Thomas C. Hallock

tom_profileAttorney Thomas C. Hallock is committed to providing his clients skillful, aggressive, and effective representation. Thomas focuses his representation in the areas of criminal defense, civil rights, and criminal records.

Thomas understands that facing a criminal charge can be one of the most serious, stressful, and life-altering events you will ever face. If you are accused of committing a crime, your choice of attorney may significantly affect the rest of your life. Thomas is committed to fighting relentlessly on your behalf to achieve the best possible outcome. He has helped defend people charged with everything from traffic offenses, to white-collar crimes, to large-scale drug conspiracies. Additionally, he has helped clients avoid arrest altogether by convincing authorities not to pursue charges.

Thomas graduated from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., where he received a Leadership & Service Recognition Award, a Public Interest Recognition Award, a Certificate in Advocacy, and was a member on the Dean's List. During law school, he served as an intern at the Federal Defender Program for the Northern District of Illinois and at Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA). At the Federal Defender Program, he received the Judge William J. Campbell Intern-At-Law Award for his commitment, contribution, and competence in the area of criminal law. At CGLA, he was named the Justice Robert E. Gordon Scholar for his significant advocacy on behalf of low-income clients. Prior to law school, Thomas graduated summa cum laude from Northern Illinois University, B.A., where he received a Centennial Scholarship and was a member of the national honor society Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated with High Honors from Rock Valley College, A.A., where he received a Writing Recognition Award for excellence in writing.

Thomas is a proud member of the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Seventh Circuit Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Illinois Association for Criminal Justice, the Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is admitted to practice in all Illinois courts and is a member of the federal Trial Bar in the Northern District of Illinois and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Thomas is a patriotic supporter of our country's civil liberties and is proud to protect them from incremental but systemic encroachment.

Memberships & Associations

  • ABA
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Super Lawyers

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What You Should Do

  • Be respectful.
  • Calmly record the interaction.
  • Ask if you are free to leave. If you do not ask, the officer may think—and the judge may agree—that the interaction was consensual.
  • If you are free to leave, go! If you are not free to leave, do not answer any questions before speaking with your attorney.

What You Should Not Do

  • Do not physically resist arrest.
  • Do not become aggressive or confrontational.
  • Do not consent to a search. The Constitution does not apply if you consent.
  • Do not answer questions without first speaking with your attorney. Police are allowed to hold you for 48 hours and they may lie to you the entire time.

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