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Felony Unlawful use of Weapon

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!

Possession of Heroin with the Intent to Deliver

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

Armed Robbery

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

Armed Robbery with a Firearm

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

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

Kidnapping, Attempt Sexual Assault, Unlawful Restraint, Aggravated Domestic Battery

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!

Aggravated Unlawful Use of Weapon AND Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Intent to Deliver

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

Armed Habitual Offender, Unlawful Use of Weapons, Possession of cocaine with Intent to Deliver

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!

Attempted Murder, Unlawful Restraint, and Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon

Defendant and 2 other co-defendants were accused of going to another females house in the middle of the night and shouting outside her apartment. They were threatening to kills her and demanded that she come outside. The victim called 911 and then came out to tell them to stop screaming. When the victim stepped outside her door, one of the offenders stabbed her numerous times with a 5 inch knife while my client and the other offender held her down and punched her. While the stabbing and beating continued the offenders kept yelling “we are going to kill you.” All offenders eventually ran from the scene when they heard police sirens in the background. During trial, I vigorously cross examined the victim and the investigating detective. I showed the judge how the victim’s statements to the officer differed from her testimony in court. The judge agreed with my arguments and found my client not guilty on all charges. After a year and a half in custody awaiting trial, she was released that day as a free woman!

Aggravated Domestic Battery (Felony) – Not Guilty

My client was charged with striking his elderly mother in the face and pushing her to the ground. Because his mother was over 60 years of age, the State of Illinois charged him as a felony. The police took pictures of the victim showing injury to her face and they took a written statement as well. When my client was arrested, he gave a statement as well. This case went to trial because my client did not want anything on his record. We conducted the trial and showed the judge that the victim had changed her story numerous times and was not reliable. The judge did not believe that the State of Illinois proved him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. We won the trial!

Possession of Cannabis – Not Guilty

My client’s vehicle was stopped for speeding by the Skokie Police Department. When the officer came up to the car he smelled a strong odor of burnt cannabis. He asked my client to exit the vehicle. Upon searching the car, he found a bottle of whiskey, a container of brownish jelly like oil that smelled of cannabis, and a vaporizer pen that also smelled of burnt cannabis. My client was placed under arrest. My client did not want any form of supervision or probation and wanted to keep this off his record. I went to trial and the judge found my client not guilty on all counts.

Obstruction of a Police Officer – Not Guilty

An off duty police officer suspected that my client was driving his vehicle under the influence of alcohol. The officer followed my client for many miles before the Island Lake Police Department took over the pursuit. My client exited his vehicle and ran into his house before the police could reach his front door. He would not open the door for the police. Eventually my client turned himself in to the police department. He was charged with obstructing a police officer by not complying with commands to stop after he exited his car. My office believed that we could beat this case so we went to trial. I argued that the police officer could not properly identify because it was night time and he was walking away from the officer at the time she observed him. The cross-examination of the officer was so effective that the judge granted my motion for a directed verdict and I was not even required to call any of my witnesses.

Possession of Cannabis – Dismissed

My client is a known Latin King gang member and the police were doing a premise check in the area of Washington and Ballard Road in Des Plaines due to an increase in gang activity in the area. As the police approached my client and was conducting an interview, they witnessed my client drop a silver in color object from his left hand. The officer picked up the object, which was a wrapped piece of aluminum foil. Inside the foil was a green leafy substance, which was suspected to be cannabis. After numerous demands for speedy trial, we got the case dismissed.

Domestic Battery – Not Guilty After Trial

My client was accused of whipping his minor child numerous times in the leg with a belt causing multiple/excessive red and blue whip marks and contusions. The victim was treated at the hospital. My client admitted that he did whip the victim, striking her several times with the belt and even stated that it was the same belt he was wearing. We went to trial. At trial, we convinced the Judge that the state did not prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt and he found the client not guilty of domestic battery and dismissed the accompanying order of protection.

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

Client was stopped by Evanston Police Department after running through a solid red light. Client admitted to drinking, smelled like alcohol, had his pants unzipped, had slurred speech and bloodshot glassy eyes. Officer had him perform field sobriety tests in which he failed all tests. The officer then had him blow into a portable breath test which disclosed a .159 breath result. He was arrested for DUI and taken to the Evanston Police Department. At the station, he blew a .145 in the breath machine. Since this was my client’s 2nd DUI, my client faced mandatory jail so I had to fight this case and go to trial. During cross examination, I showed that the officer gave the field sobriety test incorrectly and therefore they were not valid. The Judge then found my client not guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Attempted Murder, Unlawful Restraint, and Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon – Not Guilty on All Counts

Defendant and 2 other co-defendants were accused of going to another females house in the middle of the night and shouting outside her apartment. They were threatening to kills her and demanded that she come outside. The victim called 911 and then came out to tell them to stop screaming. When the victim stepped outside her door, one of the offenders stabbed her numerous times with a 5 inch knife while my client and the other offender held her down and punched her. While the stabbing and beating continued the offenders kept yelling “we are going to kill you.” All offenders eventually ran from the scene when they heard police sirens in the background. During trial, I vigorously cross examined the victim and the investigating detective. I showed the judge how the victim’s statements to the officer differed from her testimony in court. The judge agreed with my arguments and found my client not guilty on all charges. After a year and a half in custody awaiting trial, she was released that day as a free woman!

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

Chicago Police Officer claimed he paced my client for 4 blocks on Lincoln Avenue between Irving Park and Montrose. Officer claimed my client was driving 45 mph in a 30 mph zone as he paced him for those 4 blocks. The officer indicated that when he pulled my client over, he had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, glassy bloodshot eyes, fumbled with his drivers license, and exited his vehicle very slowly. Officer said my client tripped over his feet and stumbled on the curb of the sidewalk. My client admitted to drinking and was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. During the trial, I cross examined the officer on his previous testimony at a prior hearing with my client. I showed the judge how is testimony completely changed from the prior hearing to the trial today. I showed the judge through my cross examination that the officer testified to things different than on his police report. The Judge indicated she did not believe the police officer whatsoever and found my client not guilty on all charges.

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

Responding Evanston Police Officer found my client passed out at the wheel with damage along side of the vehicle and a blown out tire. The officer stated my client had a strong odor of alcohol on her breath, and had an empty beer bottle on the passenger side floor. When my client exited the vehicle, the officer stated she couldn’t walk in a straight line and had watery eyes and slurred and mumbled speech. My client had admitted to hitting a curb while driving her vehicle and have drank prior to operating her vehicle. My client was combative and raised her voice at the officers. Additionally, at the police station my client vomited into a garbage can. I went to trial and made the officer admit on cross examination that my client was not as intoxicated as his reports made her out to be. The judge agreed with my arguments and found her Not Guilty of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI) – Motion for Sanctions Granted

Defendant was arrested by the Niles Police Department for driving under the influence of alcohol. As I do in all other cases, I subpoenaed the in- squad car and in-station video of the Niles Police Department. Subsequent to the records department of the Niles Police Department receiving my subpoena, they inadvertently destroyed the in-station video. I filed a motion for sanctions claiming that my client’s due process rights were violated for the destruction of such evidence. During my argument, I explained to the Judge that it would be unfair to allow any evidence coming in for anything that would have appeared on the video. The Judge agreed that my motion should be granted and did actually grant my motion for sanctions for the destruction of the video that I had earlier subpoenaed.

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

My client’s vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed and violated the lane lines. The Hinsdale Police Department pulled him over. During the initial contact with the police officer, the defendant had slurred speech. The officer observed him swaying while walking to the rear of his vehicle to perform the field sobriety tests and smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from the client. He admitted to consuming numerous beers earlier in the evening. After performing the field sobriety tests and failing, he was then arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. My office did not want this DUI on his record so I went to trial. During the trial, I made the officer admit on cross examination that he gave the field sobriety tests completely different than he was taught at the Police Academy and therefore the results were unreliable and not admissible.

Retail Theft – Not Guilty at Trial

The police were called for a report of retail theft from Wal-Mart. When we got to court, there was a video of the incident. However, my client didn’t think he did anything wrong and wanted to go to trial. I went to trial and the Judge found him not guilty on all charges.

Domestic Battery – Dismissed

The police were called for a report of domestic violence between my client and his girlfriend. My client was accused of blocking the bedroom door and not allowing her to leave, grabbing the victim and throwing her on the bed, and restraining the victim by sitting on her chest and not allowing her to leave. My client then fled the house, only to return a short time later to be arrested by the Prospect Heights Police Department. When in court, we answered ready to proceed at trial and got the case dismissed.

Driving on a Suspended Driver’s License and No City Sticker – Dismissed

My client was arrested for having no City of Chicago vehicle sticker and for driving on a suspended driver’s license. My client’s license is suspended for have a Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol conviction and this was his 3rd time being stopped for driving on a suspended license. When I initially went to court, the State offered my client 30 days in the Cook County Department of Corrections. We answered ready for trial and were able to get all charges dismissed.

Attempted Disorderly Conduct – Dismissed

My client was arrested for falsely accusing another person of committing a battery against her. She claimed that another student at school hit, kicked, and threatened her. She made numerous false stories up to the police as they were investigating her original claim that she was injured by another classmate. After intense negotiations with the prosecutor, we were able to get all the charges dismissed.

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