Northern Illinois Criminal Defense Attorneys
At Franks, Gerkin & McKenna, P.C., we are committed and energetic in protecting the rights of adults and juveniles charged with criminal offenses. Tenaciously defending your rights, your freedom and your future is our mission in such cases, and we go the distance to achieve the best possible outcome. For a free consultation on the charges you face and your potential defense, please contact us now.
Accomplished Courtroom Veterans Make Your Defense a Priority
We have two highly respected, skillful attorneys equipped to aggressively defend clients facing criminal charges such as DUI, drug crimes, domestic violence, forcible felonies such as assault, property crimes including theft, and murder.
Joseph C. Ponitz applies valuable experience gained as a prosecutor with the office of the Winnebago County State's Attorney. Mr. Ponitz is a Spanish speaker and aggressive defender, well-versed in our laws and the negotiating and trial techniques that get results.
Peggy D. Gerkin, recently named by attorneys statewide to the Top Lawyers list of the Leading Lawyers Network, also gained experience and perspective as a prosecutor — in the Boone County State's Attorney's Office. Her nearly two decades in practice have included numerous high-stakes, high-profile cases including numerous murder cases and an ongoing commitment to promoting justice for juveniles.
Solid Communication and Resourceful Defense
Our criminal defense attorneys' combined, extensive knowledge of the law — including sentencing guidelines and trends in specific courts and case types — is a tremendous asset in helping you make sound decisions. We are prepared to:
- Thoroughly investigate your case
- Look at all angles for defense strategies
- Patiently examine the choices you face regarding pleas, attempts to negotiate and taking your case to trial
When you face the imposing challenge of any type of criminal charges, from a DUI to assault or a felony drug offense, a caring, experienced lawyer can make a major difference in what your future holds. Dealing with these serious matters without a capable lawyer on your side can result in a needlessly devastating outcome for you and all those who care about you.
Call (815) 923-2107 To Consult a Proven, Compassionate Lawyer
We encourage you to contact us when you need a capable criminal defense attorney. We will provide honest, straightforward counsel to help you weigh risks, options and the decisions you must make.