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Representative Trials Appeals Charges Dismissed or Reduced Sentencing Successes

 
 


Prior success does not guarantee any future result, and Anthony W. Hill makes no promises or guarantees about the outcome of your case. Initials have been used to protect the clients’ privacy.

Representative Trials:

United States v. R.S. (Jury): Assisted in trial of client convicted of federal mail fraud after a lengthy federal trial in the Northern District of Illinois, based on alleged exchange of city jobs for political work. Appeal pending.

People v. M.C. (Jury): Client charged with felony DUI and felony leaving the scene of an accident with injuries, based on allegation that client was driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content of .20 and struck an eight year old child who was playing in the street. After a jury trial, the client was found not guilty of DUI, but guilty of leaving the scene of an accident. The leaving the scene conviction was later reversed on appeal. See 919 So.2d 592 (3rd Dist. 2006).

People v. A.C. (Jury): Client charged with battery of peace officer based after a confrontation that began when she stood in her home’s doorway to prevent the police officers’ warrantless entry to the house. After a mistrial caused by a hung jury, client accepted reduced plea.

People v. B.L. (Bench): Client charged with battery after an extended fist fight with a neighbor. Client testified that she was acting in self defense, and court acquitted her.

People v. C.A. (Jury): Teacher stopped for speeding while driving home after having a couple of drinks with co-workers and charged with DUI after failing Field Sobriety Tests (FSTs). After an extensive investigation, several defense witnesses were located and subsequently testified at trial. Client was found not guilty.

People v. R.B. (Jury): Client charged with Aggravated Battery of a Peace Officer based on struggle with police during his arrest for trespassing. Several glaring discrepancies between two police officer witnesses’ versions of the events exposed at trial and jury found client not guilty.

People v. R.G. (Jury): Client stopped by police for speeding and allegedly swerving through traffic after being out all night at various dance clubs and arrested for DUI based on failed FSTs. Client and girlfriend testified about his alcohol consumption and state of intoxication, and produced receipts to support their testimony. Jury found client not guilty.

People v. R.J. (Jury): Client facing sentence of fifteen years to life for possession of a firearm by a career criminal. Arresting officer testified that he saw client standing with a group of people with a gun in his hand, that client ran and threw gun on rooftop where it was later recovered. Investigation revealed history of filing a false police report by the officer. Other officers on the scene failed to corroborate arresting officer’s testimony in any detail and client found not guilty.

People v. D.L. (Bench): Client, charged with robbery and battery, allegedly beat up victim and took his wallet. Victim’s identification of client contested, based in part on racial bias, and court found client not guilty.

Representative Appeals:

In re M.W., 314 Ill. App. 3d 64, 731 N.E.2d 358 (1st Dist. 2000) Client’s statement was suppressed by the trial court based on Miranda violation, and the State appealed. On appeal, the trial court’s decision to exclude client’s confession was affirmed and the case was dismissed.

People v. Orange, 195 Ill.2d 437, 749 N.E.2d 932 (Ill. 2001) Client alleged torture by police officers led to his false confession and subsequent murder conviction. While in this decision, the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed the lower court’s decision, Mr. Orange was later pardoned by Governor Ryan in 2003 and released from custody after spending almost twenty years in prison. For additional details, visit the Center on Wrongful Convictions website by clicking here.

United States v. O’Hallaren, 505 F.3d 633 (7th Cir. 2007) Sentencing Error: Based on the District Court's denial of the client’s right to allocution at sentencing for violation of supervised release, this case was reversed and remanded for new sentencing hearing before a different judge. On remand, client’s sentence reduced to credit for time served with three months of supervised release.

Representative Cases: Charges Dismissed or Reduced

People v. M.M.: With a different lawyer, client pleaded guilty to felony charge of Aggravated Battery of a Peace Officer and was sentenced to state prison. Anthony W. Hill was hired after the client was taken into custody and had begun serving his sentence. Mr. Hill's motion to vacate the sentence and withdraw his guilty plea was granted. A motion to suppress evidence was filed, causing the State to offer to reduce the charge to a misdemeanor. Client accepted a plea of conditional discharge to the lesser charge with credit for time served.

People v. J. B.: Client charged with grand theft. Mid-trial, the prosecution realized they were lacking key evidence and could not prove their case. Rather than face an acquittal, the State chose to dismiss the case. Double jeopardy attached and it could not be later re-tried.

People v. B.G.: Client charged with felony possession of cannabis; after presentation of mitigation packet to State, charges reduced to misdemeanor and client accepted probation plea.

People v. B.L.: Client charged with possession of large amount of narcotics; motion to suppress evidence granted based on police illegally entering the curtilage of her home without a warrant and case dismissed.

People v. J.S.: Client charged with robbery; after motion to suppress identification filed based on suggestive show up, charges reduced to theft and client accepted probation plea to lesser charge.

People v. A.S.: Client charged with felony delivery of cannabis within 1000 feet of a school. After defense investigation revealed serious failings in State’s proof, client accepted plea to reduced, class B, misdemeanor.

Representative Cases: Sentencing Successes

United States v. E.A.: Client entered a blind plea on federal narcotics charges. Over the Government’s objection, he received a reduced sentence as a minor participant in the charged crime.

United States v. J.P.: Client entered a blind plea to federal tax fraud charges. Despite sentencing guidelines that called for federal prison time, the client was sentenced to probation and ordered to pay restitution.

People v. R.R.: Client facing second probation violation on narcotics case with the State seeking a prison sentence. Instead, after conferencing the case with the court and presenting mitigation evidence, client received a second chance with intensive probation.

 
 
 
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