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Criminal Defense

When you are arrested and charged with a crime, everything changes. Your life is upended and you believe you have nowhere to turn.  You deserve to have someone on your side to protect your rights and defend your freedom.  You can turn to the Law Office of Dan Carter. With more than 30 years of criminal litigation experience,Dan Carterwill provide the most complete and effective defense for your case.  At the Law Office ofDan Carter, it is our job to fight for your rights, while you focus on your family and work. 

Having previously served as a prosecutor, Dan Carter can effectively negotiate with prosecutors. If the charges cannot be dismissed and a plea bargain is not in your best interest,  Dan Carter will effectively and aggressively defend you in a trial before a judge or jury.

Dan Carter has experience handling all types of misdemeanor and felony criminal charges, including:

  • Drug crimes: possession, distribution, manufacturing, trafficking

  • White Collar Crimes: embezzlement, employee theft, corporate theft, identity theft,
    internet fraud, credit card fraud, insurance fraud, forgery, check kiting or check fraud

  • Violent Crimes:  aggravated battery, robbery, armed robbery, home invasion

  • Weapons Offenses:  unlawful use or unlawful possession of a weapon, aggravated or reckless discharge of a firearm, unlawful sale of delivery of firearm

  • Property Crimes: burglary, criminal damage to property, trespass, possession of stolen motor vehicle.

  • DUI and alcohol offenses: driving under the influence, underage drinking, statutory summary suspension hearings, and related drivers license issues 

  • Traffic offenses: speeding, speeding in a school zone, driving while license suspended, passing a stopped school bus, speeding in a construction zone, and all other traffic tickets 

  • Theft: theft and theft by deception

  • Domestic violence: orders of protection, assault, battery, and domestic battery

  • Juvenile offenses: underage drinking, theft, assault, vandalism, and other juvenile crimes

Military Law and Veterans' Rights 

Military service members deserve outstanding and aggressive representation from a trusted and experienced legal professional.  With 13 years of experience as Judge Advocate (JAG) in the Illinois Army National Guard and as a graduate of the Command and General Staff College, Dan Carter is a civilian attorney who understands the military process and can provide you with that representation. You have protected and defended your country; you deserve to have someone on your side to protect your rights and defend your freedom.  Dan Carter is that attorney.

The Law Office of Dan Carter can provide effective legal representation in the following areas:

  •    Court-Martial Defense
  •    Article 31 Rights
  •    Article 31 Investigations
  •    Separation Boards
  •    NJP/Article 15
  •    Correction of Military Records
  •    Discharge Review Boards
  •    Medical Evaluation Boards
  •    AWOL and Desertion
  •    Health Care Issues

Contact the Law Office of Dan Carter at 630-899-9230 or by e-mail at for a free initial consultation to discuss your legal needs.