If you are arrested or taken to a police station, you should know the following:

  1. You have the right to remain silent. This right is given to you by the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution and by the laws of the State of Illinois. It is your right not to say anything and not to answer any questions.
  2. You have the right to talk to an attorney before the police question you.
  3. Do not tell the police anything but your name and address, and that you want a lawyer.
  4. Tell the police that you want a lawyer, even if you cannot afford a lawyer. You have the right to have a lawyer present with you.
  5. Do not say anything else to the police. Do not try to explain anything the police tell you, do not argue with the police about what they say or things they tell you. Do not offer any alibi. Do not give reasons or excuses for anything. Do not tell the police any story. Insist on seeing a lawyer
  6. Ask to call a lawyer or a family member who can contact a lawyer for you. You are entitled to a phone call.
  7. Although you have a right to know why you are being arrested – it is best if you do not engage in any conversations with the officer, because anything you say can and will be used against you in court.
  8. You have the right to be brought before a Judge within 72 hours of your arrest.
  9. You have the right to be treated humanely while you are in custody, to be reasonably fed and allowed to use the bathroom.
  10. The police CAN listen in on phone calls to your family or friends, so be careful.
  11. The police are not allowed to listen to a phone call with your attorney.
  12. Try and call your family or friends as soon as possible and ask them to get you a lawyer.
  13. Remember, the police want to question you so they can obtain incriminating evidence from you. One of the most damaging pieces of evidence to be used by the State, at trial, against a person charged with a crime, is the person’s own statement and confession given to the police or a prosecutor. That is why the police want to question you – to get that evidence that they can use against you. If you remain silent, say nothing and ask for an attorney, you will not provide the police and prosecutors with this damaging evidence.

If you suspect that a loved one is being abused or neglected in a Chicago area nursing home, there are several signs that may help confirm your suspicions. These include:

  • Bed sores
  • Infections
  • Cuts, bruises, and burns
  • Falls, fractures, and other life-threatening injuries
  • Malnutrition and dehydration
  • Poor hygiene
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Refusal to take medication
  • Emotional outbursts
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Desire to be left alone all the time

These signs and symptoms may point to elder abuse. However, they may also be an indication of other problems. If the caregivers and staff do not provide straight or substantiated answers for why these issues are occurring, it may be time to take action.

#NursingHomeNegligenceLawyer. Contact Donald DeWilkins to discuss your legal rights and options, today at (708) 349-5611

What do you want from an attorney

  1. Someone who is a good communicator
  2. An attorney who has lots of experience
  3. Easily accessible
  4. How big is the caseload

What will the attorney charge

  1. Most attorneys charge 33% of the recovery – No fees upfront
  2. If you lose your case who pays for the costs to bring suit
  3. Does it cost more to go to trial than to settle the case

Who actually handles the case

  1. Will a junior partner handle the case or the senior partner you hired
  2. Does the attorney get back to your or does a secretary or a clerk answer your questions
  3. If the case goes to trial will more than one attorney handle the trial

Pick someone you’re comfortable with

  1. Just because someone is very successful does not make them the right attorney  for you
  2. Can the attorney relate to you
  3. How sympathetic is the attorney with your case
  4. Are you comfortable discussing your case with the attorney

Prior experience in your type of case

  1. One attorney does not fit all
  2. What results in prior cases
  3. How many prior trials

Donald W. DeWilkins, Attorney at Law, of the Law Offices of Donald W. DeWilkins, is a graduate of the John Marshal School of Law Class of 1990. With 30+ years of courtroom experience, most of Donald’s legal career has been on the forefront of complex litigation, with the concentration of criminal and personal injury law. Mr. DeWilkins is a recognized member of professional organizations and holds prestige positions such as the Board Director of the Will County Bar Association and the Cook County In-Court Referral Director.

At the Law Offices of Donald W. DeWilkins, we are highly-experienced, aggressive and are respected in the court room as trial lawyers. We leverage our expert knowledge of the law and long-standing relationships with local prosecutors and judges to consistently deliver outstanding results for our clients. We give our clients superior representation in Cook, Will and DuPage County courts by being tough, creative, practical and efficient. We have maintained a reputation for superior advocacy because we never lose sight of what matters most — Our Client. Their peace of mind. And most importantly, their freedom.


Contact us today for a FREE CONSULTATION:
(708) 349-5611 | dewilkinslawoffice@gmail.com

Importance of a drivers license:

  1. Who will chauffer your children around?
  2. How will you get back and forth to work?
  3. Is your job safe without a license?

Cost is important but should not be the main factor

  1. When you are sick, do you ask the Doctor how much he charges?
  2. Cheap may cost you more in the long run.
  3. Can you afford a payment plan?

What do you want from your attorney:

  1. Someone to be honest with your chances to win the case.
  2. Good bedside manners.
  3. Appointment within 24 hours (face-to-face or ZOOM conference).
  4. Someone to fight for your license.

Attorney experience

  1. How many previous DUI trials?
  2. Did the attorney previously work in the State’s Attorneys’ Office?
  3. Essential to have an attorney who is not afraid to try a case.

Donald W. DeWilkins, Attorney at Law, of the Law Offices of Donald W. DeWilkins, is a graduate of the John Marshal School of Law Class of 1990. With 30+ years of courtroom experience, most of Donald’s legal career has been on the forefront of complex litigation, with the concentration of criminal and personal injury law. Mr. DeWilkins is a recognized member of professional organizations and holds prestige positions such as the Board Director of the Will County Bar Association and the Cook County In-Court Referral Director.

At the Law Offices of Donald W. DeWilkins, we are highly-experienced, aggressive and are respected in the court room as trial lawyers. We leverage our expert knowledge of the law and long-standing relationships with local prosecutors and judges to consistently deliver outstanding results for our clients. We give our clients superior representation in Cook, Will and DuPage County courts by being tough, creative, practical and efficient. We have maintained a reputation for superior advocacy because we never lose sight of what matters most — Our Client. Their peace of mind. And most importantly, their freedom.


Contact us today for a FREE CONSULTATION:
(708) 349-5611 | dewilkinslawoffice@gmail.com