Recent Victories - Part 3

Not Guilty of Theft

By: John D. Ioakimidis | Sep 2, 2013 | Recent Victories

Chicago criminal lawyers - My client was charged with bilking a computer monitor supplier out of thousands of dollars of equipment. The state claimed that my client wrote bad checks with the intent to defraud the computer monitor supplier. The criminal defense lawyers at John D. Ioakimidis called the vice president of my client’s bank to testify at trial and were able to show that the bank had covered prior overdrafts but did not cover those particular checks because they had closed his account without notifying him. After hearing the testimony of the bank president vice president, the Judge found our client Not Guilty. A major victory for the criminal defense lawyers at John D. Ioakimidis in Rolling Meadows!

Battery Charges Dismissed

By: John D. Ioakimidis | Aug 28, 2013 | Recent Victories

The State alleged that my client got drunk and got into a fight with an off duty police officer who was working at a bar as a security guard. My client was arrested and charged with Battery. I was able to get the State to dismiss the Battery charges after I appeared in Court ready to proceed to trial.

Not Guilty Verdict for Domestic Battery

By: John D. Ioakimidis | Aug 18, 2013 | Recent Victories

Not Guilty for a client charged with committing a Domestic Battery against a former lover at the Maywood Courthouse in Cook County. I put the accuser on the stand and was able to show the court, by carefully and effectively questioning the accuser, that the Domestic Battery charges were false and that she had filed the criminal charges of Domestic Battery to get even with her former lover. I proved that this simply never happened and was a made up case.

Felony Charges dismissed – Possession of Stolen Motor Vehicle

By: John D. Ioakimidis | Aug 11, 2013 | Recent Victories

The police officer that arrested my client was impeached during a Motion to Suppress Statement at 26th and California in Cook County. The arresting officer claimed that he had pulled over my client's vehicle after observing my client commit a minor traffic violation. I was able to prove to the Court that the police officer was not truthful. I was able to locate a police report which stated that the arresting officer never saw my client commit a moving violation. Rather, the arresting officer told another officer he was randomly running plates in a motel parking let when the plates on my client's vehicle came up as stolen. The arresting officer then waited for my client to exit the motel, enter the vehicle and drive away. The testimony of the arresting officer directly contradicted the statements he made to the other officer. When I called the other officer to testify, the state realized they had lost the case and dismissed the charges against my client. My client was facing a substantial mandatory prison sentence because of his extensive criminal background. As a result of the thorough and skilled legal representation by the attorneys at the criminal defense firm, John D. Ioakimidis, the state dismissed all the charges against my client.

Not Guilty for Theft

By: John D. Ioakimidis | Aug 7, 2013 | Recent Victories

My client was charged with Theft for stealing inventory from an employer at the Markham Courthouse in Cook County. The State's case was based on the statements of a co-worker made to the police. It turns out that the co-worker has an extensive criminal record. In addition, the co-worker had made statements to other workers which showed that he was jealous of my client and had made up the statements he had made to the police. I called several of the co-workers to testify that the accuser had told them he had made up the charges. Several of the co-workers testified that they told the police about the statements that the accuser had made, yet they arrested my client and charged him with Theft anyway. The criminal defense lawyers at John D. Ioakimidis were able to show the court, through rigorous cross examination, that our client had been wrongly accused of stealing by a jealous co-worker and was found Not Guilty of Theft. My client had no criminal record and we were able to expunge this matter from his record.

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Not Guilty for the Felony Charge of Selling Unstamped Cigarettes filed by the Illinois Attorney General’s Office

By: John D. Ioakimidis | July 28, 2013 | Recent Victories

The police entered my client's fast food restaurant and conducted a search of the kitchen area after receiving reports that the owner of the restaurant, my client, was selling unstamped cigarettes. The police seized over 200 packs of unstamped illegal Marlboro Light cigarette packs and alleged that my client was selling the cigarettes out of his restaurant. My client claimed that those were his cigarettes that he would use for personal use. The case was prosecuted by the Illinois Attorney Generals Office at the Cook County Courthouse at 26th and California. The case went to trial. After hearing all the testimony and all the evidence, the Judge found my client Not Guilty. A pivotal point in the trial was when my client was on the stand and the Judge asked my client if he had his cigarettes with him. My client told the Judge that he had them in his jacket. The Judge asked him to take out his cigarettes. My client pulled out his Marlboro Light cigarettes. As a result of the efforts of the criminal defense lawyers at John D. Ioakimidis, the prosecution was unable to prove their case. Restaurant owner found Not Guilty!

Not Guilty for Driving on a Suspended License

By: John D. Ioakimidis | Jul 20, 2013 | Recent Victories

My client was facing a mandatory jail sentence for Driving on a Suspended License with 8 previous arrests for the same thing. The matter proceeded to trial at the Rolling Meadows Courthouse in Cook County. At the trial I was able to show that my client was a passenger in the vehicle and was not actually driving. I was able to show that the video from the squad car did not match what the police officer stated he had observed in his police report. This cast doubt on the credibility of the police officer's testimony. Just enough reasonable doubt to win a verdict of Not Guilty. Another win for the criminal defense lawyers at John D. Ioakimidis!

A Not Guilty verdict for a Driving on a Suspended License trial is extremely rare.

Not Guilty for Theft of Piano

By: John D. Ioakimidis | Jun 22, 2013 | Recent Victories

My client owned a business in which he repaired pianos. He was hired by an elderly couple to repair a very old piano that they had in their house. My client took the piano to his store and began repairing it. After numerous delays, the elderly couple contacted the police and reported that my client had stolen the piano and refused to return it. My client was arrested by the police and charged with Theft. The case proceeded to trial at the Markham courthouse in Cook County. I was able, through testimony of witnesses, email messages, receipts and photographs to show that my client did not steal the elderly couple's piano. I was able to prove that my client was actively working on repairing the piano and had been working hard to find parts so he could finish the job. My evidence clearly showed that my client had no intent to commit a theft of the piano. As a result, my client was found Not Guilty of the Theft.

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No Probable Cause at Preliminary Hearing for Theft

By: John D. Ioakimidis | Jun 20, 2013 | Recent Victories

My client charged with Theft of copper wiring. At the Preliminary Hearing I was able to show the court that my client was a scavenger worker who had merely found the wiring in an alley. My client was facing a possible long prison sentence because of his extensive felony background. Another victory for the criminal defense lawyers at John D. Ioakimidis.

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No Probable Cause for Drugs at Preliminary Hearing

By: John D. Ioakimidis | Jun 18, 2013 | Recent Victories

My client was charged with Possession of Controlled Substance and selling fake DVD’s. I appeared at the Preliminary Hearing with my client in Cook County, and after aggressively cross-examining the police officer, I was able to convince the court that the state did not have enough evidence to charge my client with a crime. I was able to secure a dismissal of the felony Possession of Controlled Substance charges.

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No Probable Cause at Preliminary Hearing For UUW

By: John D. Ioakimidis | May 29, 2013 | Recent Victories

My client was facing three years in prison because of his extensive felony background. He was stopped by the police while walking down the street, The police claimed that he was carrying a gun. He was arrested and charged with UUW By a Felon. I appeared at the Preliminary Hearing for him at the Cook County Branch Courthouse at Grand and Central. The police officer had not found the gun on my client. I had the police officer admit that he never saw the gun on my client and could not be sure that it was on his person. After my aggressive cross examination of the police officer, the Court found no probable cause and dismissed the UUW By a Felon charges against my client and he was released from jail..

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Prostitution Case-Not Guilty!

By: John D. Ioakimidis | Jun 11, 2013 | Recent Victories

My client drove to the city to visit a co-worker. He pulled over to ask for directions and spoke to a female standing on the street. The female turned out to be an undercover police officer conducting a prostitution sting. After talking to the female, my client was arrested by the police and charged with Soliciting a Prostitute. My client has no criminal record. The case went to trial at the Cook County Branch Courthouse at Belmont and Western. At the conclusion of the trial the Judge found my client Not Guilty.

Not Guilty for Delivery of a Controlled Substance

By: John D. Ioakimidis | May 22, 2013 | Recent Victories

The police had been conducting an elaborate undercover investigation of a drug dealing operation on the west side of the city. The police would send undercover police officers to an alleged open air drug market and buy drugs. The police had the entire operation under video surveillance. I originally met my client at his Bond Hearing. My client was charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance when the police claimed he was involved in the drug dealing operation. On 2 separate occasions, undercover police officers testified that they approached my client on the street and asked him where they could buy drugs. They claimed that my client would direct them to an individual standing across the street. That individual would walk into a small store in the neighborhood and then meet the undercover officer in an alley and exchange the drugs for money. This was a very elaborate undercover operation with extensive video surveillance tapes, audio recordings and numerous search warrants. My client was on parole at the time of these alleged crimes and was facing a long mandatory prison sentence if he had been found guilty of the Delivery of Controlled Substance charges.

The case went to trial at the Maywood Courthouse in Cook County. The trial lasted for several days. It involved the testimony of numerous undercover police officers, the playing of several video surveillance tapes and audio tapes. However, the state had no direct evidence that my client had any knowledge of the illegal drug activity. I was able to create enough reasonable doubt that my client was found Not Guilty of the charges. My client had a parole hold on him, and since he was found Not Guilty, he was released from jail and allowed to return to his family.

Not Guilty for Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon

By: John D. Ioakimidis | May 7, 2013 | Recent Victories

The police claimed that they observed my client holding a firearm outside of his home and recovered it from him. The client was facing a mandatory prison sentence based on his felony background. My client was found Not Guilty for Aggravated Use of a Weapon by a Felon. Another win for the criminal defense lawyers at John D. Ioakimidis!

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Drug Charges Dismissed

By: John D. Ioakimidis | Apr 28, 2013 | Recent Victories

Effective cross examination resulted in a finding of no probable cause at a Preliminary Hearing and the case was dismissed. I appeared with my client for his Preliminary Hearing at the Cook County Courthouse at Belmont and Western. My client was originally charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver. The police arrested our client after he fit a description of a person who was shooting a gun. The police then conducted a search of our client’s alleged residence and found, in a shoe box, more than 40 grams of marijuana, baggies, scales and our client’s ID’s. I was able to show at the Preliminary Hearing that the room in which the police recovered their evidence was not his room. He had a lease and the unit the police entered was not his. The court found no probable cause at the Preliminary Hearin g and the Possession With Intent to Deliver Charges were dismissed. Our client was filled with joy knowing that he walked into Court facing serious felony charges and walked out a free man.

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