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What to do if you are facing criminal charges

Being accused of a crime in Chicago is a serious thing. Whether you are facing charges of drug possession with intent to sell or felonious assault, the steps you take immediately afterward can impact your fate. Because the criminal justice system can be intimidating and challenging for alleged offenders to navigate through, it is important for you to learn your options to avoid complications, delays and mistakes with your case. 

Here is a brief overview of what you can do to improve your outcome when you have criminal charges pending against you. 

Avoid making incriminating statements 

In the legal system, you are innocent until proven guilty. The prosecution must prove that you are guilty of the crime with which they are charging you. They will use any evidence they can find to secure a guilty verdict. This includes self-incriminating statements. You should not say anything to anyone about the crime you are accused of and the circumstances surrounding it except to your attorney. You never know who the prosecution may use as a witness against you in your case. 

Consult with an attorney 

Because of the challenges you face, you should consider speaking to an attorney about your situation. A criminal defense attorney can help to speed things up so that you get your day in court sooner rather than later. You want a speedy trial to prevent the prosecution from finding more evidence to use to strengthen their case against you. 

It is important for you to have a thorough understanding of your circumstances. You may have a challenging time learning everything you need to know about your criminal charges, the consequences, long-term impact and ways you can defend yourself. An attorney can provide you with guidance and a defense that may help to improve your case’s outcome. This information is only intended as educational material and should not be used as legal advice.

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