Schantz Law Office

Springfield Criminal Defense Lawyer


Skilled and Aggressive Representation 

Marcus L. Schantz



Consultations Are Always Free!


If you’re facing criminal charges in Springfield, Illinois or Sangamon County, you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer to protect you as your case moves through the criminal justice system. I handle all felonies but my practice focuses on serious cases involving class X and murder charges. I have represented hundreds of felony clients and won cases at trial ranging from first-degree murder to drugs possession.


Illinois treats DUI arrests very seriously. The laws are harsh, and you have to navigate first through criminal court and later the secretary of state to petition for your driver's license to be reinstated. You need a skilled DUI lawyer to assist you at every step. There is too much to lose. A knowledgeable DUI attorney can make sure the law is applied correctly and your right to drive is restored as soon as possible

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No one ever wants to have to hire a criminal defense lawyer. Whether it’s you or a loved one in need of representation I understand that stress and worry are high; you probably have important questions to ask and you want honest and straightforward answers. But most importantly you need assurance. You need to know what to expect. You need to know the lawyer you hire is trustworthy and will fight your case. I understand your situation and will do everything I can to aid you through this unsettling time. I fiercely protect my professional integrity; it has never been for sale nor will it ever be. You can expect from me honesty and compassion. 


My approach is to challenge every arrest and search when possible, and I am never afraid to force the government to prove your charges beyond a reasonable doubt at trial, if I believe you have been charged incorrectly. A guilty plea is always a last option for my clients with a criminal case. I am a criminal defense attorney; and that’s what I do: DEFEND YOU! 

If you have a pending or a potential legal matter in criminal court, contact me immediately. Consultations are always 100% free.



I was born in Springfield, IL at Memorial Hospital in 1971. I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2002 and Northern Illinois University College of Law in 2005. I am also an honorably discharged US Army veteran. I practiced law in Chicago for seven years before taking a break from the profession so I could travel, live abroad and write a few novels. 

Springfield, IL has once again become my home. I have returned to the law and what I know best; and I bring with me extensive experience in intense felony defense from the City of Chicago--not the suburbs. There I represented hundreds of accused felons and tried cases to juries and judges in matters ranging from First Degree Murder to Drug Possession. I also have considerable Fourth Amendment litigation experience and have successfully expunged convictions and sealed arrest records. 

Memberships: Illinois State Bar Association, American Bar Association



Thank you for visiting the Schantz Law Office site. I intend to provide general information, which should not be construed as legal advice. If you are looking for advice on a specific matter, you are encouraged to contact me directly at 217-588-9009. Please understand that submission of this form does not establish an attorney-client relationship.

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