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Can the DA prosecute me if there are no witnesses?

ILLINOIS: No witnesses who will talk, no dna, just what the cops say happened. I'm facing aggravated battery. girl got me on a line up but I think the cops gave her my picture before she went into it. The attorney the court gave me only met with me once for like 20 minutes. How can I beat this case? How much will a real lawyer cost?

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    Vincent C. Machroli | Law Office of Vincent C. Machroli, P.C.
    High Point Plaza
    Hillside, IL 60162-1949
    (708) 449-7400
    You're forgetting something, what about what the girl said happened? Pay the $1K or $2K or thereabouts to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney, and when the case is resolved to your satisfaction you'll be glad you did.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois - Replied: 3/8/2013
    Timothy J. Thill | Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    261 E. Quincy ST
    Riverside, IL 60546
    (708) 443-1200
    First of all, a public defender is a REAL ATTORNEY! It pisses me off when people categorize them as inadequate lawyers. They are just as able to handle criminal cases as "real" lawyers are. A "real" lawyer will cost you hundreds of dollars, perhaps even more than a thousand dollars. Different lawyers have different fee schedules. Shop around and maybe you will find a "real" attorney in your price range. As for the case itself, you would be well advised to have a lawyer, and beware of the fact that witnesses can be subpoenaed into court by the prosecutor and forced to testify. If they refuse, the judge could hold them in contempt of court.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois - Replied: 3/8/2013
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