Chicago Criminal Defense Attorney
Fighting Misdemeanor, Felony, and Federal Charges
When you've been charged with a crime, what kind of lawyer do you want? Everyone wants the best lawyer they can afford. Much like having a disease, you want the best, so you can put the worst behind you.
We understand the fear, the nervousness, the questions you will have. We understand this might possibly be the worst time of your life. And we are here to help.
The head of the firm, Sarah Toney, has practiced in the area of criminal defense and DUI defense since 2004. Before that, she spent 3 years of law school as a law clerk at a criminal and dui defense law firm. As a law student, she took a month off of law school to try a murder case that would ultimately help her find her calling in defense work.
This passion drives the Toney Law Firm, LLC everyday. And because of this passion, Sarah Toney never stops trying to be better. She is asked to speak several times a year by the Illinois State Bar Association, the Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, the Chicago Bar Association and John Marshall Law School. You can read more about her in her profile and in her
case results, but here are just a few things she's done lately to continue to improve herself as a lawyer so her clients are getting the best possible defense possible. When you hire Sarah Toney, you don't just get a lawyer who graduated from law school and passed the bar. You're getting someone who has done some of the same trainings as the scientists, the lab analysts, the police officers on your very cases. Because we believe being a lawyer goes far beyond simply knowing the law. It' s about all aspects of the case, as well as having the experience.
A snippet of some of the advanced, invite only seminars and classes she has attended:
- Intensive DNA Seminar with international expert Dr. Greg Hampikian at his lab at Boise State. The Dr. testified in the Amanda Knox trial and the course involved hands on work in the lab extracting and analyzing DNA and performing statistical analysis. Idaho, November 2013
- Forensic Drug Chemistry learning how solid drugs are tested with the man who brought the very first testing machine to the United States, Dr. Harold McNair, and Dr. Lee Polite. The course was sanctioned by the American Chemical Society and involved working in the lab testing suspected drugs, January 2013
- Forensic Gas Chromatography learning how the gas chromatograph which tests blood works at Axion Labs. Included working in the lab with the machine, taking it apart and running tests with it with Dr. McNair and Dr. Polite, September 2012
- MacCarthy on Cross Examination intensive seminar with renown cross examination expert Terry MaCarthy. The course involved performing mock cross on witnesses in front of the group while Terry MacCarthy critiqued the cross. May 2011
- Intoximeters EC/IR II Training Course learning how the breathalyzer machine that Illinois uses works, including hands on work with the machine, taking it apart and using it for testing. Ohio, June 2010
- Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Student Course, going through the same training given to police officers on how to administer field sobriety tests and the same tests, which she passed. California 2006
Ms. Toney has been named by Chicago Magazine an Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010 for her work in
criminal defense and DUI defense. She has received a "Superb" 10.0 out of 10.0 rating by
Avvo.com. She has also been an Adjunct Professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law since 2006.
Listen here to her CNN Radio interview on DUIs from August 30, 2012. Additionally, Ms. Toney just defended Judge David Hall, a sitting judge in Lake County who was Chief Judge at the time of his arrest. She successfully argued his appeal, and assisted in defending him at trial. She was appointed Chair of the state-wide Traffic Laws and Courts council in 2012-2013, which she has been on to for the last 6 years.
An accused individual has rights under law, and one of the most sacred of these rights is the right to an attorney. Who is selected to defend the case can make the difference between being found guilty or walking free. The firm is experienced in all types of criminal cases, and will seek out all viable defense opportunities to bring to court on behalf of the accused individual. No matter what you are facing or the circumstances that you find yourself struggling with, you will be able to be confident knowing that the firm will stop at nothing in their efforts to help you.
Why hire a criminal defense attorney?
When you or someone you care about is facing a criminal accusation, you want to be sure that you have nothing but the best legal defense on your side. The Toney Law Firm offers just that. Ms. Toney's skillful legal skills have been acknowledged by associations as noteworthy as the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National College for DUI Defense, Inc., Chicago Bar Association, Illinois Associating of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Illinois State Bar Association and the Women's Criminal Defense Bar Association.
Furthermore, Ms. Toney was admitted to the United States District Court, the Northern District of Illinois and the General Federal Bar all in one year and she has since been admitted to the United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit. While these merits speak for themselves, it is undeniably apparent that the up keep of aggressive defense tactics and the skillful know-how both in and out of the courtroom are not beyond Toney's scope of practice. In fact, they are so frequently used by the Chicago attorney that they have earned her extreme notoriety in the field of criminal defense.
When your future is on the line, you need to be sure that you will have a hard-hitting lawyer on your side that you can trust to be extensively thorough in their efforts to help defend you. At their firm, they recognize what is on the line and they are firmly devoted to bringing their clients the high-quality and thorough legal assistance that they need. Should you choose to be represented by their firm, you will be able to be confident knowing that your lawyer will be firmly devoted to helping your defend your freedom.
You cannot be satisfied with anything less than an unwavering devotion to best interests. While other firms might boast and make broad promises, the truth is that many of these firms will simply run you through a legal mill. They will take on your case, take your money and all they will do is to advise you to plead guilty. The The Toney Law Firm does not operate in this manner. They know what is on the line and will always prepare a case to go to trial. No matter what the situation is, they will extensively prepare a case and be ready to fight tooth and nail in their efforts to help you obtain the just outcome that you deserve.
Have you been arrested for a crime?
The necessity of getting immediate representation cannot be underestimated. In fact, there are actions that could be taken prior to formal charges that can impact the outcome of the case. Some individuals have been arrested and charged with a serious crime, but during the arrest, or in the gathering of evidence, procedural errors or violations of rights took place. Violations of rights should be investigated at once, as there could be opportunities to get the charges dismissed when the criminal defense lawyer from the firm has the opportunity to act quickly. In federal or felony charges this can be a vital action.
The legal team at the firm provides experienced legal counsel to clients facing a variety of criminal charges, including but not limited to DUI,
internet sex crimes,
murder/manslaughter, and all
white collar crimes. The lead attorney from the firm was named a "Super Lawyers Rising Star" for the past two years. This honor is given to attorneys that have proven outstanding abilities in court and for their clients.
In serious criminal cases, knowledge of the law is a necessity. A separate and vital ability is courtroom talent. How the case is presented, the quality of the case preparation, and the evidence submitted to defend the client is all part of a skilled and high quality defense. The firm is committed to seeking the best possible defense for clients, and in presenting a compelling case on their behalf in court. No matter whether they are fighting to get charges dismissed, to get the penalties reduced or whether they are fighting to a successful verdict in a trial setting, they will always give their best efforts each and every time. So don’t wait! Contact them today to get the high-caliber representation that you deserve.
The criminal justice system is dangerous and unforgiving for those who are accused of a criminal offense. Whether you are charged with DUI or a serious felony violent crime, it is imperative that you take immediate action and contact a talented lawyer from The Toney Law Firm. After an arrest, it can be assumed that the prosecution has decided that there is enough evidence to convict you in court, and the case will move forward relentlessly unless you take action to defend yourself with the assistance of skilled legal counsel
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