John G. Prior, Jr.

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John G. Prior, Jr.

(309) 827-4300johnprior@thepriorlawfirm.com

1210 Towanda Ave #15
Bloomington, IL 61701

The Bloomington Criminal Law Firm Ready to Fight Your Charges

Many people find themselves paralyzed into inaction after being arrested or charged with an Illinois crime. Sometimes they go into a kind of shock due to the stress and fear of the situation itself. Other times police officers and prosecutors may convince them that there is nothing to be done – the evidence against them is too strong. They are going to pay, so why even try to fight?

This, of course, is exactly how law enforcement officials want you to feel. Because their job is to secure a conviction. If you believe there is no hope and do nothing to fight back, it makes that job a whole lot easier.

Here is what you should do: hire a skilled and experienced criminal attorney as soon as you can. The faster you do, the better your chances at receiving a positive outcome. Why? Because in criminal cases, time matters.

As someone who has been practicing law for more than 27 years, John Prior, Jr. understands this. He knows that some types of evidence must be collected quickly or you will not be able to use them in your defense. The more time law enforcement officials spend with you before you have an attorney, the more likely you are to say or do something that can harm your case.

That is why, when you decide to work with The Prior Law Firm, P.C., our lawyers are ready to hit the ground running. We will make sure you are not questioned without a representative present; your rights are respected and no corners are cut; any evidence that can potentially help your case is collected and turned over to us; and the prosecution does not get any more of a head start than they already have.

An Illinois Criminal Lawyer Who Understands How Prosecutors Think

Since 2004, The Prior Law Firm, P.C. has been helping people in and around Bloomington, IL, to do just that, fighting for their rights and making sure that they receive a fair trial. However, John Prior, Jr.’s legal experience stretches back far longer than that – for more than 27 years.

Over that time he has worked on both sides of the aisle. First for the State’s Attorney’s Office, where he served as a brief writer for the Appellate Prosecutor’s office, as an Assistant State’s Attorney in multiple counties, and as the elected State’s Attorney of Henderson County.

Now he has his own defense law firm, where he uses his first-hand knowledge of how prosecutors think to craft winning strategies and help his clients to get their charges reduced, dropped, or dismissed.

When you understand the types of arguments that the other side is going to use, it not only helps to bolster your own argument, but undercut theirs. This is a method that Prior has used time and time again to poke holes in prosecutors’ cases and cast doubt on their evidence and assertions.

This is incredibly important because, in criminal trials, the burden of proof is on the other side. While prosecutors must prove your guilt, you don’t need to prove your innocence. All you need to do is put doubts into the minds of the jury members or judge. That is what “innocent until proven guilty” means. It may not always feel like it, but under our legal system, you are given the benefit of the doubt.

A Track Record on Bloomington Cases That You Can Trust

Due to the positive outcomes he has been able to achieve handling DUIs, felonies, and all kinds of other Illinois criminal charges, Prior has received quite a bit of recognition from a wide variety of legal institutions, including being Lead Counsel rated, having both the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys and the American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys name him to their 10 Best in Client Satisfaction list two years in a row (2016 and 2017), and appearing on the National Trial Lawyers list of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers.

Above all, John Prior, Jr. believes in the right for everyone to receive the strongest possible defense and have their rights protected while going through the criminal justice system. When your life and future are on the line, you want to make sure you have the best possible advocate in your corner.

Mr. Prior not only possesses the knowledge and experience in Illinois criminal law that you need, he will treat your case like the priority that it is. He will give you his full attention and commitment until your situation is resolved to the best of his abilities.

A Bloomington Criminal Lawyer with Experience You Can Count On

Work Experience

Title Company Name Duration
Owner The Prior Law Firm, P.C. 2004 – Present
Managing Attorney – Subrogation Department The Wilber Law Firm 2003 – 2004
Assistant State’s Attorney Peoria County State’s Attorney Office 2003 – 2003
Contract brief writer State’s Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor’s Office 2002 – 2003
Head of Domestic Violence Unit McLean County State’s Attorney’s Office 1996 – 2002
Elected State’s Attorney Henderson County Attorney’s Office 1992 – 1996
Assistant State’s Attorney  Knox County State’s Attorney’s Office 1990 – 1992
Licensed to Practice Law Illinois 1990

Education

School Name Major Degree Graduated
John Marshall Law School, Chicago Law JD – Juris Doctor 1990
University of Northern Iowa Physical Ed. MA – Masters 1979
Coe College Physical Ed BA – Bachelor of Arts 1974

Awards

Award Name Grantor Date granted
Peer Review Rated 2016
Client Rating Martindale-Hubbell 2015
Award of Recognition Countering Domestic Violence 2003
Department Special Award Illinois State Police 1995

Associations

Association Name Position Name Duration
American Bar Association Member 2013 – Present
McLean County Bar Association Member 1998 – Present
Illinois State Bar Association Member 1990 – Present

Speaking Engagements

Conference Name Title Date
Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence Domestic Violence Prosecution–A Team Approach– 2007
Investigating & Prosecuting Stalking Stalking Laws & Law Enforcement Strategies 2006
Various Counties Prosecuting Domestic Violence Cases 2002