Chicago Criminal Defense Lawyers Helping Good People in Bad Situations
Just being arrested can turn your world upside down. Actually being convicted of a crime can lead to serious penalties and punishments, from community service and treatment, to fines and probation, to years in prison. You need an attorney on your side who not only knows criminal law and criminal procedure but who will take the time to understand your situation and advise you on your options. At Johnson, Westra, Broecker, Whittaker & Newitt, P.C., you will find a team of attorneys practicing criminal defense throughout Chicago and neighboring communities with integrity, strength and compassion.
We provide a strong and vigorous defense against a host of misdemeanor and felony charges, including:
Talk to an Attorney Before You Talk to the Police
The single most important thing you can do if you have been arrested is to contact an attorney as soon as possible, and to refrain from answering police questions until you have done so. Police and prosecutors are trained experts in eliciting incriminating statements, and even if you are innocent of the crime, statements you make can be used against you to make you look guilty. This is true even if you have not been arrested but are under investigation or under suspicion for committing a crime. Always assert your right to talk to an attorney first.
At Johnson, Westra, Broecker, Whittaker & Newitt, P.C., we are committed to achieving the best possible result in your case. If you have not yet been arrested, we work to prevent charges from being filed or to influence what charges are filed. We look for constitutional violations that may enable us to have your case dismissed, or for weak prosecutorial evidence that can get the charges reduced. If your case goes to trial, we seek an acquittal or not guilty verdict through a strong and vigorous defense. Our attorneys are also experienced appellate lawyers who can appeal a conviction or seek other post-conviction relief, as well as probation and other alternatives to jail or a prison sentence.
Contact Experienced Criminal Law Attorneys for Your Defense
If you have been targeted for suspicion by the police, or if you have been arrested for a crime, don’t take chances with your future. Get immediate advice from experienced criminal defense attorneys. In the Chicago area, contact Johnson, Westra, Broecker, Whittaker & Newitt, P.C.