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Raymond Wigell’s Legal Cases

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  • Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    CASE DISMISSED
    Description:
    Father Accused of Sexually Abusing Stepdaughter- Charges Dropped Defendant, a dual citizen of United States and United Kingdom, accused by Plainfield Police of criminal sexual abuse to stepdaughter. Defendant denies all allegations. Search warrant served on Defendant's home looking for evidence. Our Defense Team effectively blocked any further interrogation by Plainfield Police. Wife and stepdaughter later retract all allegations of wrongdoing. Kendall County State's Attorney unwilling to drop charges. Defense Team strategically position the case to require the prosecutor to dismiss all charges.
  • Unlawful Use of Weapon

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    CASE DISMISSED
    Description:
    Stungun in Carry-on Luggage- Case Dismissed As covered by Chicago ABC (channel 7), CBS (channel 2), and NBC (channel 5) news and Chicago Tribune/Chicago Sun Times. Defendant, a dual citizen of Nigeria and USA, arrested at O'Hare Airport after stungun found in carry-on bag at security checkpoint. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) guard found suspicious item during security screening. Defendant charged by Chicago Police with Unlawful Use of a Weapon (UUW) and Attempting to Board an Aircraft with a Weapon. Defendant was returning from missionary work in Nigeria when the stungun was found. At preliminary hearing, after extensive cross examination by the Law Offices of Rayomnd G. Wigell, Ltd. Defense Team, finding of no probable cause, case dismissed.
  • Possession of Child Porn on Computer

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    NOT GUILTY ON ALL COUNTS
    Description:
    Child Porn Found on Computer- Not Guilty Defendant took computer to Frankfort computer repair shop for repairs. Will County Sheriff notified by shop of suspect kiddie porn on hard drive. Defendant charged with felony Possession of Child Pornography in the Circuit Court of Will County. Defendant facing 2-5 years in prison and lifetime sex offender registration upon conviction. Defendant gave a video taped statement admitting to surfing the internet for child porn. Law Offices of Rayomnd G. Wigell, Ltd. retained internationally renowned forensic computer expert to examine computer hard drive and assist in defense. At trial, the Defense Team successfully argue that most images were downloaded while computer was in possession of repair shop. Additionally, through expert testimony it was established that the other images of child pornography which were on the hard drive were contained in unallocated, temporary internet, and recycle bin files, negating Defendant's intent and knowledge of possession. Defendant Not Guilty of all charges and lifetime registration as sex offender avoided
  • Recent Victories

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    Please see individual cases for successful outcome.
    Description:
    Please visit our website at: www.waaltd.com for additional Illinois and Federal Criminal Defense victories!
  • Drug charges dismissed

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    Motion to Suppress granted; Case dismissed
    Description:
    Cocaine Found During Traffic Stop- Case Dismissed Orland Park Police respond to anonymous call that driver is smoking marijuana (cannabis) in his car. Defense Team files Motion to Suppress Evidence based on an illegal search and seizure. At hearing, officer testifies that he stopped vehicle for expired registration and asked Defendant for permission to search vehicle. Cocaine and drug paraphernalia recovered after search. On cross examination officer admits that he never detected any odor of cannabis or observed any other evidence that Defendant was smoking marijuana. Motion to Suppress granted, case dismissed.
  • Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    Not Guilty on ALL Counts
    Description:
    NOT GUILTY ON ALL COUNTS -AGGRAVATED CRIMINAL SEXUAL ABUSE Our clients previous attorney suggested that she plead guilty, go to jail and register as a sex offender. The Criminal Defense lawyers of the Law Offices of Raymond G. Wigell, Ltd. accepted the case and successfully defended a 28 year old woman accused of having oral and vaginal sex with a 13 year old male. The alleged victim gave a Video statement identifying our client as the person who had sex with him. Our Client gave a complete confession to the police in which she admitted having sex with the alleged victim and that she knew he was underage. The knowledge, experience and diligent preparation of this case by the Law Offices of Raymond G. Wigell, Ltd., his investigators and his criminal defense team made the difference. After a 3 day jury trial it took the jury less than 30 minutes to return a NOT GUILTY verdict on all counts.
  • Felony Gun Charge (Aggravated UUW) avoidance of Felony

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    University graduate student - Not Guilty of Aggravated UUW, guilty of misdemeanor UUW and avoids FELONY conviction.
    Description:
    Loaded 9mm Semi-Automatic Weapon in Car Defendant. a university graduate student, charged by Chicago Police with Aggravated Unlawful Use of Weapon (UUW). Officer testifies that he stopped vehicle for traffic violation and upon approach observed driver drop magazine out of a handgun and put it in the glove compartment. Officer recovers weapon with one round in chamber and full magazine. During cross examination, officer unable to clarify how many total rounds of ammo recovered. Defense Team successfully argue that officer's credibility damaged by inconsistencies with ammunition, as well as his location when he observed the weapon upon approach. Vehicle had dark tinted windows.
  • United States of America v. Musiliu Balogun

    Practice Area:
    Federal Crime
    Date:
    Sep 05, 2013
    Outcome:
    Potential sentence of 30+ years to life. Mr. Balogun was sentenced to 108 months in prison with potential credit of 63 months. Preliminary calculations indicate that he will serve less than 29 months.
    Description:
    Our Client was characterized as the leader of an International Heroin Drug Conspiracy extending throughout South East Asia, Africa, Europe, Central America and U.S.A. The organization was said to be 1 of the world's largest heroin networks. Court documents state that the network extended from Thailand to Chicago. He was extradited from Holland(Netherlands) and was facing 30+ years to life in prison on a multi-defendant, multi-count U.S. Indictment. I was interviewed by the local and international press about this case. My comments were published internationally by the Associated Press (AP).
  • Possession of Child Pornography

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Aug 28, 2013
    Outcome:
    Probation
    Description:
    Man charged in what the media characterized as one of the largest Child Pornography cases to date. Reports that as much as 3 terabytes of suspect contraband media was found at our client's residence pursuant to a search warrant. Several computers, cell phones, thumb drives, DVDs, and other electronic devices were seized. The search warrant was executed by a multi-jurisdictional task force. Our client was initially sentenced to 4 years in prison and placed in custody. My law firm's defense team of lawyers, paralegals and forensic experts prepared, filed and argued a Motion to Reconsider the Sentence. After several months the court allowed the Motion to Reconsider, set a release from jail date of 09/09/2013 and placed our client on Intensive Probation. Never, Never, Never Give Up.
  • Possession of Child Pornography

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Sep 11, 2013
    Outcome:
    Probation
    Description:
    Cyber crime multi-jurisdictional task force investigation and search warrant yields a Grand Jury Indictment charging our client with (4) counts of Possession of Child Pornography. Each count is a Class 2 felony that carries a potential sentence of 3-7 years in prison. The sentencing statute applicable in this case requires that if convicted and sentenced to prison the sentence on each of the four counts must be served consecutively. In this case that would require a minimum of 3 years followed by 3 years for each count of conviction. (That is 3 years in prison, then 3 years in prison, then 3 years in prison and then 3 years in prison if convicted on all four(4) counts.) At the time of the execution of search warrant and after receiving Miranda warnings our Client gave a detailed statement admitting Possession of Child Pornography to law enforcement officers. A rigorous review of the forensic evidence indicated that the state would able to meet it's burden of proving the elements of each of the four (4) counts in the Indictment beyond a reasonable doubt. Prosecution argues that our client should be sentenced to prison consistent with the statute. After obtaining a Psycho-Sexual Evaluation I argue and advocate for our client requesting that he not go to prison but rather be placed on Probation.