You may need to call a violent crime defense lawyer in Chicago if you’re accused of certain offenses – but what counts as a violent crime under Illinois law?
List of Violent Crimes in Chicago
Many crimes in Illinois are considered violent. If you’re accused of one of them, working with a violent crime defense attorney could be your best bet.
Here’s a quick list that covers some, but not all, violent crimes in Illinois:
- Aggravated battery
- Armed robbery
- Battery (including domestic)
- Child abuse and endangerment
- Weapons offenses
What to Do if You’re Accused of a Violent Crime
You don’t have to talk to police. Remember that the police have one job: to get the “bad guy.” That means even if you’re innocent, the police still think you committed a crime – that’s why they want to talk to you (and if you’ve been arrested, it’s why they haven’t let you go yet).
Even if you just want to convince police that you’re innocent, the things you say can be used against you in court – and talking to the cops can seriously damage your case.
All you have to say is that you want to talk to an attorney before you give police any information.
Let’s talk about innocence.
A lot of innocent people mistakenly believe that asking for a lawyer makes them look guilty… but again, the police already think you’re guilty or you wouldn’t be there. Would you rather “look guilty” in front of police or be wrongfully convicted of a crime you didn’t commit?
Just tell the police you want to talk to your lawyer.
Your lawyer will be there with you when police question you, and he can give you case-specific legal guidance you can use. Your attorney’s job is to make sure that you’re treated fairly under Illinois law and that you get the best possible outcome – everyone deserves that.
Call us at 847-920-4540 right now if you’ve been accused of a violent crime in Chicago, Rolling Meadows, Skokie or anywhere else in the area. We may be able to help you, so don’t wait – call us right now.