Reckless Conduct / NOT GUILTY
The defendant was a student at a well-known prominent local university and was studying economics. He had dreams of completing college and then becoming an investment banker. One night he was out at a local bar with some friends and a large fight broke out and the defendant was arrested and charged with Reckless Conduct by the Chicago Police Department. While the charges are not the most serious in nature they were very serious to the defendant. In Illinois, the charge of Reckless Conduct is a Class A misdemeanor that can result in a jail sentence of up to one year and fines in the amount of $2500.00. The defendant had not prior criminal record and while a jail sentence was unlikely in this case – a conviction for this offense would greatly jeopardize his future plans to become an investment banker.
Charged with Reckless Conduct in Illinois?
The defendant interviewed numerous prominent Chicago criminal defense lawyers and decided to hire attorney Michael P. Schmiege. The defendant hired Mr. Schmiege because of the attorney’s willingness to fully investigate the case and interview and subpoena witnesses to trial. Upon being retained – Chicago Criminal Lawyer Michael P. Schmiege conducted a fully and through investigation of the incident and interviewed numerous witnesses. Mr. Schmiege then set the case for trial.
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On the date of trial the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office offered the defendant a sentence of six months court supervision if he were to enter a plea of guilty to the criminal charges. While a sentence of court supervision is not a conviction and is expugnable – it would nevertheless remain on the defendant’s background for close to three years. The defendant chose to reject the offer and take the case to trial. At trial Mr. Schmiege vigorously cross-examined the witnesses and argued to the judge that the actions of the defendant were not criminal in nature. The judge agreed with Chicago Criminal Lawyer Michael Schmiege and found the defendant not guilty of the charge of Reckless Conduct and the defendant went home a free man with a clear and clean criminal record.
Contact Chicago criminal lawyer Michael Schmiege if you or someone you love is facing criminal charges in Illinois.