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Cheryl R. Whitley

Criminal defense Attorney at Belleville, IL

4.4   20 reviews
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2011
    Status
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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

About Cheryl

Learn Cheryl’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    40%
    Felonies -Misdemeanors -Traffic Offenses -License Reinstatement

    12 years

  2. Civil rights
    20%

    12 years

  3. Speeding and traffic ticket
    20%

    12 years

  4. Violent crime
    20%

    12 years

Recipient of AVVO’s “2019 CLIENT’S CHOICE AWARD”

 

Attorney Cheryl R. Whitley has over ten years of law enforcement experience. She has served as a police officer; special operations officer; police detective and narcotics investigator. This professional experience from “the other side” has given her a thorough understanding of how crimes are prosecuted and gives her THE EDGE in aggressively defending your case.

The Scales of Justice is not always balanced and Cheryl has witnessed many forms of injustice in a system supposedly designed to protect the innocent. Martin Luther King, Jr. said “Injustice Anywhere is a threat to Justice Everywhere.” Witnessing injustice first hand struck a burning desire within Cheryl to obtain her law degree so that she might be that voice to fight for the rights of the oppressed.

Cheryl’s unwavering desire to fight for justice led her to the infamous Johnnie Cochran Law Firm where she did her internship. Upon graduation Cheryl was hired by the Cochran Firm-St. Louis as a Law Clerk. For almost three years Cheryl offered her expertise in proper police procedure and in civil rights cases. During that period Cheryl made many successful arguments in civil rights cases on behalf of the clients.

Attorney Cheryl R. Whitley is “NOW ON YOUR SIDE” ready to vigorously defend your case.

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Location

Law Office of Cheryl R. Whitley, LLC
27 East Main Street
Belleville, IL, 62220

Reviews

4.4 / 5.0
  20 customer reviews
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Posted by Wilbert | August 13, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Finally Free
Definitely The Best Lawyer I’ve ever Hired. Not only did Cheryl turn around a case where I was facing the rest of my days behind bars, but out of the kindness of her heart, filed the motion to get my probation discharged early. So after only 2 years of probation I’m A Free Man!!! All Thanks To The Effective Efforts Of Attorney Whitney. I put my life and freedom in her hands and she hasn’t let me down yet. Cheryl Is Highly Recommended and Greatly Appreciated…… Thanks For Everything Cheryl!!
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Posted by Wilbert | June 30, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Life Safer!
I’m a 38 year old with a criminal background, changed my life and still found myself looking at an enhanced class X felony. Cheryl really turned that around for me and my family. My praises go to God, My thanks go to Attorney Whitley. She keeps her word, and fights for her clients. Keeps your best interest at heart and tells it straight NO GAMES!!!!! In short, facing a total of 160 years with the minimum at 30 years, She turned that into no prison time, 4 years probation..... She’s Amazing, fair pricing, and she’s well respected in court!!!!! Whole-Heartedly Recommended!!!!!!!!
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Posted by Cesarine | April 6, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Speeding Ticket
Very nice, knowledgeable and Caring. She explained more details what was going to take place. She gave me time with the court to give me enough time to pay the ticket. I will definitely recommend her:))
Posted by Jean | March 15, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
This Lawyer Fought for My Nephew
Attorney Cheryl Whitley was hired by my family to represent my nephew in a very serious case. This Attorney fought hard for my nephew, and she did not just accept the deal the State offered. She pointed out inconsistencies in stories, she had investigators that ultimately revealed what the truth was. And the charges were dismissed. I can’t thank her enough for getting our nephew his freedom back.
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Posted by Richard | March 14, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
She really do cares about your freedom
Cheryl R. Whitley is a great lawyer and I have nothing but great things to say about a woman that cares and fought hard to keep me.. Looking at all types of charges I walk away a free man. If you want someone to fight for you and your freedom she is a straight shooter.. Always answer or return calls.. Make time for her clients and client families. I thank you Cheryl R Whitley for her service and my freedom....
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Posted by Shavontae | March 12, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Very professional!
I hired Ms. Whitley to expunge a misdemeanor for me, she was very professional and kept me updated on the entire process. Although, she has already completed the expungement for me I am still able to contact her for legal advice, which I am really grateful for!
Posted by Tiffiney | February 12, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great job
Will fight for you. After I hired her she didn't just make me accept any offer she fought
Posted by anonymous | June 27, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent
My lawyer represented my son in a very serious criminal case. I didn’t know her but she came highly recommended. She was professional, timely and knowledgeable of what she was doing. I was even allowed to make monthly payments. The outcome was acceptable and I appreciated her very much.
Posted by Kimberly | June 22, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome attorney
I was wrongly accused, my lively hood was on the line and she turned it all around for me. This is definitely the attorney you want in your corner. She kept me informed about everything and is very focused and professional.
Posted by C. Washington | January 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Completely Satisfied
Our family would like to THANK YOU from the bottom of our heart.....No one wants to receive a call stating that a loved one has been arrested but when this happened, Ms. Whitely was the first and only call we made. She took on the case and handled it with such compassion and efficiency that truly made this terrible experience bearable. Thank you for the professional manner in which you handled our case from beginning to end. And most of all, we are extremely grateful for the outcome.....Thank you for doing your job well!!!
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Posted by anonymous | January 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent service
Ms. Whitley handled a traffic ticket for me. I was very pleased with her service. She was fast, efficient, and professional. She kept me from missing a day's work by appearing in court to represent me. Her communication throughout the process was superb and she really made me feel like she cared about my circumstance. I will definitely use Ms. Whitley in the future and I've already referred her to a few of my friends! Finding a good lawyer to handle your legal needs isn't easy to come by. She's definitely a person I will keep on speed dial. Thanks again Ms. Whitley!
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Posted by LaJuan Monroe | October 18, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Above And Beyond!!
I'm a CDL Class A driver and received a speeding ticket for 15 miles over the speed limit. I spoke with Ms. Whitley and she assured me she would do everything she could to help me out knowing that that ticket could jeopardize my ability to work. Ms. Whitley informed me that the process would take about 45 to 60 days but that she was pretty sure it would be dropped to a non moving violation which would pretty much save my career. Well 2 weeks in my job decided to let me go because of the ticket. I had other opportunities but they all hinged on me getting the ticket sorted out. I called Ms. Whitley and she don't worry I'll make a few calls. Not even a whole week later she had my ticket dropped to non moving and also got proof to me immediately following to show the potential jobs. Ms. Whitley to a situation that could have had me jobless for 6 months to a year and turned it to a bump in the road of life. I'm still able to work and support my family because of it. Her exceptional work, ability to break down legalese and make things understandable, and her effort to make you feel like a priority even when she's extremely busy is the reason I would never hesitate to refer someone to her in the future. I can't thank her enough and if I ever have a problem in or around Belleville again I won't hesitate to give her a call.
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Posted by Eileen | October 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great helper!
Got Cheryl helped with a work zone speeding ticked dismissed. She is very efficient, knowledgeable, professional, and most importantly experienced. Highly recommend Cheryl for her dedication and care towards your case and she is really someone you can fully rely on.
Posted by YVONNE | December 21, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding!
Attorney Whitley,exceeded my expectations.I retained her service 2days,before my Court Hearing.The short notice did not affect the service she provided.she was prepared,patient and understanding.Attorney Whitley kept our best interests in mind,throughout the process.If you are looking for a professional attorney to represent you,she is highly recommended! Thank you!
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Posted by Michelle | July 25, 2015
Our lawyer tirelessly pursued the quickest and best action for our case.
Cheryl Whitley kept us informed and abreast of the legal proceedings . She gave us the facts of the case and the best route for a great outcome. Even though we are not residents of Illinois she was willing to accept our case without hesitation. We know that we could not have received the fairness of this case without her ability to negotiate and work on our behalf. Because of Cheryl's dedication to her profession, our nephew is now able to have a better future. Thank you Cheryl Whitley.
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Posted by Chris | June 1, 2015
My review of Cheryl r whitley
Cheryl R Whitley is absolutely a true professional she answered any and all my questions she knows the leageal system I will be recommending her to anyone I know who needs a laywer and if I ever need her services again you can bet I will call her first
Posted by Mike | May 8, 2015
Great job!
Cheryl did a great job keeping me in the loop the entire process! I'm out of state so I trusted her to handle an important (to me) task at a reasonable price.
Posted by anonymous | July 26, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
DO NOT HIRE
When i first got in touch with her she said she could get my case resolved with no jail time, the day before my court date she told me i had to take my time or go to trial and lose, also 9 days after me having a daughter. She got me the same plea deal that a public defender was able to get me after i payed her 5000$ and “couldn’t get me anything less” She promised shed never had a client get denied for boot camp then after three months in a receiving center i was denied and my mom had to get in touch with the courts to get the paperwork fixed because a box wasn’t check marked and she didn’t pay enough attention to notice it. After i was supposed to do 120 days in boot camp i ended up doing 9 months all together. She did not answer one call from me the whole time i was incarcerated. She didn't even show me a motion of discovery to show me the evidence the courts had against me. Horrible service, DO NOT RECCOMEND!! I would give 0 stars if possible.
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Posted by Reggie | December 18, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
No good
I hired Cheryl Whitley back in 2017. I had 6 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm and was facing up to 30 years in prison at 85%. I was in jail for 6 months and she only came to see me 3 times! She kept telling me if we went to trial I would be found guilty and given the max. My last court date the state had offered me 18 years at 85% and she wanted me to take it but I told her I wasn't and she asked me what would I take and I told her I'm not taking anything! She then asked would I take 15 years if she could talk them down and I told her no and I wanted to go to trial. So both the state and defense announced ready for trial! I called home the next day and found out all charges had been dismissed because they were having trouble locating the victim and witnesses weren't cooperating. She didn't even come to tell me any of this! Instead I had to call home to find this out. It was about 4 other guys in the jail I was being held in that fired her because she wasn't doing anything for them either. She might be good for traffic or misdemeanor cases but if you have a serious felony don't hire Cheryl Whiltey unless you want to go to prison!
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Posted by Jeannette | December 28, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Should have used a free public defender
I was a former client of Cheryl Whitley whom did the job to the best of her ability but I was still not satisfied with my results. I rate my experience 1 star.
Response from Cheryl Whitley January 7, 2017
Dear Madam, we’re very sorry that you had a bad experience with our firm. Our firm strives to deliver the highest client satisfaction in every case. Please contact me directly to discuss your specific concerns. I welcome the communication. Respectfully, Attorney Cheryl Whitley
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 7.2 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Founder, CEO
  • The Law Office of Cheryl Whitley
  • 2011 - Present
  • Law Clerk
  • The Cochran Law Firm
  • 2005 - 2010

Education

  • Western Michigan Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • University of Missouri
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2001

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State of Illinois vs. Boys & Lacy Inc.
  • The State's case was dismissed with prejudice and the judge ordered the vehicle to be returned to its owner.

Associations

  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Listed
  • American Lawyer Awards
  • 2020
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2019

Speaking Engagements

  • Annual Student Trunk Giveaway
  • “Just Because It’s A Stretch For You Does Not Mean That It Is Not Yours!”
  • 2018

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (8)
Endorse Cheryl
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Cheryl is a knowledgeable and highly-respected member of the legal community. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Civil rights Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer as a very valuable member of our profession."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Cheryl has valuable law enforcement experience that adds to her assets as a criminal defense lawyer."
Civil rights Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Victoria Clemans, Crim defense!"
Unknown Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly recommend Ms. Whitley for anyone in need of an experienced, dedicated criminal defense attorney."
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Belleville Criminal defense Lawyer Cheryl R. Whitley
Cheryl R. Whitley
Criminal defense Attorney
Belleville, IL
Licensed for 12 years