About callahancrim

Robert J Callahan has nearly 20 years of experience in criminal law. He developed into a skilled defense attorney while working in the criminal law specialty area of narcotics defense related litigation, as well as contesting the devastating effects of DUI and other traffic and vehicle offenses, Robert Callahan is a proven defense lawyer in Chicago with the skills to handle a range of cases.

Do I even need an attorney? If I am accused of a low-level crime, is it important to seek counsel? Is self-representation ever a good option? There is an old saying that an attorney representing himself has a fool for a client. It’s especially true in criminal defense cases. The rules of evidence are so…

Is it ever possible for someone to talk their way out of an encounter with the police? Can statements be twisted and used against defendants in court? People have a right to have an attorney present and should take advantage of that right. As an American citizen, when charged with a crime, you are presumed…

Last winter, DH was working in his basement when local police crashed through the door. The officers informed him that they had a search warrant for narcotics. DH was brought up to his living room where his mother and teenage cousin were being detained. Ultimately, a handgun and cocaine were recovered in an upstairs bedroom….

VO: Do the police need a search warrant to enter a home? Bob: Absolutely they need a search warrant to come in your house. Does that mean they’re not going to come in your house if you confront them with the fact that they don’t have a search warrant? Not necessarily. We’re living in Chicago…

When is a person actually considered to be in police custody or under arrest? Bob: What gets evaluated by the judge and what the law says is would a reasonable person, under those circumstances, feel free to leave? So there’s a lot of things that play into that. The reasonable person is a theoretical reasonable…

VO: How does the court legally determine possession of drugs? Bob: Generally, here in Cook County the judges are going to hold the prosecution to the burden of proving two different things. There’s two different elements they must meet in a possession prosecution. One, is the knowledge element. Basically, did this person know that these…

LP and his wife had an intense argument that lead to an accusation of domestic violence against LP by his wife. The physical altercation allegedly continued even after the police arrived. As a result, LP was arrested and charged with domestic violence. After researching attorneys LP decided to hire Robert Callahan & Associates. We began…

JG was traveling with four friends in an area known for narcotic use when he was stopped by the police. Upon approaching the vehicle the police officers claimed to smell a strong odor of cannabis. After conducting a field interview, JG was arrested for possession of cocaine and cannabis. JG’s family retained Robert J Callahan…

VO: How do you deal with prosecutors on the cases you take? Bob: A lot of the time I get clients and they say, “We hired you because we want a bulldog on this. We want someone who is going to go in there and attack this and be extremely aggressive and fight with everything…

VO: If someone is feeling harassed, or that they might be in trouble, can they video record the police? Bob: Video recording the police, and this is what differentiates Illinois from a lot of the other states in the United States is it is a felony offense to record the police while they’re executing an…

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