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

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 »
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David S. Olshansky
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David S. Olshansky

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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John S. Fotopoulos
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John S. Fotopoulos

Get help now! Aggressive representation in criminal cases.

John S. Fotopoulos, former Cook County judge serving at the Daley Center in Chicago, established his law firm on two simple firm principals: to have competitive rates allowing everyone to afford the advice they need and... Read More »
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David L. Freidberg
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David L. Freidberg

Chicago, IL Criminal Defense Attorney with 25 years of experience

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James G. Dimeas
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James G. Dimeas

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 »
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David L. Freidberg
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David L. Freidberg
Chicago, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
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Dominick R Dolci
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Dominick R Dolci
Chicago, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
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John S. Fotopoulos
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John S. Fotopoulos
Orland Park, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
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Moe Ahmad
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Moe Ahmad
Chicago, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
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Vadim Glozman
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Vadim Glozman
Chicago, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
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Timothy J. Fiscella
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Timothy J. Fiscella
Hinsdale, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
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William Wolf
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William Wolf
Chicago, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
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Matt Fakhoury
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Matt Fakhoury
Chicago, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
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Andrew Weisberg
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Andrew Weisberg
Chicago, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
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Morris Anyah
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Morris Anyah
Chicago, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
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Larry Davis
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Larry Davis

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Larry A. Davis graduated from Northwestern University (B.A. cum laude, 1973) and DePaul University (J.D. 1976). He is currently the principal of The Davis Law Group, P.C. in Northfield, IL . His practice is now... Read More »
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Christa M. Winthers
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Christa M. Winthers

Illinois Criminal Defense Attorney with 15 years of experience

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Mr. Matthew D. Keenan
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Mr. Matthew D. Keenan
Skokie, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
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Patrick J Weiland
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Patrick J Weiland
Chicago, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
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Diane M Ainsworth Esq.
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Diane M Ainsworth Esq.
Chicago, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
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Michael John Young
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Michael John Young
Westchester, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
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Omar Khan
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Omar Khan
Oakbrook Terrace, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
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Angel M. Traub
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Angel M. Traub
Arlington Heights, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
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Larry Davis
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Larry Davis
Chicago, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
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David John Shestokas
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David John Shestokas
BERWYN, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
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Martin S. LaScola
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Martin S. LaScola
Chicago, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
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Robert M Motta
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Robert M Motta
Chicago, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
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Joel Gould
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Joel Gould

Chicago, IL Criminal Defense Attorney

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Moe Ahmad
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Moe Ahmad

Experienced, Aggressive & Compassionate Criminal Lawyer. Former prosecutor. 24/7

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Attorney Mohammad (Moe) Ahmad attended Western Michigan University Cooley Law School where he earned a juris doctorate degree with a concentration in litigation. Moe is a former prosecutor of the CCSAO. With a decade of... Read More »

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