Law Offices of William Swafford LLC

When you need an attentive, high-level defense of your rights anywhere in the Northern Nevada (Reno/Tahoe) or Chicago area, the Law Offices of William Swafford LLC is ready to provide the aggressive defense you need.  Beginning with a free, personal, confidential consultation, we represent individuals facing criminal charges or civil forfeiture proceedings at both trial and appellate levels of both judicial and administrative cases.

Our firm is dedicated to providing our clients with the high-quality criminal defense that they truly deserve. No matter what they have been charged with, clients can rest assured knowing that they will have an advocate at our firm. We are able to handle criminal charges at both the state and federal level and will provide you with an inexhaustible level of defense. Our attorneys are tireless advocates on behalf of our clients and will do everything that we can to help.


Regardless of the criminal charges that you find yourself facing, you can trust our firm will have the aggressive defense you need to protect your rights. We are equipped to handle all types of criminal changes.

Drug Crimes

We are able to protect those who have been criminally charged with a drug crime, such as the possession, trafficking or sale of a controlled substance. We can also able help with marijuana and narcotics charges.

Driving Under the Influence

We help individuals charged with driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol in Northern Nevada and Illinois.  We know the penalties for drunk driving can be severe and we are fully dedicated to ensuring our clients are given the aggressive defense they need to protect their interests. From representing our clients at DMV license suspension hearings to helping combat charges involving driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs, our clients know we will stop at nothing to help dismiss charges, reduce penalties or achieve a verdict of not guilty.

Sex Crimes

We are able to help clients who find themselves facing everything from Internet sex crimes to prostitution, rape and sexual abuse. We know the social stigma that can come from sex offender registration; you can be confident knowing we will do everything possible to ensure that you can avoid life-altering penalties such as this. Even in delicate cases involving children, such as sex with a minor and sexual conduct against a child, we will apply our experience and knowledge to help our clients protect their rights.

Violent Crimes

Some of the most serious of criminal charges involve violent crimes. These offenses which incorporate the element of violence carry a heavy social stigma and thus are harshly prosecuted by law enforcement and prosecutors alike. From cases of murder to domestic battery and cases involving gang enhancements, our firm fights for the just outcomes our clients deserve.

Theft & White Collar Crimes

Criminal charges involving theft crimes, no matter whether grand or petit larceny, can result in monetary fines and months or even years of imprisonment – depending on the value of the item stolen. In these cases, we will do everything possible to defend the future of our clients against the possibility of probation.

In a similar division of criminal law, white collar crimes, we will be able to apply a highly technical knowledge and patience to ensure that our clients are given the best possible chance of success. These cases can be tried on the federal level and can often be investigated for years before any criminal charges are pressed. Should you work with our firm, you can be confident knowing that we will stop at nothing to ensure that we level the playing field


When your future is on the line, you need a lawyer who will truly take the time to understand your case.  We are not afraid to take on complex cases and we take an aggressive and tireless approach to each case.

When it is your future on the line, you need to act immediately to protect your legal rights. At our firm, we know what is at stake and we will do everything possible to help.

When everything is on the line you can be rest assured that we are on your side doing everything in our power to protect your freedom, property and livelihood.  Our law firm believes in the right to be “innocent until proven guilty” and understands how to protect that right in light of the State’s burden to prove their case “beyond a reasonable doubt.”  Our firm consists of aggressive trial attorneys who ensure that our clients feel confident that their freedom and life as they know it are well protected.

Tailored Free Agreements & Payment Options

Our law firm offers free consultations and a variety of payment options tailored to the specific needs of our clients.  We accept all major credit cards as well as Paypal and will entertain any reasonable payment arrangement requested by a potential client.



Civil Rights Law is a broad spectrum of legal area covering the rights of an individual, specifically their First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendment Rights and their Rights under the Civil Rights Act.

Under the First Amendment, you have the right to speak your mind without fear of punishment or reprisal and to associate with whom you want. If you are being disciplined for your speech or associations you may have a legal claim.

If you are facing discipline at school or your public job, you have the right to know the allegations against you, an opportunity to respond to those allegations, and possibly the right to a hearing before discipline is taken.

If you are arrested without probable cause, you also may be entitled to legal relief pursuant to the Fourth Amendment. There must be some legitimate basis for your arrest without a warrant. If arrested with a warrant, the warrant must be properly issued.

The Civil Rights Act precludes discrimination based on your race, religion, national origin, gender, sex, age, or sexual orientation. You may not be disciplined or harassed based on any of these categories. You also cannot be retaliated against for raising a claim of Discrimination.

If the government has unlawfully seized or deprived you of your property or if you have been wrongfully arrested or the victim of police brutality you may be able to seek compensation.


Through civil forfeiture, police and prosecutors can seize private property — cars, cash, homes, boats — that they suspect is involved with a criminal activity. Unlike criminal forfeiture, a property owner doesn’t actually have to be found guilty of a crime to lose his property. Civil forfeiture laws make it easy for law enforcement to seize property — and profitable. In many states, law enforcement can keep a portion or all of the proceeds from the sale of seized property, giving them a direct financial stake in forfeiture efforts. This has led to policing for profit, not justice. Incredibly, it gets worse. Federal law makes civil forfeiture easier than state law and more profitable.

Through a program called “equitable sharing,” state and local police can partner with the federal government to take property they likely couldn’t under state law “tougher” standards and receive more of the proceeds back — up to 80 percent. If the police have seized your property for civil forfeiture it is essential that you contact an experienced lawyer now as their is limited time to file a claim and challenge the government’s forfeiture of your property.