Archive for the ‘Criminal defense’ Category
October 17th, 2012 at 8:46 pm
Estella Carrera married Arlondo Jimenez on May 11th, never suspecting that she had less than 48 hours to live. She was found dead just two days after her wedding. She had been stabbed and was still wearing the cocktail dress that she had worn to her wedding reception. Not long after Carrera was found, a murder warrant was issued for her husband.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Jimenez had been seen in a 2006 Maserati and was thought to be fleeing to Mexico to avoid charges. It was later reported that he had stated to friends that there was an emergency the day after his new wife was killed. He had also stated to relatives that he had a fight with Carrera and had left her bleeding but still alive.
Arlondo was reported to be with his brother, Humberto Jimenez when he was attempting to flee. Humberto was being investigated on unrelated drug charges and is accused of leading a major drug conspiracy. During a recent court appearance, new information was gathered regarding the Maserati and it was found in Humberto Jimenez’s garage. The inside of the vehicle was covered in blood and it appears that someone had attempted to clean it up. The Burbank now has possession of the vehicle and Arlondo Jimenez remains at large.
Being a defendant in a criminal case of any kind can be a very stressful and potentially life-altering experience. It is best that you have the best legal counsel possible to defend your case. You deserve and it is your right to have a knowledgeable and capable Cook County attorney present to seek the facts of your case, argue your position and garner the best possible results. You do not have to wait until you are actually charged with the crime; it is your right to have your Cook County defense lawyer there during any questioning during the investigative process.
October 12th, 2012 at 4:43 am
Police are searching for even more victims of Derrick D. Chaney, who they suspect is an online predator. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Chaney was charged for several violations including three counts of criminal sexual assault, unlawful restraint and kidnapping.
Chaney met a woman from Davenport, Iowa on a dating website. He communicated with the woman online and on the telephone for several weeks before meeting the woman at a motel in Aurora, Illinois. He allegedly held the woman against her will and sexually assaulted her at that time.
During the course of the investigation, police were led to believe that he has met numerous other women online through dating and singles websites as well as in several nightclubs. He has used several aliases, lied about his occupation and level of education as well as his financial status. He likes to give an appearance of being rich which, is helped by the fact that he drives luxury vehicles and dresses well. He also has repeatedly boasted about his VIP status at different clubs in the northwest suburbs.
Chaney is being held in the Kane County jail on a $500,000.00 bond. Aurora detectives ask that any women who have been victimized by Chaney to contact the department at (630) 256-3000.
While dating online can be convenient it can also be very dangerous. Practice safety by knowing who you are talking to and always agree to meet in a public place for the first date.
If you or a loved one is finding yourself on the defending end of a criminal case of any kind, you need to have a thorough and aggressive Cook County criminal defense attorney at your side. Your life and freedom may be adversely affected without the proper legal counsel to protect you interests and rights. Give us a call today!
October 5th, 2012 at 6:30 pm
According to the Chicago Tribune, Lukasz Marszalek, 22, was involved in a fatal crash last year that ended the life of Julie Gorczynski, 17. Marszalek was driving his car almost 80 mph in a 40-mph zone when Julie made a left turn in front of him with her Jeep. She was killed in the ensuing crash.
Marszalek was charged with aggravated speeding, which has a maximum penalty of 180 days in jail. On Tuesday, September 25, Marszalek received the maximum punishment and was sentenced to six months in jail. His original charge was aggravated reckless driving, which is a felony, but it was reduced to a misdemeanor because there was not enough evidence. Marszalek also had previous speeding violations and seven court supervisions, and soon after the crash he got a speeding ticket in Indiana.
A new legislation, called Julie’s Law, that imposes more serious penalties on excessive speeders, was signed in July. Julie Gorczynski’s parents helped in getting the legislation through the Illinois General Assembly. The law prohibits judges from giving court supervision to drivers that are caught driving over 25 mph over the limit on a non-rural road or 30 mph on a highway. Formerly supervision could be granted for drivers traveling up to 40 mph over the limit.
If Marszalek’s supervisions for traffic violations would have been convictions, he might not have had his driving privileges and, in turn, he might not have been driving when the crash took place. In the future, the penalties for traffic violations are going to be tougher. Therefore, it is important to get help from skilled lawyers who can help in these situations and know best how to protect your rights. If you have been charged with a traffic offense, you should contact a dedicated traffic violations defense lawyer in Cook County.
October 2nd, 2012 at 6:28 pm
On September 14th, a Cook County prosecutor intervened in a quarrel between four men which nearly cost him his life, reports the Chicago Tribune. He was on his way to meet a friend at Diversey Harbor to go fishing when he saw two men being chased by two guys in a park. The men were screaming for help, so the prosecutor intervened. He yelled to the chasers and told them to stop, but instead of stopping, they attacked the prosecutor. He managed to grab one of the attackers and tried to keep use him as a shield between himself and the second attacker, but he lost his footing and fell to the ground. The attackers hit him with a beer bottle and stabbed him several times.
The wounded prosecutor was helped to a nearby hospital by his friend who arrived near the park not long after the attack. The prosecutor had suffered injuries to his side, face, and under his right arm. The injuries were not severe, however, and he is recovering from the attack at home.
One attacker, Edgar Diaz, 21, was arrested a few days after the incident. He has been charged with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated battery. Diaz has been convicted before of unlawful use of a weapon and he has also been involved in other felonies, for example, armed violence and drug crimes. Diaz’s bond court was held on September 24.
Diaz is looking at a long prison sentence. His best option is to get legal help from experienced lawyers who can build a strong defense. Although Diaz probably cannot avoid a conviction, his penalties have the potential to be reduced. If you or anyone you know has been charged with a similar crime, contact a skilled and knowledgeable felony defense attorney in Chicago, Illinois.
September 30th, 2012 at 10:27 am
According to the Chicago Sun Times, a Highland Park woman now faces much more serious charges following her involvement in a Labor Day crash that killed a five-year-old girl who had been walking down the street with her family. 18-year-old Carly Rousso was driving her Lexus coupe east on Central Avenue in Highland Park when she veered across several lanes of traffic and left the road, driving onto the sidewalk and hitting five-year-old Jaclyn Santos-Sacramento, her mother, and two brothers. At the time, Rousso was charged only with DUI, and released from jail on a $50,000 bond.
After receiving the results of State Police Crime lab tests, however, prosecutors now have upgraded Rousso’s charges to reckless homicide and four counts of driving under the influence of an intoxicating compound. Lab tests detected the presence of the chemical compound difluoroethane in Rousso’s bloodstream at the time of the accident, which is one of several compounds commonly used when “huffing”, or inhaling chemicals in order to get high. Police also found a commercial cleaning product in Rousso’s car at the time of the accident that contained difluoroethane. Rousso turned herself in on the new charges and her bond has increased to $500,000.
Reckless homicide charges can result in a felony conviction with long-lasting consequences, including lengthy prison sentences. As a result, Rousso and anyone who faces such severe criminal charges should immediately take steps to protect themselves and build a strong defense in order to prevent or at least mitigate a potential conviction. For instance, Chicago felony defense attorneys commonly examine lab tests results and enlist the assistance of experts in order to help diminish the damaging effects of those results and/or interpret the results so as to use them to the defendant’s benefit.
If you or a loved one is facing serious felony criminal charges such as reckless homicide or aggravated driving under the influence of a chemical, you must seek the assistance of a qualified Chicago criminal defense lawyer right away. With your attorney’s help, you may be able to seek dismissal of the criminal charges, or at least minimize the penalties that you may face in the event of a conviction.
September 27th, 2012 at 10:25 am
The Chicago Tribune is reporting that a Wheaton man is being held in the DuPage County Jail on $1 million bail after being arrested on felony charges of home invasion and reckless discharge of a firearm, and misdemeanor charges of battery and firearms-related violations.
64-year-old Jeffrey H. Beard was armed when he allegedly entered the Glen Ellyn home of a female acquaintance, where he confronted the woman and her boyfriend. The couple reports that Beard fired off a round and held a gun to the woman’s head; Beard later allowed the boyfriend to leave the residence, and he immediately contacted police. After police surrounded the residence, the woman ran outside, and authorities hit Beard with a stun gun around 2:00 a.m. when he tried to flee. At the time of his arrest, Beard still had a handgun in his possession.
Felony criminal charges can result in very serious penalties for those who are convicted of these crimes under Illinois law. All felony convictions, and particularly those involving violence, such as home invasion and reckless discharge of a firearm, can potentially result in significant prison sentences. Furthermore, even misdemeanor charges can have severe consequences, including periods of incarceration. For these reasons, a strong criminal defense is necessary whenever you or a loved one face these types of criminal charges.
Your Chicago criminal defense attorney will take steps to investigate the circumstances surrounding your case, explore any possible mitigating factors in your favor, and recommend the best course of action to take in your case. Contact your felony criminal defense lawyer today, and let us help minimize the impact of a criminal conviction on your life.
September 20th, 2012 at 4:33 pm
Good news came for Illinois residents with a criminal record last month, when Governor Pat Quinn signed into legislation a initiative that allows counties across the state to “start rehabilitation programs for first-time, non-violent offenders patterned after the initiative started by Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez last year,” according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
According to Gov. Quinn, who gave a news conference to announce the new program, “justice involves your heart and your head,” and people who break the law in a way that doesn’t harm others don’t need prison to be “rehabilitated.” Twenty-three-year-old Philanese Stokes was one of the first people to benefit from the new program, and as she skipped out the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in mid-September she told a reporter from the Sun-Times that her credit card forgery arrest wasn’t a good look, and kept her from getting “one of the 50 jobs she applied to last year.”
In a struggling economy, cutting down on the cost of people in jails, as well as helping people to get jobs by expunging minor offenses from their record, could have staggering effects. The state could save millions of dollars from reducing the number of prisoners alone. According to the John Howard Association of Illinois, Illinois had nearly 50,000 inmates in 2009, and Illinois state taxpayers spent more than $1 billion on state prisons, “with an average cost of almost $25,000 an inmate.”
The Sun-Times reports that the new program has already saved Cook County taxpayers $1.1 million. By mid-September, 645 offenders had been accepted into the program, and 257 fulfilled program requirements.
If you or someone you know is charged with a crime, it’s important to speak with a qualified Illinois state criminal defense attorney immediately. Even with a new program that can wipe a minor offense from your record, it’s best not to have one in the first place. We can help to get your life back on track.
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September 17th, 2012 at 4:32 pm
It was a bust right out of a crime show. In mid-September, federal agents “seized an undetermined amount of cash and 13 firearms, including five long-barreled weapons in the final phase of operation,” from suspected members of the Latin Kings gang, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. More than 40 suspected members of the gang were arrested and face “narcotics charges for their alleged roles in two drug trafficking organizations that supplied and distributed huge quantities of heroin, cocaine, and marijuana in Chicago and the south suburbs.”
It was a two-year investigation that was aided by an undercover agent who infiltrated the gang. Not only were the cash and firearms seized, but also two pounds of heroin and wholesale quantities of cocaine. Damian Rivera, 31, was alleged as the leader of the drug trafficking organization, and Emmanuel Fernandez, 27, who allegedly stored and distributed the heroin.
According to DrugSense.org, there were 1,663,582 arrests in 2009. Drug abuse violations led the number of arrests for any other offense that year—13 percent of total arrests were drug-related. Yet gang violence and gang arrests, such as the Latin Kings bust, were not led by drug-related offenses. According to a U.S. Department of Justice publication, only 8 of the 288 gang-motivated homicides in Chicago were related to drugs during the three-year period 1987 to 1990. It’s likely that these statistics have not changed.
In Illinois, it is illegal to have any contact with a streetgang member. According to the National Gang Center, in Illinois, unlawful contact with streetgang members is a Class A misdemeanor. Any person who “engages in a streetgang criminal drug conspiracy, is guilty of a Class X felony,” and can result in a punishment of up to 60 years jail time.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a gang crime or accused of unlawful behavior with a streetgang, don’t go through it alone. Contact a dedicated Cook County criminal defense attorney today.
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September 14th, 2012 at 5:24 pm
On September 2nd, a representative of a bank visited a foreclosed home near the 6200 block of West 179th Street of Tinley Park. This man was working on the outside the home when he was verbally abused from a neighboring home. His name was not released but he is a 51 year old African American man. The resulting altercation caused a Tinley Park man to be charged with a felony hate crime.
The neighbor accused of slinging racial slurs at this man is 47 year old Joseph Berndt, who resides at 17903 S. Highland Avenue. He also yelled at this man and accused him of breaking into the foreclosed property next door. Unfortunately, when this agent tried to explain his professional capacity to Berndt, he was answered by a beer can and a brick as well as racial slurs and insults.
Berndt went on the property to chase this worker away when the projectiles didn’t scare him off. He was brandishing a lead pipe and swinging to allegedly harm this poor man. As this man was fleeing, he ended up tripping onto the ground. At this time Berndt is accused of choking this man while threatening to kill him. Luckily, the man was able to escape Berndt’s grasp and call the police.
Berndt has said that he was under the impression that his neighbor’s house was being burglarized in an attempt to excuse his wild behavior. While he has been accused of a felony hate crime, no more is known of his guilt or innocence. If you have been accused of any sort of felony crime, count on a lawyer who can get you a favorable outcome in your dire situation, contact an experienced felony defense attorney in Cook County today.
September 11th, 2012 at 8:00 am
An investigation across the USA has discovered more than 90 people who have defrauded the Medicare system. The total amount of falsified billings comes to be nearly $300 million dollars that could have been used for other people’s medical bills. “The defendants charged in this takedown are accused of . . . jeopardizing the integrity of our health care system and our nation’s most critical health care program for personal gain,” Attorney General Eric Holder said during a news conference.
Dr. John Natale, a 62-year-old vascular surgeon was charged with two counts of making false statements, two counts of health care fraud and one count of mail fraud. Natale is a surgeon who specialized in repairing abdominal aortic aneurysms, or the weakening of this artery. These charges stemmed from six different surgeries during 2003 and 2004 when he allegedly falsified post-operation reports for his personal gain. Dr. Natale prepared at least two reports which detailed fictitious surgeries or elaborated surgeries to be more complicated than they should be. These surgeries supposedly occurred while he was working at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights.
The jury of his peers did not find him guilty of all counts against him. Out of all the charges, they only found him guilty of two counts of making false statements which were not the most serious counts of fraud. The maximum sentence for those two counts would be five years in prison. Luckily for Natale, the judge presiding over the case, U.S. District Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer, only sentenced him to ten months in prison, a fine of $40,000 dollars and community service while being under supervision for a year.
White collar crimes usually include any type of fraud including mail fraud, credit card fraud, and in this case, health care fraud. They often carry heavy fines and prison sentences and are investigated for a long time to compile enough evidence. If you are being investigated for extortion, embezzlement, or other white collar crime, then it is important to have a lawyer who understands how to represent your rights. Please contact an experienced white collar crime defense attorney in Arlington Heights today.