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Why Choose Our Firm?

  • Familiarity with courts and officials in the Chicago area and throughout northern Illinois, which Stephen L. Richards gained over the course of more than 30 years practicing law
  • Ability to investigate and evaluate all documents, forensic evidence and other material relevant to the case
  • Use of 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

Founding attorney Stephen L. Richards has built the firm’s reputation for strong criminal defense over the last three decades. Joined by his son, Joshua S.M. Richards, they provide a unique combination of skills to form a strong defense for the toughest criminal charges, trials, appeals and post-convictions, as well as civil rights cases.

When it comes to trials, jury selection can make or break a case. From the experience of hundreds of criminal jury and bench trials, we know the right steps to take to ensure those who are accused receive a fair trial. We have won our last five jury trials, including three favorable verdicts in first degree murder cases.

A Flexible Payment System

Our firm uses a flat-fee billing system so you and your family are clear on the costs involved and have one less stress involved during this difficult time.

Our Lawyers Listen To You

We see the people and families involved in each case. We take the time to listen to your questions and concerns and make sure you understand your legal options and how each will impact your future.

We Are Here For You 24/7

This is a difficult time. We know you need attorneys you can count on. We’re available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for email, text or a phone call.

Get Our Experienced Defense On Your Side Today

Our firm has built a reputation for seeking justice and upholding people’s rights. Call the Law Office of Stephen L. Richards today at 773-467-7079 or send us an email.

Notable Results

Accusation: Attempt First Degree Murder
Facing: 30 years in prison at 85%
Result: Post-conviction petition granted
Accusation: Solicitation of a Prostitute, Obstructing Justice, Battery
Facing: 30 years in prison at 85%
Result: Post-conviction petition granted
Accusation: Solicitation of a Prostitute, Obstructing Justice, Battery
Facing: 365 days in jail, loss of legal residence
Result: Post-conviction petition granted
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: 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: Attempt First Degree Murder
Facing: 365 days in jail, loss of legal residence
Result: All charges but battery dropped, one year expungeable supervision
Accusation: Attempt First Degree Murder
Facing: 30 years in prison at 85%
Result: All charges but battery dropped, one year expungeable supervision
Accusation: Attempt First Degree Murder
Facing: 30 years in prison at 85%
Result: Post-conviction petition granted
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