Chicago Criminal Defense Law Attorneys
Helping people and families in Cook, Lake, Will, Du Page and Kane counties of Illinois
Se Habla Español – Call (773) 521-3300 or (708) 788-9900
The harsh reality of being arrested for a serious crime can be devastating. You may have thoughts and emotions of regret, anger, fear and uncertainty for the future. Whether you are being investigated, or you have been formally arrested – the best way to protect your rights is to use your right to seek legal representation from an experienced and knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer. Do NOT discuss your situation with law enforcement or anyone else until you have an attorney present, or have consulted with a lawyer. We protect YOU and YOUR civil rights! Our team of skilled courtroom trial lawyers are prepared to aggressively protect you and your rights. We defend clients in a wide range of criminal charges including: DUI / drunk driving charges, drug charges, federal criminal defense, violent crimes, sex crimes, white collar crimes, juvenile defense, traffic, & all misdemeanor and felony criminal law charges. If you or a loved one is in trouble, or need help – contact the Acosta Law Group for help. We offer free consultations, and we have the knowledge, skill and information needed to help you.
We are an aggressive law firm where our clients appreciate the personalized service and attention we give to each case we handle. We are experienced legal litigators and negotiators. Each case is different and every case involves varying levels of complexity. We carefully examine all the facts of your case and law enforcement procedure(s) to identify possible violations of due process, unlawful search and seizure, involuntary confessions or other potential violations to build the most compelling defense possible based on the facts and the law.
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Cook County Criminal Defense Lawyers
If you have been charged with a crime, the attorney you choose is important. You want an experienced lawyer to protect you and your rights. You can find the quality legal representation you require at the Acosta Law Group. Our team of skilled courtroom trial attorneys are prepared to aggressively protect your rights.
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We handle all felonies and misdemeanors, including:
- C.D.L. – Commercial Driver’s License Violations
- Civil Rights
- Check Fraud
- Credit Card Theft
- Disorderly Conduct
- Domestic Violence
- Drivers’ License Suspension / Revocation
- DUI / Drunk Driving
- Drug Crimes
- Expungements & Record Sealing
- Federal Criminal Defense
- Firearm Possession
- Gun Charges
- Identity Theft
- Internet Sex Crimes
- Juvenile Defense
- Obstructing Justice
- Prostitution & Solicitation
- Resisting Arrest
- Retail Theft
- Secretary of State Hearings
- Sex Crimes
- Sexual Assault
- Speeding Tickets
- Traffic Offenses & Violations
- Violent Crimes
- Weapon Offenses
- White Collar Crimes
Possible consequences and penalties of a criminal conviction can be severe. Penalties for a misdemeanor or felony can range from some of the following consequences below:
- Jail, Incarceration or Prison
- Loss of the ability to drive or operate a vehicle which can also affect employment and the ability to work
- Penalties and/or fines
- Classes – Mandatory anger management and/or substance abuse
- Community Service
- Sex Offender Registration
- Restraining orders, no contact orders
- A permanent Criminal Record which can affect employment and the ability to work
- Mandatory Ignition Device that is permanently installed to your vehicle
- Ability to obtain Rental Property – most landlords ask if you have a criminal record or if you have ever been convicted of a crime
- Immigration Issues – deportation, re-entry ban, eligibility loss for U.S. citizenship or naturalization
- Employment / Ability to Work- many job applications ask if you have a criminal record or if you have ever been convicted of a crime
- Loss of occupational and/or professional licensing
- College expulsion or admission denial
- Financial Issues – the ability to gain credit or the ability to secure financial aid
Penalties and consequences can affect your life in many ways – now and for many years to come. Do NOT take a chance with your future. Make sure you talk to an attorney who has the necessary knowledge and experience to HELP you!
No Case Is Too Complex For Our Lawyers With more than 40 years of combined experience, no case is too complex for our legal team. We offer experienced and highly skilled courtroom trial lawyers who are prepared to provide sophisticated defense services required in the most challenging cases. Your Dedicated Advocates – We fight for YOU and your civil rights! We believe strongly that every person accused of a crime has a right to a zealous defense. We are committed to the pursuit of justice for you. It is easy to step on the rights of the accused. The state has tremendous power and resources at its disposal. We offer skilled, knowledgeable and aggressive representation to combat the state’s efforts to deprive you of your liberty. We are committed to the protection of your freedom, record and rights.
SOME LATEST CASE RESULTS
People v J.S. (August 2016)
The defendant was stopped and arrested for DUI by the Illinois State Police after the defendant was observed swerving from lane to lane and driving under the speed limit. The defendant admitted to consuming one beer and performed and failed field sobriety testing. At trial, the arresting trooper testified that the defendant had bloodshot and glassy eyes and slurred speech. The prosecution submitted video of the entire arrest including the field sobriety testing. On cross examination, attorney Ronald Batovski asked the trooper if he questioned the defendant’s observations and his response was “no”. The officer admitted on cross examination that the defendant was extremely cooperative and never had any balancing issues. At closing arguments, the defense argued that the evidence presented by the prosecution was not enough – NOT GUILTY!!
People v J.E. (August 2016)
The defendant is charged with striking a semi, driving on a suspended license and DUI. The defendant hires the Acosta Law Group and attorney Joe Venditti immediately sets the case for trial. At trial Mr. Venditti is able to show that the States’ expert witness is incorrect in his assumptions regarding fault and is able to show that the Defendant is not guilty of DUI, driving on a suspended license or striking a semi-truck. THE RESULT – NOT GUILTY ALL CHARGES!!
People v A.M. (August 2016)
The defendant was arrested for DUI and leaving the scene of an accident. Both offenses are class A misdemeanors punishable by up to 364 days in jail. Attorney Ronald Batovski placed the case for a bench trial. At trial, the prosecution called a civilian witness to testify that on January 31, at approximately 4 am she was with her baby when she heard a loud crash. She looked out her window and observed a white vehicle strike multiple parked cars and fled. She identified the defendant as the driver. The arresting officer then testified that he observed the defendant in a matching white vehicle with heavy front end damage fleeing from the scene. The officer testified that upon stopping the defendant, he observed the defendant to have blood shot and glassy eyes and the officer detected an odor of alcohol on the defendant. The defendant admitted to consuming 4 alcoholic beverages prior to driving. Field sobriety testing was conducted on scene and the defendant failed all the tests. On cross examination, Attorney Ronald Batovski challenged the officers observations as being consistent with a driver who was possibly in a crash rather than a driver who was impaired. The officer never detected slurred speech and the driver was very polite which is not consistent with an impaired driver. As to the field sobriety testing, Batovski challenged the officers opinion as to whether or not the defendant actually failed the test. On the walk and turn test the officer testified that the defendant began too soon and walked 10 steps instead of nine. However, Batovski argued that the defendant never missed heel to toe and never stepped off the line. On the one leg stand test, the officer testified that the defendant never raised his foot six inches and put his foot down. Batovski argued that despite this, on the second attempt the devendant never put his foot down and counted as required. At closing arguments Batovski argued that the evidence presented at trial did not satisfy proof beyond a reasonable doubt. NOT GUILTY!!
People v I.P. (August 2016)
The defendant was arrested for DUI by the Chicago Police Department after he allegedly was involved in an accident and stranded his illegally parked vehicle, ran the plates and after seeing it was registered to the defendant, went to the defendant’s residence. The defendant admitted to the accident and drinking alcohol before the accident. The defendant submitted to field sobriety testing and failed. After the DUI arrest, the defendant submitted a breath sample that registered above the legal alcohol limit. Attorney Ronald Batovski filed a motion to quash the arrest and suppress all evidence based on lack of probable cause to stop and arrest the defendant. At the hearing, Batovski pointed out that no one including the officer ever saw the defendant driving. Further, the officer did not have an adequate description of any accident. Batovski further argued that anyone could have been driving this car that was registered to the defendant. Motion to quash arrest and supress evidence granted. All evidence suppressed. CASE DISMISSED!
We serve Chicago, Bellwood, Berkley, Berwyn, Broadview, Brookfield, Cicero, Countryside, Elmwood Park, Evergreen Park, Forest Park, Franklin Park, Hanover Park, Hillside, Hodgkins, La Grange, La Grange Park, Lyons, Markham, Maywood, McCook, Melrose Park, North Riverside, Northlake, Oak Lawn, Oak Park, River Forest, River Grove, Riverside, Stickney, Stone Park, Summit, Westchester, Willow Springs and the surrounding neighborhoods including; La Villita, Lawndale, Brighton Park, Pilsen, Midway, Avondale, Garfield Park, Logan Square and the surrounding towns, areas, communities and counties.
Contact Our Criminal Defense Attorneys
Call (773) 521-3300, (708) 788-9900 or contact us by e-mail – Se Habla Español
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