Attorney Gus Kostopoulos

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Domestic Violence

Aggravated Domestic Battery with a weapon, a felony and misdemeanor Domestic Battery.

CHARGES DISMISSED!

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DUI

Client was charged with her third DUI. Gus was able to convince the court that the police violated the client’s rights.

CHARGES DISMISSED!

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DUI

Client was charged with DUI, officer’s report indicated that client was driving erratically.

CASE DISMISSED!

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Domestic Battery

Client was charged with Domestic Battery of a Child, the police report included photos depicting bruising.

CASE DISMISSED & EXPUNGED!

Recent Posts

Football Players Arrested in DuPage County for Role in Hazing Incident

Five Wheaton College football players were recently arrested in DuPage County for hazing a teammate in 2016. According to reports, the players attacked their teammate and left him alone in a field with his limbs taped together with duct tape. The college investigated and issued a punishment that was basically a slap on the wrist: a one-game suspension and community service. The players have now been formally charged with the crimes of aggravated battery and unlawful restraint. What is Hazing? Hazing is a broadly defined term that can include a variety of behaviors. Generally, a person can be accused of

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Lying to Your Insurance Company Can Have Serious Consequences

White collar crime appears to be on the rise in the United States. One specific type of white collar crime – insurance fraud – is especially commonplace in today’s society. While insurance fraud may seem like a victimless crime, it is not. The Coalition Against Insurance Fraud estimates that fraudulent insurance claims cost the country more than $80 billion each year. As a result, states like Illinois have taken legislative action to discourage insurance fraud. Lying to your insurance company to receive benefits can have serious civil and criminal consequences. What is Insurance Fraud? Insurance fraud is basically the act

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Commonly Used Defenses that Work in DUI Cases

When someone is facing a DUI charge, they should get help from a criminal defense attorney to defend their case. The attorney will be well versed with the different defenses that can be used before trial as well as during trial. Pretrial defenses can be brought up to the judge in a hearing well in advance of the trial, whereas trial defenses are brought up to a Jury at trial. An experienced attorney will usually use pretrial defenses in order to get the charges dismissed or reduced, instead of going through trial. Read on to understand some of the different

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Illinois Marijuana Overview

8 states (and Washington, D.C.) have legalized the use of recreational marijuana. 19 others have legalized the use of marijuana for limited medicinal purposes. It is currently illegal to possess, grow, or sell marijuana for recreational use in Illinois. However, lawmakers are currently pushing legislation that could make Illinois the 9th state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Current Illinois Marijuana Laws Illinois has relatively relaxed marijuana-related laws on the books. In fact, the penalties associated with possession of small amounts of marijuana was recently reduced from a misdemeanor to a civil violation. This legislative action indicates that Illinois

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How to Defend an Assault Charge

Assault charges are usually filed against an individual when someone feels threatened by them, or if someone believed that the person was going to hit them. Assault charges are accompanied with battery most of the times. Battery refers to the fact that the defendant actually hit the plaintiff. Another situation leading to assault charges arises when the defendant tries to hit the plaintiff but actually never succeeds in the act. The only thing that is required for an individual to be guilty of assault is the intention of harming another. The defenses used by someone being charged with assault fall

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DuPage County Caregiver Charged With Multiple Elderly Financial Abuse Crimes

Last month, a DuPage County grand jury charged a Chicago woman with several Illinois identity theft-related crimes. The woman reportedly worked as a caregiver for an elderly Hinsdale resident and gained unauthorized access to many of her personal documents and accounts. Using this information, the caregiver spent more than $3,500 to pay her own personal bills, shop online, and fund relatives’ jail commissary accounts. The felony charges included continuing a financial crime enterprise, financial exploitation of the elderly, and aggravated financial identity theft. The age of technology has made it easier to steal another person’s identity and personal information. The

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Understanding Disorderly Conduct in Illinois

Disorderly conduct is a broad criminal act that encompasses several illicit behaviors. Behavior of a merely obnoxious manner can constitute disorderly conduct. For example, an Illinois man was charged with disorderly conduct after he stumbled through the streets of Palos Park over St. Patrick’s Day weekend, eating potato chips, banging on doors, and shouting at the top of his lungs. In that case, his loud and obnoxious behavior was enough to be considered disorderly conduct. Alternatively, behavior that poses a threat to the safety of others can also be considered disorderly conduct. For example, last month Marion High School was

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