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Criminal Law

Criminal Law

Being accused of a crime can be one of the most overwhelming experiences a person can face. It can also be one of the most isolating. If you have been accused or charged with a crime it is absolutely essential that you have strong and experienced representation by your side throughout the entire process. Whelan Ballo & Associates takes your future potential such as your job, housing, and educational prospects very seriously and is, therefore, dedicated to protecting your rights.

Theft and Shoplifting

Theft or shoplifting can be charged as either misdemeanor or felony crimes. A misdemeanor theft occurs when the accused stolen property was valued lower than $300 while a felony theft occurs when the accused stolen property was valued to be worth over $300. Professional defense can help dismiss or significantly reduce these charges.

Drug Charges

There are three different types of drug charges: drug sales/drug trafficking, drug conspiracy, and possession. In Illinois law, possession of a controlled substance is charged as a felony while possession of cannabis is usually charged as a misdemeanor. Common controlled substance felonies are connected to cocaine, heroin, or methamphetamine. Oftentimes drug charges can result from law enforcement officers who get carried away and violate basic constitutional rights. You need expert help to identify if any violations took place which could result in the dismissal of charges.


A first offense DUI could result in a suspension of your driver’s license with enhanced penalties for those under 21, those who had a passenger under 16 in the car at time of the offense, those with a .16 or great BAC (blood alcohol level), or those driving with a suspended license. Penalties increase with repeat DUI charges. A second offense charge could result in losing your license for five years while a third offense charge is classified as a class 4 felony. Professional assistance can help you reach a much more favorable result with a DUI charge.

Traffic Violations

Traffic violations might seem like inconsequential minor offenses but if those smaller violations are not handled properly they can result in more severe consequences. They don’t always just lead to a fine but can also result in license suspension and insurance premium increases. Other more serious traffic violations which include destruction of property or physical injury can result in criminal charges. You can avoid the more severe consequences by seeking professional assistance.


Having a record of charges can negatively impact so many aspects of your life. Sometimes this is completely unnecessary because you might be eligible to have all your previous arrests or charges expunged completely from your record. You might be eligible for expungement if either you have been arrested but never formally charged, the case was overturned on an appeal, the charges against you were dropped or dismissed, or you were found not guilty. Our professional assistance can help you restore your reputation so you can live your life without being haunted by your past.

Experience. Integrity. Results.
Whelan Ballo & Associates is determined to do everything it their power to have any charges dismissed before trial but if a trial should be necessary then we are prepared to use our solid litigation skills to fight for you with a strong defense before a judge. We will work closely alongside you, keeping you fully informed every step of the way, so as to get you the best results possible. For expert assistance call us at 630-653-0202.