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Case Results - Part 3

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

The Illinois State Police observed my client speeding on I-55 while swerving in and out of his lane of traffic. The State Trooper smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from my clients breath. My client admitted coming from a bar and consuming numerous alcoholic beverages. The trooper observed that my clients eyes were bloodshot and glassy so the trooper requested that my client perform field sobriety tests. My client failed the field sobriety tests in the troopers opinion. The trooper requested that my client submit to a portable breath test (PBT) in which my client refused to take. The Trooper then arrested him for DUI and took him back to the Illinois State Police Station. At the station, my client refused to submit to a breathalyzer. This was my client’s 3rd DUI so pleading him guilty was not an option. At trial, I questioned the trooper about his failure to follow his own training when giving the field sobriety tests to my client. I got him to admit numerous facts that would show my client not to be under the influence of alcohol. I showed the judge how his testimony was different than the video capturing the events of that evening. The judge agreed with me. My client was found not guilty of the DUI.

Domestic Battery – NOT GUILTY AFTER TRIAL

My client was charged with domestic battery against her 12 year old child. She was accused of striking the child with a baseball bat, broom stick and belt. She was also accused of burning the child’s forehead with a hair iron. When my client was arrested, she confessed to striking the child with a belt over 30 times. Because DCFS got involved, we had to win this case otherwise the custody of the child could have been lost. Therefore, we went to trial. On the trial date, the arresting officer testified to everything he observed and statements from the Defendant. After cross-examination of the officer by my office, the judge agreed with our arguments. The judge found my client not guilty of all charges.

Armed Robbery with a Firearm – ALL CHARGES DISMISSED

As indicated in a previous post on this site, my client and two (2) other individuals robbed two separate individuals within a short period of time. My client was armed with a gun. They were wearing masks the whole time during both of the robberies. The police department found video surveillance in a nearby apartment building which captured my client and his friends running in the stairwell minutes after the robberies removing their masks. The police department showed that video to other law enforcement officers who identified the individuals by name. With that information, the detectives went to my clients school and arrested him. At the police station, my client made full incriminating statements regarding his involvement in the armed robbery. The sentence for this crime is between 21 and 45 years in prison because he was charged with carrying a firearm during the commission of the robbery. The firearm alone adds 15 years to the minimum. I filed a motion to quash arrest alleging that there was no probable cause to arrest my client at school. After numerous witnesses and numerous days of testimony, the judge agreed with my arguments and granted my motion to quash arrest! All evidence and statements were suppressed.

After I won my motion to suppress evidence, the prosecutor filed a “Motion for Attenuation.” The prosecutor argued that even though the arrest was illegal, the prosecution should still be able to use my client’s statement he made at the police department against him at trial. I argued that since the arrest was illegal, the State of Illinois should not be able to benefit from that illegal action and use the statements of my client. The judge agreed with me and ruled that none of my clients statements can be used against him. The prosecutor’s case was so crippled because of my motion to suppress that they dismissed all charges. My client went from facing up to 45 years in prison to being set free!

Battery, Criminal Damage to Property and Reckless Driving – NOT GUILTY OF ALL CHARGES AFTER TRIAL

My client was arrested for numerous charges stemming from a “road rage” incident. The victim in the case alleged that my client was tailgating him and kept honking because he was driving too slowly. When the victim stopped a red light, my client rammed into the rear of his vehicle. The victim pulled his car over to see the damage to his bumper. When the victim walked back to see the damage, my client threatened to beat him up. The victim then went back into his vehicle to leave the scene. When the victim got back into his vehicle, my client rammed his car again and was actually pushing the victims car with his own. The victim indicated that my client pushed his minivan at least 6 inches! The victim then stated that he drove away to get away from my client. My client followed him and when the victim got caught at the next stop light, my client drove close to the passenger side and grabbed the arm of the victims passenger. He pulled her arm through the open windows and when she pulled away, he threw a drink at her face. When the victim and his passenger drove away again, my client threw a glass bottle through their rear window and shattered it. The victim called 911 and followed my client until the Oak Park Police stopped him. My client had a prior battery charge and criminal damage to property charge on his record so they prosecutor was not offering any fair deal. After consulting with my client, we decided it would be in his best interest to take our chances at trial. At trial, the victim, his passenger and the arresting officer testified for the prosecution. On cross examination I showed that the witnesses’ testimony was different on at least 10 different occasions. I made them each contradict one another’s testimony. After a very long trial, the judge found my client not guilty on every single charge he was facing!

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

My client was observed by an Illinois State Trooper going 100 MPH and swerving back and forth in his lane of traffic. My client then goes into other lanes and almost struck another vehicle that had to veer to right to avoid a collision. When the trooper tried to pull my client over, he continued to drive. After about a mile my client finally attempted to pull over. He rode the median lane for 1/4 of a mile before stopping. The trooper immediately smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from his breath and observed red/bloodshot and glassy eyes. My client was asked to perform field sobriety tests in which he failed. My client wanted a trial so I gave him one! After aggressive cross examination of the State Trooper, the judge found my client not guilty of the DUI. It was not easy because the whole incident was video recorded, however, thats when an aggressive attorney is needed! Another win for our team.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI) – LICENSE SUSPENSION REMOVED

My client was driving his car and crashed into another vehicle in front of him. He took off in his vehicle and made it to his driveway and his residence. He did not realize that a witness to the accident followed him and called the Morton Grove Police Department. When my client exited his vehicle, the police came driving up and my client ran into his house. The police ran after him and arrested him for leaving the scene of a property damage accident. At the police station the officers smelled a strong odor of alcohol, observed slurred speech and bloodshot eyes. The officers had him perform field sobriety tests in which he failed all of them. My client then refused the breathalyzer test which resulted in him having a 3 year license suspension because of that refusal. This was a 3 years suspension because he had a prior DUI within 5 years of this most recent one. I filed paperwork to fight the suspension immediately. I went to hearing on the license suspension and beat the officers badly! The judge agreed with me that the officers made serious mistakes in this case. I convinced the judge to remove the 3 year license suspension!

Possession of Heroin with the Intent to Deliver – NOT GUILTY OF ALL CHARGES AFTER TRIAL

My client was charged with making a hand to hand delivery of heroin to an undercover Chicago Police Officer. My client was facing significant prison time because of the charges. The prosecutor refused to offer probation so we had no choice but to go to trial in order to avoid prison or any sort of local jail time. Numerous officers testified that my client and two (2) other individuals met in a fast food restaurant parking lot and made a hand to had delivery of heroin to undercover Chicago Police Officers. My office questioned each officer until they all changed their version of the events numerous times. We hammed the officers so hard that the judge granted our “motion for directed finding.” That means the judge found my client not guilty as soon as the State of Illinois rested their case. My office gets the wins when it seems impossible!

Failure to Register as a Sexual Offender – NOT GUILTY OF ALL CHARGES

My client was required to register as a sexual offender after he was convicted of sexual assault when he was a juvenile. The Statute requires individuals to register an address change withing 3 days of moving your residence. My client was charged with moving to Chicago without registering his address change with the Chicago Police Department. My client was facing 1-3 years in prison and an automatic 10 year extension to his registration period. We had to go to trial. The State called numeous witnesses which I aggressivly cross-examimed. Because of the holes I put in the State’s case with my questioning, the judge found my client not guilty of all charges!

Order of Protection – ORDER OF PROTECTION TERMINATED

My client was served with an Emergency Order of Protection. The mother of his children alleged that he threatened to harm her in numerous text messages that he had sent her. She had copied then and showed the judge when she was granted the Emergency Order of Protection. My was served with the Order of Protection and contacted my office. He was very concerned because he had a FOID (Firearm Owners Identification) Card. The Illinois State Police revoke FOID cards when there is an Order of Protection. When I appeared in court, it was a judge who I did not think would be fair for my client. I filed a substitution of judges hoping to change her. On the next court date it was set for hearing on the Order of Protection. I got the Order of Protection terminated!

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI) – LICENSE SUSPENSION REMOVED

The Chicago Police Department observed my client commit numerous traffic infractions. The Officer pulled my client over and observed her to have bloodshot and glassy eyes, slurred speech, odor of alcohol and she made an admission that she had been drinking alcohol earlier in the evening. The Chicago officer asked her to perform field sobriety tests. The officer indicated that she failed the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test (HGN), Walk and Turn Test and the One Leg Stand Test. The officer arrested her for DUI after all of the observations of intoxication that he observed. At the Chicago Police Station my client refused to take the breathalyzer test. Therefore, the Secretary of State was going to suspend her license for a period of one (1) year. I filed paperwork in order to have a hearing to prevent the license suspension. The prosecutor did not give my client a hearing with the required 30 day period. I made a motion for the judge to grant my request to remove the license suspension for lack of hearing within 30 days required by the statute. The judge agreed and removed the one (1) year suspension!

Possession of Cocaine – ALL CHARGES DISMISSED

My client was stopped for traffic violations by the Chicago Police Department. The officer searched my client and found a bag of cocaine on his person. He admitted that he used cocaine. My client was arrested and the case was set down for preliminary hearing. At the first court date, the prosecutor did not have the laboratory report showing it was cocaine. I refused to agree and demanded a hearing. The case was continued for another preliminary hearing date. On the following date I was able to get all charges dismissed!

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI) – DUI REDUCED TO RECKLESS DRIVING AND REMOVED LICENSE SUSPENSION

The Round Lake Beach Police observed my client turning without a signal. The officer smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from his breath. He exhibited red and glassy eyes. My client had slurred speech and admitted to consuming (4) alcoholic drinks earlier at a bar. My client failed all the field sobriety tests that the officer had offered him. My client then blew a .096% into a portable breathalyzer test (PBT) after the failing of the field sobriety tests. The officer arrested him for DUI and took him back to the Round Lake Police Department. At the police department my client blew over the legal limit of .08% in the breathalyzer. My client desperately needed his driving privileges and could not afford a 6 month suspension. I filed the paperwork and requested a hearing. I convinced the prosecutor to reduce the DUI to a reckless driving and also removed his license suspension!

Aggravated Battery with Great Bodily Harm – EXPUNGEABLE PROBATION

My client was charged with aggravated battery by stabbing someone and puncturing his liver. My client went to a park to watch a fight between 2 people. There was a whole group of kids who came to watch. While my client was watching the fight, he pulled out a knife and stabbed another observer of the fight. The victim went to the hospital where he had a punctured liver from the knife blade. My client was arrested and made a full statement of how he stabbed the other kid. There was way too much evidence against my client for trial because if I lost, he would have went to prison for a long time. the problem is that my client was young and I did not want this mistake to go on his record for the rest of his life. Therefore, I had a conference with the judge and the prosecutor. I convinced the prosecutor and the judge to allow my client to receive TASC probation. This special probation would allow me to COMPLETELY EXPUNGE the conviction from his record after he completes the probation. He would have absolutely no record of these charges on his record after the term of probation. Needless to say, he was extremely happy with the outcome!

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

The Des Plaines Police Department observed my client make a traffic infraction and attempted to stop his vehicle. My client accelerated and turned down a side street. My client quickly jumped out of the vehicle and the officer caught him. My client’s breath smelled like alcohol and he admitted to drinking earlier. The Officer had him perform field sobriety tests. The Officer indicated that my client failed all the field sobriety tests given to him. We went to trial. During my cross-examination of the officer, I made him admit that his police report was very different than his testimony. I showed the judge that he was not a very believable witness for the prosecution. The judge agreed with my arguments and found my client NOT GUILTY of the DUI.

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

The Cook County Sheriff’s Department observed my client speeding 81 mph in a 55 mph zone on I-294 heading South bound. The Officer observed my client to have bloodshot and watery eyes. The Officer asked for a driver’s license and my client just stared forward for 30 seconds. He eventually retrieved his documents and fumbled with his insurance as it dropped to his lap. My client admitted to drinking alcohol earlier and had a strong odor of alcohol coming from his breath. The Officer asked my client to exit the vehicle. When my client exited, he did it very slowly and used the door frame of the vehicle for support. This was not my client’s first DUI so I had to go to trial. My client was found NOT GUILTY of DUI after a trial in front of a judge!

Armed Robbery with a Firearm – MOTION TO QUASH ARREST GRANTED

My client and two (2) other individuals robbed two separate individuals within a short period of time. My client was armed with a gun. They were wearing masks the whole time during both of the robberies. The police department found video surveillance in a nearby apartment building which captured my client and his friends running in the stairwell minutes after the robberies removing their masks. The police department showed that video to other law enforcement officers who identified the individuals by name. With that information, the detectives went to my clients school and arrested him. At the police station, my client made full incriminating statements regarding his involvement in the armed robbery. The sentence for this crime is between 21 and 45 years in prison because he was charged with carrying a firearm during the commission of the robbery. The firearm alone adds 15 years to the minimum. I filed a motion to quash arrest alleging that there was no probable cause to arrest my client at school. After numerous witnesses and numerous days of testimony, the judge agreed with my arguments and granted my motion to quash arrest! All evidence and statements were suppressed.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – NOT GUILTY AFTER TRIAL

The Cook County Sheriff’s Department observed my client speeding on Milwaukee Avenue in Niles, IL. My client’s breath smelled of alcohol and he admitted to drinking alcohol earlier in the evening. The officer asked him for a driver’s license in which my client fumbled with it and dropped it on his lap. Eventually the officer asked my client to exit the vehicle. When my client exited the vehicle, he stumbled into the lane of traffic and almost fell. The officer observed slurred speech, bloodshot/glassy eyes and poor balance. The officer also observed an open bottle of Corona beer in my clients vehicle. My client refused to blow into the breathalyzer. This was a case that I knew was going to trial. During the trial I vigorously cross-examined the officer until he admitted to making numerous mistakes in his report and his investigation of my client. The judge believed too much damage was done to the officer on cross and found my client NOT GUILTY of DUI.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – LICENSE SUSPENSION REMOVED

The Illinois State Police observed my client speeding on I-55 while swerving in and out of his lane of traffic. The State Trooper smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from my clients breath. My client admitted coming from a bar and consuming numerous alcoholic beverages. The trooper observed that my clients eyes were bloodshot and glassy so the trooper requested that my client perform field sobriety tests. My client failed the field sobriety tests in the troopers opinion. The trooper requested that my client submit to a portable breath test (PBT) in which my client refused to take. The Trooper then arrested him for DUI and took him back to the Illinois State Police Station. At the station, my client refused to submit to a breathalyzer. Because my client refused, the Illinois Secretary of State was going to suspend his driving privileges for a one (1) year period. My client needed his driver’s license so my office filed a petition to rescind statutory summary suspension in order to fight the suspension. After arguing with the prosecutor and showing case law to the judge, we won the license suspension. My office argued that my clients Due Process rights were violated because he was not afforded a timely hearing. The judge agreed and removed his license suspension.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI) – ALL CHARGES DISMISSED

My client was arrested for his 2nd DUI. Cook County Sheriff’s Police Officers observed my client on the side of the highway. When they approached, my client had slurred speech, bloodshot and glassy eyes, had difficulty standing and they also observed a large bottle of vodka in his coat pocket! My client took the field sobriety tests and failed them all. My client was then arrested for a DUI. At the Cook County sheriff’s Department my client took a breathalyzer and blew a .174% This was his second DUI so I knew we had to win the case. On the first court date the officer did not show and the prosecutor did not have any reports for me. We made a demand for speedy trial. The officer failed to appear on the next court date as well. I made another demand for speedy trial. I also filed a motion for sanctions because we still did not receive the police reports in court. Eventually the judge set the trial date for “term.” That means the case was set for the final day of trial which was day 160. If the state was not ready on that date then it would be dismissed. On the final court date, one of the officers came to court. This was the officer who administered the breathalyzer. Since I knew that the State of Illinois could not prove their case without the other officer I answered ready for trial again. The prosecutor then had no choice but to dismiss all charges! This result would not have been achievable if my office was not as aggressive as we are.

Criminal Damage to Property – ALL CHARGES DISMISSED

My client was arrested for damaging multiple vehicles in his neighborhood. My client kicked and pulled the side mirrors off of two separate vehicles in Chicago. He was unaware that his actions were being recorded by a University of Chicago video surveillance system. After the video was was shown to school officials, my client was identified as the individual responsible for the damage. When my client was arrested, he made full statements to the police in which he admitted to damaging the vehicles. On the first court date one of the witnesses were in court so we got a date for trial. I was hoping that the witness would not appear on the trial date. On the trial date, the witness appeared again! I negotiated with the prosecutor and got ALL CHARGES DISMISSED even though the State had their witness and my client was recorded committing the crime.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI) – NOT GUILTY OF ALL CHARGES

The Illinois State Police Department observed my client speeding on the highway near downtown Chicago. He pulled my client over and detected a strong odor of alcohol and slurred speech. The trooper had him perform field sobriety tests including the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) test, Walk and Turn test, One Leg Stand and the portable breath test (PBT.) The trooper said he failed all the tests and blew a .129% on the PBT. The trooper then arrested my client for DUI. We had previously won the license suspension on 1/4/13 and we set this one for trial. On the trial date, the prosecutor asked me if we wanted an offer to plead guilty. I told him that we would not take any offer and that we were ready for trial. During my cross-examination, I made the officer look like a liar time after time. I showed that his testimony during my cross-examination was different that what was on the video that was captured of my client on the trooper’s in-vehicle recording system. In court he testified that he “paced” my client in order to obtain his speed. In the video, he told my client that he determined the speed by his “radar.” Lie after lie was coming from this trooper. The judge did not believe him at all. I asked the judge for a “directed finding” which was granted on the DUI and speeding! NOT GUILTY OF ALL CHARGES!

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

The Park Ridge Police Department observed my client speeding and repeatedly leaving his lane of traffic. The officer observed a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, glassy/bloodshot eyes, swaying while standing and slurred speech. The officer suspected him of DUI so he asked my client to exit the vehicle. My client exited very slowly. The police officer had my client perform field sobriety tests. He failed the Walk and Turn Test and the One Leg Stand test. The police officer arrested him for DUI. My client had numerous prior DUI’s that I had beaten and this was going to be no exception! We went to trial. I made the officer admit that he had given improper instructions on the field sobriety tests. I got him to admit that giving the wrong instructions could give false results on the tests. The judge had no choice but to find my client NOT GUILTY of DUI.

Domestic Battery – ALL CHARGES DISMISSED AND ORDER OF PROTECTION TERMINATED

My client was arrested after her boyfriend called the police. She had hit her boyfriend with a closed fist and scratched his face. When the officers arrived, they took photographs of his face showing scratches and fresh blood. My client was arrested for domestic battery and an order of protection was issued as well. We set this case for trial and hearing on the order of protection. On the day of trial, the boyfriend showed up as the State’s witness. I spoke with the prosecutor and informed her that I would be arguing self defense in trial. She spoke with her witness and then decided to drop all charges including the order of protection!

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

The Des Plaines Police Department observed my screeching his tires, driving in the opposite lane of traffic going 80 mph in a 35 mph zone and going through a red light. All of this was captured on the officer’s in squad car camera. My client had slurred speech, bloodshot and glassy eyes. He admitted to drinking and then told the officer that “he wasn’t that drunk.” My client smelled of alcohol and was stumbling while walking. My client was arrested for DUI, reckless driving and numerous other traffic infractions. We went to trial. After vigorous cross-examination of the police officer, the judge found my client not guilty of DUI!

Endangering the Life of a Child – ALL CHARGES DISMISSED

The Palatine Police Department was patrolling a shopping center in Palatine when they notice a child alone in a vehicle. It was the middle of December and freezing out. The child was 1 year old and left strapped in her car seat all alone. The vehicle was off and there was nobody around. The officer who observed the child stayed with her for more than 15 minutes before my client came back to the car. My client admitted that she did not want to wake her sleeping 1 year old so she left the child in the vehicle when she went shopping at Payless Shoe Store and the Dollar General store. My client was immediately arrested and charged with endangering the life of a child. DCFS was involved so we could not plead her guilty or lose at trial since her child could have been taken away from her. We set the case for trial. On the trial date, I spoke with the prosecutor’s office and convinced them to give her the “deal of the century!” My client had to do a few parenting classes and the case would be dismissed. On today date, after showing the completion of the classes, ALL CHARGES WERE DROPPED! Nothing on her record at all.

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

The South Barrington Police Department observed my client driving 20 mph in a 45 mph zone. His vehicle was veering over the fog line and almost struck the curb. The officer pulled my client’s vehicle over. The officer observed a very strong odor of alcohol on his breath, bloodshot and glassy eyes. When speaking, my client has slurred speech and had a difficult time forming sentences. Another officer arrived on the scene and they asked my client to perform field sobriety tests. My client took 2 tests.He took the walk and turn test and the finger to nose test. The officer indicated that a failed both of them. My client had a CDL (commercial driver’s license) so he could not afford to plead guilty of lose the case. We went to trial and it was a not guilty on all charges. Every single charge was a finding of NOT GUILTY!

Driving With Cannabis in System – ALL CHARGES DISMISSED

The Chicago Police Department set up a DUI road block on Halsted. My client was required to pull in. The Chicago Officers observed my client to have a strong odor of cannabis on his breath. The officers asked my client if he had been smoking cannabis to which my client replied that he had been smoking earlier. My client’s eyes were also bloodshot and glass.

In the State of Illinois, an individual cannot have “any” cannabis in his system while operating a motor vehicle. It doesn’t matter if they are driving bad, fail the field sobriety tests or even take any field sobriety tests! As long as the police can show that you have “any amount” of drugs in your system, that is enough to prove you guilty of a DUI. So, we have to fight. We demanded trial and made the State of Illinois and the Chicago Police Department prove what they were alleging. They couldn’t do it! Because they could not bring him to trial within 160 days the case was dismissed. We filed a demand for speedy trial and won because of it!

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI) and Open Alcohol in Vehicle – NOT GUILTY OF DUI AND OPEN ALCOHOL IN VEHICLE

The Niles Police Department observed my client driving through a red light and then make a right hand turn without a signal. The the police officer tried to stop my client’s vehicle, he initially stopped and then pulled away into an apartment complex. The officer caught up with him and removed him from the vehicle. He observed open bottles of liquor in the car. My client’s breath smelled like alcohol. The police officer requested that my client perform field sobriety tests in which he declined. The officer then arrested him for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI). At the Niles Police Station my client refused all breath testing. The prosecutor would not negotiate this case so I went to trial. After my questioning of the officer, the judge found my client not guilty of the DUI and open alcohol in the vehicle!

Driving on a Suspended Driver’s License – MOTION TO QUASH GRANTED

The Glenview Police Department observed my client driving on Waukegan Road in Glenview. While they were behind him, they ran his license plate which indicated that the driver was suspended. They stopped my client and asked for a driver’s license which he could not produce. The prosecutor was offering significant jail time because my client had numerous prior driving on suspended tickets. My client could not afford to go to jail because he would have lost his job. I filed a motion to quash his arrest. In court, I argued that the arresting officer activated his over head lights before he could verify that my client’s driving privileges were suspended/revoked. On cross-examination, I got the officer to admit that he did not know when exactly he activated the overhead lights. The judge concluded that the seizure occurred before the probable cause was established. The judge granted my motion to quash and the State of Illinois immediately dismissed all charges!

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI) – DRIVER’S LICENSE SUSPENSION REMOVED

The Niles Police Department observed my client speeding 51 mph in a posted 35 mph zone. When the police officer approached her vehicle, he smelled an odor of an alcoholic beverage on her breath and bloodshot eyes. The officer asked her if she was drinking and my client admitted to consuming 2 drinks at a bar. The officer asked my client to perform field sobriety testing because he suspected that she was under the influence of alcohol (DUI). She performed the One Leg Stand, Walk and Turn Test and the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) Test. The officer indicated that she failed all the tests. The officer arrested my client for DUI. At the Niles Police Station my client submitted to a breathalyzer which resulted in a .142%. Because my client was charged with a DUI and blew over a .08%, the Illinois Secretary of State was going to suspend my client’s driver’s license for a period of 6 months. We immediately filed a Petition to Rescind Statutory Summary Suspension to prevent her license from being suspended. On the first scheduled court date, the arresting officer was not in court. The prosecutor asked the judge for a short date to bring the officer in for the hearing. The judge granted the prosecutor’s request over my objection. On the following scheduled court date the officer appeared in court ready for a hearing. I argued to the judge that my client’s Due Process rights were violated because no hearing was done within 30 days of the date I filed the Petition. Today was day 31! The judge agreed with my argument and removed the license suspension!

Battery – ALL CHARGES DISMISSED

My client was on a flight from Las Vegas to Chicago. He drank a little too much on the plane and became very disruptive. The female passenger sitting next to him accused him of inappropriately touching her and trying to kiss her. She yelled and he was secured in the rear of the plane by the flight staff. When the plane arrived at O’Hare Airport he was immediately arrested by waiting Chicago Police Officers. My client’s job depended on my office beating case and that is exactly what we did. We got all charges dismissed on the first court date!

Possession of a Controlled Substance – ALL CHARGES DISMISSED

The Chicago Police Department observed my client committing traffic infractions. The eventually searched her and found numerous Vicodin pills in her purse. The arresting officer was in court and ready for a preliminary hearing. This was a Class 4 felony which carried 1-3 years in State Prison. Before the preliminary hearing, we convinced the prosecutor to dismiss the case. No deferred program, no classes, no nothing! The case was completely thrown out. Our reputation as aggressive lawyers made this outcome possible. All charges dismissed!

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

The Glenview Police Department observed my client speeding 82 MPH in a 45 MPH zone on Lake Avenue in Glenview. After the police officer pulled my client over, he observed that my client had slurred speech, strong odor of alcohol on his breath bloodshot eyes and was very slow to respond to questions. My client then admitted to drinking alcohol earlier in the evening. The officer ask my client to step out of his vehicle to perform field sobriety testing. The first test that my client submitted to was the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test (HGN). The officer indicated that my client swayed throughout that test and that he showed the maximum amount of clues indicating impairment. The next test was the Walk and Turn Test. The officer indicated that my client missed every single step when he was walking the 9 steps each way. My client had a commercial driver’s license and there was no way I was going to let him lose that! If he had plead guilty or was found guilty, his CDL would have been disqualified for a year! We went to trial. I destroyed the officer on cross-examination. The judge ruled in our favor. He found my client NOT GUILTY of DUI!

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI) – LICENSE SUSPENSION REMOVED

The Orland Park Police Department observed my client driving her vehicle at 5:00 AM while speeding 61 mph in a posted 30 mph zone. When the police officer approached her vehicle, he smelled an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her mouth. My client then admitted to consuming alcohol earlier in the evening. The officer observed her eyes to be bloodshot and glassy. The police officer requested that my client submit to field sobriety testing. My client agreed to perform the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test (HGN) which the officer indicated that she failed. My client was arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI). At the Orland Park Police Department my client refused to submit to a breathalyzer test and therefore her license was going to be suspended for one (1) year. After getting arrested for a DUI, if you refuse the breathalyzer, your license gets suspended for a longer period of time than if you submit to testing (However, it is always better to refuse all testing after a DUI arrest). I filed the paperwork for hearing on my client’s driver’s license suspension. At the hearing I argued that the police officer had no probable cause to arrest my client for a DUI. After hearing the officer’s testimony, the judge agreed with me. The judge ruled that the officer did not have probable cause to arrest my client for DUI. The judge removed the license suspension!

Armed Habitual Criminal and Unlawful of a Weapon by Felon – NOT GUILTY OF ALL CHARGES AFTER TRIAL

The Chicago Police Department were called to my client’s home because of a domestic dispute that was occurring between my client and his wife. When the Chicago Police arrived at the home, my client’s wife started screaming to the officers that my client had a gun in the kitchen and he was hiding it in the stove. The officers then obtained consent from both my client and his wife to search the stove and any other locations in the kitchen. The police officers opened the stove and found the handgun in plain view within the stove. They recovered a .45 caliber HK handgun with 7 rounds in the magazine and one live round in the chamber of the gun. The officers then showed the firearm to my client and he admitted that it was his gun. Because this case was an Armed Habitual Offender, it was a class X felony which carried 6-30 years in prison. In addition, the armed habitual offender statute made this sentence an 85% time instead of day for day. The State offered 8 years in prison because of his extensive background. Like most other cases we fight, I said no to the State’s Attorney’s offer and set it down for trial. In the trial, the arresting officer testified that she was the one who found the firearm. She explained to the judge how she got consent and where she exactly found the handgun. On cross-examination I made her look like a liar. I showed the judge that her police report conflicted with her testimony. I got her to admit things that never even happened! The police officer just crumbled and was badly beaten on my cross-examination. After my closing argument, the judge quickly found my client NOT GUILTY OF ALL CHARGES.

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