RecentResults

  • 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

Chicago Criminal Law Attorney

Throughout an intense career that has spanned more than 25 years, my energy and efforts have been focused specifically on criminal law in Chicago and northern Illinois. I have represented thousands of people facing serious felony charges, including capital murder charges, as well as many more who have been accused of misdemeanors. My record of success includes several cases that have received national attention and set legal precedent.

What Have You Been Accused Of?

My name is Stephen L. Richards. As a Chicago criminal law lawyer, I have built a reputation for skill, integrity and tenacious misdemeanor and felony defense. No matter how serious the crime you have been accused of may be, no matter how complex the case may seem, you can be confident in my ability to pursue the best possible outcome.

I frequently handle state and federal criminal defense cases involving:

In addition to defending adults, I provide defense against charges for juvenile offenses.

You do not have to wait until charges are filed to hire an attorney. If you are under investigation, I encourage you to get me involved early to ensure that your rights are protected every step of the way. Action taken early in the process can mitigate or even prevent charges from being brought against you.

An All-Out Effort To Protect Your Rights

From filing effective motions and actively participating in jury selection to every phase of negotiations or trial, I take a comprehensive approach to each case. You can count on me for:

  • Thorough investigation of all events and evidence
  • Diligent legal research to find precedents useful in your case
  • Development of personal profile information for use in fighting for acquittal or negotiating for reduced consequences
  • Knowledge of alternatives, from boot camps to diversion programs
  • Willingness to conduct skillful negotiation or to argue in front of a judge and jury

Deep Knowledge Of Evidence And Legal Procedure

Effective defense, particularly in complex felony cases, requires a lawyer who is technologically savvy and prepared to deal with many types of evidence. I understand the DNA, scientific evidence and forensics common in today's cases, and I can call on independent laboratories and experts in challenging the prosecution's case against you. Because of my knowledge of jury selection, I am called upon by my fellow lawyers for jury consulting services. I am also skilled at sentencing issues.

Post-Conviction Work

I handle all appeals and post-convictions, as well as expungements and pardons.

Contact An Illinois Felony Charge Lawyer For A Free Consultation

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