Solved Cases

The following solved cases are a few of the cases that we have been able to resolve well for our clients. If  you would like a consultation, please either fill out a Free Defense Report or call our office at 708.606.4386.

 MURDER IN THE FIRST DEGREE

In the winter of 2015, the defense team at the law offices of Edward Johnson, headed by John Miraglia, successfully wrapped up a First Degree Murder trial in Champagne County.  The jury agreed unanimously that the state had not proven beyond a reasonable doubt that Juvon Mays, 34, murdered or was accountable for the murder of his neighbor in 2009.  For more information on the defense team at the law offices of Edward Johnson and John Miraglia, call our office at 708.606.4386.   If you would like a consultation, please either fill out a Free Defense Report or call our office at 708.606.4386.

CREDIT CARD FRAUD – PROBATION

On March 4, 2015, the defense team successfully wrapped up a criminal financial case. The client was charged on 8 counts, 4 for possession of another’s credit, debit, or ID card in violation of 720 ILCS 5/17-32(b) and 4 for altering a debit card in violation of 720 ILCS 5/17-41(a)(i). This client came to our offices seeking help on September 25, 2014, and after about 4 months, our team was able to close out the case by helping the client receive less than 3 years’ probation.

DOMESTIC BATTERY – FOUND NOT GUILTY

On December 25, 2014, our client was involved in a domestic battery case. Due to a misunderstanding on the police’s part, our client was thought to have assaulted another person. However, in court, after a thorough explanation of the events that occurred, the judge found our client not guilty and the client has been cleared of all charges. We are happy to have helped our client clear up this incident and move on.

LICENSE REVOCATION DUE TO PRIOR DUI – LICENSE REINSTATED

On December 11, 2014, our firm was notified by the Secretary of State that our client’s petition to reinstate his driver’s license was approved. The client had suffered from alcoholism and was charged with 3 DUIs in the span of 7 years. Those years were dark times for this client, but the client was able to turn his/her life around after deciding to move out of state to start over and leave alcohol out of his/her life. This client has not consumed any alcohol for the past 10 years now and decided to apply to reinstate his/her Illinois license. It was a long process, but after putting together all of the necessary documents and waiting patiently, our firm was able to help this client receive an order granting the reinstatement of his/her driving privileges. We are proud of this achievement and happy to have helped our client finally put this chapter of life away for good.

CRIMINAL SEXUAL ABUSE TRIAL – CLIENT NOT GUILTY ON ALL CHARGES

The Defense Team finished a criminal sexual abuse trial on January 12, 2015, at 26th and California.  Our client was acquitted on all charges.  Our client was facing the following charges:

  1. 720 ILCS 5/11-1.60(a)(4) – AGGRAVATED CRIMINAL SEXUAL ABUSE

  2. 720 ILCS 5/11-1.60(a)(4) – AGGRAVATED CRIMINAL SEXUAL ABUSE

  3. 720 ILCS 5/11-1.60(a)(4) – AGGRAVATED CRIMINAL SEXUAL ABUSE

  4. 720 ILCS 5/11-1.60(a)(4) – AGGRAVATED CRIMINAL SEXUAL ABUSE

  5. 720 ILCS 5/12-3.05(d)(2) – AGGRAVATED BATTERY

  6. 720 ILCS 5/12-3.05(d)(2) – AGGRAVATED BATTERY

  7. 720 ILCS 5/12-4.4(a)(1) – ABUSE BEING A SEXUAL OFFENSE

  8. 720 ILCS 5/12-4.4(a)(1) – ABUSE BEING A SEXUAL OFFENSE

  9. 720 ILCS 5/12-4.4(a)(2)(A) – ABUSE OF A LONG TERM CARE FACILITY RESIDENT

  10. 720 ILCS 5/12-4.4(a)(2)(A) – ABUSE OF A LONG TERM CARE FACILITY RESIDENT

After a lengthy bench trial our client was found not guilty on all charges.  The aggravated criminal sexual abuse charge, not guilty; the aggravated battery charge, not guilty; the sexual abuse charge, not guilty; the abuse of a long term care facility resident, not guilty.  If you or a loved one are facing criminal charges please contact the Law Offices of Edward Johnson for help at 708.606.4386.

CRIMINAL SEXUAL ASSAULT TRIAL – CLIENT NOT GUILTY

On December 17, 2014, the Defense Team finished a criminal sexual assault case. After trial, the client was found innocent on all charges due to the poor credibility of the State’s witnesses.

POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE – CASE DISMISSED AT PRELIMINARY HEARING

On November 6, 2014, the Defense Team finished a possession of a controlled substance case. The police had stopped our client and searched the client’s pockets without probable cause. During this unlawful search, one of the pockets allegedly contained heroin. The case was dismissed at the preliminary hearing.

CASH SEIZURE – CASH RETURNED

On October 31, 2014, the Defense Team finished a cash (civil) forfeiture case in which the Illinois State Police (ISP) unlawfully took more than $45,000 in cash from our client. The ISP had stopped our client’s rental car for speeding on the highway. During the traffic stop, the ISP unlawfully used a K-9 to search the rental car, and during the search, the K-9 discovered the cash. Our team successfully resolved the matter and reclaimed the cash for our client because the ISP did not have a basis to seize the money.

AGGRAVATED BATTERY TO A POLICE OFFICER – CLIENT NOT GUILTY ON ALL CHARGES

On July 21, 2014, our Defense Team cleared up a case in which our client was charged with aggravated battery to a police officer. The client was also charged with a felony for fleeing from the police in an automobile. However, there was no DNA, no fingerprints, and thus no conviction – cleared of all charges!

MOB ACTION/ARMED VIOLENCE – CLIENT NOT GUILTY

On April 28, 2014, our Defense Team cleared our client of charges of armed violence and mob action. The client was facing an indefinite amount of prison time. After picking a jury, we attacked the prosecution through our tried-and-true strategic procedure. The client then took the stand and testified with the truth. The jury returned with a verdict of not guilty, and our client did not go to prison.

SHOPLIFTING – CLIENT GIVEN SUPERVISION

On April 2, 2014, our Defense Team helped our client receive court supervision rather than serve jail time. The client was suffering from a chemical imbalance in the brain because of the medicine the client was taking. We discovered that the client was not taking the correct dosage of the medication, which led to the imbalance, and led the client to shoplift. We registered the client to a treatment facility, and the court took note of the treatment. The client ultimately received court supervision and will expunge the record at a later time.

POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WITH INTENT TO DELIVER – DISMISSED

On March 7, 2014, our Defense Team cleared up a case for a client who was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. We filed a motion to suppress evidence and the court conducted a hearing. At the suppression hearing, the client refused a police officer’s request to search the client. After the refusal, the police officer searched the client anyway. The court held that the police violated the client’s right for protection against an illegal search and seizure under the Fourth Amendment. The court then granted the motion and suppressed the evidence. Case dismissed.

SPEEDING – CASE DISMISSED

On January 27, 2014, our Defense Team was able to have a speeding ticket case dismissed. The client was cited for speeding after an unmarked police car closely followed the client. The client had accelerated in order to put distance between the client’s car and the unmarked police car and change lanes. The police officer then pulled the client over and charged the client with speeding. After our involvement, the case was dismissed.