CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
At Villalobos & Associates, we are attorneys who have substantial experience representing our clients to help them seek a favorable result after they’ve been charged with a crime. It can easily feel overwhelming or as if no one is on your side, but we’ll be there to make sure rights are protected, your voice is heard, and your story is told to give you the greatest opportunity for a reduced sentence or even a dropped charge.
Our Areas of Focus
Because we have four attorneys on our team with decades of combined experience, we have had the chance to represent and defend many clients throughout the Chicago area, including Cook, Dupage, and Lake counties, for charges involving:
Driving under the influence (DUIs)
Orders of protection
When you’re facing years in prison or hefty fines, you need aggressive, knowledgeable, and seasoned defense on your side, no matter the charge. We are proud to serve clients in Chicago, including Cook, Dupage, and Lake counties.
What to Do When Charged with a Crime
Criminal charges are very serious matters, no matter the crime. The prosecution’s top priority is to prove you guilty of the crime, whether you actually committed it or not. As a result, you should take the proper precautions to increase your chances of a satisfying result.
Exercise Your Right to Remain Silent
Smooth-talking the police and other authorities involved with your case may seem like it’ll increase the possibility of you walking away free, but it often results in the exact opposite of that. People often try to explain themselves, which the prosecution will then use against you in a court of law.
The 5th amendment protects people who have been charged with or accused of a crime by allowing them to refrain from saying anything that may incriminate them. As a result, you should only be speaking to authorities through your criminal defense attorney so they can ensure the correct things are said and withheld. Despite what the police say about “just wanting to understand what happened,” everything you say will be used against you.
Keep Your Situation Private
Your first reaction after being charged is to complain about your situation on social media or to your friends. You know that once something is online, it will never be able to be taken off, even if it’s off of your profile. Just as speaking to authorities can hurt your case, posting online, texting your friends, or even speaking to them in person can make a great difference in the result of your case.
Speaking sarcastically or rudely to authorities can only hurt your case. Whether you’ve been falsely accused of the crime or not, it’s important to be polite to the person with whom you are speaking. We understand these kinds of situations can cause you to be angry, emotional, or frustrated, but your compliance can give you an upper hand as we represent you throughout your case.
Contact an Attorney as Soon as Possible
Expressing your right to remain silent should last at least until you can have an attorney present. During your free consultation, we will go through your case and explore your options for moving forward such as your plea and what potential penalties you could be facing. Our criminal defense attorneys in Chicago will also use this as an opportunity to start building a case in your favor to heighten the likelihood of a favorable result.
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CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYERS IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
We have several decades of combined experience under our belt, we’ve likely worked with a client in very similar situations as yours. Because of this, we’ll be able to use our knowledge of the law to work for a satisfying solution. We proudly serve those throughout Cook County, Illinois, from Berwyn to Cicero and everywhere in between. Schedule a free consultation today.