Hiring an Attorney

Hiring a Springfield, IL Criminal Defense Attorney

You Need an Aggressive Criminal Defense Lawyer in Springfield, IL

It would be difficult to exaggerate the importance of hiring a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible after an arrest. Realize that from the moment when the police officer shows up and begins talking with you, the gears of the criminal justice system begin turning. A process has begun that leads toward the final point of you being convicted or exonerated. Once you have fallen in the crosshairs of a criminal investigation and have been labeled as a suspect, it is you against the state, and the odds in such a situation are overwhelmingly stacked against you. No matter how easy you think it should be to prove your innocence, or even if you see no way of proving that you are not guilty, it is vital that you contact us at Johnson Law Group for help from our Springfield, IL criminal defense attorneys.

You have powerful legal rights that can be used to thwart the prosecutor in the attempt to have you convicted. These rights, however, do nothing for you unless you understand them thoroughly and know how to use them. In the event that you set foot in the courtroom without a defense lawyer on your side, you will be held to the same standard as the prosecutor in terms of understanding the rules of procedure, knowledge of the law and skill in practice. If you agree to submit to questioning with a detective or other law enforcement officer, you will be speaking with someone who is trained in how to get you to make self-incriminating statements or even to give a confession. Don't take such risks with the outcome of your case. Level the playing field by hiring us to fight for you.

Your Right Against Unreasonable Search and Seizure

One of the most important rights that you have during a criminal investigation is the Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable search and seizure. Unless an officer has a warrant that specifically names you or the place to be searched, or at least has probable cause to suspect that you have committed a crime, you cannot legally be arrested. The officer cannot even search you, your possessions or your property without a warrant or probable cause. You may think that the Fourth Amendment may no longer matter in your case, since you were already arrested, but the opposite is true.

If it can be demonstrated that an officer violated your Fourth Amendment right in any way, we may be able to have the charges dismissed by suppressing the evidence. For example, it is sometimes possible to beat charges of driving under the influence by demonstrating that the officer did not have probable cause to pull the defendant over - this is known as an unlawful traffic stop - even when the subsequent investigation found evidence of drunk driving. By exposing such violations of your fundamental constitutional rights, we can seek to clear your name, regardless of what type of evidence there may be against you.

Plead the Fifth at All Times

The Fifth Amendment provides another right that is at least as important as the Fourth in the context of a criminal investigation. You cannot legally be compelled to testify against yourself. This includes speaking with investigators who want to question you about a crime. The fact that you plead the Fifth by refusing to answer questions or to testify in court cannot be held against you, no matter what police officers may tell you to the contrary. You should, at all times, politely decline to talk to the police, and instead refer any requests for contact to Johnson Law Group as your legal representation. To learn more about your rights and to get us started on a plan of action for defending your rights, contact us now for a free case evaluation.