Criminal Defense
Convictions for criminal charges can result in jail time, loss of voting or driving rights, fines, difficulty finding work due to having a criminal record, deportation, and inability to receive Federal Aid such as education grants or scholarships, food stamp assistance, and so on. The law gives you the right to an attorney so if you are charged with a crime it is in your best interest to get the best attorney possible to protect your rights.

Whether the case is a misdemeanor or felony, criminal charges are serious and demand experienced legal representation. A former prosecutor, Raul Villalobos has been on both sides of the court room and has worked on hundreds of criminal cases over the past 30 years. Unlike some attorneys who are happy to take plea deals to avoid going to trial, Villalobos & Associates isn't afraid to fight for your rights.

Villalobos and Associates maintains its high standards of excellence by drawing upon its vast experience when litigating simple and complex trials for crimes such as:

Assault/Battery/Violent Crimes
Violent crimes are very serious charges. Convictions for certain violent crimes have more serious sentencing than non-violent crimes. Read more about violent crimes here.

Criminal Sexual Assault
Just being charged with criminal sexual assault can have serious consequnces. Besides the possibility of being convicted, a person charged with criminal sexual assault may be ostracized or labelled before even being proved guilty. Being convicted is much much worse. Convicted sex offenders face tough sentences and must register with the Illinois Sex Offender Registry and are restricted from certain professions and locations. Criminal Sexual Assault cases also typically involve testimony from witnesses or victims so it is important that you have representation that has experience cross-examining State witnesses and presenting effective defense witnesses.
Read more about Criminal Sexual Assault here.


Burglary/Robbery/Theft

Villalobos & Associates has extensive experience winning cases of burglary and robbery. As with other cases, it pays to look at every step of the investigation from the initial arrest and after. Many inexperienced attorneys would rather plead a client guilty than conduct a motion hearing and win the case before trial. Villalobos & Associates knows that careful cross examination of witnesses can uncover key facts that can make or break a case.

Robbery cases present multiple issues, including admissibility of evidence, admissibility of any identification of the offender by a witness or victim, etc. Villalobos & Associates has extensive experience investigating witnesses, the scene, and the overall circumstances surrounding the alleged crime in order to prove what actually happened.

Domestic Violence
Because of the complex nature of families, domestic violence cases are unique. In many cases, the only evidence is testimony from a victim and a defendant who believe very different versions of the same event. Read more about domestic violence cases here.

Driving With Revoked/Suspended License
Villalobos & Associates has extensive experience handling cases ofdriving with a revoked or suspended license.


DUI
There are multiple issues when someone is charged with Driving Under the Influence. Villalobos & Associates handles hundreds or DUI cases per year and knows that every step, from before you get pulled over all the way through trial and summary suspension hearing, is extremely important. Many inexperienced or timid attorneys will not take the time to challenge the validity of the police stop and will jump at the chance to enter a plea and be done with it. Villalobos & Associates knows that DUI convictions should not be taken lightly and can have long-term consequences.
Read more about DUI defense here.


Manslaughter/Murder/Attempted Murder/Solicitation of Murder
Nothing is more serious than a charge of taking someone's life. Convictions for murder or attempted murder can be extremely lengthy and will definitely carry long-term consequences. Read more about murder and manslaughter cases here.


Possession of Controlled Substances/with Intent to Deliver
Charges for possessing controlled substances present many issues. Pre-trial hearings can be extremely important for these cases since police must follow proper procedures before stopping, searching, frisking, and arresting people. Some attorneys may be able to spot police errors, but Villalobos & Associates knows how to get cases dismissed as a result of those errors. Read more about drug cases here.


Unlawful Use of a Weapon(possession of a firearm)
The Second Amendment to keep and bears arms continues to be a controversial and fluid area of law. In 2012 and 2013, several of illinois' gun laws were held to be unconstitutional. On top of that, Illinois passed a new gun laws allowing concealed carry of firearms. If you are currently charged with Unlawful Use of a Weapon, it is extremely important to have an attorney who is experienced and up to speed with all the recent changes in the law. Read more about gun cases here.

Criminal Record Expungements

You may be able to clear your criminal record of arrests and certain convictions. Expunging or sealing your criminal record can clear your record of frivolous arrests/charges or minor convictions so you can move on with your life. We can obtain your records, prepare your documents, and submit everything to the correct agencies to expunge/seal your record in the Illinois Counties of Cook, DuPage, Will, Lake, and Kane.