Criminal Defense

Criminal Defense Attorneys in Marengo, Serving Northern Illinois

At Franks Gerkin McKenna we are a team of Illinois lawyers committed to and energetic in protecting the rights of adults and juveniles charged with criminal offenses. Tenaciously defending your rights, preserving your freedom, and protecting your future is our mission in such cases. We go the distance needed to achieve the best possible outcome. For a free consultation about the charges you face and to find out about 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. Franks Gerkin McKenna understands that people don’t always simply make a bad decision. There may have been circumstances that led you to drastic action or you may have been in the wrong place at the wrong time, involved with a negative group of people. We look at all the details that led up to the crime and uncover reasons why the crime was committed.

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 negotiations, legal assistance, 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 1st Assistant 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.

Franks Gerkin McKenna practices solid communication with all parties involved and serves as a resourceful defense. Our criminal defense attorneys’ combined, extensive knowledge of the law, including sentencing guidelines and trends in specific courts and case type, is a tremendous asset in helping you make sound decisions. We are prepared to:

  • Thoroughly investigate your case, including the people, location, conditions, circumstances, and sequence of events that led to and followed the crime.
  • Look at all angles for defense strategies, including your intentions, false accusations, state of mind you were in, or if you were provoked, for example.
  • We do not want to drag out your case, but we want to have enough time to explore all the options.
  • When you face the imposing challenge of any type of criminal charges, from a DUI in the state of Illinois 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.

We encourage you to contact us when you need a capable criminal defense attorney who has proven skills and compassion. We will provide honest, straightforward counsel to help you weigh risks, options and the decisions you must make.

Franks Gerkin McKenna knows everyone makes mistakes and sometimes those mistakes involve breaking the law. While some crimes can have an effect on the rest of your life, we want to avoid that scenario whenever possible. There are times when an innocent person has been falsely accused, so we look at all possibilities to uncover if this has happened to you. We also offer moral support and advise you on what to do in between legal proceedings. We counsel families of the accused person on how to cope and what they can do to help.