Trial Lawyers

About us

The mission of the law firm of Campbell & Johnson, P.C. is to provide exceptional legal representation for all of our clients. Our trial experience is unmatched.

With over 40 years of combined experience practicing law in both State and Federal Courts, and two former elected State's Attorneys as partners, we offer an extensive array of legal services, including representation in personal injury, criminal, real estate, bankruptcy, and matrimonial law.

We strive in each and every instance to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients. Proudly serving Northern Illinois.

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158 W. State St.
Sycamore, Il. 60178

Latest questions and answers

1What is the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony?

The Illinois Unified Code of Corrections makes the clear distinction between a misdemeanor and a felony

by describing a misdemeanor as "any offense for which a sentence to a term of imprisonment in other than a penitentiary for less than one year may be imposed." Conversely, a felony is then defined as "an offense for which a sentence to death or to a term of imprisonment in a penitentiary for one year or more is provided."

To help reduce the impact of a criminal charge, many people hire skilled lawyers to help with criminal proceedings. Call the Campbell & Johnson Law Firm, they know the laws and can explain how it applies to your specific situation.

2Can the police search my cell phone without my permission?

No, the police must get a warrant if you do not give them your permission.

According to the U.S. Supreme Court, a cell phone cannot be searched incident to arrest. Chief Justice John Roberts declared that police must get a warrant before searching a cell phone. A writ of certiorari was granted in two cases involving defendants who were convicted based on evidence found on cell phones. The two cases were United States v. Wurie and Riley v. California.

3If I am pulled over by a police officer and suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol, should I "blow" into the breathalyzer device?

While the answer to that question will differ depending on how much alcohol an individual has consumed, it is important to keep in mind that collecting breath samples and/or requesting drivers to perform field sobriety tests is for the purpose of collecting evidence against the driver.

A police officer may tell you prior to administrating any tests that he or she only wants to determine that you are "ok to drive", but they are actually more concerned with building their case against you. Finding yourself being asked to exit the vehicle and take a variety of tests usually means you are likely not going to avoid an arrest no matter what you do. Since that is often the case, refusing to take sobriety tests leaves the State without necessary evidence to later convict you of DUI. Likewise, when you are told by an officer that you will lose your license if you do not blow, it is important to know that you will also lose your license if you blow over the legal limit. This means that you will not only lose your license, but then the State will have strong evidence in the form of the breathalyzer results on the DUI portion of the case. Finally, while most police officers do not mention this fact, there is a hearing procedure available to contest the "automatic" suspension. However, it is your burden of proof. Consult our office for further details.

4How can I stop debt collectors from contacting me?

Federal law places limits on what actions a debt collector in Illinois or anywhere else in the country can take when collecting a debt.

For instance, a debt collector may not contact a person before 8 a.m. or after 9 p.m. without the debtor's permission. A debt collection company must not contact a person at work if that person notified the company in writing or orally that the employer does not allow him or her to receive those calls. The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act also allows consumers to notify a company in writing that it may no longer attempt to contact them about the debt. The consumer should pay to send the letter certified with a return receipt and keep a copy of the letter. The company must no longer contact the person except to acknowledge receipt of the letter or to notify the consumer of its intent to pursue further actions, such as a lawsuit.
If a consumer believes that he or she has been the target of prohibited collection practices, an attorney such as Campbell & Johnson Law Firm, who has experience in bankruptcy and other forms of debt relief could review the facts and advise on how to proceed. If a consumer does retain an attorney, debt collectors who are made aware of the representation are required to contact the attorney instead of the consumer.

Clay Campbell

Attorney at Law

For over two decades, Clay Campbell has successfully represented clients in both civil and complex criminal cases. Prior to founding the law firm of Campbell & Johnson, P.C., he was the State's Attorney for DeKalb County, where he had the unprecedented record of successfully prosecuting three murder trials within a two-year period. Clay graduated with honors from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville and obtained his Juris Doctor Degree from Northern Illinois University College of Law in 1991, also with honors. Clay was admitted to practice law in both Sate and Federal Courts and has the distinct privilege of being admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court of the United States. In 1995, Clay was also admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit. Clay is a member of the prestigious National Trial Lawyers "Top 100 Trial Lawyers".

Tim Johnson

Attorney at Law

Timothy W. Johnson has been representing clients throughout Northern Illinois for over a quarter of a century. During his stellar career as a trial lawyer, he has been responsible for handling thousands of felony, misdemeanor, and driving under the influence cases, both as a prosecutor and defense attorney. Prior to joing Campbell & Johnson, Tim was a partner in the firm of Johnson & Waller. Tim has been named in the top 100 trial attorneys for 2015 by the American Academy of Trial Attorneys. In Tim's career, he had the honor of serving as City Attorney of the City of Sycamore, a position appointed by legendary Mayor Harold "Red" Johnson. In 1996, Tim was elected State's Attorney of DeKalb County, where, during his time as the County's top prosecutor, he personally led the prosecution team in the trial of Scott Hopkins for the murder of Burdette Johnson. Mr. Hopkins was convicted and is currently serving a lengthy sentence in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Tim was also given the distinction of being appointed Conflict Counsel by both Circuit Judge Douglas Engel and Circuit Judge Kurt Klein. This difficult position provided a broad range of experience to Tim as he served as counsel for those cases the court deemed required his services. As a result of this appointment, Tim has extensive experience in juvenile cases. Tim graduated from the Honors Program at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He obtained his Juris Doctor Degree from Northern Illinois University College of Law in 1986, where he also had the distinction of serving as Assistant Editor of the Law Review. He was sworn into practice law by the Supreme Court of Illinois in 1986.