Criminal Defense

Joliet Felony and Misdemeanor Criminal Defense Attorney

Joliet, Illinois  criminal defense Attorney Steven Haney’s criminal practice focuses on the defense of felony and misdemeanor charges. The criminal offense you’ve been charged with falls into one of those two categories. Effectively defending each client’s case has been our job in and out of the courtroom, for over 20 years.

Before that, our felony and misdemeanor defense lawyer was a successful prosecutor for Will County.  That background will be an asset to our defense strategies on your behalf, as we can work to anticipate and counter every prosecution move every step of the way.

Contact us for quality legal representation of your felony or misdemeanor charge. Tell us about your legal situation during your free initial consultation.

How Felonies & Misdemeanors are Classified

Felony offense convictions are thought of as carrying mandatory prison time along with stiff fines and lengthy probation or parole restrictions. The punishment and lasting post punishment effects will impact your life tremendously, giving you lack of access to your family and dwindling chances for gainful employment.

The felony offense probation guidelines alone are often so harsh that career opportunities can be damaged, to say nothing of your inability to associate with certain people. A violation of probation or parole could result in more prison time.

Needless to say, the gravity of your felony offense situation demands the kind of experienced, aggressive and knowledgeable representation that our accomplished criminal defense counsel provides in practice areas such as:

~Aggravated domestic battery

~Aggravated battery

~Drug offenses


~Obstructing Justice/Resisting Arrest

~Aggraved DUI

~Sexual assault

~Theft, burglary and identity theft

~Weapons offenses

The Law Office of Steven Haney will examine everything relating to your case in our efforts to clear the charges against you. We’ll look at the possibility of improper police undercover techniques and interrogation methods that may have led to your arrest. We will be able to determine whether any confession you made was voluntary or coerced. We’ll make full use of our own resources like private investigators, forensics experts and a number of credible expert witnesses.

You can have full confidence that your fate, freedom and future are in good hands.


There are different levels of misdemeanors, the most serious of which would allow a court to hand down a more severe sentence. Yet committing successive misdemeanors, like retail theft or simple drug crimes, can be life-changing. This is where the determined and detailed defense we provide can be of benefit to clients with charges relating to any of the following practice areas:



~Drug paraphernalia possession

~First offense, domestic battery

~First offense, DUI

~Marijuana possession

~Retail theft, shoplifting

~Weapons offenses

Misdemeanors are looked at as less serious than felony offenses. They are tried in special courts with sentences rarely exceeding a year and have punishments served in a local or county jail rather than in state or federal prison. However, the possible combination of incarceration, probation and fines still make a misdemeanor conviction an event to be avoided at all costs.

If we can help you with your misdemeanor charge, don’t hesitate to reach out to us in Joliet as soon as possible.

Serving Joliet and Will County

We’ve been serving our favorite part of Illinois for decades. Allow us to make your legal situation a part of our success story. Contact the Law Office of Steven Haney in Joliet today to arrange your free initial consultation about your felony or misdemeanor case.

Our experienced, knowledgeable and aggressive defense lawyer has proven that he can get results for clients just like you. Call, fax or e-mail us today.

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Client Testimonials

  • You were a steady and calming influence when we faced some extremely unsettling circumstances with our teenager who made a stupid decision and was arrested. Your knowledge of the laws and manner in court was very professional and assertive in representing us. You were encouraging to keep our hopes alive for a future for our son who was never in serious trouble before, yet upfront about what he ...

  • I used you twice for a DUI and for a domestic violence dispute. You were simply the best. I could not ask for anything more from such a great person and attorney....

  • You were an excellent lawyer in my case. There was always good communication and what you promised, you delivered. I would recommend you to any and all of my friends. Good job, Steven, and if I ever need you again, I have your number stored in my phone....

  • I made some huge mistakes and found myself in a world of trouble with felony charges. Thankfully, you took my case and after many trips to court, you secured probation without any formal conviction being entered (“a 410 probation”). This is the absolute best outcome I could have gotten and I am forever endebted for securing it for me.. Yoiu are well known and respected in the legal community a...