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When an Illinois traffic stop results criminal charges

If you've ever been pulled over by police while driving in Illinois, you understand how disconcerting such an experience can be. Seeing red and blue lights flashing in your rear view mirror and watching a law enforcement officer approach your vehicle can be quite stressful and frightening, especially if it's the first time it has ever happened to you. Problems may be intensified if your traffic stop results in criminal charges filed against you.

In all circumstances, however, you have rights that are not mitigated simply because you have been stopped by the police. In fact, if a police officer does or says anything that violates your rights, you may pursue the issue in court. There are several types of situations that may be grounds for doing so.

One of the common ways personal rights are violated during traffic stops has to do with search and seizure. Police officers are bound by strict protocol regarding such processes. They must obtain appropriate authoritative permission before searching your vehicle or your clothing.

If an officer files charges after claiming to find drugs in your car or pocket, you have every right to seek immediate assistance from experienced criminal defense counsel. By contacting Ralph E. Meczyk & Associates in Illinois, you may request a thorough review of the events to determine whether grounds exist for challenging any of the prosecution's evidence in court. This is often the first step toward obtaining a dismissal of charges or requesting the court rule that certain evidence is inadmissible at trial. We offer effective representation that may help you obtain a positive outcome when a traffic stop has resulted in an arrest.

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