DUI - The client was charged with DUI following an accident with another car. She failed all field sobriety tests and had a Breathalyzer score over .40. By presenting mitigating circumstances, Eric J. Bell was able to negotiate a sentence of court supervision that saved the client’s driving privileges.
Weapons Charge & Drug Possession - The client was charged with Armed Violence (possession of a gun and narcotics). Following a hearing on a Motion to Quash Arrest and Suppress Evidence Motion – all charges were dismissed. Cross-examination of the two police officers revealed significant inconsistencies in their version of the events.
DUI – The client’s car was disabled after it struck a curb. Even though the client admitted that he was drunk and he drank “too much” that evening, he was found not guilty. Eric J. Bell successfully argued there was not enough evidence other than the admissions to convict.
DUI - The client had four DUI arrests from 1987 to 2004. He also was convicted of driving on a revoked license several times. Due to his extensive background, he was not immediately eligible for full reinstatement of his driving privileges. Eric J. Bell helped the client first obtain a Restricted Driving Permit. The permit was then renewed several times. In 2015, the client obtained full reinstatement of his Illinois driver’s license.
Battery - The client was charged with battery for breaking a pint glass across the face of another person during a bar fight. Eric J. Bell obtained a DVD of the altercation that showed the injured party was the aggressor. During the trial, the defense presents additional evidence that contradicts the injured party’s story. The Court finds the client not guilty.
DUI – During a hearing challenging the summary suspension for lack of reasonable grounds, the defense presents evidence that the client suffers from a hernia. This medical condition provides an explanation for his performance on the field sobriety tests. The suspension is lifted. He is later found not guilty of all DUI charges.
Drug Possession - The client is charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver. The police testify that they saw the client engage in three separate narcotics transactions and accept money. Eric J. Bell argues there is reasonable doubt because no money or narcotics was found on the client when he was arrested. The Court finds the client not guilty.
Drug Possession - The client was approached by a Chicago police officer for loitering in a high crime area. A pat-down search revealed narcotics in his waistband. A Motion to Quash Arrest and Suppress Evidence is filed. The Motion is granted and all narcotics were suppressed – the police did not have probable cause to conduct the pat-down search.
Unlawful Use of a Weapon - The client is arrested in a car with another person. Even though the client supposedly gives an oral statement stating the gun was his, Eric J. Bell successfully argues there is reasonable doubt concerning who actually possessed the gun. The client is found not guilty.
DUI - The client is stopped for improper lane usage. The officer smelled alcohol on the client’s breath and the client admits to drinking. Although the officer states that the client failed all field sobriety tests, extensive cross-examination of the officer leads the Court to conclude he did “fairly well” on the tests. The client is found not guilty of all DUI charges.
Formal Hearing - The client had 3 DUI arrests from 2004 through 2013. The client met with Eric J. Bell several times to make sure he was prepared for the hearing. All required paperwork was thoroughly reviewed to make sure it was acceptable to the Secretary of State: alcohol and drug evaluation; documentation of support program; documentation of abstinence; and treatment documents. The client first obtained a restricted driving permit and later obtained full reinstatement of his driver’s license.
Felony DUI - The client is stopped for improper lane usage. The officer testifies that the client’s speech is slurred, that he stumbles when he exits his car and that he smells alcohol on the client’s breath. Eric J. Bell obtains a DVD of the arrest. The DVD contradicts the officer regarding these observations and more. The client is found not guilty of all DUI charges.