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Joliet criminal defense lawyerMost people dread the prospect of the police showing up at their house. The police showing up is bad enough, but what if they arrive with a search warrant? This is likely to make even the calmest, most even-keeled person nervous, and rightfully so. Having your home searched is far from a pleasant experience, regardless of whether you have anything to hide. Because of the highly stressful situation, people whose house is being searched may act out and demonstrate behaviors they would not regularly engage in. 

Unfortunately, acting out rashly while the police search your home will likely result in additional legal difficulties and even criminal prosecution. That is why it is essential to know how to act and what to do if the police ever show up at your door with a search warrant. If this has happened to you, you must contact a criminal defense attorney who will work to ensure your rights remain protected and that you understand your options moving forward. 

Tips for Handling a Search Warrant  

We see it often in the movies or on television: as soon as the police show up yelling that they have a search warrant, the occupants of the home run and hide or try and pretend they are not home. However, these types of actions will likely increase your legal liability. To handle the situation well, here are few things you can and should do:  

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Will County domestic violence defense lawyerBeing charged with a crime can be an extremely nerve-wracking and stressful experience. The more serious the crime you have been charged with, the more stress you may feel. As with most stressful experiences, you may experience emotions that you are not used to. While it is understandable that you may feel this way, you must think as clearly as possible and act with the utmost caution. 

If you have been charged with a violent crime like domestic violence, it cannot be emphasized enough how carefully you must conduct yourself. It is not an overstatement to say that your freedom may be on the line if you are found guilty of the charge. A domestic violence conviction can have a devastating impact on your life and career. If charged with an offense related to domestic violence, contact an experienced domestic violence attorney who will work with you and inform you of your rights and can instruct what can be done to build the most robust defense possible to pursue a favorable outcome on your behalf. 

Essential Things to Do and Not Do After You Have Been Arrested

Imagine this; the police show up at your door and say you are being arrested for and charged with domestic violence. From the moment those words exit the police officer’s mouth, your first thought needs to be how to protect yourself best legally. Many people are unaware that your defense strategy starts as soon as you are arrested. As soon as you are arrested, anything you do or say can and will be used against you. To help lessen your legal liability, cooperate with authorities during your arrest and do not resist. Failure to adhere to these guidelines could add additional charges against you and will increase your legal liability.

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Does Crime Increase on Halloween?

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Will County criminal defense attorneyHalloween can be an incredibly fun holiday. Parties are happening everywhere, filled with adults and children alike in costumes they have picked out or made themselves. Wearing a costume can allow a person to assume a sort of alter-ego for the evening. It can be said that the holiday itself invites trouble. Unfortunately, some individuals take the fun too far and find themselves in jail. It is generally true that certain crimes become more common than usual in the time period surrounding Halloween. Property crimes and drunk driving tend to spike during this time period.

It is easy for people celebrating the holiday to be peer-pressured or goaded into doing something that is against the law, especially where alcohol and other substances are involved. If you are among the crowd arrested this Halloween, it is important that you take the situation very seriously. Criminal charges do not go away when the Halloween season ends, and a record could follow you for the rest of your life. 

Crimes Commonly Committed Around Halloween

If you plan to go out and celebrate this Halloween, it is wise to be cautious about who you spend time with and what you get involved with. A spur-of-the-moment decision could leave you with a criminal record that will far, far outlast the fun of causing mischief. Common crimes people are charged with around Halloween include: 

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Joliet drugged driving defense lawyerAdult residents of Illinois are now permitted to possess and use cannabis for medical or recreational purposes. THC products are generally regulated similarly to the manner in which alcohol is regulated. These regulations control how people in Illinois can handle and use cannabis. A few important rules include those governing how cannabis may be transported in a vehicle. Most Illinois residents know that they cannot drive with an open beer or glass of wine in their cupholders, as allowing people to do so would make it very easy for drivers to become intoxicated while behind the wheel. 

Similar open-container rules apply to cannabis. Even if you are not actively under its influence, you could be charged with a misdemeanor drug offense for having open and accessible containers of THC products in your vehicle. You can also be charged with a DUI for driving after using cannabis based on the concentration of THC in your body. If you are charged for possessing cannabis in a vehicle or driving under the influence of cannabis, it is important to secure legal representation as soon as possible. 

Understanding Illinois’ Cannabis Transportation Laws

Certainly, there are legal manners in which an Illinois resident can lawfully transport their legal cannabis products in a vehicle after visiting a licensed dispensary just as there are legal ways to drive home with liquor store purchases. However, the law aims to prevent a situation where people could be using cannabis inside a moving vehicle. A driver who is under the influence of cannabis generally cannot drive safely, as they will likely experience effects such as slowed reaction time. 

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Joliet criminal defense lawyerHearing a knock on the door when you were not expecting anyone can be anything from annoying to alarming. When the knock is aggressive and followed by a call of, “Police! Search Warrant!” it is normal to feel afraid. You may or may not know why the police are interested in searching your home, but the search will occur either way. Having your home searched can be terrifying, or even deadly in some cases. It is important to respond correctly when the police arrive with a warrant to search your living space. Common errors made by a suspect during a search could impact any criminal prosecution that may result from the search.

It is difficult to retain composure during this frequently intimidating process. You will need to maintain a cooperative demeanor - even if you are arrested - without inadvertently making an incriminating admission. As soon as possible, you must then contact a criminal defense attorney. 

Guidelines for Handling a Search Warrant

Your instinct may be to run away out the back door or to hide somewhere, but these courses of actions are likely to lead to more complications. Guidelines for addressing the situation well when the police arrive with a search warrant include: 

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