Chicago Criminal Lawyers

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What are my rights if I've been arrested in Chicago?

First of all, police should advise you immediately upon arrest of your constitutional rights: you have the right not to speak to the police, you have the right to have an attorney, and if you cannot afford an attorney you have the right to a public defender.

If you have been arrested or charged with a crime in Chicago, a Chicago criminal defense lawyer can help you through the criminal process, from the time of arrest until sentencing. Hiring a lawyer sooner in the process rather than later may help you mount a stronger defense and avoid saying or doing things against your self-interest.

Note that you must unequivocally assert your right to an attorney (“I will not speak until I have an attorney present”) in order for police to stop questioning you. Once you do that, they must stop all questioning until you have an attorney present.

In contrast, it is easier to accidentally waive your right to silence. You invoke your right to silence by not speaking, but if you do say something, the police may use that as evidence against you in court.

What options do I have if I did commit the crime of which I'm accused?

A criminal prosecution requires that the government prove every element of its case beyond a reasonable doubt. This is a very exacting standard, and a skilled criminal defense lawyer can seize upon the many opportunities to weaken the prosecution's arguments. For example, there may be a problem with the chain of custody of a key piece of evidence, or the defendant might not have been properly instructed of his Fifth Amendment rights. Even if you committed the crime for which you are charged, the government is responsible for proving it and following the strict procedures in place to assure a fair trial.

The office of the Cook County State's Attorney, which prosecutes crimes in Chicago, has stated that it will invest substantial resources in increasing enforcement and incarceration, which makes it even more crucial that criminal defendants retain skilled counsel to represent them.

Defending against criminal charges in Cook County can be challenging, which is why it is important find a Chicago criminal defense lawyer to zealously argue for your rights. A criminal record can affect your employment prospects, housing applications, and more, particularly if you are convicted of a felony. Don't hesitate to contact a Chicago lawyer; your freedom may depend on it!

Chicago Criminal Defense Lawyer Jonathan Bedi
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Jonathan Bedi
Criminal Lawyer Serving Chicago, IL
Award winning, experienced criminal defense attorney. Free consultation!
Jonathan S. Bedi 53 West Jackson Blvd., Suite 1505 Chicago, IL 60604 jbedi@bedisinger.com 312.525.2017 Jonathan S. Bedi is an experienced trial lawyer and litigator with over a decade of trial experience. He has... Read More »
Christa M. Winthers
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Christa M. Winthers
Criminal Lawyer Serving Chicago, IL
Illinois Criminal Defense Attorney with 16 years of experience
DuPage County Bar Association, DuPage County Bar Association, Superlawyers and ABA Conference held in Washington DC on Improving Parent Representation in the Child Welfare SystemDuPage County Bar Association and State Bar of Illinois
Brandon K. Davis
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Brandon K. Davis
Criminal Lawyer Serving Chicago, IL
Professional and knowledgeable Criminal Defense attorney. Free consultation.
Brandon K. Davis is an Attorney at The Davis Law Group, P.C. where he represents clients charged with DUI, criminal and traffic-related offenses. Mr. Davis regularly represents those facing the suspension, revocation or... Read More »
James G. Dimeas
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James G. Dimeas
Criminal Lawyer Serving Chicago, IL
Free Consultation! Experienced & Effective Criminal Defense Attorney! Call Now!
-Over 26 years of experience handling criminal cases in Cook County, DuPage County and Kane County, as well as federal courts as far away as Las Vegas. -Rated “Superb”, the highest classification possible by AVVO,... Read More »
Gordon H. Hirsch
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Gordon H. Hirsch
Criminal Lawyer Serving Chicago, IL
Determined Illinois Criminal Defense Lawyer! Aggressive Legal Representation!
Work as an attorney, representing, researching, litigating and negotiating for clients for everything from civil and traffic cases to misdemeanors, DUIs, and felonies. Read More »
David J. Winer
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David J. Winer
Skokie, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
(847) 336-9111Illinois Institute of TechnologyUniversity of IowaIllinoisLake County Bar Associaiton and Lake County Bar AssociationLake County Bar Association and Illinois Bar AssociationUndocumented Residents: Temporary Visitor Driver’s License (TVDL) and Cases of Fraud with the Secretary of State, 2016, Significant Changes to DUI and Secretary of State Law...
Brandon K. Davis
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Brandon K. Davis
Chicago, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
(312) 736-2052Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of TechnologyUniversity of Wisconsin - MadisonIllinois and WisconsinSuper Lawyers, Super Lawyers, National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys and AvvoChicago Bar Association and American Bar AssociationDemystifying Illinois DUI Sentencing
Dominick R Dolci
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Dominick R Dolci
Chicago, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
(312) 238-9007The John Marshall Law SchoolIllinoisThe National Trial LawyersState Bar of Illinois and The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 LawyersNew Standardized Divorce Maintenance in Illinois | 2015
David L. Freidberg
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David L. Freidberg
Chicago, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
(312) 560-7100St. Mary's University School of LawUniversity of Texas - Austin and University of Wisconsin - MadisonU.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, Illinois and TexasAvvo, Expertise, Super Lawyers and ExpertiseIllinois State Bar and Illinois Criminal Defense Bar Association2015 Changes to Illinois Criminal Laws
Michael Rosenblat
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Michael Rosenblat
Chicago, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
(847) 480-2390The John Marshall Law School and University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign7th Circuit, Federal Circuit, U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana, Illinois, U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois and U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois Trial BarThe National Trial Lawyers, American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys and National Academy of Criminal Defense AttorneysIllinois State Bar and Taxpayers Against FraudProsecuting a Claim Under the Illinois Whistleblower Reward and Protection Act
Patrick J Weiland
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Patrick J Weiland
Chicago, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
(312) 238-9007Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of TechnologyUniversity of Wisconsin - Stevens PointIllinoisThe National Trial Lawyers AssociationIllinois State Bar and The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Criminal Trial LawyersLegal Assistance for DUI
Andrew Weisberg
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Andrew Weisberg
Chicago, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
(773) 694-8129University of Missouri - ColumbiaUniversity of Illinois - Urbana-ChampaignIllinoisNational Trial LawyersFederal Trial Bar and Capital Litigation Trial BarShoplifting in Chicago
Steven H Fagan
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Steven H Fagan
Park Ridge, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
(847) 635-8200Northwest Suburban Bar Association and Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of TechnologyUniversity of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Forensic Toxicology, Inc and National College for DUI DefenseIllinoisMartindale Hubble, Martindale Hubble, Martindale Hubble and Martindale HubbleDUI Defense Lawyers Association, National College of DUI Defense...Strategies for Defending Sex Crimes (Inside The Minds): The Unique Aspects of Defending Sex Crimes in the Modern Age
Tina T Tran
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Tina T Tran
Chicago, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
(773) 609-3637Loyola University Chicago School of LawIllinois and Northern District of IllinoisState Bar of Illinois, National Lawyers Guild...No Judgment. No Shame. No Guilt and No Judgment. No Shame. No Guilt.
Larry Davis
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Larry Davis
Chicago, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
(312) 736-2052DePaul UniversityNorthwestern UniversityIllinoisIllinois State Bar AssociationIllinois State Bar and Traffic Laws & Courts Section CouncilDefending DUI Practice and Procedure, The Medical Cannabis Act and Illinois DUI Law...
Andrew Weisberg
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Andrew Weisberg
Criminal Lawyer Serving Chicago, IL
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Donald J Ramsell
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Donald J Ramsell
Criminal Lawyer Serving Chicago, IL
Illinois Criminal Defense Attorney with 36 years of experience
National College for DUI DefenseIllinois State Bar and DuPage County Bar Association
Purav Bhatt
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Purav Bhatt
Chicago, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
(773) 791-9682Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of TechnologyDePaul University and Loyola University ChicagoIllinoisNational Trial Lawyers Association, National Trial Lawyers Associations and SuperlawyersSuperLawyers, National Trial Lawyers Association...
Robert M Motta
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Robert M Motta
Chicago, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
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Kathryn L Harry
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Kathryn L Harry
Oak Brook, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
(630) 472-9700DePaul UniversityMillikin UniversityIllinois and U.S. Supreme CourtSuper Lawyers, Super Lawyers, Elite Lawyer and Super LawyersIllinois State Bar and DuPage Bar Association
Matt Fakhoury
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Matt Fakhoury
Chicago, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
(847) 920-4540Saint Louis University School of LawDePaul UniversityIllinoisSaint Louis University School of LawState Bar of Illinois and North West Suburban Bar AssociationCharges Dropped In Gun Case and Clean Slate
William Wolf
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William Wolf
Chicago, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
(312) 888-1124Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of TechnologyUniversity of Illinois - Urbana-ChampaignIllinois, 7th Circuit and U.S. Supreme CourtNational Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and llinois Association of Criminal Defense LawyersState Bar of Illinois, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers...A Tale of Two Counties and Two Very Different Outcomes, Response to the Threat of His Client’s Loss of Counsel (Gideon’s Champions)....
Moe Ahmad
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Moe Ahmad
Chicago, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
Western Michigan University Cooley Law SchoolWestern Illinois UniversityIllinoisSuper Lawyers, American Society of Legal Advocates, American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys and Northwest Suburban Bar AssociationNorthwest Suburban Bar Association, Suburban Bar Coalition...the difference between possession and intent
Morris Anyah
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Morris Anyah
Chicago, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
(312) 528-9022University of Dayton School of LawUniversity of Illinois - Chicago and University of Illinois - ChicagoIllinois, District of Columbia, Georgia, 11th Circuit and 7th CircuitNational Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, Better Business Bureau (BBB)...Illinois State Bar“Balancing Rights of the Accused with Rights of Victims before the International Criminal Court,” (Chapter 4) in The International Criminal Court in Search of its Purpose and Identity, Ed., Mariniello, Triestino and “In Memoriam: Francis J. Conte,”
Andrew Cherkasky
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Andrew Cherkasky
Chicago, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
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Faraz Nayyar
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Faraz Nayyar
Oakbrook Terrace, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
(630) 529-9377Case Western Reserve University School of LawUniversity of Wisconsin - MadisonIllinois and MissouriSuper Lawyers, Super Lawyers, American Institute of Legal Counsel and American Institute of Legal CounselNational Employment Lawyers Association (Illinois Chapter) and Chicago Bar Association
Diane M Ainsworth Esq.
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Diane M Ainsworth Esq.
Chicago, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
(312) 984-0398Northwestern University School of LawState University of New York - College at PurchaseIllinoisAvvo and Chicago Volunteer Legal Services FoundationLeaving Money to Minors and Avoiding Guardianship in Illinois
Joel Gould
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Joel Gould
Criminal Lawyer Serving Chicago, IL
Chicago, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
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David S. Olshansky
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David S. Olshansky
Criminal Lawyer Serving Chicago, IL
Free Consultation! Aggressive Legal Representation! Strong Track Record!
Mr. Olshansky's practice is limited to only issues which arise out of domestic criminal and quasi-criminal cases including charges of domestic battery, criminal violations of orders of protection, defending the... Read More »

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