Skip to main content

Michael Earl Brandt

Criminal defense Attorney at Peoria, IL

5.0   4 reviews

Licensed for 46 years

Virtual consultation available

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    40%
    Complete criminal defense-felony, misdemeanor, DUI, and traffic in the State of Illinois

    47 years, 500 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    30%
    Defense for all felony and misdemeanor DUI

    47 years, 100 cases

  3. Expungement
    20%
    Expungement and sealing of arrest and conviction records

    10 years, 100 cases

  4. Speeding and traffic ticket
    10%
    Defense for traffic tickets including driving while license revoked/suspended

    47 years, 100 cases

FOR YOUR DEFENSE: CRIMINAL DEFENSE, DUI, CRIMINAL FELONY, CRIMINAL MISDEMEANOR, TRAFFIC, EXPUNGEMENT OF CRIMINAL RECORDS.

Trial experience for your case: I'm a former prosecutor, former public defender, and former state court judge.  Over 45 years legal experience. I've handled thousands of cases litigating over 150 jury trials to a verdict.

Licensed for 46 years
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 1976
Updated 01/06/2023

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Michael

Michael E Brandt
125 SW Jefferson Ave Ste 221
Peoria, IL, 61602-1225

Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
  4 customer reviews
5 Star
 
100%
4 Star
 
0%
3 Star
 
0%
2 Star
 
0%
1 Star
 
0%
Posted by Peggy. | January 22, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful attorney
Mr. Brandt is a very kind, intelligent person that takes the time to review records and give advice. Good advice! I put alot of faith in Mr. Brandt. Not only as a lawyer but a good man. He took the time to handle a transcript reading and put together a summary to the transcript while he was away and out of town!! Not to many attorneys would take the time to do that!! He is someone I can believe in for my son and his future!! I would totally recommend Micheal Brandt for someone to treat you right.
Read less
Posted by Pete | January 21, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr
Mike was very good with my 16 yr old grandson. He put him at ease very kind and explained everything
Posted by Richard | January 21, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
3-X
I was charged with 3 class X felony's , and seriously was scared I was going to prison for a long time or even worse , dead. For something I didn't do but was hard to prove. Me Brandt saved my life. In my eyes, there's no way to repay him for keeping me a free man. He's one of the best. I HIGHLY recommend Mr. Michael Brandt to represent anyone. Thank you Michael Brandt for my life back.
Read less
Posted by Ryan | December 2, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Phenomenal Attorney
Michael Brandt is the most knowledgeable and well respected lawyer I have ever met. He gave me options, advice, and what to expect during my case. I never once felt or believed for one moment he wasn't fighting for me as to secure the best possible outcome. I am very grateful. His experience alone is worth at least a consultation.
Read less

Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 150-250 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Michael E Brandt, Attorney-at-Law
  • 2015 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Bradley University
  • 2014 - 2019
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Illinois Central College
  • 1997 - 2011
  • Judge
  • State of Illinois, 10th Judicial Circuit
  • 1993 - 2014
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Peoria County Public Defenders Office
  • 1982 - 1993
  • Attorney
  • Michael E Brandt, Attorney-at-Law
  • 1982 - 1993
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • Peoria County State's Attorney Office
  • 1977 - 1982
View all work experience

Education

  • University of Illinois, Chicago
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1976
  • University of Illinois, Chicago
  • B.A.
  • 1972

Legal Cases

  • PEOPLE v. Lambert
  • Conviction reversed
  • People v Stalions
  • Conviction reversed and new trial ordered

Associations

  • Tazewell County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Illinois Judges Association
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
  • Peoria County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1978 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1976 - Present
View all associations

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • John C. McAndrews Pro Bono Service Award
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • 2018
  • Volunteer Lawyer of the Year
  • Peoria County Bar Association
  • 2016
  • Exceptional service as a member of the judiciary
  • Peoria County Bar Association
  • 2015
  • Benjamin K Miller Recognition
  • Illinois Family Violence Coordinating Council
  • 2013
  • Public Servant Award
  • Peoria County Bar Association
  • 2013
  • John C Shonkwiler for service as a chief circuit judge
  • Admin Office Illinois Courts
  • 2013
View all awards

Publications

  • Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • Jury Selection in Criminal Cases
  • 2008
  • Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • Chapter 13 How to Handle a Vote Canvass
  • 1978

Speaking Engagements

  • Presentation to Judges of France
  • Recovery Courts
  • 2014
  • General Practice Update
  • Effective Legal Writing for the General Practiitioner
  • 2010
  • Capital Litigation
  • Capital Litigation Trust Fund
  • 2008
  • Juvenile Law Update
  • Extended Jurisdiction Juvenile & Records Disclosure
  • 2000
View all speaking engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (0)
Given (0)
Endorse Michael
Endorsements from fellow lawyers are an important consideration for many when selecting the right attorney.
This attorney hasn't created any attorney endorsements recently on Avvo.