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Criminal Defense

When faced with criminal charges, you want an attorney who knows the courtroom. Criminal charges are always serious. They can affect you today, leaving you in jail or prison, and they can affect you tomorrow, even after you have served any time, impacting your schooling, potential jobs and where you can live. I’m attorney Michael J. Meyer, and I can help.

More Than 30 Years Of Real-World Experience

I have extensive experience successfully trying both jury and non-jury cases before the state, federal and appellate courts here in central Illinois. I have more than 30 years of courtroom experience with the Illinois court system, and I have developed a solid reputation for quality work and professional conduct among my peers.

I know the judges, prosecutors and community. At my firm, Michael J. Meyer, Attorney at Law, I will sit down, listen to your story and explain the law and how it is applied in cases like yours, and we will discuss your possible defense strategies to minimize or eliminate the charges.

Act Now

It is important to speak with a defense attorney as soon as you are arrested, if possible. After you have hired me, you no longer have to speak with any law enforcement or prosecutorial personnel. This prevents inadvertent statements from damaging your case. You never want to try and “explain” yourself to the police.

If they are arresting you, they likely presume you are guilty – nothing you say can help your case. They often will try to engage in “conversation” with you, but it is never just done to pass the time. They want you to talk, potentially incriminating yourself, confessing to the charges or simply saying enough to make contradictory statements that don’t match, which can damage your credibility.

Situations that lead to criminal charges are often intense, emotional and confusing, even to participants. Contact me as soon as you can and let me do the talking to the police.

Broad Experience With Many Criminal Charges

Contact me if you are facing criminal charges, such as:

  • Driving under the influence (DUI or DWI)
  • Forcible felony offenses such as assault, arson, burglary, robbery and theft
  • Drug-related offenses
  • Domestic violence

Contact Me Today

I represent clients throughout central and southern Illinois. Call my office in Effingham at 217-347-0791 to arrange a free consultation. Weekend and evening meetings are available by appointment.