First Defense Legal Aid is the proud recipient of the 2014 Per Diem Award of the

Clinical Legal Association of the American Association of Law Schools!

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IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS BEING HELD BY THE CHICAGO POLICE DEPARTMENT  

CALL 1-800-LAW-REP-4  FOR A FREE LAWYER, 24 HOURS A DAY, 365 DAYS A YEAR.

SI LA POLIC√ćA de CHICAGO DETIENE USTED O ALGUIEN QUE CONOCE,

LLAME1(800) 529-7374 INMEDIAMENTE PARA OBTENER UN ABOGADO GRATIS,

24 HORAS AL DIA, 365 DIAS AL ANO.


 

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The FDLA Police Custody Hotline and Street Law programs keep our staff and volunteers working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. Select a subscription level below and become a FDLA Partner in Justice: you give $7, $24, or $52 a month for a year, and FDLA staff and volunteers will continue to fight non-stop to defend the rights of people in Chicago Police custody and to develop hope, skills, and knowledge throughout Chicago neighborhoods that empowers people to invoke their rights and protect themselves. 

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only source of free legal defense for people arrested or taken in for 
questioning. Help keep it running and spread the word!

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First Defense Legal Aid

IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS BEING HELD IN CUSTODY BY THE CHICAGO POLICE DEPARTMENT CALL 1-800-LAW-REP-4 FOR A FREE LAWYER, 24 HOURS A DAY.

For over 15 years, First Defense Legal Aid has been dedicated to issues of indigent defense, police accountability, and the protection of civil rights.

FDLA's mission is two-pronged: to ensure equal justice to people in custody at Chicago Police stations and to educate the people of Chicago about the power of their Constitutional rights.

First, FDLA provides a free, reliable, and experienced lawyer to individuals who are arrested in the city of Chicago. The FDLA attorney is available at the initial and most critical stage of the criminal justice process: from the time of arrest until the court system assigns a Public Defender. At the police station, the attorney helps the client understand and assert his or her rights, gathers information about arrest and detainment, documents evidence of police brutality, advocates for medical treatment, and informs the family and friends of the detainee throughout the process.

Second, in an effort to promote the Chicago Police Custody Hotline and educate Chicagoans on the power of their Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendment rights, FDLA presents Street Law in schools and community groups. The Street Law presentations focus on what to do if you are stopped, searched, or arrested by the police, how to assert your rights on the street and at the station, and what to do if you feel that the police have violated your civil rights.

If you are interested in volunteering with FDLA, please complete and submit a

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First Defense cherishes our many community partners and leaders spreading the word about the rights to remain silent and to counsel at the time of arrest! Please enjoy this educational piece by Ethan and Fredo, Free Write Jail ArtsCircles and Cyphers:

FDLA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Please consider a donation today to help support our programs. By clicking the "Donate" button below, you will be taken to our secure PayPal donation page. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Our Mission

First Defense Legal Aid provides free, 24-hour, legal representation to people in Chicago Police Department custody and educates Chicagoans about how to protect their constitutional rights. We undertake these activities to promote fairness and accountability in the justice system.

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