Case Results - Part 5

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

A trooper from the Illinois State Police observed my client not being able to maintain her lane of traffic, traveling off the roadway and almost hitting a concrete median barrier on the highway. The Trooper pulled my client over. She had a strong odor of alcohol, slurred speech, glassy/bloodshot eyes. My client submitted to the field sobriety testing at the trooper’s request. My client failed the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) test and the Walk and Turn test. On the Walk and Turn test my client almost fell over and the trooper had to catch her. I had had previous cases with this trooper and knew that his report writing was an issue I could attack. I demanded trial over and over. Every court date that came, I made another demand for speedy trial. For some reason, the trooper did not want to come and deal with this case. The State of Illinois could not give the Defendant a trial within 160 days pursuant to my demand for speedy trial so all charges were dismissed! This would not have happened of we just tired to negotiate and plead guilty like a lot of Defendants do. My office fought for our client and we won.

Endangering the Life of a Child – ALL CHARGES TO BE DISMISSED

Client was arrested for endangering the life of her own child. In the middle of winter, my client left her one (1) year old child in her vehicle while the child was sleeping. The vehicle was not running and was left unlocked. My client left her child in the vehicle in order to go shopping at Payless Shoes and the Dollar Store in Palatine. After 15 minutes, a Palatine police officer spotted the child alone in the vehicle and entered through the unlocked door. When my client finally came back to her vehicle, the Officer was waiting for her. My client was charged with a very serious charge of Endangering the Life of her Child. The prosecutor was outraged at my clients actions and demanded jail time. We therefore set the case for trial since the prosecutor was not negotiating with us. On the day of trial we convinced the prosecutor to give a deferred prosecution. That means if my client takes some classes, all charges will be dismissed and completely off her record. Because of our aggressive approach to a bad situation, my client went from an offer of jail to an offer of a dismissal! We accomplish what others say is impossible.

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

Client was observed speeding by a Mundelein Police Officer. The police officer indicated that she had red/glassy/bloodshot eyes and a strong odor of alcoholic beverage. The officer suspected that she was under the influence of alcohol so he asked her to perform field sobriety tests. The officer indicated that she failed the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test (HGN), Walk and Turn Test, One Leg Stand, Finger to Nose and the Rhomberg Test. He said that she failed every single test given to my client. On the day of trial, the prosecutor offered to reduce the charges to a Reckless Driving with no mandatory alcohol classes. I was confident in my skills so I told him that we would not plead guilty and we will proceed with trial. The trial commenced shortly thereafter. The prosecutor called their officer as a witness and then played the officer’s in-squad video of my client performing the field sobriety tests. After the judge viewed the video I cross-examined the officer. I made him admit that he did not follow his training when having my client perform the field sobriety tests. I questioned him about his inexperience and his lack of proper training in conducting field sobriety tests. After my cross-examination, the judge found my not guilty of all charges except a speeding ticket! She received 3 months supervision and a $50 fine on the speeding ticket! My office could have taken the easy way out and got the charges reduced and plead guilty. That’s not what we do. We fight aggressively for each and every one of our clients!

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

The Des Plaines Police Department observed my client commit two (2) separate traffic infractions. My client quickly pulled his car over and then denied driving. The officer’s in vehicle camera captured him actually driving! My client took all of the field sobriety tests requested and failed them all. I had to fight my client’s driver’s license suspension because he needed it for work and since he refused a breath test, it would have been a one (1) year suspension. During the hearing, on cross examination, I got the officer to admit that he did not follow proper protocol when warning my client of the consequences of refusing the breath test. Once that admission was made, the judge stopped me mid-sentence and granted my petition to rescind statutory summary suspension. I did not even have to finish my cross-examination before the judge removed the suspension of my client’s driving privileges!

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

The Illinois State Police Department observed my client speeding in his vehicle. He was paced by the trooper going 95 MPH in a 55 MPH zone. The trooper indicated that my client exhibited a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath, mumbled speech, slurred and confused. Trooper also indicated that my client had bloodshot and glassy eyes. My client took and failed all of the sobriety testing. The trooper gave him a Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) test, Walk and Turn test and a One Leg Stand test. The trooper indicated that he failed each and every one of those tests miserably. My client then agreed to take a portable breath test (PBT) on the side of the road. The results were a .156%. The trooper arrested him for driving under the influence of alcohol and took him to the Illinois State Police headquarters for processing. When my client got to the headquarters, he submitted to further breath analysis testing which resulted a .157% blow. My client could not afford to have his driving privileges suspended so we went to hearing. We convinced the judge that the trooper had no right to arrest our client, let alone, even stop him! We argued that the troopers speedometer has not been certified accurate and therefore could not accurately determine my client was speeding. We crossed on the field sobriety testing and proved to the judge that the trooper exaggerated the results which prejudiced our client. We could have stopped there but we didn’t! We next attacked the PBT test and showed that the trooper cast doubt to whether that PBT model was approved by the State of Illinois to be used! Needless to say, the judge granted my petition and my client avoided any suspension at all! We beat the suspension even with a .157% blow!

Theft – ALL CHARGES DISMISSED

Client broke onto vehicle in Glenview and stole a Nextel cell phone and a Sprint Hot Spot device. A neighbor observed the crime while walking her dog and called 911. Police arrived and observed my client running down an alley. The Glenview Police and Cook County Sheriff’s Police gave chase and finally caught my client. He was found in possession of the Sprint Hot Spot device. Our aggressive tactics got all charges dismissed. My client walked out of court with absolutely everything dismissed!

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

Client was observed speeding by a Wheeling Police Officer in the early morning hour. My client quickly pulled behind a closed business to try and hide from the officer. When the officer found him trying to hide his vehicle, my client denied he was trying to get away. My client had a suspended driver’s license and was arrested. At the Wheeling Police Station, the officer observed my client swaying, having red bloodshot/glassy eyes and smelling strongly of an alcoholic beverage. The officer then charged my client with driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI). The prosecutor was not making any deals on the case so we went to trial. I impeached the officer so bad on cross-examination that I got him to admit that the radar device used to determine my clients speed was no accurate. I then got him to admit that the driving record showing my clients driving privileges were suspended was not even accurate! I made him admit that he did not even know if the driving record was for my client. The judge did not believe the officer to be very credible after my cross-examination and found my client NOT GUILTY of the DUI, speeding and driving on a suspended license!

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI) – ALL EVIDENCE OF DUI SUPPRESSED

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!

Order of Protection – DENIED AFTER FULL HEARING

My client was served with an Order of Protection after a family member accused him of coming to her home and threatening her. She claimed that my client pushed his way into her home and threatened to strike her. On the first court date we were not happy with the Judge who was going to hear the case. We filed a substitution of judge (SOJ) in order to get a different judge. The case was assigned to a different judge and set down for hearing. On the hearing date, the Petitioner’s (vicitm’s) lawyer had a witness to the incident. Both the victim and the witness testified regarding how my client came into the home and threatened to strike the victim. My cross-examination poked holes in their story. I showed the judge that the victim lied when she filed the paperwork for the Order of Protection. The judge agreed. After the hearing the judge denied the victim’s request for an Order of Protection. Another win for our clients!

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

The Prospect Heights Police Department heard my client squealing his tires. They then activated their radar and got my client going 35 MPH in a 25 MPH zone. The officer pulled my clients vehicle over and then observed my client to have slurred speech, bloodshot/watery eyes and smelled a strong odor of alcohol on his breath. My client admitted to drinking alcohol prior to driving and then agreed to perform field sobriety testing. My client failed all field sobriety tests including the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) test, One Legged Balance Test and the Walk and Turn Test. My client did not believe that he was too intoxicated to drive and wanted to prove his innocence. I agreed! We went to trial. Our office impeached the officer on cross-examination over and over. Time and time again we showed that he was exaggerating the facts of this case just to get a conviction! The judge agreed with our arguments and found my client NOT GUILTY without thinking twice about it. Another win for us!

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

The Niles Police Department observed my client speeding in his vehicle. After the officer put his overhead lights on, it took my client 4-5 blocks to eventually curb his vehicle. The officer observed 2 beer bottles in my clients vehicle. My client had glassy/bloodshot eyes, smelled of alcohol on his breath and was swaying while standing. The officer had my client perform field sobriety tests on the side of the road. My client failed all the field sobriety tests given to him. My client refused the breathalyzer test at the police station. The secretary of state was going to suspend my clients driver’s license for 3 years because this was his second DUI within 5 years. I filed a petition to rescind statutory summary suspension in order to get his license reinstated. I went to court with my client on his hearing date and convinced the prosecutor that the officer made a procedural mistake and therefore his license should not be suspended. The judge granted my petition and my client avoided a three (3) year suspension!

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

My client was stopped at a “road block” in Chicago. The officer smelled cannabis on my clients breath and asked him if he had been smoking marijuana. My client admitted to smoking a “joint” about three (3) hours earlier. The officer indicated that he had red and bloodshot eyes and that he had failed the field sobriety tests. I decided to go to trial. I cross-examined the officer regarding the field sobriety tests. I got him to admit that the tests he conducted on my client were more geared towards alcohol versus cannabis. I was able to prove to the judge that the officer really did not know whether my client had any cannabis in his system even tough he admitted to smoking earlier in the evening! The judge found my client not guilty of the DUI!

Providing False Information to Police Officer on Accident Report – NOT GUILTY OF ALL CHARGES AFTER TRIAL

Client was charged with providing false information to a Morton Grove Police Officer regarding an accident his vehicle was involved in. The police officer accused my client of getting into an accident and leaving the scene and then making a false report. My client told me he was innocent and that the Officer was lying about the incident. I believed my client and went to trial. After cross-examination, it was clear that the officer was not to be believed. Judge found my client not guilty of all charges!

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

The Schiller Park Police department observed my client in his vehicle after receiving a noise complaint from a neighbor. The officer never observed my client actually driving the vehicle. The officer only saw him inside the vehicle with the keys on the seat. Under Illinois law, this is enough to charge someone with a DUI! We went to trial and cross-examined the police officer on whether he actually put the keys in the ignition to make sure those were the keys to that vehicle! He admitted he did not. After hearing this testimony from the officer, the judge found our client NOT GUILTY!

Possession of Cannabis – ALL CRIMINAL CHARGES DISMISSED

Client was driving a vehicle that was stopped by the Cook County Sheriff’s Police. We convinced that prosecutor that the search of my client’s vehicle was unconstitutional. They agreed and all charges dismissed

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

The Niles Police department observed my client speeding. They pulled him over and there was a cannabis joint still burning in his vehicle! My clients eyes were red and glassy and his speech was slurred and mumbled. The officer indicated that my client’s movement were very slow and he swayed and stumbled when he walked. Because this was not my client’s first DUI and he had no insurance, the State of Illinois charged him with a felony DUI which was punishable by 1-3 years in the State Penitentiary. The State refused to reduce this DUI to a misdemeanor so we had no choice but to go to trial. On cross-examination I was able to show that the officer wasn’t that confident that my client was under the influence of anything! After hearing all the evidence, the judge found my client not guilty of the Felony DUI!

Having Contact with a Known Gang Member – NOT GUILTY OF ALL CHARGES AFTER TRIAL

Client was driving a vehicle that was stopped by the Cook County Sheriff’s Police. We convinced that prosecutor that the search of my clients vehicle was unconstitutional. They agreed and all charges dismissed.

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

The Cicero Police Department observed my client passed out in his vehicle with car in drive and his foot on the brake. He was slumped over wheel in the middle of the street at a green light. The officer pulled up behind my client and observed a small child in my clients back seat. The Officer knocked on the window and awoke my client who subsequently pulled over to the side of the road. My client was terrible uncooperative and failed every single sobriety test. The results of the field sobriety tests were horrible. My client failed every portion of every test given! My client refused to submit to a breath test which resulted in a one (1) year suspension. I contested the license suspension and went to a hearing. I argued that the police officer violated my clients constitutional rights by seizing him without probable cause or reasonable suspicion. After a long hearing and serious cross-examination of the officer by me, the judge agreed with my argument and removed my clients license suspension. My petition to rescind suspension was GRANTED!

Domestic Battery – ALL CHARGES DISMISSED

Client was charged with leaving his children alone and abusing their mother. We set the case down for trial. On the trial date, we convinced the State of Illinois that there was no way to prove this case “beyond a reasonable doubt.” The Prosecutor agreed and dismissed all charges!

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

The Niles Police department received a call from a tavern manager indicating that an intoxicated patron was in his vehicle driving recklessly in the parking lot. When the officers arrived to the parking lot of the tavern they observed my client in his vehicle revving his engine. The manager spoke with the police and identified that intoxicated patron as my client. My client failed all field sobriety tests. The officers indicted that he had slurred speech, bloodshot and glassy eyes and stumbled while walking. I went to trial and attacked the officers on cross-examination. My cross-examination won the case. The judge found my client NOT GUILTY after trial.

Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon – ALL CHARGES DISMISSED

Client was in a restaurant in Chicago with some other people. Someone flagged down a Chicago Police Officer and told them that my client was selling drugs in the restaurant. The police officer called for back up and (6) officers entered the restaurant and searched my client along with others. My client was found to have a stolen handgun in a holster on his belt. It was covered by his clothing but found by the offices when he was searched. I filed a motion to quash the arrest and suppress evidence. I argued that my client’s Constitutional Rights were violated when the Chicago Police Officers searched him with no warrant, consent, probable cause or even reasonable suspicion. The judge agreed with my arguments and suppressed all evidence January 10, 2013. With all the evidence thrown out, the State of Illinois DISMISSED ALL CHARGES ON January 24, 2013. My client was facing mandatory prison if we had lost!

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

The Elmhurst Police department stopped my client’s vehicle for speeding. The Officer detected red bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and an odor of alcohol on his breath. My client submitted to a field sobriety test and failed it. The police officer arrested him for driving under the influence. The prosecutor refused to negotiate so we did what we do best: We went to trial! As expected, the judge found my client not guilty after trial!

Open Alcohol in Vehicle – NOT GUILTY OF OPEN ALCOHOL AFTER TRIAL

Defendant was charged with transporting open alcohol in his vehicle. This was not a serious case but my client told me that he did not know it was in there. Since the prosecutor refused to dismiss the charge, we went to trial. Our office convinced the judge that the prosecutor could not prove that the bottle in the car was actual alcohol! The judge agreed and found my client not guilty of transporting open alcohol in his vehicle!

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

The Illinois State Police Department stopped my client for speeding. The Trooper paced my client going 65 mph in a 55 mph zone. My client submitted to field sobriety testing and failed them. The Trooper indicated that he smelled a strong odor of alcohol, slurred speech and bloodshot eyes. My client admitted that he was drinking alcohol earlier that evening. On the scene, my client submitted to a portable breath test which revealed a .146%. He was arrested and at the station he refused the breathalyzer test. The Secretary of State tried to suspend my client’s driver’s license for one (1) year because he refused to submit to breath testing at station. I requested a hearing and my petition was granted. The judge ordered that my client’s license should be reinstated!

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

The Mt. Prospect Police stopped my client for an expired vehicle sticker. They smelled a strong odor of alcohol, slurred speech and bloodshot eyes. My client admitted that she was drinking earlier that evening. She complied with the officer’s request to do “field sobriety” tests which she failed. My client then blew a .148% in the officer’s portable breath test (PBT). The officer then arrested my client for DUI. At the Mt. Prospect Police Department she blew a .119% in the breathalyzer. The Secretary of State tried to suspend my client’s driver’s license for six (6) months because she blew over a .08%. I requested a hearing and argued in front of the judge. I convinced the judge that the breathalyzer at the police station was unreliable and inaccurate. The judge ordered that my client’s license should be reinstated!

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

The Elmhurst Police department received a call of a reckless driver. The description matched my client’s vehicle. The Officer followed the Defendant and observed numerous traffic infractions. My client submitted to and failed the roadside field sobriety tests. He was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. Our office subpoenaed the squad car video and in station videos. After viewing the videos we decided to trial. After showing that the Officer greatly exaggerated the facts of the case on cross-examination, the judge found our client NOT GUILTY.

Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon – ALL EVIDENCE SUPRESSED

Client was in a restaurant in Chicago with some other people. Someone flagged down a Chicago Police Officer and told them that my client was selling drugs in the restaurant. The police officer called for back up and (6) officers entered the restaurant and searched my client along with others. My client was found to have a stolen handgun in a holster on his belt. It was covered by his clothing but found by the offices when he was searched. I filed a motion to quash the arrest and suppress evidence. I argued that my client’s Constitutional Rights were violated when the Chicago Police Officers searched him with no warrant, consent, probable cause or even reasonable suspicion. The judge agreed with my arguments and suppressed all evidence.

Felony Promoting Prostitution – NOT GUILTY AFTER TRIAL

Both clients had an apartment that they advertised “massages” from in a local newspaper. They did not realize that a they were part of a sting called Mission “Stops Today.” It was to bust child prostitution rings. The agencies involved were the Chicago Police Department’s bureau of Organized Crime’s Human Trafficking Task Force and Vice Section, Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration Customs and Enforcement and the U.S. Department of Treasury. An undercover officer made an appointment for a “massage.” When he walked into the apartment, he was brought to a room where sex acts were discussed and the officer tendered official marked funds as payment. The women disrobed and the officer sent an arrest signal and numerous officers broke down door and arrested all people inside. Clients were charged with Class 3 felony Promoting Prostitution. The prosecutor refused to reduce the charges. Since my clients had immigration holds on them, I had to go to trial since the State of Illinois refused to reduce the charges. After a bench trial, both clients found NOT GUILTY of all charges!

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

Client was stopped for speeding and a broken front windshield. When the police officer spoke with the client, he observed slurred speech and a strong odor of alcohol. the Defendant failed all of the field sobriety tests that were given to him. Subsequent to his arrest, the Defendant blew a .192% in the breathalyzer. We filed and motion to quash the arrest and suppress all evidence. We argued that the officer had no right to stop our clients vehicle even though the officer claimed he was speeding and had a cracked windshield. The judge agreed with us and suppressed all evidence!! On today’s date, all charges were dismissed. .192% DISMISSED!

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

Client was driving his vehicle in Melrose Park when the police stopped him for speeding and driving with no headlights on. Client smelled of alcohol, had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. The Police had client perform field sobriety tests in which he failed. The client was brought to the Melrose Park Police Department where he subsequently blew a .184% on the breathalyzer. We filed a motion for sanctions to keep the breathalyzer results out because the police department destroyed a video tape that we had subpoenaed. The judge agreed with us and would not let the State of Illinois bring in evidence of the breathalyzer results. We then went to a trial in front of a judge and we won! The judge found our client not guilty of DUI.

Felony DUI (3rd DUI) – ALL EVIDENCE SUPPRESSED

Client was charged with Felony DUI because it was his 3rd DUI that he received. Client was stopped for having illegal blue headlights. The Chicago Police Officer detected mumbled speech, strong odor of alcohol on his breath and glossy eyes. He also had a revoked driver’s license from his previous DUI. At the police station, the client blew a .115% into the breathalyzer. The Defendant was facing 1-3 years in Prison. Our office filed a motion to quash the arrest and suppress evidence alleging that the police officer unlawfully stopped the Defendant. After a hearing, the judge agreed and suppressed all evidence!! I soon expect a dismissal of all charges!!

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI) – ALL EVIDENCE SUPRESSED

Client was stopped for speeding and a broken front windshield. When the police officer spoke with the client, he observed slurred speech and a strong odor of alcohol. the Defendant failed all of the field sobriety tests that were given to him. Subsequent to his arrest, the Defendant blew a .192% in the breathalyzer. We filed and motion to quash the arrest and suppress all evidence. We argued that the officer had no right to stop our clients vehicle even though the officer claimed he was speeding and had a cracked windshield. The judge agreed with us and suppressed all evidence!! NO EVIDENCE COMING IN AT TRIAL! Again, expecting all charges to be dismissed on next court date.

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

Client was stopped by the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department for making a turn without a signal. Upon speaking with the Defendant, the officer observed a strong smell of alcohol on her breath, bloodshot eyes, flushed face and lack a lack of balance. She failed every single field sobriety test given to her. She blew a .239% in the breathalyzer at the Sheriff’s Department. Because she blew over the legal limit, the Secretary of State was going to suspend her driving privileges for 6 months. We filed a petition with the court to prevent that from happening!! On the court date, we won the hearing suspension and prevented her license from being suspended at all.

Battery and Criminal Damage to Property – ALL CHARGES DISMISSED

Client was charged with battery and criminal damage to property by the Chicago Police Department. The Defendant was accused of kicking the door of a taxi cab when it was driving down Oak Street in Chicago. When the cab driver stopped, the Defendant again kicked the cab and caused a large dent in the door. The cab driver exited the vehicle and the Defendant struck him in the face. The Defendant was arrested on the scene a short time later. We answered ready for trial and the case was dismissed!

Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon – NOT GUILTY OF ALL CHARGES

Client was standing with a group of males on Addison in Chicago. An individual in that group pulled out a handgun. A witness called 911 to say that she saw that goup of individuals with a handgun. When the Chicago Police arrived, my client took off running down an alley way. He ran into the beer garden of Goose Island brewery and hid the gun he had on him in a flower pot. The police officers stopped my client when he ran out of the beer garden. They found the gun in the flower pot. After they found the gun, the police officers obtained surveillance video that the brewery had of the beer garden. It clearly showed my client taking a gun out of his waist band and hiding the weapon in the flower pot! They obtained a copy of the video surveillance and charged my client with 5 counts of Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon. The prosecutor was not willing to reduce the charges and since this crime required mandatory prison time, we went to trial. The State of Illinois presented two (2) Chicago police officers, a manager of Goose Island and submitted the video recording of my client with the weapon. During my cross-examination, I made both officers contradict their own reports and their own statements! I got one officer to admit that she could not even identify my client! Needless to say, after my cross was complete, the judge found my client NOT GUILTY OF ALL CHARGES! We win when others say its impossible!

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI) – ALL EVIDENCE THROWN OUT AFTER HEARING

Client was stopped for speeding and having a cracked windshield. When the Franklin Park Police Department approached his driver side window, they smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle. The defendant admitted to drinking alcohol and was asked to perform field sobriety tests. These tests were captured on the officer’s squad car recording system. The defendant failed all of the sobriety testing. The defendant was arrested and blew a .192% in the breathalyzer at the police station. After watching the video, it was clear to me that the officer gave incorrect instructions to the defendant regarding the field sobriety tests. On the scheduled court date, I convinced the prosecutor that it was unfair to penalize my client for following incorrect instructions to the tests! The prosecutor agreed and the judge ordered the suspension removed from my client’s driver’s license! It was our attention to details that allowed us to prevail once again!

Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance – ALL EVIDENCE THROWN OUT AFTER HEARING

Client was charged with possession heroin, cocaine and cannabis. Client was approached by Chicago Police Officers from the special tactical team at a McDonalds parking lot in Chicago. The officers claimed that my client was acting very suspiciously and tried walking away from them. The police also said the my client was making movements towards his front waist area of his pants and refused to show them his hands. The Chicago police officers searched my client and found 5 grams of heroin, 2 grams of cocaine and 25 grams of cannabis all in his waist band. Because of my clients background, the Prosecutor offered my client three (3) years in prison. I filed a motion to quash arrest and suppress evidence because I alleged that the searching of my client was unconstitutional. On the hearing date, I cross-examined the arresting Chicago police officer. I made him contradict his own police report that he wrote. I convinced the judge that the officer had no right to approach my client and search him. The judge then suppressed all of the evidence in the case! We fight for our clients!

Battery – NOT GUILTY AFTER BENCH TRIAL

Client was charged with battery against a neighbor. Victim claimed that the Defendant fought with him which caused him to suffer a broken finger and scrapes and bruises on his body. The Prosecutor was being unreasonable in any kind of deals so we went to trial! The victim testified that my client attacked him and caused injury to him. After some serious cross-examination on our part, the judge found our client not guilty of all charges! The Defendant never even had to testify! Aggressive representation pays off again!

DUI – LICENSE SUSPENSION REMOVED

Wheeling Police alleged that my client was speeding down Dundee Road and then tried to hide his vehicle behind a building when the police were in pursuit. My client refused to blow into the breathalyzer so the State of Illinois suspended his driving privileges for one (1) year. We filed a Petition in court to argue that the arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol was unlawful. On the hearing date, I put the arresting officer on the stand and destroyed him! The hearing only lasted fifteen (15) minutes when the judge ruled on our favor! Another client who got to keep his driver’s license thanks to our aggressive representation. One more victory under our belt!

Aggravated Assault to a Police Officer and Reckless Conduct – NOT GUILTY

Client was arrested for threatening to beat up numerous Chicago Police Officers outside a bar in Chicago. The threats were so serious that the Defendant was tasered after he came charging at a Police Officer with his hands clenched in a fist. On the trial date, all of the police officers involved came to court to testify against my client. Instead of backing down, we answered ready for trial. During my lengthy and damaging cross-examination of one of the officers, I made her look like a complete liar. I made her contradict her own police reports and contradict the testimony of another officer. That Chicago Police Officer had no idea what had just hit her! I got her to deny facts that she wrote in her own report and admit facts that were not in that report! Lets just say my cross-examination was a disaster for the State of Illinois. It got so ugly for the officers testifying during my cross-examination that the judge granted my motion for a directed finding at trial and found my client not guilty of all charges! Yet another victory for my law firm!

DUI – LICENSE SUSPENSION REMOVED

Client was speeding, went from the left lane to the right lane without signaling and finally swerved across a lane marker! When the Oak Lawn Police Department questioned him, the client admitted to drinking alcohol, had slurred speech and was swearing at the officers. The client failed all the field sobriety tests miserably! He did, however, refuse to take the breathalyzer at the Oak Lawn Police Department after he was arrested for DUI. He got notice that the secretary of state was going to suspend his driver’s license for a period of 1 year for his refusal to blow into the breathalyzer. We filed paperwork to prevent that from happening. In court, I spoke with the State’s Attorney handling his case. I convinced the prosecutor to agree to a court order removing the suspension from my client’s driver’s license. I saved him a year of suspension! Another victory for us!

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