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Under Investigation, Under Arrest--FAQs

FAQ -- Dedicated Chicago Criminal Defense Attorneys

The police want me to answer a few 'routine' questions. What should I do?

Call the Chicago law offices of Michael T. Norris, Ltd. and John W. Callahan, Ltd. immediately at 1-877-335-6697 or contact us online. You should never agree to answer questions without having an attorney present to protect your rights. The police would not be speaking to you if they had not already concluded that you are guilty. They may act friendly or tell you they are seeking basic information. They are hoping to lull you into a false sense of security and get you to make a statement they can use against you.

I received a federal grand jury witness subpoena. Do I need a lawyer?

Yes. If you are not the target of the investigation, we can advise you of your rights and ensure that you do not become a target by mistake. If you are the target, or if the prosecutor is "just fishing," we can limit the things the grand jury is asked to consider in the proceeding. A grand jury proceeding can lead to much more serious problems if you do not have an experienced attorney on your side.

A police investigation could be embarrassing. Should I sign a confession to avoid more trouble?

Do not sign anything. Your family will feel much worse watching you go to jail than they will if you stand up for your rights. We can help you limit the damage caused by an investigation or arrest. The police do not care if you are embarrassed. Remember, they think you are guilty and they are allowed to lie to get you to confess.

The Power of Miranda

If you are unsure of what to do in any situation involving the police or a criminal accusation, remember the basics of the Miranda warning. You have the right to remain silent. You have the right to an attorney. You should always exercise both rights by keeping quiet and calling us at 1-877-335-6697 or contacting us online. We offer a free case evaluation.