Criminal Defense

The Criminal Defense Division of Wilens & Baker employs a highly competent team of experienced trial attorneys who handle criminal cases in all 50 states in federal, state, military, and juvenile courts.
Our staff consists of former prosecutors, and judicial law clerks, who not only understand how to defend a case, but how the prosecution “things” and operates. In addition, our team has a dedicated staff of case managers, research specialists, investigators, toxicologists, psychologists, and social workers who are dedicated to providing a comprehensive analysis of each case.

Having concentrated in criminal defense for the last 30 years, our attorneys know the court system and the different personalities of judges and prosecutors. We have rightfully earned the respect of judges, prosecutors, and police officers as aggressive attorneys who are not afraid to challenge them on tough cases. 

In addition to trying cases in front of judges and juries, the Criminal Defense Team at Wilens & Baker:
  • Negotiates with prosecutors, often arranging for reduced charges and lesser sentencing.
  • Formulates sentencing programs tailored to a client’s specific needs, often helping clients avoid future brushes with the criminal justice system.
  • Provides clients with a knowledgeable, objective perspective on their situation and what is likely to happen should their case go to trial. This perspective is vital for clients trying to decide whether to accept a prosecutor’s offered “plea bargain.”
  • Has in-depth experience with important legal rules often hidden away in court interpretations of federal and state constitutions, and local court customs and procedures that aren’t written down anywhere. (For example, a defense lawyer may know which prosecutor has the “real” authority to settle a case, and what kinds of arguments are likely to appeal to that prosecutor).
  • Understands the possible consequence of pleading guilty which a self-represented person might never think about.
  • Spends crucial time on your case including gathering information from prosecution witnesses, hiring and managing investigators, who may be able to contradict prosecution witnesses who embellish or change their stories at trial.
  • Assault
  • Drug Charges
  • Robbery/Burglary/Shoplifting
  • Domestic Violence
  • Sex Crimes
  • False·Arrest
  • Weapons
  • Fraud

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