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.