Champaign-Urbana Criminal Defense Lawyers

Bruno Law Offices is the premier criminal and DUI defense firm of Central Illinois. We have been serving clients in Champaign-Urbana and Central Illinois since 1980. Our lawyers have successfully defended thousands of serious cases in the state and federal courts, including cases covered by the national and international media.

The Champaign-Urbana criminal defense attorneys at Bruno Law Offices are among an elite class of criminal practitioners experienced in handling the highest level felonies, including death penalty qualified crimes. Your case may be the most stressful issue you have ever faced. Our attorneys understand that, and will do whatever it takes to secure the best outcome possible.

Our law firm understands that each case is unique. Our attorneys are focused on providing each client with the personalized legal services he or she requires. For more than 35 years we have helped good people overcome great challenges. More than just a law firm, we are a crisis management team. Put us to work for you today. Call (217) 328-6000.

Meet the Attorneys of Bruno Law Offices

Our Practice Areas

Serving Champaign, Ford, Douglas, Piatt, McLean, Coles and other Counties

Real Client Reviews


I hired Tom to help us with a traffic violation for my son. In our first conversation he set our expectations with the potential challenges and hopeful results. In the end, he not only met our expectations, he exceeded them in every way. He negotiated the most favorable possible result possible with the court despite an uphill battle. While our case was relatively small, Tom kept us informed via email throughout the process. I was most surprised by getting several emails at 9pm, 5:30 am and the like. I never waited more than a few hours to get a reply. I would highly recommend Tom Bruno.


Thomas Bruno was very helpful and I would definitely recommend him! He talked me through the steps that needed to be taken for my case. Very informative and answered any questions I had. If anyone is looking for a great attorney, Thomas Bruno would be the one!


Mr. Tom Bruno was crucial in getting a case that I was involved in dismissed, and his immense experience in the courtroom was evident throughout the process.

Any legal issue is a stressful process, and the peace of mind of knowing that you have a fantastic lawyer is priceless. This was my first experience with the legal system, and Mr. Bruno made sure to keep me informed of every step of the way. I would highly recommend Mr. Tom Bruno to anyone who is in need of legal assistance.


I met with Mr. Bruno and explained my situation, he was blunt with me about my options and gave me an honest opinion on how we would proceed. I was extremely happy with how everything was handled and my outcome. If your facing charges of any kind, I highly recommend Mr. Bruno and his team.


Great to work with. Explained every aspect of case in great detail. Did everything that was promised plus alot more. Mr. Bruno went above and beyond in my case. I would recommend him to anyone one who asked me.


Thomas did a great job, I ended up getting court supervision for a year and a small fine. My consequences could have severe, he did a wonderful job and I would recommend him to anyone and everyone!


Tom was very professional and personable and helped me get the results I wanted for my case. He knows his stuff and can talk to you in a language you can understand. I would recommend Tom and his firm to anybody needing an attorney.


I have worked with many attorneys, but this time I needed one for myself. From the initial contact thru the dismissal of charges Tom listened to my concerns, was very easy to contact by phone and email and offered advice based on his experience and what the law required. I would retain his services in the future if necessary.


I am very pleased with Mr Bruno. Not only is he a nice man, he is a very good lawyer. He is truly concerned about his clients. He is in constant communication about everything that he says or does. If you need a lawyer, Mr Bruno is your man. I highly recommend him.

Hundreds of jury trials. Thousands of serious cases.

Do I Need a Criminal Defense Lawyer?

If you have been charged with a crime, whether it is a misdemeanor or a felony, you absolutely need an attorney to help you navigate the tricky legal waters. You also shouldn’t trust just any attorney to handle your case. While an assigned public defender may have good intentions when taking your case, keep in mind they are often overloaded with cases and may not be able to give your case the attention it truly deserves. Inexperienced attorneys may agree to take your case and may seem enthusiastic about representing you, but at the end of the day, you need an attorney who has handled these cases before and knows how to present the best possible defense on your behalf.

The team at Bruno Law Offices understands the fear and uncertainty that naturally follow in the wake of an arrest. You may be fearful about your future, your job, and how you will take care of your family with charges hanging over your head. When you work with us, we will take the burden of defending your livelihood and reputation off your hands. We will handle the paperwork, will make the required court appearances, and will guide you through the process of preserving your freedom and clearing your name. We’ve protected good people facing prosecution in Champaign-Urbana for nearly four decades now, and we’re committed to helping you with your case. There is no fee to call us, so contact us today.

Why Choose Bruno Law Offices?

Through our four decades-long service to the Illinois community, our firm has a well-earned reputation for excellence when it comes to defending people just like you against criminal allegations. We have seen thousands of cases through and have earned the trust and respect of our clients. Here are just a few examples of cases we have handled for individuals in Champaign-Urbana:

  • Facing felony drug charges and alleged participation in a central Illinois drug ring, the clients’ sentence was whittled down to only four years; the client will most likely spend no time in prison due to an agreement with the Attorney General’s office.
  • Facing a DUI case, a private investigator was brought in and together we heavily scrutinized the security footage and witness testimony. The case was dropped by the State.
  • Facing the consequences of a 3rd DUI arrest, the team at Bruno Law Offices was able to negotiate to get the charges completely dismissed.
  • When felony manufacturing and distribution charges were issued against our client, we were able to build an aggressive defense and got ready for trial. The prosecutor decided to drop all charges against our client.

These are just a sample of the many cases we have handled on behalf of our clients, who trust us like so many others in Champaign-Urbana have trusted us to handle their criminal case. We will diligently research the facts of your case and will aggressively prepare for trial if necessary on your behalf.

Don’t let the fact that you’ve been arrested leave you paralyzed with fear. Contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at Bruno Law Offices to get started on your defense and prepare to fight the charges against you. We’re ready to help you today.

Criminal Charges in Champaign-Urbana

Our criminal defense attorneys are well equipped to handle a wide spectrum of cases. Our practice areas include:

  • DUI – If you have been arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, turn to the team that has helped countless people just like you in Champaign-Urbana. We will work to have the charges against you reduced or dropped altogether.
  • Traffic Violations – Speeding tickets, reckless driving, driving on an expired license, and other traffic violations can be a costly nuisance. We are prepared to help you fight the violations you have been charged with.
  • Gun Crimes – If you have been charged with a crime involving a weapon and especially a gun, you may be facing serious penalties, including incarceration. We are prepared to mount an aggressive defense on your behalf, so contact us today.
  • Cocaine Possession – If you are charged with possession or distribution of a controlled substance like cocaine, you need to build a strong defense to protect your livelihood and your freedom. We have experience helping people in your exact situation, so contact us to get started on your case.
  • Sex Offenses – Being charged with a sex crime can have a lasting effect on your ability to work and your reputation. Do not let allegations like these ruin your life. We’re prepared to stand up for you and defend you in your time of need.
  • Theft & Burglary – Our theft and burglary attorneys understand what it takes to present a strong defense on your behalf. We have helped other good people in Champaign-Urbana battle charges just like these and preserved their freedom.
  • Heroin Possession – Heroin is a controlled substance that is often taken very seriously by arresting officers and the courts. That’s why it is essential to have an experienced attorney on your side if you are facing charges of possession, manufacture, or distribution of this substance.
  • Homicide & Murder Charges – Murder charges carry a weight that few other criminal charges carry, and it is essential to immediately hire an attorney to mount an aggressive defense to protect your freedom.
  • Methamphetamine Possession – Methamphetamines have been a focus of state and federal law enforcement in recent years, and as such, they have become more aggressive with arresting individuals suspected of using and distributing the substance. If you are facing methamphetamine charges, don’t wait to call us to help you today.
  • White Collar Crimes – We have extensive experience helping good people like you who have been charged with a white-collar crime, from tax fraud to investment fraud, and others.
  • Driving Suspended/Revoked – If you have been apprehended for driving with a suspended or revoked license, contact us today to discuss how we can help you retain your driving privileges.
  • Battery – If you have been charged with battery, only an experienced criminal defense attorney should be brought in to protect your rights and fight on your behalf in court. Contact the team at Bruno Law Offices to speak to a qualified battery attorney.
  • Conspiracy – People are often unfamiliar with how conspiracy charges can be brought against them and how to defend against these allegations. Let the team at Bruno Law Offices help you and develop a successful defense against the charges.
  • Home Invasion – Home invasion charges are often considered a Class X felony and can come with heavy penalties in Illinois. By consulting an experienced member of our legal team, we can construct an aggressive defense to defend your future.
  • Resisting A Peace Officer – The team at Bruno Law Offices know that in today’s climate, interactions with law enforcement can be intimidating and politically-charged. We are prepared to help you fight against resisting a peace officer charges in Champaign-Urbana.
  • Child Pornography – We understand that child pornography charges carry a social stigma and especially zealous attention from prosecutors, so we are prepared to help you aggressively defend yourself against such allegations.
  • Police Interviews – If you have been contacted by the police for an interview, it is essential to have an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side. Don’t be fooled, the police may be looking to get a confession out of you if you speak to them without an attorney present.
  • Marijuana Possession – In Illinois, marijuana has been legal for adult recreational use since January 2020. However, there are strict laws in place regarding how much marijuana you can have, who you can buy it from, and where you can use it. We understand the laws associated with marijuana possession, and we’ll work to ensure you’re not wrongfully convicted of a drug offense.

If you've been charged with an offense, do not hesitate to get in touch with an attorney. Your lawyer will use their skills to protect your rights and will work to minimize the extent of the penalties you may be facing.

The Champaign-Urbana Criminal Defense Lawyers of Bruno Law Offices Will Fight For You

The attorneys at Bruno Law Offices provide aggressive and effective defense for people charged with crimes in Champaign-Urbana. For more than four decades, we have worked tirelessly to ensure that our clients receive the best legal defense. There is no fee to call us for a consultation, and we will help you understand your legal options. Email us through our contact form, chat live on our website, or call us at (217) 328-6000 today. The difference between hiring the right attorney and the wrong attorney is the most significant decision made in a criminal case. Be sure you are represented by the best.

Excellent Service

Your initial consultation with us is always free of charge and can easily be arranged with one quick phone call or email. We strive to return your phone call or email immediately - during normal business hours or otherwise. Being available to you, our clients, is just part of our commitment to delivering excellent service.

If you are facing prosecution for a criminal or DUI charge in the Champaign-Urbana area or elsewhere in East Central Illinois, we are here to help. The Champaign-Urbana criminal defense attorneys of the Bruno Law Offices can protect you and your rights in court. Contact us today at (217) 328-6000 to schedule your initial consultation.

Bruno Law Offices
301 W Green St
Urbana, IL 61801
Tel: (217) 328-6000
Fax: (217) 328-6765

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