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Case Results - Part 2

Disorderly Conduct- Dismissed

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office was called for a disturbance between my client, her ex-boyfriend, and his mother. My client was accused of yelling at the victim, attempting to hit his face, throwing and smashing a pumpkin against the victim’s truck, and throwing a brick at the vehicle striking the front driver’s side tire rim. My client then called both the victim and the victim’s mother names and threated harm to them. My client then left the scene. The police made contact with my client via the telephone and they met at a location to discuss the incident. My client was then taken into custody and arrested. We went to court and answered ready for trial and got all charges dismissed.

Assault – Not Guilty at Trial

The police were called for a report of assault between my client and the victim, a train conductor. My client was accused threatening the train conductor. On the court date, the conductor showed up and the state answered ready for trial. We went to trial and the judge found my client not guilty on all charges.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI) – NOT GUILTY AFTER TRIAL

My client had been involved in an accident that caused heavy damage to the front and passenger sides of the vehicle and caused both airbags in the front seat to deploy. She also struck 2 other vehicles. When the police made contact with my client, she had a moderate odor of alcohol on her breath and her eyes were glassy and watery. He speech was impaired but still understandable. She performed all the field sobriety tests and failed. She also submitted to the portable breath test and blew a .103 at the scene of the accident. My client was then arrested for DUI. At the police stations, she submitted to the breathalyzer test and blew a .078. I went to trial on the DUI and all accompanying tickets and the Judge agreed with my arguments and found the client not guilty on all counts. My client received her driver’s license back in the court room.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI) – License Suspension Removed

My client was driving on Interstate 90 and was speeding and not staying within the lane markers. Once the client pulled over for the officer and began speaking, the officer observed glassy bloodshot eyes and the smell of alcohol emitting from inside the vehicle and from his breath. He refused the breathalyzer test so the Secretary of State was going to suspend his license for 1 year. I filed the paperwork to have a hearing to prevent the license suspension. During the hearing I convinced the judge that there was no basis to arrest my client for driving under the influence of alcohol. The judge agreed with my arguments and removed my client’s license suspension.Therefore, the client’s driver’s license was never suspended!

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI) – Not Guilty of DUI after Trial

My client’s vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed and violated the lane lines. The Illinois State Police pulled him over. During the initial contact with the police officer, the officer states that the defendant had bloodshot glassy eyes and the smell of alcohol emitting from inside the vehicle and from his breath. After stepping out of the vehicle, my client performed all the Field Sobriety tests and failed them all. Once again, the officer states that there is a strong odor of alcohol coming from my client’s breath. My client was then arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. I went to trial on this DUI to keep it off my client’s record. After hearing all the evidence, the Judge did not believe that my client was Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. My client was found Not Guilty of DUI.

Aggravated Battery and Mob Action – Not Guilty

My clients were charged with severely beating a man outside a bar in Niles, IL. They were accused of striking the victim on his face, head, and body with their fists and then kicking him when he fell to the ground. This case had to go to trial since one of my clients had a significant criminal background and probation was not being offered to him. I claimed “self-defense” in trial. During cross-examination of the prosecutor’s witnesses, I showed that the victim was the aggressor and not my clients. The judge agreed with me and found my clients not guilty of all charges.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI) – License Suspension Removed

My client’s vehicle was weaving back and forth on the road. The Mount Prospect Police Department pulled him over. He admitted to consuming numerous beers earlier in the evening. He had bloodshot and glassy eyes. After performing the field sobriety tests, my client blew a .128% into the portable breath test. He was then arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. At the police station my client blew a .121% into the breathalyzer. We filed a petition to rescind his license suspension with the court and scheduled a hearing date. The officer testified that he believed my client to be under the influence from the results of the field tests and the portable breath test. My office cross-examined the officer and proved that he did much better on the tests than the officer originally testified to. We also showed that the portable breath test was not very reliable. The judge agreed to remove the license suspension after the hearing.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI) – License Suspension Removed

The Defendant crashed her vehicle into another car and fled the scene. The other motorist who she struck followed her. He managed to stop her car and took her keys away from her. When the Chicago Police arrived, the Defendant was confused and disoriented. She failed all the field sobriety tests and admitted to consuming alcohol before driving. She was arrested and refused the breathalyzer at the police station. Because she refused, her license was to be suspended for 1 year. I filed the paperwork with the court to have a hearing on her license suspension. At the hearing, I went through numerous questions with the officer on the timing of events that evening. I proved that it was impossible to have read my client her “warning to motorist” rights at the time that he alleged he read them to her. The judge agreed with my time analysis and removed her license suspension. No suspension took effect at all!

Battery – Not Guilty After Trial

My client was accused of stabbing an individual numerous times in the chest, torso and neck with a screw driver. The victim indicated that he was a wedding party with my client. My client then attacked this individual by punching him in the back of the head until he fell to the ground. On the ground, my client started stabbing him with a screw driver. The victim became unconscious and was rushed to the hospital. He spent a week in the hospital with a multitude of stitches throughout his body. My client told me that he did not do it. We went to trial. At trial, the prosecution presented three (3) witnesses testifying that my client attacked the victim and stabbed him as the victim indicated. During my cross-examination, each witness got caught in lies. I even made one witness admit that she was lying to me! The judge heard enough and granted my motion for directed verdict. I did not even have to present any of my witnesses before the judge threw out the case!

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI) – Not Guilty of all Charges

The Defendant found by another motorist to be passed out in his vehicle at an intersection at 3300 Harlem Avenue in Riverside. The motorist called the police and they could not initially wake up my client in the driver’s seat with the car running. The officers then opened my clients door and he fell out of the vehicle and was only held up by his seatbelt. He was still partially unconscious. He then started talking non-sense and swearing at the officers. When the officers got him out of the vehicle, he stumbled. He smelled like alcohol, had slurred speech and his eyes were glassy and bloodshot. My client was not eligible for supervision because of his background so I had not choice but to have a trial. During the trial, I cross-examined the officer on how he did not follow his own training when investigating this DUI. I showed the judge that the officer completely deviated from his own training on important steps in the investigation. The judge ruled that the State of Illinois did not prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt. The judge found my client not guilty.

Unlawful Use of a Weapon (UUW) -All Charges Dismissed

The Tinley Park Police Department were dispatched to a hotel with regards to an armed robbery that had just occurred. While searching for the offender, the police observed my client in his vehicle on the side of the road with his hazard lights on. When the officers approached, they observed the butt of a handgun on the floorboard. The officers ordered my client out of his vehicle at gunpoint and recovered a .40 caliber Ruger handgun loaded with a 15 round magazine. My client did not have a FOID card and was arrested. I filed a motion to quash arrest and suppress evidence based upon the fact that the officers had no right to approach my client and question him. Before we even got to the hearing, the State of Illinois dismissed all charges based upon my filing of the motion to quash!

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI) – All Charges Dismissed

My client was accused of striking four (4) vehicles and then fleeing the scene on foot in Arlington Heights. A witness to the accident told the police where my client lived. The police went to my clients residence and he fled out the back door. When the officers eventually found him, he was passed out in a pool of his own vomit. My client could not even stand up due to his level of intoxication. I scheduled this case for trial. On the trial date, my office convinced the State of Illinois to dismiss all charges due to the lack of witnesses that the State had. They agreed and every single charge was dismissed!

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI) – License Suspension Removed

My client was stopped my the Evanston Police Department for going around another motorist and going through a red light. My client pulled into a parking lot and the officer believed he got out to urinate. The officer indicated that he had slurred speech, glassy eyes, strong odor of alcohol and failed all of the field sobriety tests. My client then blew into a portable breath test on the scene which revealed a .159% breath alcohol reading. The officer arrested my client and brought him back to the police station. He then blew into a breathalyzer machine which revealed a result of .145%. My client needed his driving privileges and could not afford to lose it for six (6) months. I filed paperwork and had a hearing. During cross-examination of the officer, I made him admit that his testimony he gave was completely different than his written reports he made. He could not explain the discrepancy. The judge did not find the officer believable and removed my clients license suspension.

Possession of a Controlled Substance (PCS) -Finding of No Probable Cause

The Chicago Police Department entered my client’s home because they claimed they could see drugs through the window of his kitchen. With no warrant or consent, they entered his home and recovered the drugs. The judge was not very happy! The judge found no probable cause and the case was dismissed.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI) – Not Guilty of all Charges

My client was involved in a “hit and run” accident. He was accused of striking a vehicle in Morton Grove and fleeing the scene while the other driver gave chase to my client’s home. The police were called and they observed my clients front tire of his vehicle shredded from driving a flat. They observed my client running from the vehicle to inside his home. The Morton Grove police knocked on the door and my client’s mother let them in. They found my client hiding in his attic. My client admitted to getting into the accident, admitted to consuming alcohol and submitted to the field sobriety tests. The officer indicated that my client failed all of the field sobriety tests. My client had an extensive background and the State of Illinois was seeking jail time with a plea of guilty. I needed to win trial! During trial, I got the officer to admit that he conducted the field sobriety tests incorrectly. I elicited testimony from the officer showing that there were numerous other reasons why my client failed the field sobriety tests besides being under the influence of alcohol. The judge found my client not guilty of the DUI after trial.

Aggravated Battery (Felony) – Motion to Quash And Suppress Evidence Granted

My client was charged with Aggravated Battery. He was accused of striking an individual at a bar numerous times with a beer bottle. The victim suffered numerous injuries and required multiple stitches in his head. The Morton Grove Police Department came to my clients house in Melrose Park approximately thirty (30) days later to arrest him. At the police station, my client gave incriminating statements against himself regarding the battery that he allegedly committed. I filed a motion to quash the arrest based upon the fact that the officers arrested him in his home with no warrant and outside of their jurisdiction. At the hearing, during cross-examination, I made the officer admit that my client was taken in custody immediately without asking my client any questions first. The judge agreed with my arguments and granted my motion to quash arrest and suppress the statements made by my client.

Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon (AUUW) – All Charges Dismissed

I had previously posted (July 15, 2014) that I had won my motion to quash the arrest and suppress evidence in this case. On today’s date, the State of Illinois dismissed all charges against my client instead of filing an appeal. My client walked out a free man instead of mandatory prison time!

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI) – License Suspension Removed

My client was stopped my the Evanston Police Department for changing lanes without signaling. The officer observed an open bottle of liquor in car with a plastic cup with alcohol in the cup holder. The officer indicated that my clients speech was slurred, had on odor of alcohol and bloodshot/glassy eyes. My client was also driving on a suspended driver’s license from a previous DUI he had (I was not his lawyer at that time!!). The officer arrested him and took him to the Evanston Police Department for field sobriety testing. The officer indicated that my client failed all field sobriety tests. This was a three (3) year suspension since my client refused the breathalyzer and this was a second DUI. We went to hearing to remove the suspension. During my cross-examination, I got the officer to admit that he did not follow his own training when conducting this DUI investigation. I questioned him hard with regards to the actual instructions he have my client for the tests. He did not remember what the instructions he gave! He then did not remember how my client “failed” the test. The judge was not happy with his testimony to say the least. The judge granted my motion and removed my client’s 3 year suspension.

Forgery and Financial Exploitation of an Elderly Person- All Charges Dismissed

The State of Illinois accused my client of fraudulently obtaining a financial power of attorney and removing approximately $24,000 from his grandmothers bank accounts. Over a period of a year, he withdrew money from her life insurance cash accumulation and checking accounts. My client denied any wrong doing. My client indicated that his grandmother suffered from alzheimers and did not remember granting him the power of attorney. We set this case down for trial. The prosecutor wanted our office to “stipulate” to the bank documents showing all the transactions. We refused and demanded that they bring in every single witness from every single financial institution in order to prove our client’s guilt. The prosecutor knew they could never obtain all of those necessary witnesses since they were out of state. The State of Illinois dismissed all charges after we answered ready for trial! My client was facing numerous years in prison if we did not win.

Aggravated Unlawful Use of Weapon (Agg UUW) – Motion to Quash Arrest Granted

My client had allegedly fired a handgun in the alley behind his house in the city of Chicago. A police car had been in the area and two (2) officers observed him stick the gun in his waistband. The officers drew their guns and ordered my client to put his hands in the air. They then reached in his waistband and pulled out the firearm. In Illinois, Aggravated Unlawful Use of Weapon charges are non-probationable and carry a minimum of 1-3 years in the state prison. The law says you cannot get probation! My client had no felonies on his record and could not afford to go to prison. I filed a motion to quash the arrest and suppress evidence. During the hearing, I cross-examined the officer. I got him to admit that he did not know exactly what my client had stuck in his waistband when the officer drew the gun on my client. The judge agreed with my argument and granted my motion to suppress all evidence! I saved my client from mandatory prison.

Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver – Finding of No Probable Cause

My client had been in a house that was raided by the Chicago Police Department. A substantial amount of cocaine and marijuana was found. My client was charged with possession with intent. We went had a preliminary hearing and cross-examined the officer. We convinced the judge that they could not prove any of the drugs in the home were my clients or in her possession. The judge dismissed all charges!

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI) – License Suspension Removed

My client had been involved in an accident in the parking lot of a grocery store. The individual that my client struck was trying to call the police when my client fled the parking lot in his vehicle. The other driver got the plate number of my client’s vehicle and gave it to police. The Homewood Police Department looked up my clients address and went to his house. They questioned my client in which he admitted to drinking a lot. He has slurred speech and bloodshot eyes. The police arrested him for DUI. We filed a petition to remove the one (1) year suspension. At hearing, the judge agreed with our arguments and removed the license suspension.

Battery – Not Guilty After Trial

The Defendant was at a bar in Rosement, IL. He was accused of starting a fight with security while he was drunk. When numerous security personnel tried to restrain the Defendant, he bit one of the guards on the finger. The Defendant caused the security officer’s finger to bleed profusely. When the Rosemont Police Department arrived, my client was verbally abusive to them as well and had to be restrained by them. We are trial lawyers so, naturally, we went to trial. After numerous witnesses from the State of Illinois testified against the Defendant the judge found my client not guilty of all charges!

Aggravated Unlawful Use of Weapon AND Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Intent to Deliver (Agg UUW and PCS w/intent) – Not Guilty of All Charges After Trial

The Chicago Police Department obtained a search warrant for my client’s home. When the police executed the search warrant they found my client inside the home. In the home they also found firearm ammunition, forty-five (45) pills of MDMA, a large quantity of cocaine and cannabis. They found proof of residency as well. My client had been to prison before so the prosecutor was seeking significant prison time on these charges. The evidence was against us, however, we always fight for our clients. We went to trial and after a vigorous cross-examination of the police officers, the judge found my client not guilty of all charges! He walked out of court.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI) – License Suspension Removed

My client was observed by the Chicago Police not using his turn signal. When they pulled him over they observed bloodshot eyes, mumbled/slurred speech and an odor of alcohol on his breath. My client failed all of the field sobriety tests. The officers arrested my client and took him back to the Chicago Police Department for a breathalyzer. My client informed the officers that “I’ll blow over” and then refused to blow. The secretary of state was going to suspend my clients license for one (1) year because he refused to blow. We set the case down for hearing on the issue of “no probable cause” to believe he was under the influence of alcohol. Because the State of Illinois took too long to have a hearing, I argued that his license suspension should be removed. The judge agreed and removed the one (1) year suspension!

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI) – License Suspension Removed

My client was driving southbound on I-94 when he rear-ended another vehicle. The other vehicle’s driver was injured and taken to the hospital. My client’s vehicle was totaled. When the Illinois State Police arrived, he observed my client to have slurred speech, bloodshot eyes and a strong odor of alcohol coming from his breath. The Trooper administered field sobriety tests in which my client failed. The Trooper arrested him and took him to the police station for a breathalyzer test. At the station my client blew a .175% in the breathalyzer machine. I filed paperwork and requested a hearing to contest the license suspension. During the hearing I convinced the judge that the breathalyzer machine was not reliable and therefore my clients test results should not be admissible. The judge agreed with my arguments and removed my client’s license suspension!

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI) – License Suspension Removed

My client was driving on Dearborn in Chicago and struck five (5) vehicles. When the Chicago Police arrived, she stumbled out of the vehicle and admitted to drinking alcohol earlier in the evening. The officer observed slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, smell of alcohol on her breath and a flushed face. She refused the breathalyzer test so the Secretary of State was going to suspend her license for 1 year. I filed the paperwork to have a hearing to prevent the license suspension. Because my office was able to file the paperwork so quickly, the prosecutor was not able to have the hearing within the required statutory period of 30 days. Therefore, we won the 1 year suspension!

Aggravated Battery – All Charges Dismissed

My client was charged with stabbing another individual with a knife numerous times. The prosecutor was offering four (4) years in prison. My office rejected the offer and demanded trial. After a continued demand for speedy trial court date after court date all charges were dismissed! Our aggressive tactics paid off huge for our client who walked away from court with every single charge against him dismissed.

Armed Robbery – Not Guilty

My client was charged with robbing a pizza delivery man with a BB gun that looked like a real firearm. My client and other co-defendants ran from the scene. The Chicago Police eventually found all defendants and they were identified by the victim. In addition, the pizza boxes and gun were found in their possession. This was a case that required my client to go to prison for a long time if we lost trial. We took the chance and went to trial. After thoroughly confusing the witnesses on cross-examination, the judge found my client not guilty after trial!

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI) – Not Guilty of DUI after Trial

My client was stopped by the Schiller Park Police Department because her vehicle was completely stopped in the middle of an intersection. When the Officer got behind my clients vehicle and activated his overhead lights, my client started to drive through intersection and almost caused an accident. Another vehicle had to swerve out of way in order to avoid being struck by my client. The officer had to follow her and activate his siren before she pulled over. When the officer approached, my client had slurred speech, bloodshot/glassy eyes and a strong odor of alcohol coming from her breath. The officer then notice a half full bottle “Crown Royal” in her back seat. She admitted to drinking alcohol and staggered when she was outside of her vehicle. She attempted the One Leg Stand field sobriety test. The officer indicated that she failed miserably and then my client refused further testing. My client did not want this to go on her record so we went to trial. During cross-examination, I got the officer to admit that my client was stable on her feet throughout the rest of her interaction with the officer. He could not answer my questions of specifics on the One Leg Stand Test. I made him admit that he did not remember a lot of details of the arrest. The judge could not find my client guilty after my cross-examination. Even with all the evidence presented, the judge found my client not guilty because I created “reasonable doubt” in the judge’s mind.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI) – License Suspension Removed

My client was traveling in Mount Prospect and using his cell phone while driving. An officer attempted to pull him over, however, he kept driving. He made an illegal left turn and continued to drive. Eventually he pulled over and refused to comply with the officers directions. My client exited the vehicle and stumbled upon the exit. He failed all field sobriety tests and was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. At the police station my client refused to blow into the breathalyzer. The officer indicated that he was intentionally breathing in and not out during the test. Then he was not fully putting his mouth around the mouth piece when blowing. After numerous attempts, the officer indicated that he refused the test. Because of the refusal to blow, my clients license was to be suspended for 1 year. I filed paperwork fight the suspension and it went to hearing. In the hearing, I cross-examined the officer and convinced the judge that the State of Illinois never proved that the machine was in proper working condition and that could have been the reason why it was not registering by clients breath sample when he attempted to blow numerous times. The judge removed the 1 year suspension.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI) – Not Guilty of DUI after Trial

My client was stopped by the Berwyn Police Department for traveling 37 MPH in a posted 25 MPH zone. She failed to pull over immediately and then struck the curb when she finally did pull to side of the road. The officer observed an odor of alcohol coming from her breath and glassy eyes. My client then admitted to the police officer that she consumed 4 alcoholic drinks at a bar prior to driving. The Defendant then submitted to field sobriety tests in which the officer indicated that she failed. The officer then administered a portable breath test in which my client blew a .087%. As this was above the legal limit and she failed the field sobriety tests, the officer arrested her for driving under the influence of alcohol. We went to trial because we knew we could beat this case. At trial, after intense cross-examination, the judge agreed that my client was not under the influence of alcohol. The judge found my client not guilty of DUI!

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI) – Charges Dismissed and License Reinstated

My client was in an accident wherein she rear-ended a vehicle in front of her on the roadway. When officers arrived, they found cannabis in her purse and in her vehicle. At the police station, my client performed field sobriety tests in which the officer determined that she failed. My client admitted to smoking cannabis prior to driving. The officer charged her with DUI and possession of cannabis. My client was going to have her license suspended for 1 year because she refused to go to the hospital to have blood drawn and a urine test. Our office immediately filed paperwork to prevent her license from being suspended for 1 year. On the first court date, I spoke with the prosecutor and explained to him how the officers made mistakes in all aspects of this case. I showed him how it was an unlawful search of her purse and vehicle. I also explained how the officers administered the field sobriety tests incorrectly. I was confident that I would beat the case at trial. Because of the issues I showed the prosecutor, he agreed to dismiss the DUI, dismiss the possession of cannabis and agree to remove the 1 year suspension! My client plead guilty to failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, received supervision for that charge and ALL OTHER CHARGES WERE DISMISSED!

Driving Under the Influence of Drugs (DUI) – Not Guilty of DUI after Trial

My client was stopped by the Cook County Sheriff’s Police for weaving lane to lane for 2 blocks. The Defendant pulled over and attempted to open his door while the vehicle was still moving. The officer gave my client commands to close his door and put the car in park. The officer approached the driver and observed him to be sweating, bulging eyes and exhibiting large pupils. My client then admitted to the officer that he had ingested cocaine 1/2 hour before driving. The officer then had my client perform field sobriety testing. My client failed all of the test given. He even walked backwards on the walk and turn test instead of walking forward. The officer arrested him for driving under the influence of drugs after observing all of the signs of impairment and his admission to doing cocaine a short while before driving. I went to trial because my client believed in me. I cross-examined the officer on why he would conduct field sobriety testing on an individual he believed to be under the influence of drugs and not alcohol. I got the officer to admit that field sobriety tests are only valid for the detection of alcohol impairment and not drug impairment. The judge knew my client was guilty, however, after my cross-examination, the judge could not find that the State of Illinois had met their burden of “proof beyond a reasonable doubt!” Another victory for our office.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI) – Not Guilty of DUI after Trial

Chicago Police Officers indicated they observed my client failing to keep her lane of traffic and swerved from lane to lane in Chicago on Western Avenue. The Chicago Officer indicated that my client had an odor of alcohol coming from her breath, bloodshot/glassy eyes and mumbled speech. The officer indicated my client was insulting and uncooperative with him. The officer had my client step out of the vehicle after she admitted to drinking alcohol. The officer had my client perform field sobriety tests in which he indicated that she failed them all. He said she failed the HGN test, One Leg Stand Test and the Walk and Turn Test. We went to trial and put the officer to the test! After vigorous cross-examination of the officer by us, the judge found my client not guilty of the DUI even with all their evidence!

Battery – All Charges Dismissed

My client was arrested for battery after being involved in a “bar fight.” He was charged with punching a bouncer in the face after a scuffle. My client lived out of state and was in Chicago for that weekend only when he got arrested. The case was set for trial and my client flew in to town for this court date. It was vital to him that we won on that date so it would not be on his record and that he did not have to come back to Chicago. On the court date, I got all charges dismissed!

Driving Under the Influence of Cannabis (DUI) – Not Guilty of all Charges after Trial

My client was found passed out in the drivers seat of his vehicle in the intersection of Cermak and Mannheim Road in Westchester, IL. A Westchester police officer tried numerous times banging on my clients driver’s side window. When my client eventually awoke, he took his foot off of the brake and hit the officer’s squad car! The officer found a smoking pipe in his lap with cannabis residue. He admitted to drinking alcohol has well. The officer conducted field sobriety tests on my client in which he failed. He the officer said he failed the HGN (horizontal gaze nystagmus) test, walk and turn test and the one leg stand test. The officer arrested my client for DUI based upon cannabis and a combination of cannabis and alcohol. This was a case my client needed to win so he hired my office for trial. At trial, I cross-examined the officer and showed that his testimony was different than the reports he wrote. This is called impeachment. This officer was so impeached by my questions that the judge found my client not guilty of all charges. He walked away free and clear of all charges!

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI) – Not Guilty After Trial

My client was traveling 52 MPH in a 35 MPH zone. She was pulled over by a North Riverside Police Officer. The Officer indicated the he smelled a strong odor of alcohol on my clients breath, bloodshot/glassy eyes and slurred speech. She then admitted to drinking wine earlier in the evening. The officer had her perform field sobriety tests in which the officer believed her to fail them. The officer then found open alcohol in a red solo cup in her vehicle. The officer arrested her for DUI based upon her driving, odor of alcohol, slurred speech and failing the field sobriety tests. This was the defendant’s first DUI, however, because of her job, she could not plead guilty. She hired my office to fight the case. We questioned the arresting officer harshly and proved that my client did better on the field sobriety tests than written on the arrest report! The judge agreed with us and found my client not guilty of DUI.

Possession of a Controlled Substance- Motion to Quash and Suppress Evidence Granted

The Chicago Police Department and Glenview Police Department joined forces in an effort to arrest my client with a large quantity of drugs. The officers recovered MDMA, LSD, Mushrooms, and over 300 grams of cannabis from his vehicle. The officers claimed that they saw my client place a large duffel bag in his backseat after leaving his home. They indicated he committed traffic offenses and stopped him in Glenview. 3 Chicago Police Officers and 2 Glenview Police Officers claimed that when they approached the vehicle they smelled cannabis in the car and my client admitted to them that he had a large quantity of marijuana in the back seat. They claimed that my client showed them where the cannabis was and excited his car. The prosecutor was offering prison time so I filed a motion to quash arrest and suppress evidence, claiming that the search of my client’s car was illegal. All 5 officers appeared at the hearing and testified to the same exact series of events. The officers did not realize that I had obtained a video and audio recording from one of the Glenview Police Officers dashboard cameras. The video showed that the Chicago Police Officer walked up to my client’s car and literally ripped him out of the vehicle immediately. The officer then went inside my client’s car without consent and searched for drugs. After the Judge saw the video, she stated that all the officers who had testified had lied. The Judge then suppressed all the evidence that was recovered and the State’s Attorney immediately dismissed the case.

Assault with a Deadly Weapon – All Charges Dismissed

My client was arrested for possession of cocaine. He was arrested by the Chicago Police Department. He hired my office with the hopes that we could beat the case at the preliminary hearing stage. It was important to him that it was dismissed as soon as possible. We accomplished that for him. At the preliminary hearing, after the officer testified, the judge found “no probable cause” and dismissed the case.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI) – NOT GUILTY OF DUI AFTER TRIAL

My client was traveling 68 mph in 35 mph zone. While speeding, she was weaving side to side within her own lane. She was pulled over by the Orland Park Police Department. The officer observed my client to have glassy/bloodshot eyes, an odor of alcohol coming from her breath and she admitted to consuming alcohol prior to driving. My client took the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) test and then the officer arrested her for DUI. My client had a clean record and did not want to plead guilty to this DUI. We went to trial and I crossed the officer on all of his observations. I showed the judge that there were a lot more clues showing she was NOT intoxicated versus clues showing that she was intoxicated. The judge agreed. He found my client not guilty of DUI.

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