If you have been arrested, you could be facing years behind bars or serious monetary fines. Many aspects of your personal freedom may be at stake. Sometimes, defendants make the mistake of representing themselves in court or waiting until the last minute to hire an attorney. This can have a devastating impact on a criminal matter. After an arrest, it is urgent that you contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as it is possible. Below are a number of reasons why this is important:
While in police custody, you may be shocked, scared or nervous. The police could use your weakened emotional state to coerce an incriminating statement. A defense attorney, however, can prevent this from happening. After an arrest, you have the right to obtain legal counsel. Utilize this right and do not speak with police until your lawyer arrives.
The prosecutor does not always file charges immediately after an arrest. The process may take days or even weeks. Your attorney can use this time to speak with the assistant state attorneys and give them your side of the story. Your attorney may even persuade them to drop the charges, reduce the charges or offer a favorable alternative sentencing option.
If your case eventually goes to trial, you need a lawyer with experience in the courtroom. A skilled trial attorney knows how to defend your rights and interests during every stage of the courtroom proceedings. You could even obtain an acquittal on all charges.
If you have been arrested, you need to consult with a Cook County criminal defense attorney. The sooner you call us, the sooner we can help you resolve your criminal matter. Contact our office today to schedule a meeting with a dedicated and aggressive attorney.
Born in Havana, Cuba, Paul Chatzky is fluent in Spanish and English, enabling him to effectively represent a wider range of individuals and businesses. He is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, and is listed among Illinois Super Lawyers, which is a reflection of his high ethical standards and exceptional legal knowledge. As a…
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