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Raymond Wigell’s Legal Cases

18 total


  • Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Date:
    Sep 27, 2013
    Outcome:
    Actual Result less than 6 months in prison. Sentence: 3 years IDOC with day for day good time resulting in 18 months in prison less credit for 12 months time served.
    Description:
    30+ year old male charged in 5 count indictment with ongoing and repeated Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse of 15 year old female in Cook County, Illinois. State's witness provides statement that defendant was observed and interrupted during one of the "incidents". Each count has a potential sentence of 3-7 years in prison.
  • Identity Theft, Theft >100,000.00, Financial Loan Fraud, Forgery

    Practice Area:
    White collar crime
    Date:
    Dec 16, 2013
    Outcome:
    NOT GUILTY on ALL Counts after 5+ day jury trial
    Description:
    Seller of Property accused of Count 1. Identity Theft, Counts 2 &3 Theft >100,000.00, Count 4 Financial Loan Fraud, and Count 5. Forgery. State has @1200 pages of documents and list of witnesses that implicate our client. Creative and aggressive Defense Motions in Limine restrict the State's ability to connect our client to the wrongdoing. Motion to sever our client's case from co-defendant's case is sustained. Defense's meticulous attention to detail and synopsis yields multiple demonstrative exhibits. Co-defendant found guilty of all counts; our client is found NOT GUILTY on ALL COUNTS.
  • Felony Dismissed - Possession of Controlled Substance, Cocaine

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Date:
    Jan 14, 2014
    Outcome:
    CASE DISMISSED - Possession of Controlled Substance (PCS), Cocaine, Class 4 Felony
    Description:
    A 28 year old Female is stopped at 3:00AM for a bogus traffic stop in suburb of Cook County, Illinois. Questionable search of the vehicle yields baggie of white powder which field tests positive as cocaine. State offer of probation is rejected by our experienced defense lawyer. Judge after hearing evidence finds of No Probable Cause at Preliminary Hearing, felony case DISMISSED. Expungement of felony arrest is anticipated.
  • Aggravated Possession of Child Pornography

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Date:
    Jan 10, 2014
    Outcome:
    PROBATION (30 months), NO Jail or Prison Sentence
    Description:
    A 34 year old male charged with 3 counts of Aggravated Possession of Child Pornography (Class 2 felonies subject to 3-7 years in prison to be served consecutively) and 4 counts of Possession of Child Pornography (Class 3 felonies subject to 2-5 years in prison). Client gave a statement admitting the allegations. Investigation was initiated by Internet Cyber crime task force. We developed extensive mitigation presentation to ameliorate the allegations. The Prosecution requested the sentence include significant (IDOC, Illinois Department of Corrections)Prison time consistent with the charges. Judge agrees with Raymond's argument that probation is the appropriate sentence.
  • Grooming and Indecent Solicitation of a Minor

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Date:
    Jan 06, 2014
    Outcome:
    No Prison Sentence, 29 days in county jail and 30 months probation. I was interviewed by the local newspaper about this case. It was a featured news story by Investigative reporter Phil Rogers from NBC WMAQ, Chicago.
    Description:
    A 37 year old male charged with Felony Grooming(Class 4 subject to 1-3 years in Prison) and an Indecent Solicitation of a Minor(Class 3 subject to 2-5 years in Prison). Basis of allegations is recovered text messages on the "victim's" cellphone. Defend is found guilty of both charges after jury trial. We present a detailed and extensive mitigation presentation to the judge at the Sentencing hearing. Resulting in 29 days in county jail, NO prison sentence and 30 months probation.
  • Possession of Child Pornography

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Date:
    Jan 08, 2014
    Outcome:
    NO PRISON sentence, 180 days Work Release
    Description:
    A 26 year old male is charged with 12 counts of Possession of Child Pornography in DuPage County, Illinois. Two of the twelve counts were Class X felonies which are non-probationable and carry a mandatory minimum of 6 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections(IDOC). At the time of the execution of a search warrant our client waived his Miranda rights and gave a statement that admitted the allegations. After extensive negotiations and the preparation of a detailed mitigation presentation the prosecution agrees to go forward on one of the charges and dismisses the remaining 11 counts. No prison sentence ordered by judge with 180 days of work release and probation.
  • Indecent Solicitation of a Child

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Outcome:
    24 Months Probation-NO JAIL TIME
    Description:
    Client was accused of soliciting an underage girl on the internet to meet to engage in sexual activity. This underage girl turned out to be an undercover police officer who arrested our client at the scene of an arranged meeting. Client was charged with a multitude of sex related offenses including indecent solicitation of a child, grooming, traveling to meet a minor and solicitation to meet a child. All the charges were classified as follows: A Class 4 felony carries a prison sentence of 1-3 years in the penitentiary. A Class 3 felony carries a prison sentence of 2-5 years in the penitentiary. After being arrested, the client contacted Wigell Criminal Defense to take the case. Wigell Criminal Defense accepted the case and vowed to aggressively defend the client. After analyzing the discovery and weighing the client’s options, it was determined that it was in the client’s best interest that Wigell Criminal Defense engage in aggressive negotiations with the State’s Attorney assigned to the case. The reason for pursuing this method was that a review of the discovery determined that the evidence against the client was overwhelming and a conviction at trial with significant prison time were highly likely. Despite the overwhelming nature of the prosecution evidence, Wigell Criminal Defense Holistic Strategies resulted in a favorable outcome for the client. The State’s Attorney agreed to a disposition of 24 months’ probation and that the client was required to register for 10 years as opposed to a lifetime registration requirement and most importantly NO JAIL TIME. All prison time was completely avoided in this situation. The client was satisfied with the result and pleased that he would not have to serve any time in the penitentiary. Client and his family were grateful for the work of Wigell Criminal Defense. They were grateful for attorneys that cared and did everything possible to achieve the best possible outcome under the circumstances given.
  • Drug Induced Homicide (Heroin)

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Outcome:
    Result-Less than 4 Years IDOC
    Description:
    Our client was charged with Drug Induced Homicide and Delivery of a Controlled Substance in Will County. Our client and a co-defendant were accused of delivering (selling) heroin to the decedent. It was also alleged that the decedent died as a result of ingesting the aforementioned heroin. Drug Induced Homicide is a Class X Felony, punishable from 6-30 years in the penitentiary. It is non-probationable and requires the accused to serve a mandatory prison sentence. An individual serving a sentence under this charge must serve at least 75% of their sentence before being eligible for Mandatory Supervised Release (Formerly known as parole). The offense is non-probationable. Delivery of a Controlled Substance is typically a Class 2 Felony punishable from 3-7 years in the penitentiary. However, the client faced an extended sentencing range from 3-14 years due to a prior conviction in his background. An individual convicted under this charge must serve at least 50% of their sentence before being eligible for Mandatory Supervised Release. The client’s parents were fearful that the client would ultimately end up spending the rest of his life prison. After entering the case, the attorneys and support staff at Wigell Criminal Defense immediately began to work on the client’s case. The attorneys and support staff conducted a thorough and detailed analysis of the discovery, extensive legal research, and conferred with the client on multiple occasions at Will County Jail. It was determined that there were some weaknesses in the State’s case but that there were also some strengths that were not in our client’s favor. It was also determined that the strengths of the State’s case created a strong possibility of being convicted if the case proceeded to trial. The State made an initial offer of extensive penitentiary time in exchange for a plea of guilty to the charges. The State indicated that they were unwilling to deviate from their position on the case. In a strategic decision in negotiating on the client’s behalf, the case proceeded to a 402 Conference. A 402 conference is a meeting between the Judge, State's Attorneys and Defense Attorneys where mitigating and aggravating factors are presented to the Judge. The Judge then takes all factors into consideration and makes a recommendation for sentencing. During the conference, the Defense informed the Judge of all the mitigating factors including the client's struggle with drug addiction, the weaknesses in the State’s case and the client’s personal background. The State informed the Judge of all of the aggravating factors which were premised upon the allegations of the charges. Further conversations with the Judge resulted in a final recommendation of 6 ½ years on the Drug Induced Homicide charge a concurrent sentence on the Delivery of a Controlled Substance charge. Resulting in less than 4 years in prison after credit for time served. The client and his parents were grateful for all the hard work and dedication of Wigell Criminal Defense in the client’s case. They were grateful with the result that the client would serve a shorter prison sentence on a serious charge that essentially carried a life sentence. This result gives the client an opportunity to be able to have a meaningful life after being released from the penitentiary.