NOT GUILTY – ATTEMPTED MURDER OF A POLICE OFFICER
The Defendant was charged with Attempted Murder of a Police Officer, Disarming a Police Officer, Aggravated Battery of a Police Officer and Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm. In this case the Chicago Police officers allegedly encountered the Defendant in an apartment in a CHA building and suspected that the Defendant had been packaging narcotics in that apartment. The Defendant then allegedly escaped the apartment and the officers and attempted to flee the building. According to the testimony and reports of the Chicago Police the Defendant encountered one of the officers in the buildings hallway, struggled with the officer, disarmed the officer and then shot the officer in the arm. The Chicago Police officer allegedly regained control of his weapon and the shot the fleeing Defendant in the back. When responding officers arrived they found the Defendant lying face down, shot twice in the back and about 40 feet away from the officer.
The Defendant was charged with Class X Felonies and was facing a minimum of 20 years in prison. The Defendant maintained his innocence and hired Mr. Schmiege to represent him. While most Chicago criminal defense lawyers would have negotiated with the State’s Attorney’s Office for a guilty plea, Mr. Schmiege believed in his clients innocence and fought the case. Chicago Criminal Defense Lawyer Michael P. Schmiege closely reviewed the evidence and found that there was no physical evidence corroborating the police officers story and in fact the reports of the other officers provided factual impossibilities to the victim’s story. Mr. Schmiege, an experienced Chicago Criminal Defense Lawyer, took the case to jury trial where the Defendant was found NOT GUILTY on all counts and went home a free man to his family. After the finding of NOT GUILTY the Defendant hired a Chicago Police Misconduct Lawyer and filed a civil rights lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the City of Chicago and that case is currently pending in Federal Court.
If you or someone you love has been charged with a crime it is important that you contact an experienced Chicago Criminal Defense Lawyer as soon as possible. Mr. Schmiege offers free consultations and will fight for your rights and your freedom.
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