Tag Archives: police stop

What to Do if You Are ArrestedWhile few people ever plan for their arrest, it is still important to know what to do if you are arrested by law enforcement. What you do during and after an arrest can have a huge impact on your case. Even answering questions that, at first, may seem benign may end up causing problems for you later. Most importantly, those under arrest should remember to contact a skilled criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.

Being Questioned

Aside from being arrested, you may also be stopped and questioned by police. It is crucial that you stay calm and do not argue or resist and make sure to keep your hands where the police can see them. If you are stopped in public in Illinois you are not required to give the police your name, but giving a false name is against the law. Being stopped for questioning is not the same as being arrested. You can always ask if you are free to leave, and, if you are, you can walk away. You also do not have to consent to be searched if you are asked. Ultimately, the safest answer is always asking to speak to an attorney, even if you just are being questioned.

...
Continue reading

Gun Violence in Chicago SkyrocketsNews of gun violence has rocked the nation in recent months, including many incidents involving police officers, both as shooters and as victims. The city of Chicago has been no exception to this trend. In fact, gun violence recently has reached previously unparalleled levels in Chicago, right along with markedly less aggressive law enforcement efforts by police officers. While some disagree, recent news articles have drawn a direct link between a reduction in police stops on the street and the excessive volume of gun violence.

Police Stop Statistics

According to an ABC7 I-Team Investigation, police officer street stops in the City of Chicago dropped roughly 80 percent in the first two months of 2016. Many attribute this sharp decrease in law enforcement street stops as the response to a state law that took effect on January 1, 2016. Now, instead of filling out a small “contact card” with basic information about a street stop as they have for decades, police officers who make a street stop must fill out a two-page “Investigatory Stop Report.” This lengthy report is designed to ensure that police officers are strictly following the new law as it pertains to stopping people on the street and patting them down in public.

...
Continue reading

traffic stop, Illinois criminal defense attorney, police checkpoint, Getting stopped by the police may make some people nervous, even when they haven’t done anything wrong. In some cases, a police stop can be a quick encounter that takes minutes out of the day; in other cases, the stop could result in arrest. Whatever the reason for the stop, it is important to always know your rights as you encounter police officers.

Being Stopped by an Officer

There are two common situations in which the police can routinely stop you in an everyday situation: in a traffic stop and as you walk on the street. Police are allowed to stop you in both situations if they act in a reasonable manner, and can state a reason why they stopped you. In a traffic stop situation, the police can stop you if they see you commit a traffic violation, and will routinely ask you for your license and registration information. If the police stop you while you are walking in the street, they may ask you to identify yourself, and, in most cases, this is through asking for your I.D.

...
Continue reading

Archives