Criminal Law

Illinois Criminal Defense Lawyers Serving East Central Illinois

When you are thrown into the criminal law system, it can be terrifying. Whether you or a loved one has been accused of a crime, it is difficult to know where to turn for help or to know who you can trust. At the law offices of Fischer and Wozniak, P.C., Duane Deters is here to assist you and he understands how frightening the criminal justice system is and how high the stakes are for our clients. Protecting our clients’ rights and freedom is our top priority, and we aggressively pursue the best possible outcome in every case.

No matter what the charge, you cannot afford to take chances with your future. Prosecuting attorneys fight hard to prove their cases, keeping statistics to show their worth. We know you are more than a number and we fight even harder to protect your rights and your freedom. We handle all types of criminal cases from simple misdemeanors to serious felonies including:

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  • Assault & Battery
  • Traffic Charges
  • DUI
  • Drug Charges
  • Juvenile Crimes
  • Theft, Burglary, Robbery, & Shoplifting
  • Weapons Charges
  • Domestic Violence
  • Murder/Homicide

We also assist clients in 

  • Obtaining expungements and sealing their criminal record 
  • Navigating Secretary of State license reinstatement hearings
  • DCFS Appeals
  • Order of Protection Cases
Participants and dependents shall be entitled to covered legal service benefits arising or occurring in the following Illinois counties: Champaign, Piatt, Logan, Menard, DeWitt, Vermilion, Macon, McLean, Ford, Douglas, and any county in the State of Illinois in which a Participant or Dependent resides.
Duane Deters is the primary criminal defense attorney at Fischer and Wozniak, P.C., handling all criminal cases that come into the firm. Duane was a prosecuting attorney for 15 years in Coles and Macon Counties prior to entering private practice and he uses that prosecution experience to defend his clients by being able to anticipate the moves of the State’s Attorney. Over his prosecutorial career, Duane was the Chief Prosecutor in the DUI unit in Macon County, responsible for the training of young lawyers and bringing new prosecutorial techniques to the courtroom. While in Coles County, Duane worked many serious felony cases, including being a part of the only death penalty case in Coles County in the last 20 years. Duane has gone to jury trial on nearly 100 serious felony cases including Murder, Armed Robbery, Residential Burglary and Aggravated Battery and Attempted Murder of a Police Officer.
Good communication is a key component to a successful criminal case. Our lawyers will keep you informed about your case at every step of the process. We carefully explain all of the options available to you and provide reasoned advice about how to proceed. We strive to have charges against our clients dismissed prior to trial. If that is not possible, we aggressively advocate for a reduction of charges. In some cases, a plea bargain that minimizes the consequences of a conviction is the best possible outcome but we are seasoned trial attorneys who are prepared to present a strong defense in court. We thoroughly investigate the circumstances of the charges our clients face and carefully craft a strong defense.

If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges, contact us to schedule a consultation to discuss your case. Our firm has offices in Urbana and Mattoon to better serve you. We represent people in need of a strong criminal defense in Effingham, Cumberland, Coles, Douglas, Moultrie Champaign, Vermilion, McLean, Dewitt, Piatt and Macon Counties. We are efficient legal advocates who offer cost-effective and aggressive representation. If you are unable to travel to our offices, we will come to you to discuss your case.
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