People of the State of Illinois v. P. A.

Charge: False Report of Vehicle Theft (Class 2 Felony)
Ruling: Reduced to Misdemeanor

Facing seven years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, and all evidence stacked against the Defendant, I knew this was a matter I had to negotiate. (Not all cases end up with not guilty. Some of the BIGGEST victories are negotiated out, and this is just one example.) Knowing that my client was a full time student with A LOT to lose, I could not let him go down with a felony conviction. After months of back and forth with the State’s Attorney’s Office, I convinced them to reduce the Felony charge to a class A Misdemeanor with the condition that the Defendant complete ten days of community service. That was it! Sometimes having good relationships with the opposition is an attorney's best weapon.