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  • Accusation: Aggravated Battery to a Child

    Facing: Felony Charge, 15 years in prison at 85%

    Result: No Felony Charges, 2 years Misdemeanor Probation
  • Accusation: Two Class X Drug Charges

    Facing: 60 years in prison

    Result: Four Months of Boot Camp
  • Accusation: Battery

    Facing: 365 days in jail

    Result: Charges Dropped
  • Accusation: Aggravated Stalking

    Facing: 3 years in prison

    Result: Post-conviction hearing granted
  • Accusation: Possession with intent to deliver cocaine

    Facing: 7 years in prison

    Result:Finding of Not Guilty
  • Accusation: Attempt Murder, Aggravated Battery with a Firearm

    Facing: 55 years in prison at 85%

    Result: Jury Verdict of Not Guilty
  • Accusation: Conspiracy to deliver Cocaine (Federal)

    Facing: 40 years in prison

    Result: 87 months in prison
  • Accusation: Possession of Methamphetamine

    Facing: 5 years in prison

    Result: 2 years probation
  • Accusation: Possession with Intent to Deliver Cocaine

    Facing: 30 years in prison

    Result:6 years in prison, at 50%
  • Accusation: First Degree Murder, Aggravated Discharge of Firearm

    Facing: 85 years in prison at 100 %, 15 years at 85%

    Result: 20 years at 50%, 4 years at 50%
  • Accusation: Domestic Battery

    Facing: 365 days in jail, 10 year registry

    Result: Motion for new trial granted, charges dropped
  • Accusation: Aggravated Battery to a Child

    Facing: 30 years in prison at 85% l

    Result: Jury Verdict of Not Guilty of Aggravated Battery, Guilty of Reckless Conduct, Two Years probation
  • Accusation: Solicitation of a Prostitute, Obstructing Justice, Battery

    Facing: 365 days in jail, loss of legal residence

    Result: All charges but battery dropped, one year expungeable supervision
  • Accusation: Aggravated Battery

    Facing: 5 years in prison

    Result: Jury verdict of not guilty
  • Accusation: Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse, Failure to Register

    Facing: 7 years in prison, at 85%

    Result: Abuse Charge Dropped, Two years probation
  • Accusation: Retail Theft

    Facing: 365 days in jail

    Result: One year of probation
  • Accusation: Domestic Battery

    Facing: 365 days in jail

    Result: One year of probation
  • Accusation: Felony Criminal Damage to Property

    Facing: 3 years in prison

    Result: Reduced to misdemeanor, one year probation
  • Accusation: DUI

    Facing: 365 days in jail

    Result:One year supervision
  • Accusation: Financial Exploitation of an Elderly Person

    Facing: 15 years in prison

    Result: Two years probation
  • Accusation: Felony DUI

    Facing: 7 years in prison

    Result:30 months in prison
  • Accusation: First Degree Murder

    Facing: 60 years in prison

    Result: Jury Verdict of Not Guilty
  • Accusation: Possession with intent to deliver heroin

    Facing: 7 years in prison

    Result:Charges Dropped
  • Accusation: Retail theft

    Facing: 365 days in jail

    Result: Charges Dropped
  • Accusation: Resisting Arrest, with Injury

    Facing: 365 days in jail

    Result: One year expungeable supervision
  • Accusation: Prostitution

    Facing: 365 days in jail

    Result: Charges dropped
  • Accusation: Attempt First Degree Murder

    Facing: 30 years in prison at 85%

    Result: Post-conviction petition granted
  • Accusation: Impersonating a Police Officer

    Facing: 3 years in prison

    Result: Two years of probation
  • Accusation: Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault

    Facing: 30 years in prison, at 85%

    Result: Finding of Not Guilty
  • Accusation: Felony Retail Theft

    Facing: 5 years in prison

    Result:Conviction reversed, new trial ordered
  • Accusation: Felony Retail Theft

    Facing: 3 years in prison

    Result: Two years probation
  • Accusation: Assault

    Facing: 365 days in jail

    Result: Charges dropped
  • Accusation: Possession of a Controlled Substance, Violation of Parole

    Facing: 3 years in prison, revocation of parole

    Result: Charges dropped, parole restored
  • Accusation: Violation of Conditional Discharge

    Facing: 365 days in jail

    Result: Finding of no violation, terminated satisfactorily
  • Accusation: First Degree Murder

    Facing: 60 Years in Prison

    Result: Jury Verdict of Not Guilty
  • Accusation: Armed Violence, Super Class-X Drug Possession

    Facing: 30 Years in Prison at 85 % time

    Result: Jury Verdict of Not Guilty
  • Accusation: Class X Drug Possession with Intent

    Facing: 60 years in Prison, 50% time

    Result: Jury Verdict Guilty of Straight Possession, 8 years at 50%
  • Accusation: Murder

    Facing: 40 years in Prison, 50% time

    Result: Conviction reversed on appeal, charges dropped
  • Accusation: Child Endangerment

    Facing: 365 Days in Jail

    Result: One year Expungeable Supervision
  • Accusation: Felony Criminal Damage to Property

    Facing: Incarceration in Juvenile Department of Corrections

    Result: Charges Dropped
  • Accusation: Home Invasion, Extortion

    Facing: 30 years in Prison

    Result: No Charges Filed
  • Accusation: Battery

    Facing: 365 days in jail, no good time

    Result: Charges Dropped
  • Accusation: Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child

    Facing: 60 years in prison, 85 % time

    Result: Reduced to Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse, 5 years at 50% time
  • Accusation: Felony Weapon Possession

    Facing: Three Years in Prison

    Result: Reduced to Misdemeanor, One Year Probation
  • Accusation: Battery, Assault on Police Officer

    Facing: 365 days in jail

    Result: Charges Dropped

For criminal defense in northern Illinois, you can turn to a respected lawyer and legal innovator who has made a career out of winning tough fights. If your future is on the line, or if a loved one has been charged with a crime, I encourage you to contact me, Stephen L. Richards, for a free consultation. Protect your rights when the stakes are high.

A Seasoned, Trial-Proven Attorney

Professionals whose careers are on the line and individuals faced with the most serious criminal charges turn to me because of my willingness to take cases to trial and my record of success. I am a veteran of more than 75 felony jury trials and 300 bench trials.

My ability to handle high-stakes, complex cases has earned me a national award for excellence in criminal defense, the Defender Prize. I am also listed in Super Lawyers and have a 10.0 rating on Avvo, the highest rating available on the lawyer rating site.

Always Ready With Insight, Diligence And Strategy

As an experienced Chicago criminal defense lawyer, my strengths include listening skills and responsiveness. My clients depend on the personal contact and clear guidance I provide through all phases of a case. My clients also benefit from my:

  • Familiarity with courts and officials in the Chicago area and throughout northern Illinois, which I gained over the course of more than 25 years practicing law
  • Ability to investigate and evaluate all documents, forensic evidence and other material relevant to the case
  • Ability to use technology to manage information and mount the best possible defense
  • Experience in plea negotiation and mitigation of sentencing, backed by the proven ability to argue cases in front of a judge and jury
  • Clear flat-fee structure, which covers everything from plea negotiation to trial and more

Contact Me For A Free Consultation When Your Future Is On The Line

I am determined to protect your legal rights and fight for a just outcome in every matter. In addition to criminal defense, I handle cases involving employment law and civil rights. I am available to represent victims of identity theft as well.

To schedule your free consultation, call me at 866.852.6426, locally at 773.877.3259 or contact me online.