Thursday, November 1, 2007

Not Guilty After Trial for Selling Unstamped Cigarettes

Chicago criminal defense attorney, James Dimeas, obtained a verdict of NOT GUILTY after a trial at 26th and California for a sandwich shop owner charged with selling unstamped cigarettes. The police had received a tip that the sandwich shop owner was selling unstamped cigarettes. They entered the sandwich shop under the guise that they were conducting a "license premises check" and observed a box containing over 200 packs of unstamped Marlboro Light Cigarettes with what appeared to be Chinese writing on the boxes. The police seized the evidence, arrested the sandwich shop owner and charged him with selling unstamped cigarettes. The case was prosecuted by the Illinois Attorney General's Office.

Under intense cross examination by Chicago criminal defense lawyer, James Dimeas, the Chicago police officers that participated in the raid were forced to admit that they had no direct evidence proving that his client was selling the cigarettes in question. The court agreed with Chicago criminal defense lawyer, James Dimeas, and found the sandwich shop owner not guilty.

While the sandwich shop owner had no criminal background and was probably not facing any jail time, a conviction for selling unstamped cigarettes could have resulted in the revocation of his business license and the shutting down of his business.

Another hard fought victory for Chicago criminal defense lawyer, James Dimeas.

For more information about the Chicago criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders, P.C., visit us at or call us anytime at 1-800-228-7295.

No comments:

The Legal Defenders, PC

70 West Madison, Ste 1400 * Chicago * IL 60602 * Phone: (800) 228-7295 * Fax: (800) 604-0507