Chicago Criminal Defense Attorney Former Cook Country Felony Prosecutor
Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor
Domestic Violence/Domestic Battery
Expungement/Criminal Record Sealing
White Collar Crimes
Client was charged with multiple sex crimes, including criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual assault.
July 09, 2019
He was a suburban school teacher that was accused of having sexual relations with a student. The student came forward years later and the client confessed to police. If the client were to have proceeded to trial and lost, he faced between 20 and 75 years in prison. With the confession, a guilty finding would have been a near certainty. Mr. Weisberg spent months putting together what is called a mitigation packet. This is a packet of information gathered to show the prosecutor and judge that the client is otherwise a good man. Mr. Weisberg presented this packet and met several times with the prosecutor. In the end, Mr. Weisberg was able to work out a deal where the prosecutor would drop 4 of the 5 charges against the client. As to the remaining charge, the prosecutor agreed to drop that charge down from a very serious sex crime to the lowest level sex crime on the books. The client pleaded guilty to the low-level offense and did not have to serve a day in jail.
Client is a young woman with a perfect record who was charged with felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.
July 01, 2019
She got into a heated argument with her boyfriend. She is alleged to have taken the boyfriend’s gun and ran out of the house. The boyfriend called the police and told them that she had his gun and was not licensed to carry or possess a gun. The police quickly spotted the client walking down the sidewalk with a duffle bag. She allowed the police to search where they found the handgun. She faced a felony conviction and up to 3 years in prison. Mr. Weisberg met with the prosecutor on two occasions and convinced her to drop the felony gun charge. In the end, the client accepted an offer to pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of reckless conduct. The client served no jail time and will be eligible to have this case sealed.
Client was charged with battery involving offensive touching.
June 10, 2019
Client recently moved to the United States from a European country. He had a great job and was married. He and his wife learned that they were expecting their first child. Client and his good friend went out to celebrate. The client was extremely intoxicated and when he was leaving the bar, it is alleged that he grabbed a young woman’s buttocks without her consent. He was immediately arrested when the young lady called the police who happened to be outside the bar. The client was intoxicated to the point where he could not recall what happened that evening. It was critical to get the case dismissed because he was in the US on a work visa and could have no criminal record. Mr. Weisberg spoke at length with the prosecutor. Mr. Weisberg convinced the prosecutor that this case could destroy the client’s life. On the next court date, the prosecutor agreed to drop the case. Mr. Weisberg has since filed an expungement for the client.
Client was charged with criminal trespass, assault and battery.
April 23, 2019
Client lived in an apartment building with a neighbor who was constantly causing trouble for others in the building. The client was upset because the neighbor was constantly smoking marijuana in his bedroom and the smell would move into the bedroom of the client’s newborn baby. Client repeatedly asked the neighbor to smoke outside, on his balcony or in another room so that the baby would not be forced to ingest the cannabis smoke. When the behavior continued, Client allegedly forced his way into the condo unit of the neighbor and threatened bodily harm to the neighbor. The client was arrested and charged with various charges. Mr. Weisberg was able to convince the prosecutor to dismiss the charged against the client. Mr. Weisberg has since file an expungement for the client.
Client was charged with committing a battery against a Chicago Police officer.
May 03, 2019
The client was a young man with a clean record and a bright future. Any force against a police officer is treated very seriously by prosecutors and judges. Mr. Weisberg had the client write an apology letter to the officer. In court, Mr. Weisberg presented the letter to the prosecutor and the charges were dismissed.
Client charged with criminal damage to property when as he exited a place of business, he allegedly kicked the glass window and shattered it.
April 10, 2019
The amount of damage qualified for a felony because it was over $500. Not only was the case kept in misdemeanor court but Mr. Weisberg spoke to the prosecutor and convinced him to dismiss the charges against the client. Mr. Weisberg then filed the expungement paperwork and the case will soon be cleared from the client’s record.
Client accused of retail theft when he took hundreds of dollars of items from a suburban store and attempted to exit the store without paying for the items.
April 05, 2019
The client was not a citizen of the United States and so it was critical that the charges be dismissed and his record ultimately expunged. Mr. Weisberg was able to get the charges dismissed. He then prepared papers to have the client’s record expunged. The expungement was granted and the record has been completely removed.
Client was charged with child endangerment and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
March 25, 2019
Client admitted to police that she had given alcohol to the minors and that they had engaged in sex acts in her car while she was present. Prosecutor attempted to blame the client for the behavior of the two minors that were in the back seat of her car. After reviewing all of the video statements, Mr. Weisberg met with the prosecutor and convinced her to dismiss all the charges related to sexual activity of the two minors. These were the most damning charges against the client. The client accepted a negotiated plea agreement where she simply pleaded guilty to a low misdemeanor charge of providing alcohol to a minor. She did not serve any jail time and will not have to register as a sex offender.
Client was charged with felony retail theft.
March 22, 2019
Client is a medical student with a history of retail theft arrests. Mr. Weisberg represented Client in several misdemeanor retail theft cases and was able to get them all dismissed. The client was then arrested on a felony retail theft. Mr. Weisberg got the client into a pretrial diversion program so that the case could be dismissed and the record expunged. Client violated the terms of the diversion program after being arrested on another retail theft case outside of Cook County. Mr. Weisberg was able to convince the Judge not to take the client into custody and instead to give her counseling on the outside. Mr. Weisberg was able to convince the prosecutor and judge to allow the client to take part in the mental health court where she did not have to plead guilty. Instead, she is taking part in outpatient counseling and is doing very well. She is scheduled to have her case dismissed based on her compliance with the counseling. She is on pace to finish with the case being dismissed and the records expunged.
Client caught stealing items from a major department store in Skokie.
January 23, 2019
Client caught stealing items from a major department store in Skokie. Mr. Weisberg appeared in court with Client and Mr. Weisberg was able to get the charges dismissed without a conviction, guilty plea, fine or court costs. Mr. Weisberg is now in the process of expunging the records for Client.
Client charged with felony retail theft from four locations of a home improvement retailer.
March 13, 2019
Client charged with felony retail theft from four locations of a home improvement retailer. Total theft was more than $10,000. Mr. Weisberg was ultimately able to convince the prosecutor to dismiss 3 felony charges and reduce the 4th charge to a misdemeanor with probation. Client did not have to serve any jail time and will not become a convicted felon despite the four felony cases.
Client charged with stealing more than $60,000 from an employer where Client worked as an accountant.
February 25, 2019
Client charged with stealing more than $60,000 from an employer where Client worked as an accountant. Client confessed to stealing the money and was charged with a felony where he faced 3-7 years in prison. Mr. Weisberg was able to negotiate a plea where no conviction was entered, client served no jail time, did not have to pay any money back and will be eligible to have his record expunged after a brief period of time.
Client called Mr. Weisberg after Des Plaines Police executed a search warrant at a storage facility rented exclusively by Client.
March 05, 2019
Client called Mr. Weisberg after Des Plaines Police executed a search warrant at a storage facility rented exclusively by Client. The police recovered thousands of grams of cannabis and other items such as scales and baggies suggesting client was using the facility to sell cannabis. The client could have faced 4-15 years in prison if convicted in court. Mr. Weisberg talked multiple times to the detective and on March 5, 2019, walked Client in to the police station to meet the detective. Mr. Weisberg made sure the client knew exactly what to do when he walked in the station. About 5 minutes later Client and Mr. Weisberg walked out of the station without any charges being filed. A week later the detective followed up with Mr. Weisberg and informed him that the investigation was over and that no charges would be brought.
Client was charged with domestic battery after he allegedly struck his girlfriend in their Chicago apartment.
March 18, 2019
Client was charged with domestic battery after he allegedly struck his girlfriend in their Chicago apartment. Mr. Weisberg appeared in court with Client on March 18, 2019 and after meeting with the prosecutor, the charges we dismissed. Client was not convicted and paid no fine.
Client charged with aggravated assault with a golf club after allegedly threatening a cab driver over a dispute involving his wife. Mr. Weisberg recommended that the client not accept the State’s offer of court supervision and instead set the case for trial.
November 12, 2014
The case was dismissed on the trial date and the client was not convicted.
Client charged with bringing a loaded handgun into O’Hare Airport.
March 22, 2019
Client contends it was his weapon but he forgot that it was in his bag and never intended to bring the gun to the airport. Mr. Weisberg wrote a letter to the prosecutor explaining the excellent background of the client as well as his defense as to the possession of the gun. The prosecutor agreed to dismiss the case on March 22, 2019. The client was not convicted and paid no fine.
Client charged with domestic battery after allegedly striking his wife in the presence of their young child.
September 21, 2016
The client was in the United States on a work visa and could not have any violent crime on his record. Mr. Weisberg explained to the prosecutor that the client’s wife was the aggressor and that my client actually called the police to help him calm the situation. The prosecutor spoke to the client’s wife and she agreed to drop the charges. The client is now eligible to have his record expunged and he will have no problems with immigration.
Client charged with several counts of money laundering and facilitating a financial crimes enterprise.
September 23, 2016
The client was arrested after a lengthy undercover police investigation as well as the execution of numerous search warrants. All alleged criminal activity was video and audio recorded by the undercover police. The client was facing up to 30 years in prison despite that fact his record was clean. Mr. Weisberg was able to convince the prosecutors to dismiss all of the serious charges and allow the client to be placed on “2nd Chance Probation.” With this special probation, the client was not convicted and can actually clear his record at some point after successful completion of the probation.
Client charged with domestic battery and interfering with a 911 call. The client decided to fight the case at trial.
September 26, 2016
The prosecutor presented photographs of bruises that they alleged were caused by the client during an attack. Mr. Weisberg prepared the client for trial by spending hours going over all kinds of questions that could come up at trial. Mr. Weisberg was able to cross examine the client’s wife and the arresting officer and bring out critical instances of bias and inconsistent testimony. The judge found the client NOT GUILTY at trial. This saved his job and prevented the client from a likely deportation.
Client was charged with many extremely serious sex crimes after he was accused of taking advantage of his position of authority to have a sexual relationship with an underage girl.
October 06, 2016
The client made a full confession to police. The prosecutor charged the client with 18 separate counts of sex offenses. The minimum sentence based on these charges was 15 years with a maximum of 60 years. Mr. Weisberg along with the client gathered countless character letters along with military and school records. Mr. Weisberg met several times with the prosecutor and was able to convince her to dismiss 17 of the 18 counts. The client was able to avoid jail altogether and received probation with counseling.
Client was charged with criminal trespass arising out of an incident at an upscale Chicago hotel.
November 15, 2016
After getting into a heated argument with his girlfriend in a hallway in the hotel, the client was told he must leave and not return. The client allegedly returned a short time later and was arrested. Making the situation more complicated was the fact that the client lived out of state and was only here for the weekend. Mr. Weisberg was able to arrange for a pretrial diversion program where the client could complete his requirements in his home state. On the court date, Mr. Weisberg spoke at length to the prosecutor on the case and it was dismissed.
Client charged with theft from a bar that he was visiting.
November 17, 2016
As the client left the bar, he allegedly stole an expensive piece of electronic equipment from the bar. He was immediately apprehended and confessed to the crime. Mr. Weisberg was able to get the client into a pretrial diversion program and the case was dismissed. The client was not convicted and paid no fine or court costs. The client is now eligible to have his record expunged.
Client was arrested and charged with battery after allegedly striking a man on the sidewalk after they exchanged words on a bus.
November 23, 2016
The client was actually a successful business man and could not have anything on his record. Mr. Weisberg was able to get the case dismissed and the client is eligible to have his record expunged.
Client charged with retail theft for the 5th time.
December 07, 2016
She had two previous cases in Indiana and two in Illinois. The client feared she would serve jail time or the prosecutor would upgrade the charge to a felony. Mr. Weisberg had the client gather several character letters and medical reports about a recent illness. After meeting with the prosecutor and the Judge and arguing for the client, the prosecutor agreed to allow the client to complete a small amount of community service (charity work) and the charges were dropped. The client served no time, was not convicted and did not even have to pay a fine or court costs.
Client charged with Criminal Damage to Property when he was caught on surveillance slashing the tires of another individual.
November 24, 2014
After conference with the prosecutor and Judge, Mr. Weisberg was able to convince the prosecutor to drop the charges.
Client charged with 3 counts of Criminal Sexual Assault and was facing 15-45 years in prison if convicted at trial. Client had admitted to some lower charges but had to fight the highest level charges to avoid the 15 year minimum prison sentence.
November 21, 2014
Mr. Weisberg fought the case at trial and the client was found not guilty on all 3 counts of criminal sexual assault.
Client charged with Felony Retail Theft after being caught leaving a high end department store with over $2,000 worth of stolen merchandise.
November 17, 2014
Mr. Weisberg aggressively negotiated with the prosecutor and was able to get the charge reduced to misdemeanor retail theft under $300. As a result of this reduction, the client will not become a convicted felon and will actually be able to clear her record completely.
Client charged with 45 counts of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault and other very serious sex crimes and was facing 18-90 years in prison if convicted at trial. Mr. Weisberg discredited the State’s primary witness and convinced the Judge to find the client Not Guilty on all charges.
November 13, 2014
The client left the courtroom a free man and with no conviction on his record.
Client had two prior cases for Public Indecency and sought to have his record expunged. The prosecutor filed an objection and the case proceeded to hearing before the presiding Judge. Mr. Weisberg was prepared with several documents showing the client’s military service and other information.
November 10, 2014
The Judge agreed to allow the expungement of both cases.
Client was charged with Domestic Battery, two counts of battery to a police officer and two counts of resisting arrest. The client was not a citizen a feared deportation proceedings if the case were not properly resolved. Mr. Weisberg was able to convince the prosecutor to drop the domestic battery, both battery charges involving the police and the two counts of resisting.
October 24, 2014
The client was allowed to plead guilty instead to one count of reckless conduct which will have no negative consequences with regard to immigration.
Client charged with Retail Theft after allegedly stealing various items from a local store. Mr. Weisberg convinced the prosecutor to allow the client to take part in the misdemeanor deferred prosecution program.
October 23, 2014
The client was simply required to take part in two-30 minute meetings. All charges were dropped and the client is eligible to have his record expunged
Client was in town from New York when she was arrested and charged with Retail Theft.
October 17, 2014
Mr. Weisberg was able to convince the prosecutor to drop all charges after completion of a very brief deferral program. The client can now expunge the arrest record.
Client was charged with possession of cannabis and trespassing. The cannabis charge was prosecuted by the Cook County prosecutor while the trespass charge was prosecuted by the attorney for the City of Chicago.
October 08, 2014
Mr. Weisberg negotiated with both prosecutors and all charges were dropped against the client.
Client was originally charged with Public Indecency after allegedly engaging in sexual activity in a Cook County Forest Preserve. The client sought to have his arrest record, mugshot and fingerprints expunged. The Cook County prosecutor filed an objection and a hearing was required before the Chief Judge in Skokie.
October 07, 2014
Mr. Weisberg successfully argued for his client and the Chief Judge granted the expungement and ordered all records related to the case destroyed.
Client charged with domestic battery after allegedly striking his wife during an argument.
October 03, 2014
Mr. Weisberg was able to convince the prosecutor to dismiss the charges. The client is now eligible to have his record expunged.
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Many people use the terms “theft,” “robbery,” and “burglary” interchangeably in daily conversations. Which makes sense. After all, each term – in general – addresses the same topic.
Legally speaking, however, the terms describe three different and specific types of criminal offenses. If you’re facing criminal charges related to stealing something, you need to know the legal definition of each term.
Theft in Illinois
Illinois Statutes Chapter 720 §16-1 defines theft as obtaining the property of someone else through deception [...]