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Case Results - Part 4

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

Back on March 25, 2013, I described the facts of this case when I won a motion to suppress evidence:

“The Chicago Police Department observed my client speeding on Montrose Avenue. When they stopped him, the officer smelled a strong odor of alcohol on his breath. My client had slurred speech and red/bloodshot glassy eyes. My client took the field sobriety tests and did terrible! He failed the HGN (horizontal gaze nystagmus) test, Walk and Turn Test and the One Leg Stand Test. The officer indicated that he not only failed these tests, but that he missed the most points possible on two of them. The Defendant was then arrested for DUI. My office immediately served a subpoena on the Chicago Police Department for the in squad video of the arresting officer. We wanted to see for ourselves how our client did on the field sobriety tests before being arrested for the DUI. On the first court date the Chicago Police Department failed to provide my office with the officer’s squad car video of my client. After numerous attempts to obtain the video with no success, we filed a motion for sanctions. We were asking the court to prevent the officer from testifying to anything he observed during to stopping of my clients vehicle to the time my client was transported to the police station. After a hearing, the judge agreed with me. The judge suppressed all evidence regarding the stopping of my clients vehicle and the field sobriety testing. Everything being kept out of trial. Everything! The officer is prohibited from testifying to anything that happened on the street. Our aggressive tactics paid off. Again!”

On today’s date it was set for trial. As expected, because I had suppressed ALL EVIDENCE, the State of Illinois had no choice but to DISMISS ALL CHARGES!

Felony Possession of Cannabis with Intent to Deliver – MOTION TO QUASH GRANTED, ALL CHARGES DISMISSED

The Elmwood Park Police Department observed my client driving his vehicle with no seat belt on. The police officer made a traffic stop for the no seat belt violation. When the officer approached my client’s vehicle, he smelled an overwhelming odor of cannabis. The police officer asked my client permission to search the vehicle which was agreed to by my client. During the search of my client’s vehicle, the officer recovered over 400 grams of cannabis in the back seat of the vehicle. Because of the amount of cannabis, prosecutor was seeking 2 years in prison. We said no. I filed a motion to quash the arrest indicating that the officer had no right to stop him for no seat belt. During the hearing, I cross-examined the officer on how he could see a seat belt violation at night time. I showed that his testimony differed greatly from his own in-squad car camera. Even the judge commented that “the Defense showed material impeachment to the arresting officer.” The judge concluded that the officer’s testimony was not believable and granted my motion to quash the arrest and suppress all evidence. The State of Illinois quickly dropped all charges! From 2 years in prison to all charges being dismissed! This is what we do.

Domestic Battery – NOT GUILTY OF DOMESTIC BATTERY AFTER TRIAL

My client was charged with domestic battery against his girlfriend. He also had an order of protection against him from the same incident. He was accused of punching her in the face, arms and legs. The Chicago Police Department had numerous photos of her injuries and the victim had her own photos as well. Under the Domestic Battery statute, a person is not eligible for supervision for a domestic battery. My client had a very good job which would have fired him with any kind of conviction. The prosecutor would not reduce the charges of domestic battery to a lower charge of simple battery so we went to trial. At the trial, I made the victim admit that she was more “friends” with the Defendant than a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship. She admitted to me that it was only a casual sexual relationship. In my closing arguments I pressed the fact that this was not a “domestic” type of relationship was caused the harsher penalties. The judge agreed. She found my client not guilty of the domestic battery, but found him guilty of simple battery. However, I argued that he was a perfect candidate for supervision and no conviction. The judge agreed and sentenced him to 1 year supervision. This supervision was also non-reporting! I also argued that since the judge was convinced that this was not a “domestic” relationship that the order of protection should be dismissed as well. She agreed. Order of protection was dismissed. This is a win in my book!

Possession of Crack Cocaine – FINDING OF NO PROBABLE CAUSE AT PRELIMINARY HEARING

The Chicago Police Department observed my client looking suspicious in a high drug area in Chicago. When The police office approached to conduct a “field interview, ” my client dropped a back of crack cocaine to the ground which landed near his feet. The officer bent down and picked it up. The case was set for preliminary hearing which I appeared for. I cross-examined the officer regarding my client doing nothing unusual when he first observed him. I then questioned him regarding the time of day which was 2:00AM. He admitted that there was no natural or artificial light at that time. After my questioning of the officer, the judge found no probable cause and all charges were dismissed!

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

The River Grove Police Department observed my client speeding 52 MPH in a 30 MPH zone. After the police officer pulled my client over, he observed that my client had mumbled speech, strong odor of alcohol on his breath and bloodshot eyes. My client was also fumbling with his paperwork when trying to find his insurance. My client admitted to the police officer that he drank five (5) beers over the last 3 hours. The officer suspected my client was under the influence of alcohol so he made the Defendant perform field sobriety tests. My client failed the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) test, One Leg Stand test and the Walk and Turn test. The officer arrested my client for DUI. All of these tests were recorded on the officer’s squad car camera. On the video, you can clearly see my client almost falling down on the Walk and Turn test! This was my clients 2nd DUI so we had to go to trial. At the DUI trial, the officer testified to everything that was on the video. However, on cross-examination, we showed that he made numerous mistakes on his police report. We got him to admit to so many mistakes that he lost his credibility in front of the judge. There was no way the judge could believe his testimony after the cross-examination. Even with the terrible video that the judge viewed during trial, she found my client not guilty of the DUI!

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

My client was driving and caused an accident in Chicago on Western Avenue. The victim of the accident told police that he was sitting at a red light when my client struck him from the rear. The victim indicated that my client was very drunk. When the Chicago Police asked my client to step out of the vehicle, he staggered and nearly fell to the ground. My client was unable to stand by himself without the police officer’s assistance. The Defendant had strong odor of alcohol on his breath, slurred speech and bloodshot/glassy eyes. The police officer arrested him for DUI and took him to the police station. The most damaging evidence against my client was that he vomited in the police squad car on the way to the station! We knew that this was going to be hard case to win because of all the evidence against my client so we demanded trial hoping the prosecutor would not be ready in time. When a Defendant makes a demand for speedy trial, the State of Illinois has 120 days to be ready for trial if you are in custody and 160 days if you are out of custody. My client was out of custody so they had 160 days for trial. Court date after court date the State was not ready for trial. Each court date we filed a written demand for speedy trial since we knew it was the only way to win. Eventually, on the 160th day, we answered ready for trial and the State asked for additional time. We argued that the State should not get any kind of extension since they could not provide any good reason why the arresting officer was not in court. The judge agreed with us and denied the State an extension of the 160 days. The State dismissed all charges!

Felony Deceptive Practices – ALL CHARGES DISMISSED

The Rockford Police Department arrested my client for felony deceptive practices. He was accused of writing a check for over $7,000.00 with insufficient funds to a pool company. My client stopped communicating with the company after he received the product and his check “bounced.” Our office spent a large quantity of time communicating with the prosecuting attorney. After a lengthy period, we finally convinced the State of Illinois to drop all charges!

Battery – NOT GUILTY OF ALL CHARGES

The Chicago Police Department responded to a call of a Sexual Abuse that occurred at the Wright College Campus in Chicago. The female victim alleged that my client, her professor at Wright College, called her into his campus office. The victim alleged that when she arrived in his office, my client grabbed her knee and placed his hand under her shirt and down the back of her pants. The victim tried to run but my client allegedly grabbed her and told her that if she tells anyone about the incident that he will find her and rape her. Because of my client’s position as a Wright College Professor, we had no choice but to go to trial. My client’s career would have been ruined if he plead guilty or was found guilty of such a charge. At trial, we aggressively cross-examined the victim. We showed that she changed her story numerous times from what she told the police to what she testified in court. We got her to change her version of events multiple times. By the time we finished our cross-examination, she looked like a complete liar! At the end of the arguments, the judge did not believe her “different” stories that she told. The judge found my client NOT GUILTY of all charges. Our office saved the defendant’s career by aggressively fighting the charges against him that we knew were not true.

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

My client was driving in Chicago and rear ended a Chicago Police car with two (2) officers in the vehicle. The officers exited their vehicle and approached my client. They then observed two (2) open bottles of red wine in her vehicle. My client had slurred speech, bloodshot/glassy eyes and a strong odor of alcohol coming from her breath. My client was asked to submit to field sobriety tests in which she failed them all. The officers arrested my client for DUI. During cross examination of the officer we got him to admit that my client had complained of knee and ankle injury. We showed that she could have failed the field sobriety testing because of the physical injury she had rather than the reason being alcohol consumption. The judge agreed with our argument and found my client not guilty of DUI after trial!

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

The Hoffman Estates Police Department observed my client driving his vehicle at 3:30 AM without any headlights on. My client had slurred speech, droopy/bloodshot glassy eyes, strong smell of alcohol on his breath and was very confused when speaking to the police officer. My client was given numerous field sobriety tests including the horizontal gaze nystagmus (HGN) test, Walk and Turn test and the One Leg Stand Test. The officer claimed that my client was also fumbling with his paperwork while trying to locate his proof of insurance. My client admitted to consuming alcohol and then the officer arrested him for DUI. At the police station my client refused to blow in the breathalyzer test. Because he refused to blow, the secretary of state was going to suspend his license for one (1) year. I filed documents to prevent that from happening and conducted a hearing on that request. I argued that my client never received the required “warnings” before the officer asked him to blow into a breathalyzer. The law in Illinois states that if the arresting officer does not read you the “warning to motorist” before he requests a breath sample from you then the license cannot be subsequently suspended. After we argued that, the judge agreed and removed the one (1) year suspension!

Mob Action, Resisting Arrest and Criminal Damage to State Supported Property- NOT GUILTY OF ALL CHARGES

My client was driving a vehicle with numerous individuals. A fight in the vehicle ensued and my client started punching the passenger. My client stopped the vehicle and continued to batter the front seat passenger. A lady was watching from inside her house and called the police to report a battery in progress withing the vehicle. The Niles Police Department arrived and my client jumped out the vehicle and ran from the police because he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest from another criminal case. Eventually my client was arrested a few blocks away from the scene. He refused to be placed into the squad car. When several officers eventually got the Defendant in the vehicle, he started kicking the door and busted it. My client had an extensive criminal background so the prosecutor was seeking incarceration. We went to trial. At trial, I argued that the charging complaint was defective because it wasn’t specific enough when describing what charges were against my client. I argued to the judge that the complaint was too general and did not give me enough notice of the actual charges he was facing. The judge agreed. The judge found my client not guilty of all charges.

Armed Habitual Offender, Unlawful Use of Weapons, Possession of cocaine with Intent to Deliver – NOT GUILTY OF ALL CHARGES

The Chicago Police Department obtained a search warrant for my client’s residence after they received information that he had guns and drugs in there. Approximately 12 Chicago Police Officers came and searched my client’s entire residence. In the basement they found a loaded .22 caliber handgun. Next to the gun they found “proof of residency” documents with my clients name and address on them. A further search revealed 92 grams of crack cocaine, heroin, zip lock baggies and cash. My client made statements regarding him residing in that apartment. I filed a motion to suppress his statements. The prosecutor knew my arguments regarding his statements were correct and therefore agreed not to use any statements he made. Since he was charged as an Armed Habitual Offender, the case was a Class X felony and carried 6-30 years in prison. In addition, whenever an individual goes to prison for an Armed Habitual Offender, they must serve 85% of the time. The prosecutor offered my client 12 years in prison because of his background. I said “no way” and we went to trial. I cross-examined the officers and proved to the judge that no officer saw my client in actual possession of the gun or drugs. I showed that anyone who was in the home could have been responsible for the gun and drugs being there. I argued to the judge that there was no way the State of Illinois proved that those items belonged to or was possessed by my client. The judge agreed and found my client NOT GUILTY OF ALL CHARGES after trial!

Domestic Battery – ALL CHARGES DISMISSED

My client was charged with domestic battery. He was accused of grabbing his girlfriend by the wrists, throwing her down to the ground and then punching her in the face with a closed fist. My client was on Electronic Home Monitoring at the time because he was fighting a felony case at the time. It was essential that we won his case because he was facing serious incarceration of I had lost. I obtained the victim’s emails to my client in which she threatened to get him in trouble if he did not do what she was asking of him. I met with the prosecutor numerous times regarding these emails and provided him a copy of them also. I convinced him that he could not win the case with the damaging emails I had in my possession. The State of Illinois dismissed all charges on the day of trial!

Battery – ALL CHARGES DISMISSED

My client was charged with battery. He was accused of being drunk and punching a door security ( bouncer) at a bar. The individual who my client punched suffered serious injury to his nose. My client lived out of state and could not come in for the first court date. On the first court date I filed my appearance with the court and spoke with the Assistant State’s Attorney who was handling the case. I convinced him to dismiss all charges even with my client not being present!

Domestic Battery – NOT GUILTY OF ALL CHARGES AFTER TRIAL

My client was charged with domestic battery of a 12 year old child. The allegations against my client was that he grabbed the victim between the legs and fondled her. He then threw the child on the bed and bit her on her buttocks. My client was currently on parole for Murder. The parole board violated him and therefore is was urgent that I beat this case. The day of trial the State of Illinois attempted to introduce hearsay statements of the victim that she made to her mother, police officers and hospital staff. The prosecutor filed a “115-10” motion in order to introduce such hearsay. I fought the “115-10” motion vigorously by showing that her statements were taken in an unreliable fashion and therefore could not meet the requirements of the “115-10” motion. The judge agreed and denied the prosecutor’s request to admit hearsay statements of the child. The case then proceeded to trial. Numerous witnesses testified including the victim/child. During cross-examination, I showed the judge how her statements were completely different that she told the police officers and her own mother. I then cross-examined her mother and showed that even her mother gave conflicting statements to the Chicago Police Department. Witness after witness were shown by me to be unreliable. In my closing, I reminded the judge of every single inconsistent statement made by each testifying witness. I argued that the State of Illinois did not prove my client guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The judge agreed. My client was found NOT GUILTY OF ALL CHARGES.

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

The Niles Police Department stopped my client for speeding 50 mph in a 35 mph zone. When the officer approached my client in his vehicle, the officer detected a strong odor of alcohol on my client’s breath, red/watery eyes and slurred speech. The defendant admitted to drinking 1/2 bottle of Captain Morgan rum earlier in the evening. My client failed all of the field sobriety testing which included the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test, Walk and Turn test and the One Leg Stand test. My client then submitted to a portable breath test which disclosed a breath alcohol content of .108. I went to trial on this case. Even with all the evidence presented at trial, I was able to confuse the officer on cross-examination to the point where the judge did not even believe what he was saying. I made him contradict his earlier statements and his own police reports. After a lengthy trial, the judge found my client NOT GUILTY of the DUI after trial!

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

My client was charged with DUI after being involved in a automobile accident. The Niles Police Department arrived and immediately smelled a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath, blood shot/glassy eyes and very slurred speech. The police officer attempted to convince my client to take field sobriety tests but he refused all testing. My client refused to even take the breath test at the Niles Police Department. Because my client refused all field sobriety testing and breath alcohol testing, I knew there was no way I was going to “negotiate” any plea deal for my client. We went to trial. During the trial we cross-examined the arresting officer and proved to the judge that there was no way the prosecutor could prove our client guilty. The judge granted our motion for directed finding and therefore my client was found not guilty of all charges!

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

My client was charged with drunk driving and causing a multi-vehicle accident. The occupant of one of the other vehicle’s that my client struck broker her neck in the accident. A few days later, she died at Christ Hospital because of the injuries she sustained from the accident caused by my client. The arresting Chicago Police Officer observed my client to have blood shot /glassy eyes, slurred speech, strong odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath and he was extremely combative. A witness observed my client drinking beer immediately after the accident. Because of the great injuries my client caused to the victims in the crash, the offer made by the prosecution was outrageous. We had no choice but to take this case to trial. On the trial date, numerous police officers testified that my client was heavily intoxicated. On cross-examination we showed that their version of the events were different that one another. We convinced the judge that there was reasonable doubt even with all the evidence against our client. The judge found my client not guilty of ALL CHARGES! Whether it’s a DUI or Murder charge, we hate losing!

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (2nd DUI) – NOT GUILTY OF ALL CHARGES AFTER TRIAL

The Chicago Police Department were flagged down by citizens on Clark Street who told the officer that my clients vehicle was driving recklessly and struck numerous parked vehicles on Sheffield. The officers found my clients vehicle in the middle of the road with extensive front end damage with the passenger side tire smashed in and the axle broke in half. The officers observed my client leaning out of the driver’s side door with the keys in the ignition and the vehicle running. The officers had to escort my client out of vehicle because his balance was so poor. He had bloodshot/glassy eyes, slurred speech and a very strong odor of alcohol coming from his breath. My client then started crying to the officers when describing how the accident happened. The officers had my client perform the field sobriety tests which they indicated that he failed miserably! My client then started crying again and continued throughout the booking process. This was my client’s 2nd DUI and the State of Illinois was seeking a term of 60 days in Cook County Jail. I refused the offer and went to trial. Our office did serious damage on the cross-examination of the Chicago Police Department. The damage was so great that the judge found my client NOT GUILTY OF ALL CHARGES!!!!!! That was our most improbable win this year!

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

The Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department stopped my client for speeding 81 mph in a 55 mph zone. When the officer approached my client in his vehicle, the officer detected a strong odor of alcohol on my client’s breath, red/watery eyes and slurred speech. When the officer asked my client for his driver’s license, my client just stared forward for 30 seconds. My client admitted to drinking and and told the officer that he was headed to another bar. When my client exited the vehicle, he used the door for support and had very poor balance when walking. The officer thought my client was going to fall so he had to be supported. My client refused the field sobriety tests and was arrested for DUI. My client subsequently refused the breathalyzer test so his license was to be suspended for 1 year. If filed a Petition to Rescind Statutory Summary Suspension in order to prevent his license from being suspended. I also immediately filed a subpoena to get the officer’s squad car video and the video of of the lock up area of the Sheriff’s Department. The subpoena I filed directed the Sheriff’s Department to provide me the videos on the first court date. When the first court date arrived, the Sheriff’s Department did not provide me with the videos that I requested. I argued to the judge that my client was prejudiced since we were not given the videos that I had requested with my subpoena. I argued that I should win the hearing for my client’s driver’s license suspension based upon the failure to provide me with the evidence I requested in a timely fashion. The judge agreed! The judge removed the 1 year license suspension.

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

A Niles Police Officer observed my client going through a red light and failed to use a turn signal when making a right turn. The officer observed my client to have a strong odor of alcohol coming from his breath. The officer also observed an open bottle of Grey Goose Vodka and Hennessy Cognac in the back seat. My client admitted to the officer that he had been drinking alcohol. The officer asked my client to submit to field sobriety testing. My client refused any field sobriety tests. The officer then arrested him for driving under the influence of alcohol. At the police station my client refused the breathalyzer test. I filed a petition to rescind statutory summary suspension immediately in order to prevent my client from having his license suspended for one (1) year because of his refusal to submit to breath testing. The State of Illinois was not ready to have a hearing on my petition and we won the license suspension because of that!

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

The Chicago Police Department attempted stopped my client for driving through a stop sign. After they activated their overhead lights, my client continued driving while he was drifting into a different lane and then back to his original lane. The officer detected a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, slurred speech and bloodshot/glassy eyes. My client admitted to drinking a couple of cups of Hennessy Cognac. The officers observed a 1/2 full bottle of Hennessy in the back seat of my clients vehicle. My client submitted to and and failed each and every one of the field sobriety tests given to him. The Defendant was then very unsteady on his feet and needed to be supported by the officer so he would fall and hurt himself. The case went to trial. I got the officer to admit that his police reports were different that what he testified to. On cross-exam I got him to admit that he did not conduct the field sobriety tests as he was taught in the police academy and therefore my clients results were not accurate to determine if he was under the influence of alcohol. The judge did not believe the officer and found my client NOT GUILTY OF DUI.

Attempted First Degree Murder and Armed Robbery With a Firearm – NOT GUILTY AFTER TRIAL

My client was charged with shooting an individual in the back after robbing him. The victim claimed that he was playing a game of dice with the defendant and the defendant got angry because he lost money. The victim claimed that my client followed him out after the dice game and pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the victim. My client then allegedly robbed the victim and then shot him in the back. This case had to go to trial because my client was facing high double digit prison time if we had lost. Numerous witnesses testified that they observed my client pull out a gun and shoot the victim after robbing him. On cross-examination I made the victim look like a liar! His story changed numerous times and the different versions did not make sense. Witness after witness was impeached by the previous one and by the police reports. The judge found my client not guilty of all charges! If I had lost the attempted murder my client would have been facing a minimum of 31 years. If I had lost the armed robbery with firearm my client would have been facing a minimum of 21 years! NOT GUILTY ON ALL CHARGES.

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

The Bartlett Police Department observed my client’s vehicle cross over the center lane into oncoming traffic. The officer stopped my client for her traffic infractions. He then smelled a strong odor of alcohol on her breath, observed bloodshot and glassy eyes. My client then admitted to drinking alcohol earlier in the evening. The officer offered the field sobriety tests in which she failed. He performed the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) test, Walk and Turn test and the One Leg Stand test. The officer then arrested my client for DUI. At the police station she refused the breath test. Because she refused, her license was to be suspended for one (1) year. My office conducted a hearing on her license suspension. We cross examined the officer on injuries that my client claimed she suffered at the time of the field sobriety testing. We got the officer to admit that her injuries could have caused her results on the field sobriety tests to suffer. We proved to the judge that the officer did not have probable cause to arrest her for DUI. The judge agreed with our office and removed her one (1) year suspension.

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

The Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department observed my client’s vehicle disabled on the side of the highway at 3:00 am. The the officer approached my client he had slurred speech, difficulty standing by himself and a 750 ml bottle of SKYY Vodka sticking out of his coat pocket. The officer requested my client to perform the field sobriety tests in which he failed all of them. He was arrested for DUI and subsequently blew a .174% in the breathalyzer machine located at the Sheriff’s Department. This was my client’s second DUI and he needed his license. Our office conducted a hearing in order to prevent our client from having his driving privileges suspended. We argued that the officer did not correctly read our client the “warning to motorist” which must be read by the officer prior to asking the Defendant to blow into the breathalyzer. The judge agreed and removed the license suspension from our clients record. He is now able to drive!

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

The Riverside Police Department observed my client speeding 60 mph in a 25 mph zone. My clients vehicle was observed swerving across the center line and then driving up and over a curb when he was turning right . The officer stopped my client and detected a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, slurred/mumbled speech and bloodshot/glassy eyes. My client admitted to having four (4) beers prior to driving. The officer asked my client to submit to field sobriety testing in which he refused. The officer arrested my client for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) and brought him back to the Riverside Police Department for processing. At the police station my client refused to blow into the breath test. While at the Riverside Police Department my client vomited all over the floor. Because he refused the breath test after an arrest for a DUI, the Secretary of State suspended his driver’s license for one (1) year. I filed paperwork to contest the suspension and had a hearing on his court date. Our office made the officer admit that he did not form an opinion that my client was under the influence of alcohol when he was asked to take field sobriety tests. We argue to the judge that if the officer did not know, how can the judge know? The judge agreed with our argument and removed the license suspension!

Felony Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor – NOT GUILTY AFTER TRIAL

My client was charged with Felony contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The police accused him of providing alcohol to a minor child and then trying to sexually assault her. My client was illegal in this country and immediately after his arrest, an Immigration hold was put on him. Since this was a felony, there was no way I could plead him guilty since that would have resulted in deportation. I had no choice but to fight these allegations at trial. In the trial the minor child testified that my client gave her beer and then tried kissing her and touching her in his vehicle. On cross-examination I made her admit that the testimony she gave under oath was different then her written statement to the police department. I pointed out numerous instances of conflicting testimony compared to her written statement that she provided the Mundelein Police Department. The prosecutor then called the officer who my client gave a statement to. He testified that my client admitted that he provided alcohol to the minor child and then kissed her in his vehicle. After arguing to the judge in my closing statement regarding the inconsistencies of the minor child and the burden of proof in a felony like this one, he agreed with me! The judge ruled in my favor and found my client not guilty of Felony Contributing the the Delinquency of a Minor. My client was facing 1-3 years in prison and deportation if I had lost trial!

Cocaine Possession – ALL CHARGES DISMISSED

The Chicago Police Department observed my client with no front headlights and going through a stop sign in the City of Chicago. My client was stopped and had no driver’s license. When the police officer arrested my client a search of his person was performed. A bag of cocaine was found on him. I represented him at the preliminary hearing. The judge found “no probable cause” and I got all charges dismissed! My client walked out of court with absolutely everything dismissed!

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

The Glenview Police Department observed my client speeding 82 mph in a 45 mph zone. The officer stopped my client and detected a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, slurred speech and bloodshot/glassy eyes. The officer asked my client to submit to field sobriety testing in which the officer indicated that he failed. The officer arrested my client for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) and brought him back to the Glenview Police Department for processing. At the police station my client refused to blow into the breath test. Because he refused the breath test after an arrest for a DUI, the Secretary of State suspended his driver’s license for one (1) year. In addition, my client had a CDL so his lively hood depended on that license. I filed paperwork to contest the suspension and had a hearing on his first court date. On cross-examination I made the officer admit that he adminstered the field sobriety tests incorrectly and therefore the tests were no longer reliable. The judge agreed with my argument and granted my petition to rescind statutory summary suspension. In other words, I won the hearing and the judge removed the suspension of his driver’s license!

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

The Illinois State Police Department observed my client speeding on the highway. The trooper got behind my client and paced him going 100 MPH while weaving in and out of his lane of traffic. When my client finally pulled his vehicle over to the side of the highway, the trooper notice a very strong odor of an alcoholic beverage from my clients mouth and red/bloodshot and glassy eyes. and drifting over traffic lanes. The officer indicated that my client had slurred speech, bloodshot/glassy eyes, poor balance and an odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath. The trooper had my client do field sobriety testing which included an HGN test, One Leg Stand test, Walk and Turn test and a portable breath test. The trooper indicated that my client failed all physical tests and was purposely trying to defeat the portable breath test by not blowing properly. The trooper arrested my client for DUI. When my client was taken to the State Police Headquarters he refused the breath test and therefore his license was going to be suspended for a period of one (1) year. I filed the paperwork to prevent the suspension from taking place immediately after he hired me. In Illinois, the prosecutor has thirty (30) days to have a hearing otherwise they lose automatically. I answered ready for a hearing and they could not provide my client a hearing withing the required time so I won the hearing based upon that. The judge signed an order removing the suspension of my client’s driver’s license!

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

The Park Ridge Police Department observed my client speeding and drifting over traffic lanes. The officer indicated that my client had slurred speech, bloodshot/glassy eyes, poor balance and an odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath. The officer had my client do field sobriety testing which included an HGN test, One Leg Stand test and a Walk and Turn Test. The officer indicated that my client failed every portion of the testing. The officer said that my client was so intoxicated that he could not even follow simple instructions. My client refused a breath test and since this was his second DUI within 5 years, the Secretary of State was going to suspend my clients driver’s license for a period of three (3) years. The prosecutor would not negotiate so we went to a hearing in order to prevent the suspension of his license. Under cross-examination, the officer admitted that he did not follow his own training when administering the field sobriety testing. He also admitted that my client informed him that he had previously broken his leg. The officer indicated that this could effect the results of the field sobriety tests. I also showed that the officer was not honest when answering some of my questions after his testimony was compared to the video that was taken of my client performing the field sobriety tests. After the hearing, the judge agreed with my arguments and granted my petition to rescind statutory summary suspension. That means the judge removed the three (3) year suspension of my clients driver’s license!

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Mr. Goldman got my friend’s gun charges dismissed last week when it was found in his own damn car! I don’t know how he did it, nor do I care! He is the greatest! Drew C., Google Review
★★★★★
If anyone needs the best Chicago Criminal Lawyer, Steven is the guy! I have gone to him for help on so many occasions when friends or family were in trouble. He has never let us down. Tommy B., Google Review
★★★★★
Wanted to reach out and say thank you for a job well done. You were even better than the glowing reviews I heard about you. Stay safe my friend! Jaylin B., Google Review
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Steven is best DUI attorney in Chicago, period! He not only beat my license suspension, but got my DUI charge reduced to a reckless driving. He told me he could have beat that too, however, I didn’t want to risk it! He is great and highly recommended!! Lewis H., Google Review