences, so you will want to hire an attorney who has significant experience in criminal law and can provide you with the best possible defense. Having spent many years as a prosecuting attorney, Neil Adams is very well-versed with criminal law, which gives him a distinct edge when it comes to defending your criminal case.


Defense for Drug Possession, Manufacture, and Distribution Charges in the Greater Chicago Area


Under Illinois law, drug charges carry serious consequences. The greater the weight or amount of drugs involved in the charge, the heavier the punishment will be. The heaviest punishments are levied for drug manufacture and distribution. However, drug possession can also result in severe penalties, especially for possession of large amounts of narcotics. For example, under Illinois law:


  • The possession of less than 2.5 grams of cannabis can result in up to a $1500 fine and/or 30 days in jail
  • The sale, manufacture or intent to distribute less than 2.5 grams of cannabis can result in up to a $1500 fine and/or 6 months in jail
  • The possession of 15 to 100 grams of heroin, cocaine, LSD, morphine, methamphetamine, or lysergic acid can result in a fine of up to $200,000 and/or 4 to 15 years in the state penitentiary
  • The sale, manufacture, or intent to distribute 15 to 100 grams of heroin, cocaine, LSD, morphine, or methamphetamine can result in a fine of up to $500,000 and 6 to 30 years in the state penitentiary


With such serious consequences accompanying drug charges in Illinois, you need the finest legal counsel possible. Neil Adams spent three years in the narcotics unit of the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office, and he is highly experienced with Illinois drug laws and creating the best possible defense strategies.


When You’ve Been Arrested for DUI, Get Legal Defense That Can Completely Change Your Outcome


The state of Illinois does not take drunk driving charges lightly. In fact, in this state, “wet reckless” charges are not permitted, and there is no way to plead guilty to a lesser offense. Even a first offense DUI carries serious penalties, and of course they become even harsher for a second or third offense. The sentence for a DUI is also harsher if you had a BAC over 0.16 percent or if there was a child under 16 in the car. Under Illinois law:


  • A first offense can result in up to a $2,500 fine, license suspension for a minimum of one year, vehicle registration suspension, and up to one year in jail
  • A second offense can result in up to a $2,500 fine, license suspension for a minimum of five years (if your first offense was in the last 20 years), vehicle registration suspension, five mandatory days in jail, or 240 hours of community service, and possibly up to one year in jail


DUI attorney Neil Adams is highly accomplished with regard to Illinois’ drunk driving laws and will work tirelessly to have your charges dropped, if possible. If it is not possible, he will put his experience to work to try to negotiate the best disposition possible.


Domestic Violence Charges Call for an Experienced, Staunch Defender


“Domestic violence” is almost an umbrella term that can be used to describe a wide range of accusations. Domestic violence is defined as any physical or psychological harm committed against a family member, current or ex spouse, parents of a child, domestic partners, partners in a heterosexual or same-sex relationship, or disabled people and their caretakers.


Hitting, kicking, slapping, or other forms of physical violence are rather obviously considered forms of domestic violence. However, verbal put-downs, threatening to hurt someone, and depriving someone of money or resources are also considered forms of domestic violence.


Domestic violence charges are taken very seriously. Under Illinois law, domestic battery can result in a fine of up to $2,500 and up to one year in jail. An aggravated domestic battery conviction can result in a fine of up to $25,000 and up to seven years in jail. Many times, people are falsely accused of domestic violence, often by an estranged ex looking to get even or obtain sole custody of the children.


In many cases, domestic violence charges are very difficult to prove since it is primarily based on one person’s word against another person’s. However, because the law largely sides with victims of domestic violence, it is important that you choose a defense attorney who will conduct an extensive investigation and provide you with the aggressive legal representation needed to ensure that your side is heard and that you are treated fairly.


A Sex Crimes Conviction Carries Lifelong Consequences – Joliet Defense Attorney Neil Adams Can Help You Fight the Charges


If you have been charged with a sex crime, you are facing one of the most serious criminal charges there is. Depending on the type of charge, if you are convicted, you will face huge fines and years in prison. Even after being released, you will be listed on the Sex Offender Registry, which will be easily available to potential employers and even to your neighbors. In Illinois, some of the charges for sex crimes include:


  • Criminal sexual assault results in a mandatory 4 to 15 year prison sentence for the first offense. A subsequent offense can result in a prison sentence of 6 years to life.
  • Aggravated criminal sexual assault results in a non-probationary 6 to 30 year prison sentence with extensions for the use of a firearm. A second offense results in life in prison.
  • Predatory criminal sexual assault carries a 6 to 30 year prison sentence with extensions for use of a firearm. If convicted of a second offense, you will be sentenced to life in prison.
  • Criminal sexual abuse can be classified either as a misdemeanor or a felony. If found guilty of a misdemeanor, you may be sentenced to one year in jail with the possibility for a reduced sentence. A felony charge may result in a 1 to 3 year prison sentence with possibility for parole. However, even if you are only found guilty of a misdemeanor, you will still have to register as a sex offender.
  • Aggravated criminal sexual abuse is always classified as a felony and results in three to seven years in the state penitentiary.


Because of the long-lasting impact of a sex crimes conviction, it is essential that you hire an experienced defense attorney with a track record of success. Defense lawyer Neil Adams understands the fear and confusion that you are experiencing and will treat you with respect and consideration.


For All Felony Charges, There Is None Better than Joliet Criminal Defense Lawyer Neil Adams


No matter what felony charges you are facing, Neil Adams provides sound, skilled legal counsel, thanks in large part to his experience as a prosecuting attorney and his dedication to justice and the good of his clients. In addition to the charges mentioned above, Mr. Adams handles all types of felony charges, including:


  • Burglary
  • Robbery
  • Theft/Retail theft
  • Aggravated Battery
  • Forgery
  • Weapons offenses
  • Reckless homicide
  • Murder


No matter what the charge, Mr. Adams will treat you with respect and compassion, knowing the fear and confusion that you are experiencing. He will work closely with you to create an effective and creative defense plan, and he will communicate closely with you during every step of the process. He will work tirelessly to prove your innocence when possible, or work to have your charges lessened and get you the most lenient sentence possible.


In Joliet, Criminal Lawyer Neil Adams Provides Outstanding Legal Representation When You’re Facing Serious Criminal Charges


Law Office of Neil AdamsIf you are facing a criminal charge in Joliet, Plainfield, Crest Hill, Lockport, Bolingbrook, Romeoville, Grundy County or elsewhere in the greater Chicago area, don’t wait to find a lawyer. Call Neil Adams today to get your initial consultation and begin the fight to defend your innocence.


Once he takes you on as a client, Mr. Adams will conduct an extensive investigation of your case and will work tirelessly to come up with an effective strategy to prove your innocence or negotiate for lesser charges. Mr. Adams prides himself on returning all phone calls promptly. He can be reached at 815.529.7000.