Client charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance. Although the amount of the substance was significant – it was deemed for personal consumption. Because it was on the borderline for achieving a “deferred prosecution” – Mr. LaScola had to be very creative in negotiations to achieve the State’s Attorney Drug School program in lieu of prosecution. Once our client satisfied the requirements, we returned to court in Maywood and the charge was dismissed.
Our client was charged with DUI after pulling off the road with 3/4 of his vehicle upon the curb and his front end up against a light pole in Schaumburg. When the police investigated (after concerned citizen 911 calls), they found our client was passed out behind the wheel with the car running. Video evidence showed slurred and confused speech. After Mr. LaScola’s cross-examination of the officer – the Court entered a Finding of NOT GUILTY to both the Improper Lane Usage and the DUI.
Our client was pulled over after driving without headlights. He became argumentative with the officers and showed signs of impairment according to the officer’s testimony. He also allegedly showed appeared intoxicated after the arrest (back at the stationhouse) according to the officer’s testimony. After a thorough cross-examination by Mr. LaScola, our client was found NOT GUILTY of the DUI and was merely placed on Court Supervision for driving without headlights.
Client charged with filing false income tax returns claiming that the government should pay nearly $900,000.00 in tax refunds to the client spanning a 3-year period of time. After the indictment, Mr. LaScola worked vigorously to minimize the damage. After submission of a 15-page sentencing memorandum, Mr. LaScola secured a 5-year Probation for the client despite the 2-year Federal Sentencing Guideline minimum. NO JAIL
Our client was charged with an Aggravated DUI and was on probation for a recent DUI conviction at the time of the arrest. He was facing extended sentencing because he had 2 prior Class 2 Felony convictions. The sentencing range was 6-30 years because of his background. After lengthy negotiations Mr. LaScola secured an offer of 3 yrs IDOC (18 months actual) and the client already had 10 months of good time credit to apply to this sentence for the county jail time he accrued during the pendency of the case. He will serve approximately 8 months downstate and will be released on mandatory supervised release (f/k/a parole). What would have been a 6-8 year sentence was reduced to a 3-year sentence!!
Our client charged with Retail Theft – the Representative from WalMart failed to appear on the initial court date & the matter was scheduled for trial. On the trial date, the loss prevention agent failed to appear, but notified the prosecution they still intended to prosecute. Mr. LaScola made a strong objection to any further continuances and the charge was dismissed!!
Our client was charged with DUI after failing field sobriety tests and producing a BAC result in excess of .08. He was facing severe job consequences if he was found guilty of DUI based upon the nature of his profession. After mitigation was presented and lengthy negotiations, Mr. LaScola secured a reduction of the DUI charge to a Reckless Driving and (as an added bonus) secured a Rescission of the Statutory Summary License Suspension. Our client’s job was saved and he will suffer no loss of driving privileges.
Underaged client charged with DUI and also received a ZT “Zero Tolerance” Suspension. Mr. LaScola researched and challenged the DUI on the basis that the same BAC result used to enforce the ZT was also used in the criminal DUI charge. The DUI was dismissed by the State and our client’s charge was amended to a local ordinance violation. The Village offered a ‘deferred prosecution’ and the client successfully completed the terms of it. DUI dismissed and only a 3-month Zero Tolerance (ZT) suspension was imposed!!
Client charged with Obstruction of Identification. In this Maywood case, the local police charged our client with providing false information when she was experiencing a panic attack after officers were called to her residence for a disturbance. In court, Mr. LaScola and his team secured a “deferred prosecution” whereupon our client performed 20 hrs. of independent community service. We returned to court 2 months later and a dismissal order was entered.
Our client was charged with Theft and was scheduled for court in Kane County. We secured a recommendation for “Deferred Prosecution” & our client was given a schedule to complete certain requirements. She satisfied all the conditions & we returned to court in May and all charges dismissed!!