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How to Protect Your Rights

Protect Your Rights. Talk to a Criminal Defense Lawyer.

Police officers and prosecutors leverage every advantage they have and they will take advantage of you if you don't know your rights. The best way to protect your interests is to work with an experienced criminal defense attorney from the moment you think you might need a lawyer.

At the law offices of Michael T. Norris, Ltd. and John W. Callahan, Ltd., we know that encounters with the police do not just happen during business hours. In fact, it's just the opposite. The most common time for a person to be pulled over for DUI is between 11:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. That's why we make sure that our phones are answered 24 hours a day. Just call 1-877-335-6693 to talk with a representative at our DuPage County law offices.

Even if you don't get a chance to call, knowing your rights can be the difference between the officer telling you to "Have a good night" and his making an arrest.

"You Don't Mind if I Take a Look in the Trunk, Do You?"

The Fourth Amendment of the Constitution protects Americans from unreasonable search and seizure. But what does "unreasonable" mean? How much the police can search depends on your personal situation — like whether you have been arrested or your car has been impounded.

You can refuse the police permission to conduct a search. In many cases, the police do not have legal authority to search your car. So, they try to ask your permission to search. You can say "no." If the police have the legal right to search your car, they may do it anyway. If they don't, you could put a stop to a needless search.

At the law offices of Michael T. Norris, Ltd. and John W. Callahan, Ltd., we go over the details with our clients to find out whether the police violated your rights. If the evidence against you was obtained illegally, we get it thrown out.

"You Have the Right to Remain Silent"

Being questioned by the police can be a frightening experience. Many people feel overwhelmed and just start talking. Bad idea. When you are being questioned in police custody — whether you've been arrested, you are in jail or you just don't feel free to walk away from the officer — you have the right to remain silent. You cannot be punished for refusing to answer a question.

Whether the police tell you, you also have the constitutional right to talk to a lawyer before answering questions. Ask to talk with the lawyers at Michael T. Norris, Ltd. and John W. Callahan, Ltd. Once you request an attorney, the police cannot question you about the matter until your attorney is by your side.

Learn Your Rights. Talk to a Lawyer.

If you are in legal trouble, talking to a lawyer as soon as possible is the best way to protect your rights. At the DuPage County law offices of Michael T. Norris, Ltd. and John W. Callahan, Ltd., we protect our clients' rights and minimize the consequences of an arrest. Our goal is to get the best results for our clients — keeping them out of jail or prison, preventing fines or license suspension.

Call us toll free at 1-877-335-6693 or contact us online for a free and confidential consultation. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day.