Arrested at Lollapalooza?

Once again hundreds of thousands of festival goers will come to Chicago to see their favorite bands, make new friends, and party. As a criminal defense attorney in Chicago, I’ve experienced the aftermath of a weekend of Lollapalooza. People call me after they’ve been arrested for drug possession (720 ILCS 570/402). All types of drugs: cannabis, lsd, pcp, cocaine, ecstasy, mushrooms and crystal meth. They call for trespassing charges and public urination cases (8-4-081). Here are a few tips on what to do, and not do, if you get arrested during Lollapalooza.

  1. THE DO’sDO be respectful to the police. It may seem like a good idea to act tough but you do not want to be a threat.DO give the officer your license or identification. By giving the officer your identification, you don’t give him a reason to go into your pockets.DO request the officer identify himself by name, department and badge number. Try to remember the information. Also, make sure you identify one unique feature about the officer to identify him.

    DO make sure after you are arrested, the first words out of your mouth are, “I want my lawyer present”.

    DO ask if you are being placed under arrest and for what charge.

    DO document or photograph any injuries you sustain as soon as possible. Oftentimes bruises will not appear until the day or two after an arrest. Visit your doctor immediately to examine any injuries.

    DO understand that the police can lie to you but you are not required to answer any questions the police ask you. Even, “How are you doing?”

  2. THE DON’TsDON’T volunteer information to the police. Don’t approach the police with the attitude that you’re smarter than they are.DON’T argue with the police. Don’t lose your temper.DON’T fight, struggle or resist the police. They will only add charges against you and justify your arrest.DON’T put your hands in your pockets or behind your back. You’re only getting arrested, not risking your life.

    DON’T run from the police. Again, you’re only getting arrested, not risking your life.

    DON’T give the police access to your mobile phone. The police require a warrant to enter into your phone unless you consent to the search of your phone.

    DON’T agree to sign any documents before your lawyer is present.

    Purav Bhatt is a criminal defense attorney practicing in Cook, DuPage, Lake and Will counties. He is located in Lincolnwood, Illinois near most Chicago and suburban courthouses including: 400 West Superior, Skokie, Maywood and Rolling Meadows.

    If you or a loved on has been arrested for a criminal offense please contact Mr. Bhatt at 773-791-9682 to discuss your matter.