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    If you or someone you care about has been questioned by the police or charged with a crime, the consequences can be terrifying and devastating. A criminal conviction can include jail or prison time, large fines and a mark on your record that can have a serious impact on your reputation, and plans for the future. You cannot afford to lose your case. You deserve a criminal defense attorney who will fight to protect your future.

    One of Chicago's most respected criminal defense attorneys, Todd Lyster, has earned a reputation for providing high quality, aggressive legal representation in Chicago and Illinois, by providing his clients with the highest standards of diligence, knowledge and professional advice, and by steadfastly protecting his client's constitutional rights. Whether a client is seeking a Federal criminal defense attorney or an Illinois criminal defense attorney, Todd Lyster treats each client’s situation with attention and importance.

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    • You have the right to remain silent. If you wish to exercise that right, say so out loud.
    • You have the right to refuse to consent to a search of yourself, your car or your home.
    • If you are not under arrest, you have the right to calmly leave.
    • You have the right to a lawyer if you are arrested. Ask for one immediately.
    • Regardless of your immigration or citizenship status, you have constitutional rights.

    • Do stay calm and be polite.
    • Do not interfere with or obstruct the police.
    • Do not lie or give false documents.
    • Do prepare yourself and your family in case you are arrested.
    • Do remember the details of the encounter.

    • Don't Talk
      Do not say a word to the officer. Shut the F. up! We cannot stress to you enough the importance of this rule. Do not talk! Do not attempt to convince the officer of your innocence. Everyone is innocent, no one should be arrested and no one should be in jail and that is all the officer hears all day every day. He / she does not care generally whether you are innocent or guilty and there is nothing that he / she can do at this point. Most times, when people speak to officers they say something that makes their situation far worse. Keep your mouth shut, there will be plenty of time to talk later.
    • Don't Run.
      Listen to the officer and follow his / her instructions. Do not be scared and do not let the liquid courage aka alcohol convince you that you can outrun the twelve officers and helicopter that will be used to track you down. Police become highly suspicious that someone running away has a weapon. This may cause them to draw their weapon more quickly. if they are forced to run you down, expect much stronger force used to subdue a you.
    • Never Resist Arrest
      Perhaps the most important thing is NOT to touch the police officer at all! Again, sober up quickly and follow what the officer says. Some people attempt to bump the officer or swat an officers hands away. This may fall under the assault statutes and now a minor misdemeanor arrest becomes a FELONY. A reckless driving charge can lead to a year or more in state prison. Additionally, touching the officer in any way can lead to a batton in the mouth.
    • Don't Believe the Police.
      It is perfectly legal for the police to lie to get you to make an admission. The police frequently separate two friends and tell one the other one ratted him / her out. Because of the lie, the other friend now rats the first friend out. Police and detectives also state that "it will be easier" to talk now...LIES!!! DON'T BELIEVE THIS BS! It will only be easier for the police to prove their case!
    • No Searching.
      Do not allow the police to search anywhere! If the police officer asks, they do not have the right to search and must have your consent. If you are asked make sure you proclaim to any witnesses that "You (the police) do not have consent to search." If they perform the search anyway, that evidence may be thrown out later. Also, if you consent to a search, the officers may find something that you had no idea you had placed somewhere, ie: marijuana left by a friend.
    • Don't Look At Places Where You Don't Want Police to Search.
      Police are trained to watch you and react to you. They know that you are nervous and scared and many people look to the areas that they don't want the police to search. Do not react to the search and do not answer any questions. LOOK DOWN AND KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT!!!
    • Do Not Talk Back to the Police.
      I don't care if you have been wrongly arrested and the true culprit is standing in front of you. Don't talk shit! Police hear all day that my dad is the the Governor's Assistant's Intern and I will have your badge for this! Police have a lot of discretion in the upcoming charges brought. Police can add charges, change a misdemeanor to a felony, or even talk to the prosecutor that is ultimately prosecuting you.
    • If Police Come to Your Home, Do not Let Them In and Do Not Step Outside Your Home
      If the police are confident you have committed a felony, they are coming in anyway, because they generally don't need an arrest warrant. Make it clear to the police by stating: "No you may not come in", or "I am comfortable talking right here", or "You need a search warrant to enter my home." If they return, your attorney can arrange for you to turn yourself in should that be necessary and you will spend no time in jail between the hearings.
    • Don't say a word.
      It's incredible how many people feel that they can convince the officer, the booking officer or a detective (if your case reaches that stature) that they are not guilty. YOUR CASE IS NOT DECIDED BY THESE PEOPLE. They have no affect on your records. Wait to speak to your lawyer! The courts give enormous weight to "confessions" during this stage. A suspect is almost NEVER released after being arrested.

    Know your rights!
    Saying the right thing can invoke your constitutional rights that protect you in court!
    Never speak to police; it is there job to get information from you.
    Never consent to a search; evidence from illegal searches cannot be used against you.
    Never physically resist an officer, just remember the magic phrases.

    If you are facing criminal charges, take action to ensure your rights are protected. Turn to the Law Office of Todd Lyster. We provide our clients with an aggressive and effective defense. To schedule a free initial consultation,
    call 1-312-855-0875 or simply contact us online.

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