Defending gun cases in Cook County is not easy in light of all the shooting violence in Chicago. The Cook County State's Attorney's Office pursues gun cases very aggressively. It is virtually impossible to reach any agreement with the State's Attorney's office unless the agreement involves the defendant agreeing to serving jail time. However, I appeared in Court today and convinced the State to reduce my client's charges from two felony Aggravated UUW charges to one count of Misdemeanor UUW. As the State stated in Court, I submitted a "substantial mitigation packet" on behalf of my client. My client was working miscellaneous jobs to provide for his family. One job involved clean up and maintenance work for several landlords. The landlords would call him to clean and repair their apartments once they were vacated by their tenants. On the day of his arrest for this case, he was pulled over while going to a vacated apartment to do work by a police officer for a minor traffic offense. While the officer was issuing my client a ticket, my client voluntarily told the officer that he had a loaded firearm in the glove compartment of his vehicle. The officer retrieved the firearm and placed my client under arrest. My client told the officer that he needed to have a gun with him because sometimes he would enter the apartments that were supposed to be vacated only to find that people had broken in to the apartments and were residing in them. My client had a valid Firearm Owners Identification Card (FOID) but no Conceal and Carry Permit. As a result, he was charged with felony Unlawful Use of Weapon (UUW). I submitted a compelling mitigation packet and was able to convince the Cook County State's Attorney's Office to reduce the charge from a felony to a misdemeanor. My client has a family, a mortgage and owns a business. A felony conviction would have had a devastating effect on his future and the future of his family. After his period of probation for the misdemeanor ends he will eventually be allowed to seal the case which means that the public will not be able to find his conviction and the case will not hinder his future or affect his family. After this excellent result, when the case gets sealed, it will be like it never existed as far as the public or prospective employers are concerned.
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