What should you do after an arrest?

You have the right to remain silent and it is extremely important that you exercise this right provided to all citizens by the Fifth Amendment. Speaking out immediately after your arrest may serve to incriminate yourself, as anything you say will be held against you in court. You also have the right to an attorney.

We recommend that you get legal representation immediately after being arrested. Do not answer any questions about your case, or discuss it with anyone in person or by phone without first contacting The Longe Law Firm, Attorneys at Law. A Chicago criminal attorney from our firm can act immediately to protect you and your rights.

Never appear at a court hearing without a lawyer by your side, whether at a preliminary hearing, arraignment, or any other court appearance. A case can easily shift out of your favor, which is why you need a legal professional at your side from the start. If you are charged with a crime at your preliminary hearing, then the next step is your arraignment hearing. Your charges against you will be read out loud and you will be asked to make a plea of guilty or not guilty. You may benefit greatly from having a Chicago criminal defense lawyer with you at this particular hearing. What our firm can do is explain the situation and the ramifications of both options: what will happen if you plead guilty or not guilty.