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Criminal Law: Aggravated Unlawful Use of Weapon, Not Guilty

In the Cook County Criminal Law Case of The People of the State of Illinois v. C.D. a judge on January 29, 2013 found our client Not Guilty of Aggravated Unlawful Use of Weapons.  As charged, under Illinois Statute 720 ILCS 5/24-1.6, the defendant was looking a mandatory minimum of 1 year in the State Penitentiary with a maximum penalty of 3 years.  There were 2 witnesses that testified during the Bench Trial at 26th and California in Chicago's District One Courthouse.  

Criminal Law: Not Guilty, Accused of Sex Assault on a 4 year old

In Chicago Criminal Law Case. No. 10 CR 20783 the Judge found the defendant Not Guilty on Friday, January 18, 2013.  The trial took several days and multiple witnesses were called at the First District, 26th and California, Cook County Courthouse.  The defendant was charged with Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child, Criminal Sexual Assault, Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse, and Criminal Sexual Abuse and facing decades in jail.  The allegations stemmed from a series of events the four year old victim told her mother, hospital workers, social workers and the police.  Attorney Dennis Giovannini attacked the credibility of the out cries from the victim, as each time the stories seemed to change. The defendant also gave a signed confession to the allegations, however Giovannini challenged the validity of the defendant's allegedly signed statement in that is was in English and the defendant only speaks Spanish. The experience of the seasoned Criminal Law Attorney Dennis Giovannini came into play to question why the statement was being translated by a Chicago Police Officer from Spanish to English instead of just giving the alleged statement in Spanish. All sex offense cases are particularly challenging, as the allegations are heinous and usually it comes down to questioning what the victim actually said happened and whether it is truthful. 
In Illinois the allegation of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child under 720 ILCS 5/11-1.40 is a Class X offense and carries a sentence of 6 to 60 years in the state penitentiary.  Mr. Giovannini commented, "He will be released from Cook County custody after a long 2 year process getting him to trial. He told me he just wants to move on and put this horrible event behind him."

Criminal Law: Armed Robbery, Two Not Guilty in One Week

Attorney Dennis Giovannini does it again, two findings of Not Guilty in one week in different cases for Armed Robbery charges.  On January 16, 2013 there was finding of Not Guilty in Criminal Law case No. 11 CR 12887 for our client who was charged with Armed Robbery under Illinois Statute 720 ILCS 5/18-2 and Aggravated Battery under 720 ILCS 5/12-3.05.  The allegations were that the defendant brandished a firearm, pistol whipped the victim, and then took his money and cell phone.  After a bench trial in the Cook County District 6 Markham Courthouse the judge found the defendant Not Guilty of all charges.  The charges carried a minimum of 21 years in the penitentiary without the option of probation.  The prosecution called several witnesses to try and support their version of events, however, after cross examination the versions of events from the witnesses didn't add up.  The defense called the responding police officers to the witness stand, and after the officers testimony it became apparent that there were too many inconsistencies to find anything other then reasonable doubt.  After the judge's ruling attorney Giovannini commented saying "The judge did the right thing.  When you looked at the evidence they had against our client from the reports it seemed that he was in some real hot water, but at trial that evidence just fell apart."  There were offers of significant jail time made to our client, but those offers were rejected and ultimately he decided to go to trial.

Criminal Law: Finding of Not Guilty for Armed Robbery Charges

There was a trial and finding of not guilty for our client in Criminal Law case number 12 CR 1253 on Wednesday January 12, 2013 in the Cook County Circuit Court District 4 located in Maywood Illinois.  Charged with Armed Robbery under Illinois law our client was facing a minimum of 21 years in jail, without the possibility of probation.  Attorney Dennis Giovannini discounted the complaining witnesses version of events and through brilliant cross examination the trial court had no option other then acquitting the defendant.  Armed Robbery with a firearm under Illinois Statute 720 ILCS 5/19-2 requires an individual to be sentenced to a minimum of 21 years behind bars.  Mr. Giovannini said his client was "happy and relieved" with the results.

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Recent Cases
  • Date: January 29, 2013
    Charges: Aggravated Unlawful Use of Weapons
    Case Title: People v. C.D.
    Location: 26th and California, Chicago
    Outcome: Not Guilty

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  • Date: January 23, 2013
    Charges: Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver and Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon
    Case Title: People v. E.J.
    Location: Bridgeview, Cook County District Five
    Outcome: Motion to Suppress Granted, charges dismissed

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  • Date: January 18, 2013
    Charges: Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child
    Case Title: People v. R.V
    Location: 26th and California, Chicago
    Outcome: Not Guilty

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  • Date: January 16, 2013
    Charges: Armed Robbery
    Case Title: People v. D.L.
    Location: Markham, Cook County District 6
    Outcome: Not Guilty

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  • Date: January 12, 2013
    Charges: Armed Robbery
    Case Title: People v. J.S.
    Location: Maywood, Cook County District 4
    Outcome: Not Guilty

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  • Date: November 30, 2012
    Charges: Murder
    Case Title: People v. J.B.
    Location: Skokie, Cook County District 2
    Outcome: Not Guilty

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