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State v. MC
Probation and 180 Days Jail When Facing Mandatory Prison for 6 - 30 Years
Our client was charged with multiple controlled drug buys after a police
informant cooperated against him, and was facing a mandatory prison sentence
for up to 30 years on almost 10 counts on which he could not get probation.
To make the case more difficult, our client did it within 1,000 feet of
a school, and the drugs involved included LSD. Needless to say, the State
wanted prison, and lots of it. Our client was still a young person in
college, and we couldn't let that happen. We met, reviewed all the
discovery, and formulated a defense strategy to improve our client's
position. This began with getting him out of jail when his bond was very
high, and getting a judge to approve his travel out of the county and
out of the State of Illinois. Result: our strategy worked; our client
was sentenced to probation and 180 days in jail, but never went to prison!
Although we would have liked to avoid jail, 180 days jail vs. 6 years
in a minimum prison sentence is far worse.
State v. TQ
A recent client of ours was desperate when she was arrested for DUI. She
hired us and we went to work to fight for her. Pouring through the reports
and squad car video we found that the police had violated her Constitutional
rights. We immediately filed motion to suppress the illegally obtained
evidence. After a contentious hearing, we prevailed in proving the illegal
actions of the police officer and the judge ordered all the evidence thrown
out. The State immediately dismissed the entire case. At JLG we have the
experience, know how, and temerity to fight for our clients.
State v. O.H.
Felony PTR & DUI Dismissed
Our client very narrowly avoiding going to prison for a long time on his
Class 3 Forgery case, because we were able to convince a judge that he
deserved a shot at probation at a sentencing hearing. 3 months later,
a Petition to Revoke (or "PTR") was filed seeking to resentence
our client on the felony case, because he was arrested on a DUI as well
as a Driving While License Suspended offense. (A felony PTR is judged
using a very low civil standard burden of proof, even though it is filed
in a criminal case, and this makes them almost impossible to beat.) To
make matters worse, our client could have been charged with a felony DUI
because his license was suspended at the time of the offense. Obviously,
our focus had to be on both beating a felony PTR, so that we avoid prison
and beating the DUI, so that our client did not wind up having his driver's
license revoked. We formulated a strategy to beat the cases, and in less
than a year, were successful: both the felony PTR and the DUI were dismissed
entirely! Our client never went to prison, much less served any jail time,
and his license is not revoked!
State v. RC
Our client came to us after he and his friends had broken into a building
owned by a university. Minutes after breaking things in the building,
police arrived, and everyone hid. In the end, everyone was arrested, and
our client was charged with two Felony offenses, and a misdemeanor. We
got to work, coordinated with our client's friends and their attorneys,
and developed a strategy that would get everyone off. In less than 3 months,
our client pleaded to a Class B Misdemeanor offense, and was sentenced
to supervision, which is not a conviction. In addition, he never went
to jail, he did not have to do any community service work, he did not
have to do any counseling, he did not have to pay a lot in either a fine
or restitution, and, for all intents and purposes, has nothing on his record!
State v. RN
Our client was stopped for 2 traffic offenses, and arrested for Driving
While his License was Revoked. His car got searched, and the cops found
2 different pills that were both controlled substances. Our client wound
up facing 2 Felony charges because of the pills, and a Misdemeanor for
license offense. Needless to say, the State wanted a substantial punishment,
including a felony conviction, all because our client had prior misdemeanor
offenses on his record. We got to work, strategized on the case, submitted
substantial documentation to the State, and put our strategy to work,
and in practically no time at all, we got the best possible outcome. Result:
1 felony was dismissed, and our client received Second Chance Probation,
which is not a conviction, on the other felony, not to mention only had
to perform community service work on the license offense! Our client never
had to serve jail, never had to pay thousands in discretionary fines,
and is a free man today!
People v. R.A.
The client came to our office after being disappointed with his lawyer
and while fighting his 3rd DUI which involved a child under 16 in the
vehicle and where the defendant blew twice the legal limit. When JLG entered
into the case it had already been ongoing for over a year and the offer
was and had been 4 years prison and a $25,000 fine, not to mention all
of the other conditions like probation, treatment, and community service.
After being in the case and appearing at only 2 court dates JLG was able
to convince the State to amend the charge to reflect that no child under
16 was in the vehicle, and to reduce the fine from $25,000 to only $1,000.
Not only did we save our client $24,000 in fines, but we were able to
agree to have our client do just 90 days in jail as opposed to the 4 years
in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Another win for JLG and our client!
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