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 Springfield criminal defense 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
Sex Crimes - The consequences of being convicted for a sex crime extend far beyond the
terms of a sentence that could include fines, time in prison and a lengthy
probation. You would also most likely end up being ordered to register
as a sex offender, meaning that you would be exposed to widespread stigma
in the community. Your personal information would be included in a searchable
online database, making it possible for anyone to find out the details
about your conviction.
Violent Crimes - When the police arrive at the scene of a violent crime such as an assault,
they often assume that the victim is the person with the worst wounds.
In other cases, they make an arrest based on the testimony of the majority
of witnesses present, or of the person who makes the most compelling case.
The police often arrest the wrong person in a violent crime case, whether
the suspect was acting in self-defense or has been targeted with false
accusations or misidentified.
Weapons Charges - The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states that the right to
bear arms shall not be infringed. In today's legal climate, however, there
are so many laws and regulations concerning the ownership, use, possession
and transfer of firearms that it is easy to find yourself on the wrong
side of the law. If you have been charged with a weapons offense, whether
for a standalone offense or in relation to another crime, we can help
you defend your rights.
White Collar Crimes - Make no mistake: The penalties that you could receive if convicted for
a white collar crime are no less harsh than the sentence available for
a violent crime or a serious drug offense. A white collar crime conviction
can easily lead to enormous fines and civil penalties, as well as time
in prison and a criminal record that could ruin your professional career.
Let us intervene and seek to defeat the charges and protect your future.
Let a Former Prosecutor Fight for You
The fact that our criminal defense team includes several former prosecutors
gives us a unique edge in handling cases for our clients. We have worked
on both sides of the courtroom, so we have experience in handling cases
from the viewpoint of both the state and the accused. Our prosecution
background provides us with special training that is not available to
attorneys who have only ever worked in private practice, and we know what
types of strategies the prosecutor is likely to use in your case. We know
how to look at your case from the prosecutor's point of view, and after
comparing the state's evidence with what our client has told us, we can
determine what the prosecutor knows - and doesn't know - about the case.
Armed with this understanding, we can go about preparing an effective strategy
for defending our client. We seek to point out weaknesses or errors in
the prosecutor's arguments, and we seek to defeat the charges in order
to clear our client's name. Furthermore, we can often spot a case that
is not likely to be a high priority for the State's Attorney's Office,
and based on this knowledge, we may be able to negotiate for a favorable
plea bargain or even a dismissal of the charges. If you fail to take action
now, the prosecution will almost certainly move forward to a conviction.
By hiring us, you may be able to avoid such a disastrous outcome.
Learn more about hiring us and
contact us today to discuss your options with our Springfield, IL criminal defense lawyers.