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Wheaton Man Accused of Home Invasion Held on $1 Million Bail

September 27th, 2012 at 10:25 am

The Chicago Tribune is reporting that a Wheaton man is being held in the DuPage County Jail on $1 million bail after being arrested on felony charges of home invasion and reckless discharge of a firearm, and misdemeanor charges of battery and firearms-related violations.

64-year-old Jeffrey H. Beard was armed when he allegedly entered the Glen Ellyn home of a female acquaintance, where he confronted the woman and her boyfriend. The couple reports that Beard fired off a round and held a gun to the woman’s head; Beard later allowed the boyfriend to leave the residence, and he immediately contacted police. After police surrounded the residence, the woman ran outside, and authorities hit Beard with a stun gun around 2:00 a.m. when he tried to flee. At the time of his arrest, Beard still had a handgun in his possession.

Felony criminal charges can result in very serious penalties for those who are convicted of these crimes under Illinois law. All felony convictions, and particularly those involving violence, such as home invasion and reckless discharge of a firearm, can potentially result in significant prison sentences. Furthermore, even misdemeanor charges can have severe consequences, including periods of incarceration. For these reasons, a strong criminal defense is necessary whenever you or a loved one face these types of criminal charges.

Your Chicago criminal defense attorney will take steps to investigate the circumstances surrounding your case, explore any possible mitigating factors in your favor, and recommend the best course of action to take in your case. Contact your felony criminal defense lawyer today, and let us help minimize the impact of a criminal conviction on your life.

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Written by Staff Writer

September 27th, 2012 at 10:25 am

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