Victories - Part 3

Case #: 12 DV 75822
Practice Area: Criminal Defense
Date: Sep 28, 2012
Outcome: NOT GUILTY

Client was charged with electronic harassment for allegedly sending a text with a handgun and a threatening message. After the victim/complaining witness was unruly while testifying and the fact that she "broke" her phone and was unable to produce the text in court at trial, my client was found NOT GUILTY! Then she started a commotion in court and was taken into custody. Justice was served.

Case #: 12213809
Practice Area: Criminal Defense
Date: Aug 30, 2012
Outcome: DISMISSED

Client was charged with aggravated assault to a peace officer. While my client was already handcuffed with his hands behind his back, the police allege that he charged at him and thus was in fear for his safety. Laughable at best! Case was dismissed on the date set for trial.

Case #: 11 CR 16618
Practice Area: Criminal Defense
Date: Aug 13, 2012
Outcome: NOT GUILTY

My client and her cousin were charged with aggravated battery with great bodily harm. This stemmed from the victim having been seriously injured as a result of a fight outside a bar in Chicago. The Chicago police did no investigation as to the identity of my client and she was only arrested on the statements of the victim. Client found not guilty at trial.

Case #: 12-199637
Practice Area: Criminal Defense
Date: Jul 18, 2012
Outcome: DISMISSED

Client was charged with theft from an elderly woman by use of a power of attorney. I continued the case for a few months to convince the state's attorney that they would not be able to prove my client's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Case dismissed today!

Case #: 11-263606
Practice Area: Criminal Defense
Date: Jul 16, 2012
Outcome: DISMISSED

Client charged with unlawful use of a weapon after Chicago Police arrested him for drinking on a public way. There was also a passenger in the van with him. They searched the center console in his van and found an unloaded weapon. Not a chance I was going to plea him guilty on these facts. Case set for trial twice. None of the four officers appeared in court on any of the four occasions and finally the state's attorney had no choice but to dismiss all charges against my client!

Case #: 11 CR 3184
Practice Area: Criminal Defense
Date: Jul 09, 2012
Outcome: Not Guilty

Client charged with ATTEMPTED MURDER . Victim suffered severe brain injury as a result of a fall while on narcotics mixed with alcohol. Blamed my client for her injuries. She made three different statements to the detective and no physical evidence was presented at trial against my client. Found not guilty!

Case #: 11-264503
Practice Area: Criminal Defense
Date: Jun 27, 2012
Outcome: Not Guilty

Client, who is on probation, was charged with a simple assault for allegedly stating to someone, "I'm going to kick your a**!" State's attorney offered a deal, which we rejected in favor of going to trial. At trial I argued that words alone do not constitute an assault. Judge agreed and found my client not guilty, of course.

Case #: 12-187457
Practice Area: Criminal Defense
Date: Jun 08, 2012
Outcome: Not Guilty

Client was charged with unlawful use of a weapon after an unfounded arrest for drinking on a public way. After an unknown unreliable "concerned neighbor" told the police "It's in the trunk!", the gun was recovered. Not guilty after trial! No probable cause to search.

Case #: 12-6002007
Practice Area: Criminal Defense
Date: Jun 05, 2012
Outcome: NOT GUILTY

Client was charged with domestic battery to his girlfriend's daughter. Turns out the fight was between the daughter and her mother, my client was only attempting to break up the fight. State's attorney was made aware of this fact and that the daughter would testify at trial that my client did not touch her. State's attorney proceeded on the case and at trial client was found NOT GUILTY on a motion for directed finding!

Case #: 12-187457
Practice Area: Criminal Defense
Date: Apr 18, 2012
Outcome: Motion to Quash Filed - Case Dismissed

My young client in law school was charged with unlawful use of a weapon after the police falsely arrested him for drinking on a public way and illegally searched his vehicle. We filed a motion to quash the arrest and suppress evidence and the state dismissed the entire matter!

Case #: 11 CR 12502
Practice Area: Criminal Defense
Date: Apr 04, 2012
Outcome: Not Guilty

Client charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon while working as a security guard. He had a valid FOID card but no other credentials required to carry a firearm. And the security company he was employed with had its license revoked. Took the case to trial as my client could not risk a conviction. Found not guilty!

Case #: 10 CR 13495
Practice Area: Criminal Defense
Date: Jan 25, 2012
Outcome: Motion to Quash Granted

Client was charged with criminal damage to property, a felony due to the amount of damage. After attempting to have the matter dismissed, with no luck, the matter was set for trial. Client found not guilty after the court determined that the witness for the prosecution was not credible and state did not meet their burden of proof.

Case #: 10 C4 41102
Practice Area: Criminal Defense
Date: Jan 11, 2012
Outcome: Not Guilty

Client was charged with criminal damage to property , a felony due to the amount of damage. After attempting to have the matter dismissed, with no luck, the matter was set for trial. Client found not guilty after the court determined that the witness for the prosecution was not credible and state did not meet their burden of proof.

Case #: 11 CR 20108
Practice Area: Criminal Defense
Date: October 3, 2011
Outcome: Reducer from Felony to Misdemeanor

Client charged with aggravated domestic battery with strangulation. Successfully convinced state's attorney to reduce the charges to a misdemeanor!

Battery Trial
Practice Area: Criminal Defense
Date: September 15, 2011
Outcome: Not Guilty

Client was charged with Battery/Bodily Harm for a fight that occurred with his business partner. We answered ready for trial on the first court date and after only three questions, the judge found my client NOT GUILTY.

Case #: 10 CR 14589
Practice Area: Criminal Defense
Date: August 30, 2011
Outcome: Not Guilty

Client charged with aggravated battery with great bodily harm - a felony in Illinois due to the nature of the injuries. And my client was facing possible deportation. Client found not guilty based on the video which clearly showed my client was not the aggressor.

Case #: 10CR 17012
Practice Area: Criminal Defense
Date: Jul 18, 2011
Outcome: Not Guilty

My client was charged with Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon. He was stopped by the Chicago Police Dept. for illegal window tints, obstruction and no front tag. While under arrest, vehicle was searched and a .357 Magnum was recovered along with my client's bullet proof vest, utility belt and various security guard badges. Even after informing the police that he was a security officer on his way to work, when he was legally allowed to carry a weapon, he was arrested anyway. Matter was set for trial and my client found not guilty after it was determined that the gun was in fact lawfully cased and the weapon was not immediately accessible by my client. Victory was his.

Case #: 10 C4 40987
Practice Area: Criminal Defense
Date: Jun 08, 2011
Outcome: Motion granted in favor of the defendant

Successfully presented a motion to quash a consent to search my client's bedroom where a Category II sawed off shotgun and 28g of cannabis , scale and baggies for distribution were recovered. My client's mother gave consent to search her adult son's bedroom. What the police didn't realize, or should have realized, is that she cannot give consent to search a private area of her home, only the common areas. Changed the charge from Armed Violence, with a minimum sentencing range of 10 years + at 85% to a Class 2.

Case #: 2011 Assault Case
Practice Area: Criminal Defense
Date: May 10, 2011
Outcome: Not Guilty

Client charged with Aggravated Assault with a butcher knife. Victim claims my client came charging down the stairs of the apartment building in which they both lived. Victim ran out of the building and my client allegedly chased her down the street with the knife, yelling and screaming that she was going to kill her. Victim "gets away" and returns to the apartment building later. Fearing for her life, she waits until about 15 hours later to even contact the police. Finding of NOT GUILTY.

Case #: 10 CR 6481
Practice Area: Criminal Defense
Date: Feb 23, 2011
Outcome: Not Guilty

Client was charged with counterfeiting United States Currency. State offered a reducer to a different charge but I refused on behalf of my client after discussing the ramifications of pleading guilty. He agreed and we set the matter for trial. The State was unable to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt and my client was found not guilty on all counts.

Case: 09 CR 19046
Practice Area: Criminal Defense
Date: Jun 16, 2010
Outcome: Reducer

Client was charged with Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon (UUW) while confronting the person who stole his coat among other items during a previous burglary of my client's home. My client was also on active military duty and could not have a conviction for a felony on his record and remain the service. We convinced the State's Attorney's office to reduce the charges to a misdemeanor so that he could remain on active duty and did in fact deploy to Afghanistan immediately thereafter to service our country.

Case: 07 CR 5489
Practice Area: Criminal Defense
Date: May 04, 2007
Outcome: Motion to Quash Granted

My client was charged with driving on a revoked license as well as possession of a controlled substance after a traffic stop was effectuated. The police claim that my client's tinted windows were too dark and that's why he was pulled over. This all occurred at around 8:00am. We argued to the court that on this vehicle there was no tinting and asked the officer to prove up this point, which he could not. Court not only granted our motion to quash but told the officer that he thought this was a pretextual stop as my client was Caucasian and he was driving through a predominantly African American neighborhood.

Case: People of the State of Illinois v. XXXXXX
Practice Area: Criminal Defense
Outcome: Client's felony charge reduced to misdemeanor

Client facing deportation on a conviction for felony theft . I was able to successfully argue to the State's Attorney for a reduction to a misdemeanor charge.

Case: People of the State of Illinois v. XXXXXX
Practice Area: Criminal Defense
Outcome: Reduced attempt 1st degree murder to agg battery

Client's potential exposure to penitentiary time was greatly reduced from 31 years minimum to 10 years maximum.