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Case Results - Part 6

Felony Possession of Cannabis with Intent to Deliver – NOT GUILTY

Chicago Police Department got a warrant and smashed down the door of my clients apartment. Inside the apartment they found cannabis plants, packaging, and inside my clients room they found a large amount of cannabis in plastic bags. In my clients closet in his bedroom they found a shotgun with over 250 founds of ammunition. My client did not possess a valid FOID card. The charges carried 1-3 years in the state penitentiary The State of Illinois was not willing to negotiate with my office so we went to trial. After a bench trial, the unlawful possession of a weapon and ammunition without a FOID card was dismissed. The judge found my client not guilty of the charge of felony possession of cannabis with the intent to deliver. Instead she only found him guilty of a lesser charge of possession only! Again and again, we fight for our clients. And another victory for our team!

DUI – LICENSE SUSPENSION REMOVED

Client was speeding and weaving within his lane of traffic. He was subsequently stopped by a police officer. Officer testified that his speech was slurred, had bloodshot and glassy eyes. Officer further testified that he failed the field sobriety tests and that he blew above a .08% on the preliminary breath test. We argued to the judge that the preliminary breath test was not accurate nor can the police department prove that is was calibrated within the required time. The judge agreed with my argument. We further proved that the client did better on the field sobriety tests than the officer cared to admit! the judge ruled that there was not reasonable grounds to believe that my client was under the influence of alcohol. The judge granted our motion to reinstate our client’s driver’s license. Again and again, we fight for our clients. And another victory for our team!

Robbery – REDUCED TO THEFT WITH EXPUNGEABLE PROBATION

Client was charged with robbing a person on the train. He was accused of forcibly taking an iPhone out of someone’s hand that was riding the train. The State of Illinois had obtained video surveillance of my client running with phone. After months of negotiations with the prosecutor, I was able to get the State of Illinois to reduce the charges to Theft. I then got the State to agree to give the client TASC probation which is expungeable from his record. That means if he completes probation successfully, it will be completely removed from his record! A robbery to a completely clean record!

DUI – LICENSE SUSPENSION REMOVED

Client was stopped by a road block in Chicago by the Illinois State Police. They smelled alcohol on his breath and his speech was slurred. The client failed all the field sobriety tests and blew into the breathalyzer which resulted in a reading of .11%. Our office filed the Petition to Rescind Statutory Summary Suspension immediately in order to prevent his license from being suspended. We sent a subpoena to the Illinois State Police demanding all documentation on their road block. We wanted to see if the road block was unconstitutional. The Illinois State Police failed to provide us with the documentation on the court date. Our aggressive tactics worked!

Attempt Theft – ALL CHARGES DISMISSED

Client was charged attempted theft from Carmax. He was accused of bringing in a stolen motor vehicle with a fake VIN number in order to sell it. When a technician hooked it up to computer, the VIN number was different than the VIN number on the door frame. The police were called and it was determined that the vehicle was stolen. He was accused of attempting to steal $55,000.00 from Carmax by trying to sell them a stolen vehicle. I made a demand for speedy trial.

DUI – LICENSE SUSPENSION REMOVED

Client was charged with 1st DUI. A Skokie Police Officer approached her after he saw the vehicle on top of a curb. She had a strong odor of alcohol on her breath, bloodshot and watery eyes. The client failed all field sobriety tests. The police officer had her submit to a portable breath test which resulted in a .256% blow. The client was arrested and taken to the Skokie Police Station for processing. At the police station she blew into another breathalyzer. The result was a .232% My office immediately filed the paperwork to prevent her license from being suspended for the statutory time length of six(6) months. The State of Illinois did not have a hearing within the required time of thirty (30) after I filed the paperwork. Therefore, the petition to rescind statutory summary suspension was granted automatically.

DUI – LICENSE SUSPENSION REMOVED

Client was charged with 2nd DUI. He was found by the Chicago Police Department asleep behind his wheel in the middle of a Chicago intersection. Client had strong odor of alcohol on his breath, slurred speech, bloodshot and glassy eyes. Client performed and failed the field sobriety tests given to him by the Chicago Police Officer.

Battery – ALL CHARGES DISMISSED

Client was charged with striking traffic control enforcement officer with her car at a corner in downtown Chicago. Traffic enforcement officer claimed that my client refused to obey her orders to move her vehicle. Then, she claims, that my client struck her with her car. After my client exited her vehicle, the officer claims that my client tried to fight her.

DUI – NOT GUILTY OF DUI AFTER TRIAL

Client was driving her car in Glenview and lost control while making a right hand turn. Her vehicle struck a building and caused serious damage to her vehicle and the building. The whole area of Glenview Road and Waukegan Road was shut down because of the fire trucks, ambulance and police cars at the accident scene. My client admitted to having four (4) shots of alcohol within a three hour period. She failed the field sobriety tests and the officer stated that she had blood shot eyes, slurred speech and a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage. My client then submitted to a preliminary breath test on the scene of the accident which resulted in a reading of a .174% My client was arrested and taken back to the Glenview Police Station where she blew into the breathalyzer machine. The result was a .162% I filed and won a motion for sanctions which prohibited the prosecution from introducing the breathalyzer results. I went to trial on the remaining portion of the DUI and won.

Theft of Property – ALL CHARGES DISMISSED

Chicago Police Department suspected my client of burglary and obtained a search warrant for his home. Upon entering his home, they found numerous items stolen from different individuals. My client was charged with eleven (11) different counts of Theft. I went to court and convinced the State of Illinois to dismiss all charges even though they had witnesses in court!

Retail Theft – ALL CHARGES DISMISSED

Client went into Carson’s and took approximately $165.00 worth of jewelry. She was being watched on surveillance video when she hid the items in her purse. She then bought a couple of other items and left the store. As soon as she exited the store, security stopped her and brought her to the security office. The found the jewelry in her purse and she made a full confession of the theft.

DUI – NOT GUILTY AFTER TRIAL

Defendant struck an unoccupied vehicle in Chicago. The owner heard the crash and came downstairs to see her vehicle with major body damage. Her parked vehicle was hit so hard that it was now across the street. She flagged down a detective in the area and investigated the scene. He saw a trail of automobile fluid and followed it down the block, around the corner and into an alley. He then observed my client standing next to his vehicle with the air bags deployed. The Defendant had red shot, glassy eyes and swayed while standing. Officer said that he smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from the Defendant’s breath. The Defendant admitted to drinking, driving and striking the parked vehicle. The Defendant was arrested for numerous charges including DUI. During trial I crossed examined the arresting officer regarding her DUI training. I made her admit to the judge that all of the clues (except the smell of alcohol) she observed could have been the result of the accident and not because of intoxication. The trial judge agreed and found my client not guilty of the DUI.

DUI — NOT GUILTY AFTER TRIAL

Morton Grove police officer said the Defendant was committing an illegal lane usage and he stopped him. The officer said my client had an odor of alcohol on his breath and very nervous. Defendant took and failed all of the field sobriety tests that were offered to him by the police officer. The performance of the field sobriety tests were captured on the officer’s in-squad camera. The Defendant admitted to having a few drinks and was subsequently arrested for DUI. At the police department the Defendant admitted to smoking marijuana a couple of days earlier. Defendant was charged with driving under the combined influence of alcohol and cannabis. At trial, I convinced the judge that this officer did not have the training or experience to form an opinion that the defendant was under the influence of cannabis.

DUI – LICENSE SUSPENSION REMOVED

Chicago Police Department found our client slumped over his steering wheel after he rear-ended another vehicle. Defendant had strong odor of alcohol on his breath, slurred speech and could not maintain his balance. The Defendant then vomited in the back of the squad car and then vomited again at the police station! On cross-examination we made the officer look like a complete liar. Over and over we made him change his story of the events. We convinced the judge that the officer lacked all credibility.

DUI – LICENSE SUSPENSION REMOVED

Skokie police officer said the Defendant was speeding, weaving within his lane and then crossed over the solid line with both driver side tires. Upon speaking with the officer, the Defendant had slurred speech, bloodshot eyes and a strong odor of alcohol on his breath. Defendant failed all of the field sobriety tests that were offered to him by the police officer. The Defendant was arrested for DUI and brought to the Skokie Police Department for processing. At the police department the Defendant blew a .198 in the breathalyzer. I convinced the State of Illinois that the field sobriety tests were performed incorrectly by this officer.

Assault and Battery – ALL CHARGES DISMISSED

The Defendant was accused of getting into a fight with a local gang member. The Defendant broke the victim’s nose in the fight.

Felony Unlawful Use of Weapon – ALL CHARGES DISMISSED

Client was stopped for speeding. The police officer asked the Defendant if he had anything illegal in the vehicle. The Defendant kept telling the officer he did not. After the speeding ticket was issued to the Defendant, the police officer asked him if he could search the vehicle. The Defendant finally admitted to the officer that he had a bag of cannabis in the vehicle. The police officer searched the vehicle and found a loaded handgun under the driver’s seat. Being charged with a loaded gun is a non-probationable offense. I filed and motion to suppress the evidence found based upon the officer violating my clients Constitutional rights. I argued that the length of the detention was unreasonable and the officer had no right to question my client regarding anything illegal that might have been in the vehicle. I argued to the judge that his was a due process violation. The judge agreed and suppressed all evidence. The handgun and drugs were suppressed from evidence on July 5, 2012 and on today’s date (July 30, 2012) State of Illinois dismissed all charges!!

DUI – DUI WAS REDUCED TO RECKLESS DRIVING AND LICENSE SUSPENSION REMOVED

Client was stopped for speeding. The police officer detected a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. Client failed all the field sobriety tests and blew a .141 on the preliminary breath test. Since the Defendant refused the breathalyzer test at the police department, his license was going to be suspended for one (1) year. I successfully convinced the State of Illinois to remove his license suspension and to reduce his DUI to a reckless driving. He was NOT required to do any alcohol treatment!

DUI – THE LICENSE SUSPENSION WAS REMOVED

Client was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI). He refused the breathalyzer so the State of Illinois was going to suspend his driving privileges for one (1) year. We found a serious omission on the paperwork that the arresting officer prepared. Moments before the hearing began, the prosecutor acknowledged to the judge that we were correct. The suspension was lifted!

Failure to Reduce Speed Causing Death – ALL CHARGES DISMISSED

Client fell asleep at the wheel in his vehicle. When he impacted the vehicle in front of him, the force was so great that the driver of that vehicle was killed. Defendant was arrested and charged with failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident which resulted in death. On the day of trial, we successfully argued that the state of Illinois violated the Defendant’s right to a speedy trial by not having said trial within 160 days. The judge agreed and all charges were dismissed.

DUI – I WON THE LICENSE SUSPENSION

Client stopped for erratic driving. Failed all field sobriety testing and arrested for driving under the influence of drugs. Urine was collected and showed heroin and cocaine in his system. We argued that the State of Illinois violated his right to a hearing to challenge his license suspension within 30 days. Judge agreed and granted out motion to rescind his statutory summary suspension. His license is now valid!

DUI – NOT GUILTY AFTER TRIAL

Client charged with driving under the influence of cannabis and amphetamines. Defendant struck 6 vehicles including a Chicago Police vehicle with two officers inside of the vehicle. Defendant’s vehicle eventually landed on top of the 6th vehicle. Arresting officer, witnesses and hospital nurse who drew Defendant’s urine all showed up to testify against the Defendant. I prevented the urine analysis from coming into evidence and crushed the police officer on cross-examination. After trial, Defendant was found not guilty of driving under the influence.

Possession of Cannabis with Intent to Deliver – NOT GUILTY

Client charged with felony possession of cannabis with intent to deliver. Client was driving though the city of Chicago and pulled over by two undercover officers for minor traffic violations. Officers smelled a strong odor of cannabis emitting from the Defendant’s vehicle and asked the Defendant if he had any cannabis in the vehicle. Defendant admitted he did. A subsequent search by the officers revealed 10 pounds of cannabis in the back seat of his vehicle! During cross-examination, I proved to the judge that this officer kept changing his story. Not guilty of possession with intent after trial. This win saved my client numerous years in prison.

Felony Unlawful use of Weapon – ALL EVIDENCE SUPRESSED

Client was stopped for speeding. The police officer asked the Defendant if he had anything illegal in the vehicle. The Defendant kept telling the officer he did not. After the speeding ticket was issued to the Defendant, the police officer asked him if he could search the vehicle. The Defendant finally admitted to the officer that he had a bag of cannabis in the vehicle. The police officer searched the vehicle and found a loaded handgun under the driver’s seat. Being charged with a loaded gun is a non-probationable offense. I filed and motion to suppress the evidence found based upon the officer violating my clients Constitutional rights. I argued that the length of the detention was unreasonable and the officer had no right to question my client regarding anything illegal that might have been in the vehicle. I argued to the judge that his was a due process violation. The judge agreed and suppressed all evidence. The handgun and drugs were suppressed from evidence!

Domestic Battery – ALL CHARGES DISMISSED

Client was charged with domestic battery. She was accused of striking her boyfriend with a baseball bat after a heated argument. Our aggressive defense got the case dismissed.

DUI – NOT GUILTY AFTER TRIAL

Client stopped for illegal lane usage and weaving within his lane of traffic. Officers suspected that my client may be under the influence of alcohol. They have my client perform field sobriety tests. The initial stop, detention and subsequent arrest were captured on the arresting officer’s squad car video. The officer had my client perform the field sobriety tests while his overhead oscillating lights are on. I get him to admit that pursuant to his training, oscillating lights can cause disorientation with individuals and should be turned off while field sobriety testing is being given. Judge agreed and after trial found my client NOT GUILTY of DUI.

Theft – NOT GUILTY

Client was charged with stealing a large amount of cash deposits from her place of employment. She was in charge of accounting and was accused of making false returns and pocketing the money herself. An internal audit found the missing money and linked it back to her. Because of the unreasonable offer made by the State of Illinois, our office chose to take the case to trial. Our gamble paid off. Judge found our client not guilty.

DUI – NOT GUILTY

Client was charged with his 4th DUI. He was stopped for erratic driving. Officer indicated that my client had bloodshot glassy eyes, slurred and mumbled speech, slow movements and strong odor of alcohol on his breath. My client failed all field sobriety tests. During cross examination, I made him admit that there were numerous other factors that could have caused my client to do poorly on the field sobriety tests. I made him admit to the trial judge that he did not follow his training when he gave my client the field sobriety tests. Judge indicated that there was reasonable doubt and therefore he had to find my client NOT GUILTY!

DUI – OFFICER’S TESTIMONY BARRED FROM EVIDENCE

Client was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. Our office subpoenaed the in-squad car video of the police officer which would have captured the Defendant performing field sobriety tests. The Chicago Police Department failed to bring the video on the scheduled court date. We argued to the judge that sanctions should be imposed since they did not comply with our subpoena. The judge agreed and precluded the officer from testifying and the license suspension hearing.

DUI – DUI DISMISSED

Client was stopped for illegal lane usage. The officer indicated that he smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from my clients breath. Officer said my client had slurred speech and bloodshot and glassy eyes. Defendant took all the field sobriety tests and failed them in the officer’s opinion. Convinced the prosecutor to dismiss the DUI.

Kidnapping, Attempt Sexual Assault, Unlawful Restraint, Aggravated Domestic Battery – ALL CHARGES DISIMISSED

Defendant was charged with brutally beating his girlfriend and holding her captive in his home against her will. Prosecution had numerous gruesome photographs of the injuries that he allegedly caused to her face. His girlfriend told a grand jury about the kidnapping, beatings and abuse she suffered by his hands. His girlfriend attended every court date. However, once I demanded a speedy trial, she stopped coming to court. I kept my demand going and on the final day of trial the State of Illinois dismissed all charges!

Battery (Sexual Touching) – ALL CRIMINAL CHARGES DISMISSED

Client was at a party and drank a little too much. He started making unwanted sexual advances to a female at the party. He then started grabbing her and she screamed. Other witnesses pulled him off of her and she called the police. I convinced the prosecutor to drop all the criminal charges against him.

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

The Barrington Police Department observed my client weaving within her lane of traffic and then cross over the white striped lane divider. The officer stopped my client and observed her to have an odor of alcohol on her breath, bloodshot and glassy eyes. My client admitted to drinking and then submitted to field sobriety testing. She did the One Leg Stand Walk and Turn Test and the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test (HGN) which the officer indicated she failed all of them. My client then submitted to a portable breath test (PBT) which disclosed an amount of .159% My client was then arrested for DUI and taken back to the Barrington Police Department. At the police station, my client blew a .140% in the breathalyzer. My client was a college student and needed her license. She could not afford to lose her license for six months. We filed a Petition to Rescind Statutory Summary Suspension in order to fight her license suspension in court. Our tactics paid off and the judge ordered her license suspension to be removed!

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