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Chicago Violent Offenses Attorney

Violent crimes are some of the most serious crimes you can be charged with committing. Usually involving some form of aggravation or menacing intimidation, violent crimes carry severe legal penalties, no matter their form. If you have been arrested for a violent crime, time is of the essence. Contact the Law Office of William Carlos Weeden today.

Violent Crimes

Anything that involves violence, aggravation, and harmful intent can be considered a violent crime. It is due to this umbrella-effect that there is a certain amount of controversy surrounding this area of criminal accusations. Regardless of the circumstances of your arrest, you could be facing harsh punishment if you have been arrested for any of the following offenses:

  • Aggravated Battery
  • Aggravated Battery to a Police Officer
  • Aggravated Battery with a Firearm
  • Armed Robbery
  • Attempt Murder
  • Battery
  • Domestic Battery
  • Home Invasion
  • Involuntary Manslaughter
  • Murder
  • Order of Protection
  • Reckless Homicide
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Second-Degree Murder

If you are accused of violent crime charges, hiring an experienced criminal defense lawyer is the best way to insure a positive outcome and avoid harsh penalties. The authorities ask for long prison sentences when prosecuting violent crimes cases. It takes aggressive defense strategies and effective advocacy to properly represent you in court.

Firearm Offenses

Discharging a firearm at a person can be a split second decision which can have lifelong ramifications. The Law Office of William Carlos Weeden  knows the law regarding self-defense and how to successfully apply it in your defense.  If you believe you have a valid self-defense claim, contact our office today.


If you have been accused of the severe crime of homicide, you should first understand that there are two degrees of murder recognized by the Illinois Compiled Statutes.

Second-degree murder is defined as killing another person intentionally or while trying to cause them serious bodily harm when under a sudden and intense passion. This passion must have been the result of serious provocation by the victim or other person that the defendant intended to kill, provided that the provoking actions would be sufficient to cause similar outrage in another person of reasonable temperament.

First-degree murder is defined  as killing someone intentionally or when intending to cause great bodily harm. In most cases, you must have had full knowledge that your actions created a strong probability of your victim’s death, or at the very least that they would suffer catastrophic injury. It can also be categorized as first-degree murder if you kill someone while attempting or committing a forcible felony, excluding second-degree murder.

Whether you are charged with murder in the second or first-degree, you are facing a felony that could possibly have negative effects on the rest of your life. Penalties applied to your case will be severe and may include:

  • 4 to 15 years in prison for second-degree charges
  • 20 to 100 years (life sentence) for first-degree charge
  • Up to $25,000 fines – not including nominal damage
  • Death penalty for aggravated murder charges.

If you or a loved one were arrested for a violent  offense in Chicago, Illinois, you should know that this offense, as a felony, carries serious sentencing possibilities. Chicago Criminal Defense Attorney William Carlos Weeden is uniquely qualified to defend your Illinois criminal case.  Drawing upon years of experience as a former prosecutor, criminal law professor, and police misconduct administrator, Chicago Criminal Defense Lawyer William Carlos Weeden will analyze the particular circumstances of your case and help you formulate a winning approach. Whether challenging police procedure, negotiating an acceptable plea bargain, or taking your case to trial, Illinois Criminal Defense Attorney William Carlos Weeden  will aggressively defend your rights and freedom. Contact our office today at (773) 683-1060 for a confidential initial consultation at no cost.

Law Office of William Carlos Weeden

The information on this website has been provided for general informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice nor create an attorney-client relationship or warrant that a certain result will be attained in a specific case. The Supreme Court of Illinois does not recognize certifications of specialties in the practice of law and the certificate, award or recognition is not a requirement to practice law in Illinois. We encourage you to contact us or another legal professional for advice regarding your individual situation.

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