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Joliet Criminal Charges Demand the Strongest Possible Defense.
Whether it is in the trial court or the Supreme Court, experience counts!

Being charged with a crime anywhere in the greater Chicago area can be a terrifying experience. One second you are going about your regular business, and the next you have to deal with intimidating police officers and the possibility of potentially severe consequences.

Will you have to go to jail? Pay high fines? How will this impact your family? Your career?

In the face of worries like these, many people simply shut down or agree to anything that officers say in order to make the experience end.

This, however, is a huge mistake. Even if the police act like your friend, remember that their ultimate goal is to secure a confession and a conviction. Every single thing that you tell them can be used against you – even things that might seem to have no connection to your case.

As a Joliet criminal attorney who has been helping protect people’s rights for more than 20 years, Neil J. Adams has seen tactics like these again and again.

With his in-depth knowledge of both sides of the law in Illinois, he understands how to keep his clients from unintentionally hurting their own cases. He also knows police what officers and prosecutors must do to follow required rules and procedures and avoid violating your rights. And that knowledge helps him craft the strongest possible defense for you.

Aside from being a highly experienced criminal trial attorney, Mr. Adams has also argued before the Third District Appellate Court and the Illinois Supreme Court. Only a very few lawyers ever get to argue before their State Supreme Court in their career. Even fewer can say they have been lead counsel on multiple serious murder cases and argued before the Supreme Court.

With Neil J. Adams on your side, you have a better chance at getting a positive outcome, and he always works hard to get his clients’ charges reduced, dropped, or dismissed.

Why Neil J. Adams Is the Right Lawyer to Help You Battle Your Criminal Charges

Deciding on which defense attorney to represent you is one of the most important decisions you are likely to make. The right lawyer will do everything in his or her power to fight your charge and clear your name. Choose poorly, and your entire future can be negatively impacted.

So, why do so many people in and around Joliet hire Neil J. Adams? There are a number of reasons.

Experience. When you face serious criminal charges, the last thing that you want is an inexperienced attorney. As mentioned above, Mr. Adams has been helping people just like you to fight their charges for more than two decades.
His experience goes beyond this though. Over the course of his career, he has taken on some of the biggest and most high-profile cases in Will County.

One example is the well-known “Road Rage” murder that happened during a rush hour traffic jam on Interstate 55. Neil J. Adams not only took on the tough task of defending the accused, but ultimately was able to get his client acquitted by arguing they acted in self-defense.
This kind of hands-on, real-world work shows you that he knows what it takes to protect his clients, and that he will not buckle under pressure.

Background. Experience is nice, but you want someone with the right kind of experience. Neil J. Adams definitely fits the bill. Not only does he have a long track record of handling all kinds of criminal charges in and around Joliet – he has been able to deal with them from both sides of the law.

How so? Before he became a defense attorney, Mr. Adams worked in the State’s Attorney’s Office of Will County for a decade, serving in the narcotics unit for three years and as Chief Felony Prosecutor for four years.

In that capacity, he handled thousands of criminal cases, including numerous complex and high-profile murder cases. He was even able to secure a conviction in the murder of Jack Weber, the former Will County Treasurer. His background as a respected prosecutor is important. It means that he understands how prosecutors think and how they build cases and attempt to prove guilt and secure convictions.

This knowledge enables him to plan for their likely arguments ahead of time and come up with ways to cast doubt and poke holes in them – tactics that can be invaluable to preventing a conviction and securing you the best possible deal.

Moreover, he also learned about a wide variety of legal clauses and loopholes that he is often able to employ to his clients’ advantage.

Understanding. A big part of being a successful criminal defender in the greater Chicago area is a clear understanding of the way things work here and how the people think. Neil J. Adams not only understands, he was raised here. He attended both Joliet Catholic High School and Joliet Junior College before transferring to Northern Illinois University, where he also attended law school.

After passing the bar on his first attempt, he decided to move back here so he could use the skills he gained in law school to make his hometown a better, safer place that truly respects the rights of all of its citizens – no matter what crimes they have been accused of.

Recognition. Legal and media professionals trust Mr. Adams skill and knowledge of criminal law so much that he has been featured as a legal analyst on HLN and “In Session” T.V. show. He has also been quoted in the Chicago Sun-Times, Fox Chicago News the Joliet Herald News and WJOL Radio Station.

Results. In the end, what really matters is how a criminal attorney is able to help their clients’ cases. Can they craft defense strategies that yield positive outcomes – avoiding conviction at trial, negotiating a favorable plea deal, or even getting your charges dropped or dismissed?

You only need to look at a few testimonials from Neil J. Adams’ clients to see that he knows how to get results. Whatever you are up against, he knows how to fight to ensure that you receive the best possible result in your case so that you can get your life back on track.

Neil J. Adams Provides Aggressive Criminal Defense
for All Kinds of Joliet Charges

To say that criminal law in Illinois is complicated is a vast understatement. Do not assume that just because an attorney wins a lot of DUI cases that he or she can defend you against an accusation of theft. Or that a well-known Chicago assault lawyer will be able to help you beat drug charges.

Every charge has its own particular nuances and associated rules, and if your attorney is not familiar with them, it can negatively impact your case in a huge way. That means it is of vital importance that your lawyer has experience successfully handling your specific crime and charge.

Neil J. Adams understands how to defend a number of different misdemeanor and felony cases, including:

If you do not see your specific charge on this list, get in touch. The best way to know if Mr. Adams can help is to speak with our office. Additionally, Neil J. Adams is able to represent clients in both branch and simple traffic courts.

No matter what type of charge you are facing, you can trust Will County defense lawyer Neil J. Adams to provide you with the most effective and aggressive criminal defense possible.

Read What Clients Are Saying About Neil J. Adams

by HSA on
Neil Adams is an Exceptional Criminal Lawyer

Neil is a top notch lawyer. He truly cares about his clients and will do everything he can to help thosec he feel truly made a mistake and are good people. He goes above and beyond the call of duty and explores every option possible. He communicates effectively and will do what it takes to help.

He realizes we’re all human and sometimes we make mistakes and he not judge you for the mistake made but rather the true person you are. I had a very complicated case and I thought I would never see the light at the end of the tunnel. I first reached out to a lawyer in Chicago but due to my case being in Will county, I had to find a Will county attorney and he recommended no one other than Neil Adams. What I remember so vividly about our first conversation when Neil and I met was when he said I don’t like seeing good people get in trouble for a mistake made which can cost him everything.

Neil is very hard-working, well respected lawyer, and very prompt in returning phone calls and moving the case forward in our legal system. I wish he practiced in other areas of law. Neil gave me the peace of mine I needed and addressed every questions and doubts that came up as we proceeded through the case. My journey has been an emotional roller coaster and knowing I have Neil on my side has made me get through this ordeal in a very peaceful manner.

Bottom line - Neil Adams is an exceptional criminal lawyer and he truly gave me back my life which would’ve cost me and my family everything for an irrational decision I made. Thank you Neil for everything. You’re the best!

by Peter on
I Highly Recommend Him

When the time came to look for representation by an attorney I called the office of Neil J. Adams. With his 20 plus years of experience in law he knew the direction to go in with my situation at our first meeting. He clearly explained the legal process he’d work with and then followed through from the first court date, pre-trial to the final court appearance. I highly recommend him when you need to be defended with positive results.

by Dan on
Neil is the Way to Go

I ran into legal trouble and needed help fast and wanted someone I could trust and rely on. I shopped around for a while until I was referred to Neil. The immediate difference between Neil and the other attorneys I spoke to was that Neil told me how it was and how it was going to be. He didn't feed me false promises and made sure to avoid the "if it's to good to be true" pit. Neil always answered my phone calls and emails almost immediately. He made sure every decision I made was informed and helped me weigh the risks and rewards. If you want an attorney that can tell you the facts and not get your hopes up but just comfort you and help put your mind at ease Neil is the way to go.

by Dave on
Professional and Knowledgeable

I consulted with Mr. Adams on a matter and I am pleased with the result. He returned my phone calls promptly, was professional and was knowledgeable on the topic. I would recommend Mr. Adams to other individuals looking for a qualified attorney.

by Mary on
Neil's Prompt, Sound Legal Advice Helped Me

I recently consulted Neil about the potential risk for liability resulting from an accident where a parked vehicle was damaged under circumstances that could have been misconstrued and exploited. Neil's prompt, sound legal advice helped me to resolve the matter to the satisfaction of both parties before the situation could escalate further.

by Wish to remain anonymous on
I Would Recommend Him Without Hesitation

What most impressed me about Mr. Adams was his sincere desire to help my family out. Some of the previous lawyers I'd called acted like I could take them or leave them, but not so with Neil. He worked as hard for our case as he would have for one with a big payoff. I would recommend him without hesitation.

by Former Client on
Helped Me to Achieve a Very Satisfying Result

Did thorough job on a case for me , leaving no stone unturned ,,and helped to achieve a very satisfying result.

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Reach Out to Joliet Criminal Defense Lawyer Neil J. Adams Today to Start Protecting Your Future

Facing a criminal charge in Joliet, Plainfield, Crest Hill, Lockport, Bolingbrook, Romeoville, Grundy County, or elsewhere in the greater Chicago area? Do not make the mistake of trying to deal with it on your own.

Get in contact with an experienced criminal lawyer as soon as possible. The earlier you are able to get a knowledgeable professional on your side, the better your chances of a successful outcome.

Neil J. Adams can help, but only if you reach out first. Contact our office today to set up your free initial consultation and learn about the options that are available to you.

Once you become Mr. Adams’ client, he will conduct an extensive investigation of your case and work tirelessly to come up with an effective strategy to prove your innocence or negotiate for lesser charges.