The criminal defense lawyers in Springfield, Illinois use aggressive advocacy and their willingness to go to trial to obtain the best results possible for their clients. Often times in the legal world it is difficult to quantify success. For example, getting someone off the death penalty when they kill three people is a success. Negotiating a reduced sentence is a success. Other times, getting the case thrown out before trial or preventing charges from occurring in the first place are successes.
However, below you will find specific cases and the results obtained by our office.
People v. P.H. (2016) P.H. was a nurse who was charged with Retail Theft in Sangamon County. She and her friend had gone to Walmart. Her friend had stolen some merchandise and pled guilty. However, based upon P.H.’s history, the State told her that they were going to file the case as a felony if she proceeded to trial. Our lawyers conducted a through review of the discovery and were able to get the charge dismissed for INSUFFICIENT EVIDENCE.
People v. F.S. (2017) F.S. was charged with Retail Theft in Logan County. Our client advised us that he had never been to Lincoln and that his identity had been stolen. At first, the prosecutor did not believe our client’s story until our lawyers were hired. We did substantial pre-trial investigation and were able to prove that F.S. was actually in Texas at the time of the offense. The charge was dismissed for insufficient evidence prior to trial.
People v. J.W. (2017) J.W. was charged in Macoupin County with2 counts of Criminal Sexual Abuse and two counts of Criminal Sexual Assault. Our lawyers took the case to trial and obtain NOT GUILTY verdicts on all charges. The jury deliberated for less than 15 minutes.
People v. M.E. (2015) M.E. was charged with his second DUI. It was alleged that he was asleep behind the wheel. M.E. blew above a .10 on the breathalyzer. M.E. was facing a three year statutory summary suspension and jail time. Daniel Noll was able to get the statutory summary suspension rescinded and the charge reduced to Reckless Drivng. M.E. never lost his driving privileges.
People v. J.F. (2015) J.F. was charged with her second DUI. It was alleged that she was in a one car accident. Our DUI defense attorney, Daniel Noll, was able to get her 3 year statutory summary suspension rescinded and she plead guilty to Reckless Driving. She never lost her driving privileges.
People v. R.B. (2015 Sangamon County) R.B. was charged with misdemeanor retail theft for allegedly stealing groceries. R.B. was charged in court and hired the Noll Law Office. R.B. was nervous and scared because she had never been in trouble with the law before. We demanded a jury trial. As Daniel Noll was preparing for trial, it became apparent that the State had substantial evidentiary and chain of custody issues related to their case. All charges against R.B. were DISMISSED.
People v. Z.A. (2015 Macon County) Z.A. was charged with Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance and was looking at a minimum of 9 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Moreover, Z.A. had a prior drug charge. Z.A. was alleged to have sold a substantial amount of “K-2” in the Decatur area. Our office did a substantial amount of pre-trial dicovery review and legal research. Ultimately, this case was DISMISSED on the eve of jury trial.
People v. J.S. (2015 Menard County) J.S. was followed by a woman who claimed that he was driving erratically. The officer administered field sobriety tests and arrested J.S. for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. After a review of the video and police report by our DUI attorney and a retained field sobriety expert, the State dismissed the DUI charge and all of the accompanying traffic citations. In addition, the State conceded that there was no probable cause for the arrest and the Statutory Summary Suspension was rescinded. All charges were DISMISSED.
People v. A.A. (2015) A.A. was charged in Macon County with Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Intent to Deliver in Macon County. A.A. was a Yemeni national living in Decatur. He worked at a convenient store and was alleged to have possessed and sold synthetic cannabis (K-2) to a number of undercover police officers and informants. Not only did A.A. face potential prison time, but he also faced deportation based upon his immigration status. After significant legal research by our attorneys and our aggressive representation, all charges against AA were DISMISSED the eve before jury trial.
People v. N.L. (2015) N.L. was charged with Possession with the Intent to Deliver a large amount of cocaine. N.L. was facing 6-30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Initially, N.L. hired a different law firm who recommended he plead guilty for a sentence of 7 years. In fact, the co-defendant of N.L. plead guilty under his attorney’s advice for 9 years in the Department of Corrections. After three years with his old attorney, N.L. hired the Noll Law Office. Within 2 months, our attorneys were able to get all of the charges against N.L. dismissed for INSUFFICIENT EVIDENCE.
People v. J.D. (2015) J.D. was charged with the theft of over $3,500,000 dollars from the State of Illiois. J.D. was a government employee who was alleged to have committed these crimes during the course of her employment. After signficant pre-trial investigation, our office was able to have the charge reduced to a misdemeanor. J.D. was able to keep her pension and prevent a felony conviction from entering on her record.
People v. K.L. (2015) K.L. was charged with Manufacture/Delivery of Heroin, a non-probationable Class 2 felony. The police allegedly saw a hand to hand transaction and the individual who claimed to have purchased the drugs was going to testify against K.L. K.L. was on parole after doing 7 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for a drug case. Our lawyers were able to negotiate a plea to Possession of a Controlled Substance,a CLass 4 felony. After a sentencing hearing, our lawyers were able to convince the judge that not only should K.L. not go to prison, the conviction for the present offense should be stricken from his record after successful completion of his probation. Ultimately, K.L. was given TASC Probation when he was facing 3-14 years in prison without the possibility of probation.
People v. G.S. (2015) G.S. was charged with Domestic Battery. G.S. is a member of the Illinois Army Guard. If he plead guilty or was found guilty, he would have lost his job and student loans. The purported victim claimed that G.S. broke her nose when he punched her twice. Our trial attorney, Daniel Noll, obtained a NOT GUILTY at trial for G.S. after 30 minutes of jury deliberations.
People v. A.J. (2013) A.J. was arrested and charged with Manufacture/Delivery of Cannabis. He was questioned as he waited to board an Amtrak in Springfield. After he was asked what was in his bag, A.J. responded, “An ounce of weed.” The officer then took the bag and found 2 pounds of marijuana. Our defense lawyer filed a motion to suppress the evidence arguing that the officer illegally searched the bag and failed to obtain a warrant. The judge agreed and threw out all of the evidence. All charges were DISMISSED.
People v. C.D. (2014) C.D. was charged with DUI. It was his second offense. He blew a .11 and performed all field sobriety tests. The officer claimed that C.D. failed all of the tests. Our client was extremely upset because if he lost his license, he would be unable to maintain his family business. Our office was able to successfully negotiate a rescission of C.D.’s drivers license and an amended charge of reckless driving so he can continue driving.
People v. D.D. and C.H. (2014) Both D.D. and C.H. were charged with battery. It was alleged that they threw a person down the stairs. After the state presented their case to the jury, our trial lawyer, Daniel Noll, convinced the judge that there was no reasonable jury could convict either D.D. or C.H. The judge entered a directed verdict on both clients and they were found NOT GUILTY of all charges. You can read the news story here.
People v. G.S. (2014) G.S. was charged with Domestic Battery and served with an Order of Protection. Our criminal defense lawyer, Daniel Noll, was able to obtain a NOT GUILTY verdict after a trial. The order of protection was subsequently dropped.
People v. K. H. (2013) K.H. was arrested for Public Indency for the sixth time. He was on probation for the same offense. The prosecutor asked for a sentence of 4 years in the Department of Corrections. Using scientific and medical experts, our lawyers were able to convince the judge to keep K.H. on probation. He received no prison sentence.
People v. T. H. (2013) T.H. was charged with Home Invasion, Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault and Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse. He was alleged to have broken into a house and sexually assaulted a 10 year old girl. DNA was found. T.H. was facing a mandatory minimum sentence of 9 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections with a maximum penalty of 97 years. Our defense lawyers were able to negotiate a disposition that allowed T.H. to plead to the mandatory minium sentence of a lesser charge. He received 4 years in the Department of Corrections.
People v. R.G. (2013) R.G., who was on parole for theft, entered into a house and took a fridge and other items. The police arrested R.G. at the scene. After an extensive review of the pre-trial discovery and an investigation conducted by our lawyers, we revealed that a co-defendant lied to R.G. The co-defendant told R.G. that it was his grandmother’s house and they had permission to take the property. Our criminal defense lawyers were able to convince the prosecutor that R.G. was innocent. All charges were dismissed.
People v. J.O. (1999) This was a state drug case. J.O. was pulled over on the side the highway(I-55) by Illinois State Police. Law enforcement searched the defendant’s vehicle and found 500 pounds of marijuana. Our office objected to the search in a pre-trial motion arguing that the search violated our client’s Fourth Amendment rights. The court granted our motion and the case was dismissed.
U.S.A. v. R.O. (2012) R.O. was charged with federal wire fraud and mail fraud. He was facing 7 years incarceration in the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Extensive pre-trial preparation revealed that our client had not knowingly participated with the conspirators. After presenting this evidence to the United States Attorney’s Office, this case was dismissed.
People v. L.W. (2005) L.W. was charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver one half kilogram of cocaine in State Court. Our office investigation revealed that the facts upon which the search warrant was issued, namely drugs found in the trash, were fraudulent. This was presented to the court and the prosecution voluntarily dismissed the case. The offending officers were disciplined appropriately.
U.S.A. v. F.K. (2011) F.K. was charged in an extensive multistate fraud case by federal authorities. F.K. was also indicted by authorities in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Missouri. Our office was the sixth attorney of record for F.K. We were able to obtain credit for time served in the federal case and all other state charges from all other states were dismissed. F.K. was looking at 50-60 years of incarceration. He did 4.
U.S.A. v. P.F. (2003) P.F. was charged by federal authorities with a multimillion dollar drug ring involving automobiles with concealed compartments and massive quantities of cocaine. Our office represented P.F. in trial and all the way to the United States Supreme Court where a companion case was decided regarding the same issues as P.F. That companion, U.S. v. Booker, overturned the sentencing guidelines resulting in our client being resentenced to a fraction of his original sentence.
U.S.A. v. D.M. (1996) D.M. was charged by federal authorities with a multi-count indictment for cocaine and crack distribution. The Defendant’s sentence under the sentencing guidelines was 30 years to life. D.M. received a 10 year sentence, the mandatory minimum, based upon the arguments of our office.
People v. S.J. (2005) S.J. was charged with first degree murder. Our office prepared for trial and presented an alibi defense that our client was elsewhere at the time. This was corroborated by numerous witnesses. The state dismissed all charges against S.J.
People v. C.W. (2011) C.W. was charged with Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance. He was walking down the road and was searched by the police. Our office challenged the search with a pretrial motion. The court granted our motion. The case was dismissed. C.W. was facing 4-15 years in the Department of Corrections.
People v. A.F. (2012) A.F. was charged with two counts of Home Invasion. He was facing 6-60 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. In addition, A.F. had a prior murder conviction. Our office did an extensive investigation at the early stages of the case and filed a motion for a speedy trial. The state dismissed all charges.
People v. M.P. (2011) M.P. was charged with Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse. Our client was facing 6-30 years in the Department of Corrections in addition to registering as a sex offender. After taking over for the public defender’s office, all charges were dismissed.
People v. J.P. (2012) J.P. had two residential burglary cases in Sangamon County and one residential burglary case in Christian County. J.P. hired a private attorney to handle all of these cases for him. The private attorney recommended that the plead guilty to 8 years in the Department of Corrections and would not go to trial for him. J.P. hired our office to get him a boot camp offer. We announced ready for trial in Christian County and, on the eve of trial, they dismissed all charges. We were then able to successfully negotiate for bootcamp for our client and he was out of Department of Corrections within 180 days.
People v. N.M. (2012) N.M. was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. It was his second offense so he was looking at a 3 year suspension of his driver’s license and jail time. Our office forced the state to concede that there was no reasonable articulable suspicion to believe that N.M. was under the influence of alcohol. The case was dismissed and he kept his driving privileges.
People v. M.W. (2012) M.W. was charged with DUI. Our office was able to convince the prosecutor that the field sobriety tests were improperly administered. All charges were dismissed and M.W.’s license was never suspended.
People v. M.W. (2013) M.W. was charged with Driving Under the Influence of an intoxicating compound. Our office was able to convince the prosecutor that law enforcement officers improperly conducted field sobriety tests and could not identify the appropriate intoxicating compound. All charges were dismissed and M.W. never lost driving privileges.
People v. A.C. (2013) A.C. was charged with conspiracy to commit methamphetamine production and possession of methamphetamine precursor. Our office did an extensive pretrial investigation and filed a motion for speedy trial. A.C. was looking at a sentence of 12-60 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Based upon our investigation and aggressive trial strategy, we were able to negotiate a reduced sentence of 3 years in the Department of Corrections with a bootcamp recommendation. Our client served approximately 150 days of incarceration.
People v. D.C. (2011) D.C. was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon. D.C. was facing 3-14 years in the Department of Corrections. Our office conducted an independent DNA test and announced “Ready for Trial.” The prosecutor dismissed all charges for insufficient evidence.