ONE DAY, THREE VICTORIES IN COOK COUNTY – MAYWOOD

On May 12, 2016, Wigell Criminal Defense was at the Circuit Court of Cook County in Maywood to finalize dispositions and secure victories in three serious felony cases.

Our first client was charged with Violation of the Illinois Sex Offender Registration Act, a Class 3 felony that carries a potential sentence of 2-5 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. The State’s offer after their review of the discovery was 2 years in prison. Due to our hard work analyzing the file and preparing for trial, while negotiating aggressively with the State, we secured a conference with the Judge pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 402. After presenting a full mitigation report, the Judge agreed with our position that our client was not worthy of prison time, and sentenced him to 24 months of felony probation and minimal court fines.

Based on the charges, the Sentencing Range           –>           2-5 years IDOC

State’s Offer                      –>           2 years IDOC

WCD Result                       –>           No Prison – 24 months’ Probation

Our second client was charged with Failure to Register on the Illinois Murder Registry, a Class 3 felony that carries a potential sentence of 2-5 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, in addition to a mandatory 7 days in Cook County Department of Corrections. We spent almost a year fully analyzing the file and continuing negotiations with the State. At a conference with the Judge pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 402, we presented a full mitigation report to Judge Kull of the Cook County Circuit Court, sitting in Maywood. Judge Kull agreed that, based on the totality of the facts and argument, this client was not worthy of prison time, either. He sentenced our client to only twelve months of felony probation. As to the matter of the 7 days of jail time, we negotiated with the State to have our client placed on Electronic Home Monitoring, also referred to as house arrest, for 7 days instead of having to be placed in custody at the Cook County Department of Corrections. Our client served his 7 days on house arrest and was thereafter sentenced.

Sentencing Range           –>           2-5 years IDOC

State’s Offer                      –>           2 years IDOC

WCD Result                       –>           No Prison – 12 months’ Probation; 7 days house arrest

Our third client was charged with Continued Financial Crimes Enterprise, as well as other charges including Theft, Financial Institution Fraud, and Conduct Transaction. The most serious charge was a Class 1 felony carrying a potential sentence of 4-15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. After aggressive negotiations and trial preparation, we negotiated an agreement with the State that met with our client’s approval. Our client was sentenced to 24 months of felony probation, with an order of restitution, and minimal court fines.

Sentencing Range           –>           4-15 years IDOC

State’s Offer                      –>          IDOC Prison Time – duration unspecified

WCD Result                       –>           No Prison – 24 months’ Probation

Due to our meticulous preparation of these case files, in addition to some exercises in creativity, Wigell Criminal Defense was able to secure three victories in one day at the Cook County Circuit Court courthouse located in Maywood, Illinois. When defending serious felony matters, it is important to take a holistic approach to the case, which means analyzing the facts, studying the statute and the sentencing parameters, and preparing a detailed mitigation report of all of the important facts and details of a person’s life. Using this approach, we are able to aggressively fight for our clients.

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