Criminal Case Results
Azhari LLC is more than a law firm – it is a complete criminal defense law firm. We litigate all types of criminal cases with our extensive experience, knowledge and dedication to criminal law defense.
Listed below is a representation of the case results we have obtained on our clients’ behalf:
State of Illinois v. TW: DUI Defense Case
TW was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol in Lake County. He was pulled while driving to a gas station following a wedding. He performed all field sobriety tests. Sami was a part of the trial team that defended TW on the charges. TW was faced with a conviction of a class A misdemeanor, as well as a revocation of his driver’s license. After a thorough review of the police reports and witness statements, jury trial commenced. Sami conducted a thorough, lengthy and aggressive cross examination of the arresting officer.
After two hours of deliberation, TW was found NOT GUILTY of driving under the influence of alcohol.
State of Illinois v. SS: Aggravated Battery Case
SS was charged with 2 counts of aggravated battery against a police officer. SS was at the NATO protest that took place in downtown Chicago. In the midst of the raucous, an altercation took place between SS and a lieutenant of the Chicago Police Department. SS was arrested and charged with a class 2 felony, facing 3 to 7 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. SS was represented by attorneys Sami Azhari and Aaron Goldstein at trial. After a thorough preparation of all the state’s evidence, a jury was selected in what would be a 4 day jury trial.
After 4 hours of deliberations, the jury found SS NOT GUILTY of all charges. He walked out of the courtroom a free man.
State of Illinois v. DL: Attempted Murder Case, NOT GUILTY
DL was charged with attempted murder in the first degree and aggravated battery with a firearm. DL was involved in an altercation on a car lot in Chicago. After the altercation ended, DL went home and retrieved a loaded gun. After returning to the car lot, gunfire ensued in which DL struck the victim twice after firing four shots. DL retained attorneys Sami Azhari and Stephen Richards to represent him. After a thorough preparation of all the state’s evidence, a jury was selected in what would be a 4 day jury trial. With the attempted murder charge, DL was faced with 31-55 years in prison, and with the aggravated battery charge, he was facing 6-30 years.
After 3 hours of deliberation, DL was found NOT GUILTY of attempted murder.
State of Illinois v. TH: Battery Case, NOT GUILTY
TH was charged with battery after being arrested for allegedly hitting an 8 year old child suffering from autism in front of two witnesses. Facing a year in jail, he retained attorneys Sami Azhari and Mark Javier to defend him of the charges. Sami and Mark vigorously prepared for trial by reviewing the available evidence, interviewing witnesses, and visiting the scene of the alleged crime.
After a 3 day jury trial, TH was found NOT GUILTY of battery.
State of Illinois v. MA: Felony Possession Case, PROBATION
MA was arrested for felony possession of controlled substances after being arrested for taking a sledgehammer and breaking into his estranged wife’s home. He was caught with large amounts of cocaine and heroin. Facing three years in jail and a felony conviction on his record, Sami advised his client to reject all offers from the State.
Instead, Sami secured probation for MA after a 402 conference with the judge, allowing MA to avoid being labeled a convicted felon, and preventing him from spending a single night in jail.
State of Illinois v. GLW: Class X Felony, Cocaine Possession, Intent to Distribute Case, PLEA AGREEMENT
GLW was charged with a non-probationable class X felony for possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute. This charge carried with it a sentencing range from 6-30 years in jail. GLW had allegedly made a deal for the sale of cocaine in a school zone with an undercover narcotics cop.
After investigating the case and reviewing the discovery, Sami was able to secure a plea agreement that led to 4 months of boot camp.
State of Illinois v. RM: Felony Theft Case, DISMISSAL/EXPUNGED
RM was charged with a felony count of theft over $500 from his employer. The charge was a class 4 felony with a possible sentence of up to 3 years in prison. After a thorough investigation of all the evidence, Sami filed a motion to suppress RM’s confession. After filing the motion, Sami procured a reduced charge for his client. As a result of the reduced charge, RM was eligible for theft school, and ultimately the charges were dismissed.
Following the dismissal, Sami successfully expunged the arrest record, giving RM the opportunity to move on with his life.
State of Illinois v. CP: DUI Case, NOT GUILTY
CP was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. She was pulled while driving home with several people in her car. She performed all field sobriety tests. Sami was a part of the trial team that defended CP on the charges.
A thorough, lengthy and aggressive cross examination of the arresting officer resulted in CP client being found “not guilty” of DUI. Her driver’s license was not revoked, she did not have to attend alcohol classes, and no fines and court costs were assessed.
State of Illinois v. PG: DUI Case, DISMISSED
PG was charged with a DUI and improper lane usage. Sami asked for discovery on the initial court appearance and the police officer demanded the case settle or go to trial the same day. Despite having the right to a continuance, Sami read the police report in preparation and alerted the prosecutor that the officer’s report had numerous deficiencies, as well as only 9 minutes of observations of intoxication prior to the arrest.
As a result, the DUI was dismissed and PG was left with a traffic violation.
State of Illinois v. TM: DUI Case, Driver’s License NOT REVOKED
TM was arrested and charged with his second offense of driving under the influence of alcohol. A conviction would have resulted in a revocation of his driver’s license. After a thorough cross examination of the arresting officer, the judge ruled that the State failed to prove TM guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
His driver’s license was not revoked, he did not have to attend alcohol classes, and no fines and court costs were assessed.
State of Illinois v. SN: Felony Theft Case, DISMISSED and REDUCED
Lake County prosecutors charged SN, an Illinois Tollway operator, with two felony counts of theft over $500 and official misconduct. The theft count was a class 4 felony punishable by up to 3 years in jail, and the official misconduct was a class 2 felony punishable by up to 7 years in jail. After investigating the case and reviewing the discovery, Sami was able to secure an offer from the prosecution to dismiss the class 2 felony and reduce the class 4 felony to a class A misdemeanor.
As a result of the offer, SN was not faced with a single day in prison.