Steven Watkins (not real name) was charged with Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a felon. The Chicago Police pulled him over for a questionable traffic violation. Steven was a passenger in the vehicle. After claiming the car smelled like cannabis, officers got everyone out of the vehicle. Steven, the driver, and the backseat passenger were placed in handcuffs while the police searched. The police found an unregistered handgun in the glove box and arrested Steven.
Jason was looking at serious consequences. Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon carries a minimum sentence of 1 year in prison. He needed an excellent criminal defense firm. Once he called our firm, our lawyers took over and allowed Jason to stop worrying. We started working on his cases immediately.
Prior to the preliminary hearing, the usual initial preparation of subpoenaing the police reports, talking to the prosecutors, Robert J. Callahan & Associates appeared in court with Steven prepared and ready for the preliminary hearing. We successfully cross-examined the arresting officer, getting him to admit he never saw Steven handle a gun at all. Through our questioning, we pointed out that there were other people in the car that had access to the gun. The Judge agreed and ruled there was no probable cause to arrest Steven. The case was then immediately dismissed.
Whenever someone is facing criminal charges, they need to speak with a criminal defense attorney immediately. Getting arrested and charged with a crime is stressful and confusing. You’re going to have questions. Our lawyers have answers. If you are charged with a crime in the Chicago or Chicagoland area, call us now at 312-322-9000.