Most people make mistakes, but sometimes the mistakes are serious. If you have a one-time conviction for a crime in your past, it can hurt your future and prevent you from moving forward in your life. Most employers, licensing agencies, schools, loan and mortgage companies and apartment rental agencies perform a background check on all applicants. A criminal conviction can prevent your application from being approved, or cause you to pay higher rates or larger deposits.
A first-time offense can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to ruin your life:
• If you were arrested for a misdemeanor or felony, you may have a chance for a fresh start
• If you are a white-collar professional or a licensed service professional, a conviction can cause you to lose your license or professional
Immigrants who are charged with a 1st-time criminal offense have additional concerns and should consult an attorney experienced in both immigration and criminal law.
If you are charged with a criminal offense in Illinois, you should seek the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Not all attorneys have experience with the criminal justice system: a criminal defense attorney has specialized education and experience that attorneys in other areas, such as family law or real estate, do not have.
If you are charged with a first-time criminal offense, an experienced criminal defense attorney can work to help you keep your professional license and your employment. As experienced criminal defense attorneys, the attorneys at Godoy Law Office understand what is at stake. Our aggressive criminal defense strategy will get you the best possible results. If you have been convicted we can help you look at options for your future including expungement or sealing a criminal record.
At Godoy Law Office, we want to help you clean up your criminal record and your court and arrest records. Mario Godoy began his criminal attorney career at the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office. While with the State’s Attorney, he clerked for the misdemeanor, felony, and civil divisions of that office. As a criminal prosecutor, Attorney Mario Godoy prosecuted battery, DUI, and drug cases. For a consultation regarding your immigration law concerns, Contact Us online or call us at 630-912-0322.
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AREAS WE SERVE: Godoy Law Office serves the entire Chicago, Illinois area including DuPage, Cook, Kane, Will, and Lake Counties