Being charged with a crime in Illinois can be frightening. The consequences of a conviction are serious: jail time, fines, and permanent damage to your reputation. With so much at stake, you need an aggressive criminal defense attorney to protect your rights. That’s where Michael Kawi Law steps in. 

We understand the severity of your situation and are here to help. Our experienced legal team will tirelessly defend your rights and achieve the best possible outcome. When you work with us, we will provide personalized, compassionate representation and support to you every step of the way. 

Trust us to navigate the complexities of the legal system and protect your future. Contact our office today to get started with an experienced Lake County criminal defense attorney.

Understanding State Criminal Charges in Illinois

Criminal offenses are classified as either misdemeanors or felonies, and the distinctions can impact the severity of the penalties and the strategies for defense:


Misdemeanors are considered less severe than felonies and are categorized into classes (Class A, B, and C), with Class A being the most serious. Typical penalties for misdemeanors can include fines, community service, probation, and up to one year in county jail. Common misdemeanors include petty theft, simple assault, and disorderly conduct.


Felonies are more serious criminal offenses and carry stiffer penalties, including lengthier prison sentences, heavier fines, and more significant long-term consequences. In Illinois, felonies are classified from Class 1 to Class X, with Class X being the most severe. Examples include aggravated assault, robbery, and murder.

Whether you face a misdemeanor or felony charge, our skilled criminal defense lawyer will work tirelessly to protect your rights, freedoms, and reputation. 

Our Firm Handles All Types of Criminal Charges

At Michael Kawi Law, we have the skills and experience to handle a wide range of misdemeanor and felony charges, such as:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI) is a serious offense in Lake County. Depending on the circumstances, a conviction can result in fines, license suspension, and even jail time. DUI charges can also lead to increased insurance rates and difficulties securing employment.
  • Drug crimes range from possession and distribution to manufacturing and trafficking. Penalties for drug crimes in Illinois vary based on the type and quantity of the drug involved, as well as the circumstances of the offense. Convictions can result in significant fines, lengthy prison sentences, and a lasting criminal record.
  • Domestic violence charges involve physical, emotional, or psychological harm inflicted on a family or household member. Accusations of domestic violence can lead to restraining orders, loss of child custody, and severe legal penalties, including jail time and fines. The social stigma and personal impact of a domestic violence conviction can be devastating.
  • Assault and battery charges involve the threat or use of physical force against another person. Convictions can result in jail time, fines, and a permanent criminal record. The severity of the penalties often depends on the nature of the incident and any prior criminal history.
  • Property crimes involve the unlawful taking or damage of someone else’s property (e.g., theft, burglary) and can lead to significant legal consequences, including imprisonment and fines. 
  • Sex crimes encompass offenses such as sexual assault, rape, and indecent exposure. A conviction carries severe legal repercussions, including lengthy prison sentences and mandatory registration as a sex offender. The personal and social stigma associated with a sex crime conviction can be profound and lasting.
  • Homicide may be classified as manslaughter and murder; a conviction can result in a life sentence.
  • Weapons charges involve the illegal possession, use, or distribution of firearms or other weapons. These charges can lead to severe legal penalties, including lengthy prison sentences and substantial fines. Convictions can also result in the loss of the right to own or possess firearms.
  • White-collar crimes are nonviolent, financially motivated offenses (e.g., fraud, embezzlement)
  • Internet crimes involve illegal activities conducted online, including identity theft, cyberstalking, hacking, phishing, and distributing malware. These crimes can cause significant financial and personal harm to victims.

No matter your charges, the attorneys at Michael Kawi Law will mount an aggressive defense. We will work to protect your freedom and future by conducting a thorough investigation, scrutinizing the prosecution evidence, and vigorously defending you at trial. 

Talk To A Lake County Criminal Defense Attorney Today

If you’re facing criminal charges in Lake County, you need the aggressive representation Michael Kawi Law provides. When you become our client, you will be confident that our legal team is in your corner. Call today for a free consultation so we can start building your defense.