Will County Criminal Defense Attorney

What is Search & Seizure Law?

The laws of BOTH the United States AND the State of Illinois state that if evidence that will be used against you in your case was obtained illegally or in violation of existing law, the evidence cannot be used against you. Whether any evidence was obtained illegally or in violation of existing law is determined by a Judge at a hearing requested by your attorney. If the Judge rules that the evidence was obtained illegally or in violation of existing law, the evidence is “suppressed” and cannot be used.

In most cases, this will result in the charges against you being completely dismissed. It takes an experienced criminal attorney to first find and recognize issues regarding illegally obtained evidence, and second to present the evidence and arguments to the Judge to obtain a ruling that the evidence will be suppressed. An experienced Orland Park criminal attorney like James A. Payonk, Jr. has over 30 years experience in search and seizure law. Attorney Payonk has successfully obtained dismissal of serious charges against his clients based upon search and seizure hearings. As an example, Attorney Payonk has:

  • Had a search warrant suppressed resulting in dismissal of drug and gun charges;
  • Had evidence of the discovery of a gun suppressed in a gun case;
  • Had all field sobriety tests and a breath alcohol test suppressed in a DUI case;
  • Had an alleged confession of his client thrown out, resulting in dismissal of charges.

You need an experienced Southwest suburban Cook County and Will County criminal lawyer who will fight for you, who is able to recognize search and seizure issues and present evidence to convince a court that the evidence was seized unlawfully. For over 30 years, we have successfully defended clients in Orland Park, Tinley Park, Joliet, Chicago, Midlothian, Alsip, Lansing, Palos Heights, Palos Park, Palos Hills, Oak Lawn, Hickory Hills, Orland Hills, Lemont, New Lenox, Homer Glen, Chicago Ridge, Willow Springs, South Holland, Olympia Fields, Matteson, Markham, Harvey, Lynwood, LaGrange, Homewood, Evergreen Park, Dolton, ICrestwood, Blue Island, Beecher, Romeoville, Crete, Mokena, Frankfort, Manhattan, Plainfield, Steger and Wilmington.

If a police officer or a state or federal law enforcement official searches your home, your vehicle, your property or your body without a valid search warrant or without probable cause, any evidence they seize cannot be used against you in court.

If you have been arrested after a law enforcement official conducted a search and seizure of your vehicle, home, body, or property, it is important to contact an experienced Orland Park criminal defense attorney who has the experience, knowledge and ability to fight for you. We will METICULOUSLY review every aspect of your case to determine if any search and seizure issues can be brought before the judge, and the charges agasint you can be dimissed due to an illegal or unlawful search.

Contact an Experienced Orland Park, Southwest Suburban Cook and Will County Criminal Defense Attorney

We will aggressively defend you in court, and do everything to obtain a dismissal of the charges against you.

If you need an attorney in the Markham Courthouse in Cook County, the Bridgeview Courthouse in Cook County, the Maywood, Rolling Meadows and Skokie Courthouses in Cook County, the Will County Courthouse in Joliet, or the Federal Courthouse in Chicago who will aggressively defend you based upon decades of knowledge and experience, contact our office for a free consultation at (708) 633-6005 or contact us online.

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James A. Payonk, Jr.

~ Attorney at Law ~

10705 W 159th St.
Orland Park, Illinois 60467

(708) 633-6005