People of the State of Illinois v. C.H.
Resisting Arrest / Obstruction of Justice – NOT GUILTY
The Defendant, a juvenile was charged with resisting arrest and obstruction of justice in violation of 720 ILCS 5/31-1. In the State of Illinois both of those charges are Class A Misdemeanours that are punishable by up to a one year jail sentence. Here, the Defendant was suspected of having been involved in a fight after school and while on his way home he was stopped and was ordered up against a police car. According to the police he Defendant refused and allegedly swung his arms in an attempt to defeat arrest. The Defendant refused to plead guilty and maintained his innocence even after the State agreed to reduce the charge to Disorderly Conduct.
Not wishing to plead guilty to something that he was not guilty of the Defendant hired Chicago Criminal Lawyer Michael P. Schmiege to represent him. The Defendant and Mr. Schmiege went through the police reports to see exactly the police were saying and interviewed the witnesses to this alleged crime. Mr. Schmiege took the case to trial and extensively cross-examined the police officers about what happened that day and developed inconsistencies in their stories which clearly showed that the officers were not telling the truth. Mr. Schmiege argued to the judge that the elements of the crime have not been met and that the prosecutor has failed to prove the Defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt because there were credibility issues with the police officers testimony. The judge agreed and found the Defendant NOT GUILTY. Being charged with a crime can be a very unsettling and upsetting situation. A Chicago Criminal Defense Lawyer can help you through that tough time.
Contact attorney Michael P. Schmiege today if you are facing criminal charges in Chicago or Illinois. Mr. Schmiege will be by your side fighting for your rights and protecting your freedom.