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. Call today!
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 »
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 »
Maria G. Antoniolli
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Maria G. Antoniolli
Criminal Lawyer Serving Chicago, IL
Illinois Criminal Defense Attorney with 12 years of experience
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Merrill K Davis
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Merrill K Davis
Criminal Lawyer Serving Chicago, IL
Free Consultation! Skilled and Effective Illinois Lawyer! Call Now for Help!
Merrill K. Davis is an Attorney at The Davis Law Group, P.C. Ms. Davis received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a major in Legal Studies. Ms. Davis received her J.D. from Loyola... Read More »
Joel Gould
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Joel Gould
Criminal Lawyer Serving Chicago, IL
Chicago, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
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Andrew Weisberg
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Andrew Weisberg
Chicago, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
(773) 694-8129
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Matt Fakhoury
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Matt Fakhoury
Chicago, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
(847) 920-4540
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John S. Fotopoulos
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John S. Fotopoulos
Orland Park, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
(708) 942-8400
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David L. Freidberg
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David L. Freidberg
Chicago, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
(312) 560-7100
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Robert M Motta
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Robert M Motta
Chicago, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
(312) 281-9911
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Brandon K. Davis
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Brandon K. Davis
Chicago, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
(312) 736-2052
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Clyde Guilamo
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Clyde Guilamo
Chicago, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
(708) 966-9829
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Dominick R Dolci
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Dominick R Dolci
Chicago, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
(312) 238-9007
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Steven H Fagan
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Steven H Fagan
Chicago, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
(312) 477-0540
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Purav Bhatt
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Purav Bhatt
Chicago, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
(773) 791-9682
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Christa M. Winthers
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Christa M. Winthers
Criminal Lawyer Serving Chicago, IL
Illinois Criminal Defense Attorney with 19 years of experience
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Bridgette Brown
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Bridgette Brown
Criminal Lawyer Serving Chicago, IL
Fighting for your rights, freedom, and peace of mind after a criminal charge.
Attorney Bridget Brown is poised to bring an exemplary command of Criminal and Family Law to any case. Her skills, confidence and experience have made her a verifiable force for each client she defends. Ms. Brown... Read More »
Robert H. Hanaford
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Robert H. Hanaford
Chicago, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
(312) 636-4807
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Warren J. Breslin
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Warren J. Breslin
Chicago, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
(312) 321-9070
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David J. Winer
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David J. Winer
Skokie, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
(847) 336-9111
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Michael I. Leonard
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Michael I. Leonard
Chicago, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
(312) 363-7895
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Lori Levin
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Lori Levin
Chicago, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
(312) 972-3756
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Khaled Issa
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Khaled Issa
Orland Park, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
(708) 966-2408
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Emilio Moretti
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Emilio Moretti
Chicago, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
(312) 861-1084
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Kathryn L Harry
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Kathryn L Harry
Oak Brook, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
(630) 472-9700
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Darryl A. Goldberg
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Darryl A. Goldberg
Chicago, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
(773) 793-3196
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Stephanie Kemen
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Stephanie Kemen
Chicago, IL Criminal Defense Attorney
(312) 940-8225
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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 a defense attorney at The Davis Law Group, P.C. where he primarily represents clients charged with DUI, criminal and traffic-related offenses. He has been recognized for his accomplishments by a... Read More »
Andrew Weisberg
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Andrew Weisberg
Criminal Lawyer Serving Chicago, IL
Call Now for Immediate Free Consultation. Former Prosecutor. 100+ 5 Star Reviews
A+ Rated with the BBB and with well over 100 5-Star reviews online, Andrew M. Weisberg is a highly successful criminal defense attorney. Call Now for a Free and Immediate Consultation at (773) 694-8129. Mr. Weisberg... Read More »

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