Over the past few years, we have seen an increase in the amount of unconstitutional traffic stops that are made for the purpose of conducting improper canine narcotics searches. These searches are most frequently led by Illinois State Troopers who claim they are pulling citizens over for traffic violations. However, their true intent is to […]
Chicago Defense Lawyer Blog
Do I even need an attorney? If I am accused of a low-level crime, is it important to seek counsel? Is self-representation ever a good option? There is an old saying that an attorney representing himself has a fool for a client. It’s especially true in criminal defense cases. The rules of evidence are so […]
When charged with a crime, you are presumed innocent. The burden of proof lies with the state or the accuser.
Is it ever possible for someone to talk their way out of an encounter with the police? Can statements be twisted and used against defendants in court? People have a right to have an attorney present and should take advantage of that right. As an American citizen, when charged with a crime, you are presumed […]
RR was arrested earlier this summer while seated in his car on Chicago’s south side. Officers approached him and claimed they could smell a strong odor of alcohol emanating from him and his car. He was ordered out of the car but refused to perform standardized field sobriety tests. During cross examination the officer seemed […]
Stilwell was shackled and led out of the courtroom, showing little emotion as if in disbelief that he was going to spend the Memorial Day weekend at home with his family.
We were contacted and subsequently hired by the family of BB in July of 2015. BB had been charged with multiple counts of an unspeakable and reprehensible crime. His indictment was for Predatory criminal sexual assault of a child. There is a great danger with these type of cases of a rush to judgment. We had represented wrongfully accused people of this particular crime in the past. The manner of interrogation and interview of the supposed victims was actually causing false and inaccurate statements to be elicited from the alleged victims.
FINDING OF NO PROBABLE CAUSE AT PRELIMINARY HEARING – CASE DISMISSED BD was pulled over on the south side in April for a traffic violation. BD and his passengers were ordered out of the car. All were detained while a search was conducted. Inside the car, several packets of crack cocaine were recovered. Cross-examination revealed […]
KD was parked in a White Castle restaurant parking lot in a western suburb last November when he was approached by local police. The officers had pulled their squad car behind him and shined their hand held spot light on KD and his friend. They then approached KD’s car and allegedly observed him making “furtive […]
DW was arrested when an undercover police officer identified him as the individual who sold him three bags of heroin in exchange for prerecorded funds. He was charged with manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance. Due to DW’s background, he was facing a mandatory class X felony. Class X felonies are punishable by 6 […]
UG was arrested and charged with criminal battery after a work place altercation with a coworker. There were no witnesses or surveillance video of the incident making this a he-said/she said scenario. Both parties submitted photographic evidence of injury. UG did not deny striking her coworker but maintained it was self-defense. At trial, we argued […]
Last Summer FR was stopped by an Illinois State Trooper for talking on his cell phone. The trooper asked for his license and insurance which he provided. After determining that Mr. R’s license was valid, the trooper asked for permission to search his car. FR, believing he had no choice, exited his car. He was […]
KN was arrested for selling crack cocaine to an undercover agent (hereafter described as “the transaction). He was charged with manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance, a class 2 felony. A class 2 felony is punishable by a sentence of up to 7 years in prison. Upon being hired by the family, our initial […]
Last summer WG was arrested for attacking her ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend (ST). WG was accused of going to ST’s house at 3 a.m. WG was intoxicated at the time. When ST answered the door she began fighting with WG. ST was stabbed and sliced several times with a small knife. She was taken to a […]
PK was stopped by police after officers observed her speeding and then her car stalled on the road. At the time of the stop, officers concluded PK’s driver’s license was suspended and she was arrested for driving on a suspended license. Following the arrest, the officer smelled alcohol on PK’s breath and once in custody […]
Last winter, DH was working in his basement when local police crashed through the door. The officers informed him that they had a search warrant for narcotics. DH was brought up to his living room where his mother and teenage cousin were being detained. Ultimately, a handgun and cocaine were recovered in an upstairs bedroom. […]