Chicago Criminal Defense Attorney- For serious felony defense in Northern Illinois, you can turn to a lawyer who has dedicated an active career of 25 years to tough fights on important issues. If your future is on the line or a loved one has been charged, I encourage you to contact me, Stephen L. Richards, now for a free consultation. PROTECTING YOUR RIGHTS WHEN THE STAKES ARE HIGH. A Seasoned, Trial-Proven Attorney- My legal career began as a law clerk for the Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court Ã¢Â€Â” where I have since argued six cases and delivered dozens of oral arguments. I then spent over a decade as an assistant public defender in Cook County and many more years in a leadership role with the Office of the State Appellate Defender. I am a veteran of over 75 felony jury trials and 300 bench trials, and I am prepared to handle high-stakes, complex cases. I am a recipient of a national award for excellence in criminal defense.
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