Chicagoland criminal defense attorney Rajeev K. Bajaj, of the Law Offices of Rajeev K. Bajaj, lists the top three tips on what to do if facing a criminal charge.
Being accused of a crime can be a traumatic experience. “First and foremost, I firmly believe that anyone facing criminal charges should research criminal defense lawyers who will fight aggressively for them,” said Bajaj, founder of the Law Offices of Rajeev K. Bajaj. “A lot of people think they don’t need an attorney and can handle the situation themselves, and that the police aren’t really going to arrest them. But you definitely need an attorney.”
To further educate people facing criminal charges, Bajaj shares the following three essential steps:
No. 1: Remain silent. It is imperative when accused of a crime that one exercise their constitutional right to remain silent. “You should never talk to the police or friends or family,” stressed Bajaj. “Do not contact the police about the case -- let the lawyer handle that. Anything you say to the police will most likely be used against you.”
No. 2: Hire an attorney before speaking to anyone. An attorney knows the process and how to deal with the police. However, do not hire an attorney that guarantees results, because they can’t guarantee anything. “Statements like that and ‘We’ve won every case’ are not true,” noted Bajaj. “Meet the attorney in person and get a feel for them, and ask family and friends if they can recommend an attorney.”
No. 3: Never consent to a search. If one doesn’t consent, the authorities need to get a warrant. “The police could find something completely unrelated and this gives them a reason to charge you with something else,” concluded Bajaj. “If you’re arrested outside of your home, do not volunteer to go back inside your home as that gives them consent to enter and search your home.”
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About Law Offices of Rajeev K. Bajaj
Practice areas of the Law Offices of Rajeev K. Bajaj include federal defense, drug possession, DUI, domestic violence, fraud and criminal defense. Rajeev K. Bajaj is licensed in Indiana and Illinois. For more information, please call 312-635-4357, or visit https://criminaldefensecounselors.com/. The firm has offices in Illinois, 3245 West Fullerton Ave., Chicago, IL 60647, and Indiana, 7120 Kennedy Ave., Hammond, IN 46323.
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