Being charged with any criminal offense in Illinois is a serious matter. The most important thing to do is ensure that your rights are protected. Don’t make any statements to the police, to friends or family, or anyone. Instead, retain a lawyer to represent you. There’s nothing wrong with respectfully telling an arresting officer that you want to exercise your right to remain silent and to speak with your lawyer before making any statements.
Can’t I just represent myself?
Although you have the right to represent yourself in court, it may be in your best interest to hire a lawyer to represent you. There are complex procedural issues that must be considered. As an example, at trial if there is a legal basis to exclude evidence or to object to evidence, such motions must be made at the appropriate time. It can be difficult, if not impossible, to handle on your own if you are not a lawyer. Having a criminal defense lawyer fighting for you is the only way to make sure your interests are protected throughout the process.
Why should I hire a criminal defense lawyer?
The very serious nature of criminal charges means you need to protect your rights at every step in the process. Specifically, in criminal proceedings, you have the right to remain silent. An experienced criminal lawyer can, and should, be your voice.
From arrest, to arraignment, and through trial, having an experienced criminal defense attorney is the best way to ensure that your rights are protected.
Contact me today for a consultation and learn how I can defend you!