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Criminal Sexual Assault

Being accused of sexual assault can upend your life. You can lose friends, family, and employment as everyone around you questions your integrity. In this situation you need an experienced sexual assault attorney on your side.

Chicago Lawyer Purav Bhatt has defended people from allegations of sexual assault for over a decade. He’s seen false allegations used as leverage during a divorce, vague allegations levied against school officials by angry children, and weak charges pushed by authorities.

Domestic Violence

Illinois courts know the significance of domestic violence, which can lead to a pattern of escalating violence and creates a harmful atmosphere for childhood development. That’s why domestic violence has its own section in Illinois law with penalties that range from loss of freedoms to prison sentences.

Attorney Purav Bhatt has earned acquittals, dismissals, and reductions in punishment for his clients in both Chicago and federal courts. These results demonstrate why having an experienced domestic violence attorney is so important.

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Gun Crime / Unlawful Use of Weapons (UUW)

Illinois has strict gun laws with serious penalties because of the national attention it’s gained for gun violence (and because it’s close to Indiana where guns are relatively accessible).

Attorney Purav Bhatt has defended all types of people from gun charges. For example, out of state visitors who are allowed to carry guns in their own state, antique gun collectors, and even military servicemen. Learn about the difference a skilled gun lawyer can make.

If you are facing felony charges you are looking at a minimum of one year in prison, thousands of dollars in fines, and a loss of civil rights. In some cases you may need to notify your neighbors of your felon status, making it hard to escape the social stigma. With these kind of stakes, having an aggressive and knowledgeable felony lawyer is indispensable, as the outcome of felony cases heavily depends on their representation.

Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

If you are pulled over and charged with a DUI, you will be facing criminal charges and potentially losing your drivers license (either temporarily or permanently). Knowing what to do when you’re pulled over and, even more importantly, what not to do is important – as is having a skilled DUI lawyer. For example, a knowledgeable attorney will tell you that the testing around DUIs are voluntary and, even if you do take them, they must be administered precisely to be valid in court.

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Marijuana DUI

As of 2016, individuals may possess under 10 grams of marijuana without being charged or arrested. While this has cut down on drug charges, I have seen a notable increase in marijuana related DUIs.

There’s a lot of confusion surrounding driving while using marijuana. People wonder, “Does it matter if I am using marijuana legally?” and “Do the same DUI rules apply for marijuana as alcohol?” Learn the answers to these questions and more on our Marijuana DUI Attorney page.

Millions of people are arrested for drug crimes each year with a wide variety of charges that range from Drug Possession to Drug Trafficking. These are serious charges. In Illinois, even a simple drug possession charge can result in over a year in prison and a conviction for selling 15 grams of cocaine or heroine is a class X felony (on par with armed robbery and attempted murder). If you are facing drug charges in Chicago, you need an experienced drug lawyer. We can help you prepare the best possible defense.

Theft Crimes

Sometimes people are desperate or make bad decisions and steal things. Other times, there’s been a misunderstanding with false charges being leveled. Either way, having an experienced theft lawyer on your side greatly increases the chances of having your case dismissed or reduced to a less serious charge. But, what is “theft” as defined by law?

Theft is the criminal act of taking another person’s property without that individual’s consent. It can be either a felony or misdemeanor depending on the value of the items that were stolen.

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Burglary

Burglary, which involves the invasion of another person’s space, is treated very seriously by Illinois law. However, many of the cases that get charged as burglary should actually be theft charges or trespassing, which carry lower penalties.

A proper burglary attorney can help you navigate these complexities to give you the best chance at having your charges lowered or your case dismissed.

Robbery

Of all the “theft crimes,” robbery is prosecuted most severely. This is because unlike a simple theft or burglary, a robbery usually involves a weapon and, often, an injury caused in the course of the robbery. Although there are several different ways a person can be charged with robbery, they are all felonies, which means you’re looking at a long prison sentence and thousands in fines.

With these kinds of consequences on the line, you need the best robbery lawyer you can find and Attorney Purav Bhatt has been representing people against robbery charges for over a decade.

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Stories of “White-collar crimes” can be splashy and attention-grabbing, featuring vast sums of money and lavish lifestyles. Most financial crime cases, however, fly under the radar. Prosecutors at the state and federal level are charging people every day with financial crimes that can seem small, but over time, add up to millions of dollars and, potentially, years in prison. If you are charged with a financial crime, you need an experienced financial crime lawyer.

Expungement

Did you know that every time you are arrested for a crime it appears on your criminal record (even if you are not convicted). This can cost you opportunities – jobs, rental apartments or homes, home loans, professional certifications – all often require background checks.

Fortunately, expungement is a process through which you can “erase” arrests from your criminal record. With the help of a skillful expungement lawyer, this process usually takes about 4-6 months if the state grants your request.

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Federal Crimes

If you are being charged with a federal crime, you will soon see that the procedure is more complex, the setting more imposing, and the consequences are more severe than a state crime. The federal criminal process is like a dense maze that’s extremely difficult for someone who has not been trained to understand.

This complexity, combined with the fact that your accuser is incredibly well financed and skilled, makes being charged in federal court overwhelming for most people. That’s why it’s so important to have an experienced federal defense attorney on your side to help guide you to the best possible outcome.