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Criminal Investigations

Are You Under Investigation by the Police? If So, You Need a Lawyer.

A common mistake people make is hiring a criminal defense attorney after they get arrested or charged for a crime. While it is important to have a lawyer represent you during these instances, you must get a lawyer before you get arrested or charged. Thus, you need legal defense as soon as you know or believe you are under investigation for a crime.

This is because your rights could get violated at any point in the investigative process. For example, an officer may have unlawfully searched your home or vehicle without obtaining a warrant and seized your property to be used as evidence. Maybe they failed to read your Miranda Rights before interrogating you. These common violations have devastating outcomes for the accused, which is why you need an attorney to help prevent these violations or leverage them as a way to get your charges reduced or dropped. Your case may even get dismissed altogether.

Reasons for Criminal Investigations

It can be frightening to learn or think you are under investigation for a crime. It may feel like you’re “walking on eggshells” in your daily life, not knowing what to do or how to act. However, you should keep in mind that the purpose of a criminal investigation is not to frame you for a crime but rather:

  • Develop sufficient factual information so the prosecutor can fairly and objectively determine whether and what charges should be brought about
  • Guard against the prosecution of the innocent
  • Develop legally admissible evidence to convict the guilty and warrant prosecution

Police Investigation Process

With this in mind, it may benefit you to learn the steps in a police investigation to better understand what you may be up against. Remember that even if you are or may be under investigation, that does not mean you are automatically getting charged with a crime nor guilty of one. The purpose of a police investigation is to confirm the suspicion that a person might be guilty of a crime.

So, how do they work?

First, a crime is brought to the attention of state and/or federal authorities by an alleged crime victim or a witness. Then, a state or federal law enforcement agency will investigate whether or not a crime was committed and if so, who committed it.

During the investigation, the police may obtain a warrant to search your person or property. In doing so, they may ask you questions. DO NOT answer any questions without an attorney present. Anything you say can and will be used against you in court. Even if the police assure you that they are simply asking routine questions that have nothing to do with suspecting you of a crime, do not believe them. Police are legally allowed to use deceptive techniques to obtain evidence for a crime. In other words, the police can lie to you.

For instance, they may say that if you don’t answer their questions, you will be arrested. However, you are legally allowed to remain silent and refuse to answer any questions without legal counsel present. Unfortunately, the police may also break the law and violate your Fourth Amendment rights by searching areas that aren’t permitted in their warrant. If the warrant only permits a search in your car and on your person, then the police cannot search your home or office at work.

Our Criminal Defense Attorney Will Fiercely Champion Your Rights

A criminal investigation by the police can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be. With the representation of our Chicago criminal defense lawyer, you can rest assured that we will protect your rights and work to minimize any police misconduct and deceptive investigative techniques against you. With an award-winning reputation for helping clients get favorable outcomes in their case, Pissetzky Law LLC is your trusted line of defense.

Questions? Get the answers you need by contacting us at (312) 883-9466 today!


  • Dropped All Charges after Motion USA v. Client O

    USA v. Client O - After a complex investigation into child pornography on the internet, federal agents obtained a search warrant to search O’s home and work computers. A forensic review of the devises seized revealed child pornography and O was charged with Possession and distribution of child pornography and altering a hard drive to obstructed the investigation. Mr. Pissetzky and his team used their own forensic expert to examine the computers and discovered that the Agent lied in his affidavit for the search warrants. After filing a motion to suppress the warrant, the government conceded and dropped all child pornography charges. O pled guilty to obstructing the investigation and received a sentence well below the guidelines.

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    MH had been wrongfully accused of murder and attempted murder. Mr. Pissetzky tried to explain to the State’s Attorneys that they had the wrong man, but it fell on deaf ears. Mr. Pissetzky then demanded trial , and after a week of relentless cross-examination, the jury returned a verdict of NOT GUILTY on all charges – NOT GUILTY of murder and NOT GUILTY of attempt murder – in less then two hours!!
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    (USA v. SO (2010)) – In 2008, the DEA arrested SO for taking part in a large crack cocaine drug conspiracy. At the preliminary hearing, Mr. Pissetzky was able to demonstrate that SO was not involved in the overall conspiracy, and eventually SO was indicted on only two drug transactions he allegedly conducted. During plea negotiations, Mr. Pissetzky convinced the government to dismiss the actual drug charges, and SO pled guilty to a much lesser charge. SO was originally facing over 10 years in prison. At the sentencing hearing before Judge Zagel, Mr. Pissetzky convinced the Judge to sentence SO to time served (roughly 24 months).
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    People v. BR – NOT GUILTY verdict by a jury. BR was charged with Marijuana Trafficking over 1100LB. Mr. Pissetzky and another attorney tried the case to a jury. After a three day trial, the jury deliberated for less then two hours finding BR Not Guilty.
  • Not Guilty People v. GE
    Finding of Not Guilty! GE was charged with possession with intent to deliver a kilogram of heroine, a class X felony carrying a minimum of 15 years in prison. At trial, Mr. Pissetzky proved that the prosecutor did not have sufficient evidence to show that GE ever possessed the drugs.
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    DD was charged with selling narcotics and was charged in Federal court in Chicago. Mr. Pissetzky was able to present to the prosecutor enough evidence to convince the prosecutor to dismiss all charges against DD.
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    AH was charged with possessions with intent to distribute a large amount of cocaine. Mr. Pissetzky litigation skills led to the dismissal of all charges against AH.
  • Case Dismissed Motion Granted, Case Dismissed
    People v. RMC – Chicago police officers received information that a 2 kilo cocaine deal was going to happen in a garage. They set up surveillance and saw RMC pull into the garage in car. When he walked out of the garage, the Chicago police officers arrested him. While the officers searched the garage and car, they found 2 kilos of cocaine in the car. Mr. Pissetzky and another attorney filed a Motion to Suppress the Arrest and Quash the evidence. After a highly contested hearing, the judge held that the Chicago Police officers violated RMC’s Constitutional rights under the 4th Amendment, and Granted the Motion. The prosecutor had no choice but to dismiss all charges against RMC.
  • Case Dimissed Motion to Suppress Heroin Granted
    People v. AP – After Chicago Police officers walked up to AP after he parked his car, they searched him and the car and found about 1/2 a kilo of Heroin. AP was arrested and charged with a Class X felony. Mr. Pissetzky and Mr. De Leon filed a Motion to Suppress Heroin and Quash AP’s arrest. During the hearing, Mr. Pissetzky proved to the judge that the officers lied and that they violated AP’s Fourth Amendment Rights. The judge granted the motion and the State’s Attorney had no choice but to dismiss the case.
  • Case Dismissed Motion Granted Case Dismissed
    People v. RW – RW was charged with a Class X Felony of Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana. Chicago Police Officers stopped RW after they saw him place 2 large UPS boxes in the trunk of his car. The officers believed that the boxes contained marijuana. After the stop, the officers searched the car and recovered the boxes. The boxes in fact contained a large amount of marijuana. Mr. Gal Pissetzky, along with co-counsel, filed a Motion to Quash Arrest and Suppress Evidence claiming that RW was illegally stopped and searched. During the hearing, Mr. Pissetzky cross examined the Chicago Police officers and proved to the judge that the officers acted illegally and violated RW’s Constitutional Rights under the Fourth Amendment. The judge granted the Motion and all charges against RW were dismissed.


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