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West Chicago Domestic Violence
Our client stated that the accuser broke the glass table and went on a tirade inside the home. He stated that they engaged in a physical fight and when the accuser tried to leave, our client became very angry.
West Chicago Domestic Violence
The West Chicago Police responded to a residence regarding a report of domestic violence. They ended up arresting our client for Domestic Battery.
Our law firm was able to get all Charges Completely Dismissed.
While en route, the police officer was monitoring the radio and overheard dispatch informing the medics there was a possible offender with a weapon on scene. Upon arrival, the police officer observed a male subject (our client) seated outside a first floor apartment. One police officer approached our client from the east and another police officer approached from the west. Our client was on the telephone during this time. The police officer made verbal contact with our client. Our client appeared to the officer. The officer noticed our client’s right hand was tucked away toward his waistline and he was leaning forward while he was holding his cell phone to his ear with his left hand. The police officer told our client to show his hand. Our client ignored the police officer. After the third time of being told to show his hand, our client threw his right hand up in the air, He ended his phone conversation and began acknowledging the police officer. Our client told the police officer that he broke out a window on the accuser’s vehicle after the two had been fighting. At one point, our client turned and noticed that the police officer was standing behind him. He became upset that the police officer was behind him and his behavior at that point became escalated. The police approached our client and he stood up and attempted to walk inside his residence. The police officer directed our client to sit down and pushed his chest in a manner to encourage him to a seated position. Our client refused to comply and the police officer placed him under arrest for damage to property. The police officer applied handcuffs to our client’s wrists. The officer double locked and checked for fit. Our client resisted during handcuffing by turning his body and slightly pulling away. Once our client was secure, he was seated on a chair outside.
Our client stated that the accuser broke the glass table and went on a tirade inside the home. He stated that they engaged in a physical fight and when the accuser tried to leave, our client became very angry. Our client struck the accuser’s car with a table causing the windshield to break. Our client smelled of alcohol while speaking. Our client had a scratch on his face near his left eye and a small cut on his hand. When asked about his injuries, he responded only that the accuser did it. He eventually said the accuser struck his face. Our client refused medical treatment.
After the accuser was seen by paramedics and refused transport, the police officer had the opportunity to speak with the accuser, who was in a dating relationship with our client. The accuser stated that they were driving home from Chicago earlier and arguing in the car. According to the accuser, our client was being violent during the drive home. Once they arrived home, the accuser decided to leave and went to the car and called 911. The 911 operator advised the accuser to drive to the police department to meet with an officer. The accuser opted not to go to the police station. Instead, the accuser went to the apartment. In the apartment, our client was upset and crying. According to the accuser, our client then became enraged. Our client allegedly flipped over a glass table and began throwing things around the apartment before punching the accuser. Our client then struck the accuser and bit the accuser’s finger. The police advised the accuser that our client would be charged with domestic battery due to there being signs of physical injury present. The police officer instructed the accuser to go to the police station in order to complete a statement and have photographs of the injuries taken.
The police officer transported our client to the police station booking facility for processing. During processing, the police officer spoke with our client and advised him to keep calm. He allowed our client to use the restroom. Our client was charged with two counts of domestic battery. He was processing and transferred to the jail pending a bond hearing.
On the day of trial, our team was prepared and ready to try the case. The prosecutors did not have sufficient evidence or the cooperation of necessary witnesses to proceed. Had the prosecutors attempted to bring in evidence via hearsay or other means, our experience trial attorney was prepared and would have blocked such a move.
The prosecutors motioned the judge for a continuance. Our team’s trial attorney successfully objected to the granting of any continuance. The prosecutors then had no choice but the dismiss the case against our client.
Our law firm was able to get All Charges Completely Dismissed.
Our West Chicago Domestic Violence Lawyers successfully defend Domestic Violence cases originating in West Chicago and throughout DuPage and Cook Counties.
Domestic Battery is a serious case, carrying a possible penalty of up to 364 days in jail and permanent criminal conviction that can never be expunged or sealed.
Thankfully, our trial attorneys have successfully gotten numerous Domestic Battery cases dismissed in West Chicago and throughout the Chicago area.
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There are two prosecuting agencies for offenses that occur in West Chicago. West Chicago DUI, traffic and ordinance violations are prosecuted by a law firm contracted by the city of West Chicago.
All West Chicago Violence cases are prosecuted by the DuPage State’s Attorney’s Office.
All West Chicago Domestic Battery cases are heard in the DuPage County Courthouse: the Circuit Court for the 18th Judicial Circuit, located at 505 N. County Farm Rd., Wheaton, IL 60187
When a person is arrested, he or she is taken by the West Chicago Police Department to Courtroom 4016 for a bond hearing. The judge in courtroom 4016 sets bond conditions and gives the person an arraignment date in DuPage courtroom 4007.
All other proceedings on the case will be heard in DuPage courtroom 4007, which hears all DuPage County Domestic Violence cases.
Assault (per population of 100,000)
Data shows that in the last year there were there 66.6 assaults, including domestic battery, per population of 100,000.
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My name is Gus Kostopoulos. For the past 21 years, I have practiced criminal law, including Domestic Violence Defense.
I am a former prosecutor. For the past 15 years, I have been a criminal defense attorney aggressively defending people accused of crimes.
My team of three attorneys helps people in Domestic Violence, Order of Protection and Violation of Order of Protection matters.
The legal system takes Domestic Violence cases very seriously.
Fortunately, so do we.
The vast majority of our clients get their Domestic Violence cases completely dismissed.