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Man charged with drug possession can face up to 30 years in jail

Juvon Mays, 35, is facing up to 30 years of imprisonment on charges of possession with intent to deliver both heroin and cannabis. The Champaign, Illinois man will face sentencing by Judge Heidi Ladd on Wednesday, December 21.

Mays’ trial began on Monday, November 14. During a raid on the house where Mays was arrested, police investigators managed to recover one gun behind a house Mays was exiting; two guns near a garage at the same house; and a bag of heroin, which reportedly weighed 4 grams, under a car located about three houses down. No guns or drugs were found on Mays’ person.

We at the Bruno Law Offices are prepared to protect you and your legal rights in court if you employ our legal representation for your criminal defense case in Champaign or another area of Illinois. Contact us today at (217) 328-6000 to speak with a qualified member of our legal team about your situation.


Former U.S. congressman Aaron Schock receives indictment on two criminal counts

Thirty-five-year-old former United States Representative Aaron Schock (Republican of Illinois) once had a $5,000 chandelier attached to his government office, cementing the rumors that he loved the good and expensive life.

In a sweeping 24-count grand jury indictment given to him on Thursday, November 10 in Springfield, prosecutors constructed in detail the circumstances in which Schock used House of Representatives and campaign funds to support his lavish lifestyle.

Among the charges that Schock faces are nine counts of wire fraud, one count of mail fraud, two counts of making false statements, five counts of filing false reports with federal election officials, and six counts of filing false tax returns.

In a statement, U.S. attorney in Springfield James Lewis said, “Mr. Schock held public office at the time of the alleged offenses, but public office does not exempt him or anyone else from accountability for alleged intentional misuse of public funds and campaign funds.”

Our attorneys at The Bruno Law Offices are focused on providing each and every one of our clients in Champaign-Urbana or other areas in Illinois with the personalized legal services that they require in order to win a criminal defense case. Call our offices today at (217) 328-6000.


Illinois state trooper convicted of misconduct and bribery

A jury in Vermilion County, Illinois deliberated for two hours last Tuesday, November 8 before finding 46-year-old Westville resident Keith Lumsargis, an Illinois state trooper, guilty of official misconduct and bribery.

Lumsargis, who worked for the state police for 13 years, was taken into police custody in May 2014 at the Possum Trot restaurant in Oakwood after treating a police officer from Tilton to dinner. At the time, Lumsargis believed the police officer fulfilled his promise to give parking tickets to his ex-girlfriend. Lumsargis allegedly solicited multiple village police officers through text messages and face-to-face conversations, during a period of three months, to stop Mary Bailey and give her a ticket, in early 2014.

Our lawyers at the Bruno Law Offices have successfully defended serious criminal cases in state and federal courts, including death penalty murder cases. If you have been charged with a criminal offense in the Champaign-Urbana area or another area of Illinois, get in touch with us by calling our offices today at (217) 328-6000.


Jury selection for Des Plaines man accused of attempted murder now underway

Jury selection for the trial of 20-year-old Des Plaines resident Daniel Dion began last Monday, October 31. Dion made a not guilty plea by reason of insanity to attempted murder charges in relation to allegedly stabbing and critically wounding a 24-year-old Vernon Hills woman outside the Century Theater in Deer Park.

Although the burden of the proof of the crime always lies with the prosecution, proving an insanity plea is on the shoulders of the defense. Under Illinois law, a jury or judge can find an accused not guilty by reason of insanity if the accused is ailing from a disease or defect of the mind “such that he lacks the substantial capacity to appreciate the criminality of his conduct.”

Our criminal defense lawyers at the Bruno Law Offices, who provide legal services in Champaign-Urbana and other areas in Illinois, handle criminal defense cases such as gun crimes, violent crime, homicide and murder charges, and battery, among others. Call our offices today at (217) 328-6000 to learn more about your legal options and discuss your situation.


Man charged with DUI after accident causes death to woman and unborn son

Normal, Illinois resident Lance Pitsch, 27, was charged with aggravated driving under the influence that resulted in death and reckless homicide in Christian County. The charges come after he caused a vehicular accident on Illinois 48 near County Road 600 North in Morrisonville at approximately 3:20 p.m. on Friday, October 21. The crash resulted in the death of 25-year-old Jessica Tyson Ragan and her unborn son.

Ragan and the unborn child, who she planned to name Jovian when she gave birth in December, succumbed to mortal injuries at Taylorville Memorial Hospital around 4:20 p.m. the same day as the accident. Pitsch was also airlifted to a hospital, but he was able to appear in court on Monday, October 24. His next day in court will take place on October 31, and his bond was set at $500,000.

Our attorneys at the Bruno Law Offices, who provide legal services for our clients in Champaign-Urbana and other areas of Illinois, handle criminal defense cases such as car accidents and wrongful death suits.


Champaign landlord to receive sentencing in fraud case

Seventy-three-year-old Champaign, Illinois landlord and architect Gene Hardwick is scheduled to appear at the United States District Court in Urbana on Friday, October 14. If found guilty, Hardwick will have to spend 24 months in federal prison for defrauding Longview State Bank after he is sentenced by U.S. Judge Colin Bruce.

According to court documents, Hardwick made a loan of $3.9 million from Longview Bank in 2007 to allegedly erect a 64-unit apartment building at 611 E. Park Street, C. However, when a bank examiner from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. inspected the address to assess Longview’s loan portfolio, the examiner “discovered an empty parking lot.”

The bank had already paid out around $2.4 million when the fraud was discovered. A major dispute between the prosecution and the defense was the amount of loss, with the prosecution saying that it was “at most, $391,349” and the defense saying its “unauthorized personal expenses was $43,417.”

If you have been charged with a criminal offense in Champaign or another area in Illinois, get in touch with our criminal defense attorneys at the Bruno Law Offices by calling our offices today at (217) 328-6000.


Derrick Rose’s lawyers say accused rape was consensual

The legal counsel for 28-year-old New York Knicks player Derrick Rose insisted on Wednesday, October 5 that the woman bringing rape charges against Rose willingly had sex with him at Rose’s mansion in Beverly Hills. The plaintiff is also accusing two of Rose’s friends with the rape of an impaired woman.

Rose’s lawyers said the text messages the woman sent to Rose after a party indicated that the woman was lucid and not intoxicated after leaving Rose’s mansion. A clip from a deposition showed Rose saying “No” when asked if he understood what consent meant. The plaintiff’s attorneys argued  “His friends may have pushed this issue, but all three certainly knew that she was severely intoxicated, she could not consent and she would have never consented.”

If you have been charged with a criminal offense in Illinois, hire the legal services of our attorneys at the Bruno Law Offices by dialing (217) 328-6000 today. Schedule an initial appointment with a qualified member of our legal team as soon as you can.


Sexual abuse lawsuit against scout leader allowed to proceed in court

Illinois Appellate Court decided on Friday, September 30 that a civil lawsuit lodged by former members of the Oak Lawn Boy Scout troop in Cook County can proceed to trial. Their trial concerns the members’ claims that they were sexually molested by their scout leader, Thomas Hacker, in the 1980’s.

The lawsuit was filed in 2013 by 16 former Boy Scouts of America – who are now adult men – after the agency released a list of names of hundreds of pedophiles in the scouting system. The complaint alleges that the BSA oversight committee made it possible for Hacker to gain access into the upper echelons of the organization and molest many young boys.

Our attorneys at the Bruno Law Offices dedicate our personalized and undivided attention to every single detail of the cases we take on. We know the details can spell the difference between an acquittal and a conviction for our client. Get in touch with our criminal defense lawyers today by calling our Champaign offices at (217) 328-6000.


Man walks free after DNA evidence exonerates him from murder charge

Fifty-five-year-old Chicago resident Mark Maxson was released from Stateville Correctional Center last Tuesday, September 27 after a Cook County judge ruled Maxson did not commit his crimes. Maxson went to jail for the 1992 rape and murder of six-year-old boy Lindsey Murdock, but DNA evidence showed he was actually innocent.

The Cook County District Attorney’s Office supported exonerating Maxson, noting that no physical evidence linked Maxson to the crime. In addition, defense attorney Elliott Zinger said a re-investigation discovered Maxson’s confession was merely coerced by members of the Chicago Police Department under John Burge.

If you are a resident of Champaign-Urbana or another area of Illinois and you are in danger of going to prison for a crime such as a sexual offense, murder, or assault, trust the attorneys at the Bruno Law Offices to competently handle your case. Call our offices today at (217) 328-6000 to schedule an initial appointment with a qualified member of our legal team.


My client is not a South Side gang leader – defense lawyer

Gregory Chester is one of six defendants who are on trial for racketeering and other charges for being allegedly leaders of the Hobos gang in South Side in Chicago, Illinois that federal prosecutors say killed and tortured their way to gain control of the city’s drug markets; another is Paris Poe.

In his trial, which began last Wednesday, September 14, defense attorney Beau Brindley said that Chester was not a gang leader but a small-town drug pusher who was framed by the police when he refused to reveal the real gang leaders. Brindley said Chester, who was born with physical disabilities, sold drugs to people that he knew, but that he was not a gang leader.

If you are facing criminal charges in Champaign or other areas of Illinois, contact our team at Bruno Law Offices for aggressive representation. Call our offices at (217) 328-6000.

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