What to Do After an Arrest in Springfield
If you have been arrested in Springfield, IL, make it your next step to
contact us at
Johnson Law Group. In all likelihood, this is the first time that you have ever been involved
in the criminal justice system, and you may not know what to expect next.
The most important thing that you need to realize at this point is the
fact that the police, investigators and prosecutors are not on your side.
No matter how friendly they may seem, you have to remember that their
job is to solve crimes and convict the perpetrator. The reason they are
talking to you is that they believe you are guilty. They would not have
arrested you unless they believed that there was probable cause to suspect
that you committed the crime and were confident that you could be convicted
based on the evidence they have against you.
You may be encouraged to talk to investigators based on suggestions that
by being cooperative, you will get a better outcome. Keep in mind that
everything you say only helps the law enforcement officers in doing their
job - to have you convicted. They are good enough at what they do, and
you do not need to make their job easy by agreeing to discuss the case.
There is practically nothing you can say that will improve your chances
of success in this situation, and an almost endless list of things you
can say that will make it worse. Instead, plead the Fifth by exercising
your right to remain silent, and contact us now. You are legally presumed
innocent until proven guilty, and we make it our job to prevent our clients
from being convicted.
Types of Criminal Cases We Handle
Drug Crimes - An arrest for a drug-related criminal offense can ruin your future, whether
it is for simple possession of marijuana or for participation in an international
drug trafficking organization. America's war on drugs has put so many
people behind bars that the United States now has the world's largest
prison population. Fortunately, it is possible to fight drug-related charges,
even if you were caught with drugs on your person.
Driving Under the Influence / Driving While Intoxicated - Most people who have been arrested for drinking and driving make the enormous
mistake of pleading guilty. After all, they were caught with a blood alcohol
concentration over the legal limit of 0.08 percent, they stumbled on the
field sobriety test, or maybe they even admitted to having been drinking.
Our attorneys know the most effective strategies for defending against
DUI charges, even in the face of such incriminating evidence.
Homicide - No crime is more serious than the crime of killing another human being,
and if you have been accused of homicide, then your future is at stake.
In some cases, the goal in defending against homicide charges is to have
the charge reduced from murder to manslaughter. In other cases, it is
possible to seek an acquittal or dismissal of the charges based on a lack
of evidence or evidence that proves the defendant's innocence.
Pre-File Investigation - If you have learned that you are under investigation for a crime, do not
wait another moment before contacting us for a confidential consultation.
You may be under surveillance, and the things you say and do could end
up being used as evidence against you in court. You might be contacted
with a request to come in for an interview - actually an interrogation
- and could be arrested without warning. Get us involved as early as possible
so that we can represent you with the authorities and guide you through