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Chicago Criminal Defense FAQ
When you’re accused of a criminal offense in Chicago, Illinois, it can be tough to fight back without answers. You may be struggling to find the right defense for you, or you may be unsure where to start with a warrant.
Fortunately, your lawyer at Chicago Trusted Attorneys can be an ally. We know that every case is different, so we’re here to help. Check out the Chicago criminal defense FAQ below, and then contact us about how we can help you with your specific defense questions.
What can I do about an arrest warrant?
When a warrant is out for your arrest, if you are stopped by the police and the warrant shows up in their system, you’ll need to comply with the officer and be taken to the police station. An arrest warrant means that you’ll be taken to the station, you’ll be given a court date, and your information will be put in the system.
Understandably, many people are distressed at the idea of being arrested. You might be concerned that it may ruin your reputation or be especially embarrassing. However, arranging your arrest with the help of a Chicago lawyer can help you keep your arrest discreet and speedy. We help clients accomplish quashing warrants weekly. Quashing a warrant is when Chicago Trusted Attorneys sends a lawyer to file a motion before the judge on your case asking for the warrant to be removed.
Should I bother fighting a misdemeanor?
Unfortunately, a misdemeanor can be serious, too. While the penalties may not be as severe as those for a felony, the charges will still go on your criminal record, which can affect you later in life. There will also be financial penalties of hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Those costs may be more than you can cover, putting you in debt as well.
Worse, while you won’t have the same penalties as a felony, you may still be dealing with jail time. You could face up to one year in jail, so make sure you fight back, even if your charges don’t seem so serious.
What long-term consequences could I suffer?
When you’re accused of a criminal offense, you may have more than jail time and fines. Your record won’t go away, and expungement can be a long process. That means you could be facing other consequences for a conviction.
For example, you might struggle to find a job after your case. Your potential employers will be able to see your record, and that may be used against you. In some cases, you may be unable to find a job in your field. As such, it’s important to fight back now, before you’re convicted.
Seek Answers from a Criminal Defense Attorney
Every criminal case is different, and that can be confusing when you have little experience with these cases. Fortunately, you’ll have the opportunity to get answers to your questions and fight back.
At Chicago Trusted Attorneys, we can help you take action. We’ll go beyond our Chicago criminal defense FAQ and review your case, giving you the personalized answers you need for your case.
Ready to fight back with a lawyer’s help? Reach out to us by calling 312-519-3171 or by filling out the following online form.