Attorney Brendan Bukalski of the Johnson Law Group has helped an immigrant avoid not only conviction for two unconstitutional felony charges, but also deportation.
Our attorney represented Ahmed Altayeb who was arrested on weapons charges more than a year ago. Altayeb, who has lived in the U.S. since he emigrated from Yemen in 1997, had chased a repeat shoplifter out of the store where he worked – The Handy Pantry on West Cook Street in Springfield – brandishing a gun, which he shot several times as the shoplifter drove off.
No one was injured, but Altayeb was charged with reckless discharge of a firearm and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, both of which are felonies. Prosecutors dismissed the reckless discharge charge, but Altayeb was still imprisoned, his green card in jeopardy.
Our team argued that the unlawful use of weapons statute had been ruled unconstitutional months before Altayeb stood trial, since it violated a person's rights under the Second Amendment (the right to bear arms). The Judge was incredulous, wondering why Altayeb had been convicted on an unlawful statute, in the first place.
Altayeb is now a free man and plans to continue working hard to support his family in the United States. He says that, if any problems occur in the store in the future, he'll just call the police.
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