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CHECK YOUR TAXI RECIEPTS

If you have used a taxi in Chicago lately, and paid by credit card, please check your receipt. If your receipt displays 6 digits of your credit card number then it contains more of the credit card info than is allowed by law. The law requires that it be limited to 5 digits. Check your receipt and call Erickson & Oppenheimer, Ltd. at 312-327-3370 now. Class Action 

ROLLING MEADOWS -NOVEMBER 21, 2013 NOT GUILTY: DUI

A County Judge found Defendant not guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol after the arresting officer testified that he found the defendant passed out, laying on the front seat, with the engine running and the car partially in an intersection at 4:30 a.m. The officer testified that paramedics were unable to awaken the defendant, even after pricking his finger to conduct a blood sugar/diabetes test and that the defendant needed assistance in walking to the stretcher. 

CHICAGO IS THE FALSE CONFESSION CAPITAL: SEE '60 MINUTES' REPORT ON FALSE CONFESSIONS AND THE DIXMOOR 5 CASE

Erickson & Oppenheimer, Ltd represent Shainne Sharp, one of the 5 teen-aged boys convicted and sentenced to 20-30 years in prison for the 1992 brutal rape and murder of a 14 year old girl. The federal civil rights lawsuit states that DNA evidence recovered from inside the young girl's body and re-tested in 2011, matched that of a 33 year-old rapist and murderer and finally helped to exonerate all of the 5 men. The innocent boys were taken from their parents and spent a combined 80 years in prison for a crime they had nothing to do with. The only evidence against the boys who ranged in age from 14 to 17 was police coerced confessions, obtained after days of grueling isolated, parent-less, attorney-less, interrogation, threats and false promises. 

JUNE 25, 2014: DIXMOOR 5 SETTLEMENT PRESS CONFERENCE HELD TODAY

Civil Rights Attorneys, including Jon Erickson and Michael Oppenheimer of Erickson & Oppenheimer, Ltd., hold a press conference at the federal courthouse in Chicago to announce the record breaking $40 million settlement with the Illinois State Police for the wrongful convictions of 5 teen-aged boys in the 1991 rape/murder of a 14 year old girl. Officers forced false confessions from the 3 of 5 teenagers. The innocent five spent almost 80 cumulative years in prison for a crime they didn't commit. 

JULY 30TH, 2014- ERICKSON & OPPENHEIMER LTD. GETS A GOOGLE+ PAGE!

Users of the social networking site can now add E&O to their circles on Google Plus to stay updated with the latest news from us! We also have a Facebook page you can Like, and a YouTube account where some videos pertaining to cases are saved. Twitter will hopefully be in more use soon as well. Links below so you can stay connected with the best in Chicago Defense Law!

SKOKIE-JULY 10, 2013 COURT GRANTS DEFENDANT'S MOTION TO SUPPRESS EVIDENCE-CHARGES DROPPED

A Cook Count Judge granted a motion to supress evidence forcing prosecutors to abandon their charges of Felony Aggravated Driving on a Suspended License. A Chicago Police Officer claimed she executed a traffic stop because she saw the defendant driving without a seatbelt and subsequently learned that his license was revoked due to DUI convictions. Cross examination by the defendant's attorneys, Erickson & Oppenheimer, revealed that at the time of the stop, the plain clothes officer was driving an unmarked squad and saw the defendant emerge from a "known drug house" in "a high narcotics area." The judge found that the officer lacked cause to make the traffic stop. Prosecutors asked the judge to dismiss all charges shortly after the judge threw out the evidence. 

SEPT. 24, 2013

A Cook County judge found Erickson & Oppenheimer's client not guilty of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender and Providing Material False Information on a Sex Offender Registration Form after an extended bench trial today. If found guilty, the defendant would faced 6 - 30 years in prison. The judge found that the witness for the prosecution was not believable when the witness denied giving the defendant permission to live in his Lakeview apartment. Police claimed the defendant admitted that he gave a false address to the the Criminal Registration Office at Chicago Police Headquarters. 

OCTOBER 30, 2013- CHICAGO: A COOK COUNTY JUDGE FOUND JONATHON BALL NOT GUILTY OF UNLAWFUL USE OF A WEAPON BY A FELON

t 26th & California after a bench trial. Erickson & Oppenheimer were successful is convincing the judge to toss out Mr. Ball's admission to possession, successfully arguing that Chicago Police violated Mr. Ball's constitutional rights when they took his statement. Prosecutors wanted Mr. Ball, who is on parole for gun possession, to serve 12 years. Mr. Ball was charged with possession of marijuana, UUW x Felon and possession of ammunition. 

MARCH 24, 2014 -- AFTER A PROLONGED LEGAL BATTLE, YET ANOTHER MAJOR VICTORY FOR ERICKSON & OPPENHEIMER, LTD...

as a Class X, 6-30 year, non-probational felony Possession of Heroin with Intent to Deliver charge is dismissed by Cook County prosecutors. Erickson & Oppenheimer, Ltd. just can't lose!! 

MARCH, 2014 -- AMERICAN SOCIETY OF LEGAL ADVOCATES NAMES JON F. ERICKSON AS ONE OF THE TOP 100 LAWYERS IN THE STATE OF ILLINOIS FOR 2014!


Selection was the culmination of a six-month process in which ASLA researched "tens of thousands of lawyers, resulting in the selection of less than 1.5% of lawyers overall."

MARCH 12, 2014- NOT GUILTY: BATTERY TO POLICE OFFICER AND RESISTING ARREST.

It took a Cook County jury only an hour and a half to reject an Evanston Police Officer's claim that Erickson & Oppenheimer's client, punched the officer in the eye after spitting on him. A witness for the defense contradicted two Evanston officers' accounts and told the jury that the officers that committed the battery and not the defendant. 

JUNE 25, 2014: DIXMOOR 5 SETTLEMENT PRESS CONFERENCE HELD TODAY

Civil Rights Attorneys, including Jon Erickson and Michael Oppenheimer of Erickson & Oppenheimer, Ltd., hold a press conference at the federal courthouse in Chicago to announce the record breaking $40 million settlement with the Illinois State Police for the wrongful convictions of 5 teen-aged boys in the 1991 rape/murder of a 14 year old girl. Officers forced false confessions from the 3 of 5 teenagers. The innocent five spent almost 80 cumulative years in prison for a crime they didn't commit. 

JUNE 19, 2014 -- IN A MAJOR VICTORY IN THE ON-GOING LEGAL BATTLE BETWEEN DWAYNE WADE'S EX-WIFE AND THE MIAMI HEAT BASKETBALL STAR

Video: http://www.chicagotribune.com/videogallery/80551131/Video-Dwyane-Wade-s-ex-wife-says-in-lawsuit-that-she-was-violently-attacked-in-2012-arrest

JULY 30TH, 2014- ERICKSON & OPPENHEIMER LTD. GETS A GOOGLE+ PAGE!

Users of the social networking site can now add E&O to their circles on Google Plus to stay updated with the latest news from us! We also have a Facebook page you can Like, and a YouTube account where some videos pertaining to cases are saved. Twitter will hopefully be in more use soon as well. Links below so you can stay connected with the best in Chicago Defense Law!

Chicago-may 15, 2013: Man Found Not Guilty Of Driving Under Influence Of Drugs.

Erickson & Oppenheimer obtained another not guilty after a bench trial today. The arresting officer testified that he detected a strong odor of marijuana on the defendant's breath and clothing and that the defendant exhibited numberous signs of impairment. Following defense counsel's cross-examination of the officer, the Cook County judge found that she "had problems with the officer's credibilty" and dismissed the charges at the close of the State's case. 

Chicago- June 5, 2013 Cesar Marin Found Not Guilty Of Residential Burglary...

after a 3 day trial at the Criminal Courts Building at 26th & California. The victim, who identified Mr. Marin in a police line-up, testfied that he wrestled with a burglar on his kitchen floor after he exited the shower and found 2 men inside his southwest side home. Erickson & Oppenheimer, Ltd. successfully argued that the line-up was unduly suggestive and used Marins's debit card records to demonstrate that Marin could not have been near the victim's home at the time of the burglary. 

Chicago-july 9, 2013 Defendant Found Not Guilty Of Battery To Officer And Resisiting Arrest.

A Cook County Judge found a Chicago man not guilty of attacking and fleeing from Chicago Police Officers after a tumultuos bench trial on Tuesday. The man suffered injuries to his head, face and abdomen and was taken by police to an area hosptial after his arrest. Police told emergency room personnel that the defendant hit his head after he fell down while fleeing, yet the officer's own reports state that the officers used force, including a "head stun," "closed fist strike/punch" and "knee strike" on the man. Erickson & Oppenheimer argued the officers "lacked credibilty" and have yet to determine if a federal civil rights law suit alleging excessive force is next. 

HB3202 - HA#1 - VEH CD-DUI ARREST AUDIO/VIDEO

Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Requires all law enforcement patrol vehicles to be equipped with video recording equipment by July 1, 2014. This equipment must be capable of recording at least 10 hours of video footage and recording sound with the use of a wireless microphone. Patrol vehicles with in-car cameras are required to record when (1) the officer determines an enforcement stop is necessary and shall continue until the enforcement action has been completed, provided that the recording shall include any field sobriety tests administered during a DUI stop, including the administration of a portable breath test; (2) the patrol vehicle emergency lights are activated or when they would otherwise be activated if not for the need to conceal the presence of law enforcement, and shall continue until the reason for the activation ceases to exist, regardless of whether the emergency lights are no longer activated and, in the event of an arrest may not conclude before the subject is transported and leaves the vehicle; (3) the officer reasonably believes recording may assist with prosecution, enhance safety, or for any other lawful purpose and shall continue until the reason for recording ceases to exist. Requires audio and visual recordings of all Illinois Vehicle Code related stops. For DUI related stops, requires video recording of any observation periods, test refusal, and test administration, including those not conducted at the scene of the stop. Requires officers to report any equipment malfunction. Makes any video recording made under this Section subject to the Freedom of Information Act and subpoenas, but allows the department to charge a $25 fee for compliance with any video production request for the purpose of recouping administrative costs. Effective July 1, 2014

Chicago-july 8, 2013 Case Dismissed.

A Dekalb County Judge granted the Defendant's Motion to Dismiss in a Malicious Prosecution law suit on Monday. Erickson & Oppenheimer defended a Dekalb couple accused of filing false police reports and manufacturing evidence against a former neighbor. The former neighbor was arrested, charged and tried in felony criminal court for harrassing the couple. After a jury found him not guilty of the felony harassment charges, the neighbor filed the suit seeking money damages for the intentional infliction of emotional distress along with malicious prosecution claim. 

Chicago- July 29, 2013 1st Degree Murder Charges Dismissed.

After four years of hard fought litigation, Erickson & Oppenheimer secured the dismissal of 1st Degree Murder charges against client Defendant Tremaine Winters at 26th & California on Monday. Prosecutors dismissed the charges in exchange for a plea of guilty involuntary manslaughter. 1st Degree Murder carries a mandatory minimum of 20 years of which 100% must be actually served. Pursuant to an agreement, Mr. Winters will be released from custody in approximately 18 months on a lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter.

Chicago Is The False Confession Capital: See '60 Minutes' Report On False Confessions And The Dixmoor 5 Case

Erickson & Oppenheimer, Ltd represent Shainne Sharp, one of the 5 teen-aged boys convicted and sentenced to 20-30 years in prison for the 1992 brutal rape and murder of a 14 year old girl. The federal civil rights lawsuit states that DNA evidence recovered from inside the young girl's body and re-tested in 2011, matched that of a 33 year-old rapist and murderer and finally helped to exonerate all of the 5 men. The innocent boys were taken from their parents and spent a combined 80 years in prison for a crime they had nothing to do with. The only evidence against the boys who ranged in age from 14 to 17 was police coerced confessions, obtained after days of grueling isolated, parent-less, attorney-less, interrogation, threats and false promises.

Chicago- August 16, 2013 Motion To Suppress Confession Granted In Ak-47 Case

After an evidentiary hearing, a Cook County Judge at 26th & California tossed out the parolee's alleged confession to possessing a dangerous AK-47 Assault Weapon. Erickson & Oppenheimer filed the Motion to Suppress Statements after cobbling 4th Amendment search and seizure law regarding Parolees with the 5th and 6th Amendment rights to remain silent and have an attorney present for questioning.

Chicago-august, 13, 2013 Not Guilty: Resisting Arrest/dui

A Cook County Judge found Ramon Sauza not guilty of Resisting/Obstructing a Peace Officer and DUI after a bench trial last week. The Chicago Police Officer testified that he witnessed Mr. Sauza strike to parked cars, attempt to drive away and then flee the scened on foot before fighting with the officer to defeat arrest. 

Chicago- April 30, 2013: Defendant Found Not Guilty Of Possesssion Of 13 Bags Of Herion After A Bench Trial In Skokie Today.

A Chicago Police Officer testified today that after he witnessed a hand-to-hand drug transcaction the Defendant dropped to the ground 13 bags of heroin. Defense cross-examination revealed that the officer didn't see what he said claimed to have seen and a Cook County Judge found the Defendant Not Guilty. 

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