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criminal charges, your rights, Illinois criminal defense attorney Criminal charges can leave a serious wake of permanent damage in their path. Consequences, if a person is convicted of criminal charges, can range from probation to incarceration and, or fines. Even something as seemingly minor as a traffic infraction can default to a driver’s license suspension if not handled properly.

The justice system has diverse resources to utilize to prosecute individuals charged with criminal offenses, and will often advocate for maximum sentencing and fines for convicted offenders. Those who have been charged with a crime should be aware that there are options available to obtain a competent defense that can protect their personal rights and freedoms as citizens of the United States.

Regardless of the crime committed, all individuals contending with criminal investigations or charges should be aware of these five essential tips regarding their rights:


smartphones, mobile devices, Arlington Heights Criminal Defense AttorneyMobile devices and smartphones are so common that it feels like they have always been a part of our lives. It may be hard to believe, but most people in North America have only been using some type of mobile, cellular device for roughly the last twenty years. Regardless of whether your device is a base model cellular phone or the latest smartphone, there is an abundance of information about you, your contacts and your activities stored within the device.

A recent criminal case in California regarding the warrantless seizure of a cellphone was appealed and heard eventually by the  U.S. Supreme Court. This lead to the Court affirming its position on the unique distinction smartphones and cellular phones deserve as devices with significant data and personal information storage records. As such, law enforcement is required to obtain a search warrant before searching a suspect’s mobile device.

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