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Attorney Allen will take the time to understand your particular case and guide the most effective possible response. He has defended clients in many violent crime cases, with results including not guilty verdicts and reduction to lesser included crimes.

Call to schedule your free consultation: 708-960-0113.

What Are Examples of
Violent Crimes?

Attorney Shay T. Allen is well qualified to represent individuals charged with violent crimes.  He prosecuted more than 1,000 violent crime cases for Cook County. He now applies that experience to defend clients facing charges include:

  • Murder: First or Second Degree, Felony Murder, Attempted Murder, Solicitation of Murder
  • Manslaughter: Voluntary or Involuntary, Reckless Homicide
  • Assault and Battery: Aggravated Battery, Aggravated Assault, and Simple Assault
  • Child Abuse, Endangerment, and Kidnapping
  • Armed Robbery and Armed Violence
  • Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking
  • Arson

How Are Criminal Violence
Penalties Considered?

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A violent crime conviction could mean a long prison sentence, even life. Potential penalties depend on the type of crime and the circumstances involved. For instance, an assault could be a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the use of a weapon, a victim’s injuries, and other important factors.

It is possible to challenge a violent crime charge and important for every person to have strong representation. Issues to consider include: 

  • Self-defense: Individuals have the right to protect themselves from the threat of physical violence using “reasonable” force. Self-defense is still relevant even when “unreasonable” force is used.
  • Intent: Unplanned violence when seriously provoked typically involves a lesser charge and penalty than violence that was intended or planned.
  • Police Procedure: Law officers must follow specific rules for conducting investigations, obtaining confessions, holding line-ups, and gathering other evidence. Improper procedures may unfairly influence victims, witnesses, or accused individuals and should be challenged. Contact us now.

Were you
Charged with Related Crimes?

Violent crime charges are many times accompanied by related criminal offenses for which Attorney Allen can defend you of including:

What is the penalty for armed robbery?

Armed robbery is a Class X felony with varying penalties based on the subsection of the law that is violated. A violation of subsection (a)(2), when 'he or she carries on or about his or her person or is otherwise armed with a firearm' is a Class X felony for which 15 years shall be added to the term of imprisonment imposed by the court.
A violation of subsection (a)(3), when 'he or she, during the commission of the offense, personally discharges a firearm' is a Class X felony for which 20 years shall be added to the term of imprisonment imposed by the court.
A violation of subsection (a)(4) when 'he or she, during the commission of the offense, personally discharges a firearm that proximately causes great bodily harm, permanent disability, permanent disfigurement, or death to another person.' is a Class X felony for which 25 years or up to a term of natural life shall be added to the term of imprisonment imposed by the court.

Is arson a felony in Illinois?

Yes. Arson is a Class 2 felony. Residential arson or place of worship arson is a Class 1 felony. Aggravated arson is a Class X felony.

Is car jacking a serious crime?

A person commits vehicular hijacking (car jacking) when he or she knowingly takes a motor vehicle from the person or the immediate presence of another by the use of force or by threatening the imminent use of force. Vehicular hijacking is a Class 1 felony.