What to do if I was arrested for disorderly conduct and can’t afford an attorney?

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What to do if I was arrested for disorderly conduct and can’t afford an attorney?

The only thing that the police told me that I had done is flipped off my neighbor. I will admit it was not tasteful but I am under the impression that the first amendment protects this act. The police issued no citations; the only paperwork I received was my bond paperwork. It does not specify which paragraph/section/subsection of the law I broke. The reason I was told I was arrested was that my neighbor pressed charges. In that case, shouldn’t I have been served papers instead of arrested? Either way, I do not believe flipping somebody off is illegal. I would like to know who to contact or where to begin looking for information on how to represent myself in court, as I have no money for a lawyer?

Asked on August 11, 2013 under Criminal Law, Illinois

Answers:

Terence Fenelon / Law Offices of Terence Fenelon

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Most County Bar Assosociations have a client referral service which will refer you to an attorney who will, for a minimal fee, ($25-50) consult with you and advise as to the proper steps to take in your defense.  Many Court Houses have a free legal help desk pr office where you can also explore your options.  I tend to agree with you tthat your action may be protected speech but that depends upon the circumstances, of which I know nothing.


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