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What Happens if I Get Arrested in Illinois?

Posted on in Criminal defense lawyer

In the unfortunate event that you find yourself under criminal arrest, it is imminent that you be familiar with both rights and the steps you should take in order to better the situation for yourself.

When you are arrested, your first and most important civil liberty is the right to remain silent. In the event that you choose to exercise this right, you need only to say so out loud. You may refuse any search of yourself, your car or home. You also have the right to an attorney.

On the other hand, you also have certain responsibilities to carry out in the event of an arrest. These responsibilities can include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Staying calm and being polite
  • Not interfering with or obstructing the police
  • Not lying or giving false documents
  • Remembering the details of the encounter

If you believe you will be facing a criminal arrest, you should expect to be handcuffed and taken to the precinct in which the arrest occurred. Once there, you will be asked for your basic “pedigree” information, which includes your name, address, date of birth, Social Security number, etc. You will also be searched and your personal property will be taken from you. These items will be held at the precinct whilst you are in custody.

If charged with a misdemeanor or felony, you will be fingerprinted and photographed. If you are only being charged with a violation, you will most likely not be subject to fingerprinting.

If, during an arrest, you feel that one or any of your rights have been violated, do not let it slide. Be sure to write everything down that you remember. This can include any badge numbers or patrol care numbers, etc. If you feel it is necessary, feel free to file a written complaint.

If you or someone you know has been arrested and charged with a crime, do not go through it alone. Contact a dedicated Illinois criminal attorney to defend you and your rights immediately.

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