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Michael J. Petro & Associates
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Nicolas Gomez Gets His Federal Sentence Reduced!  Congratulations Gomez Family!
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Good news. I have spent the last two days at CPD Area 2 representing a client in a murder investigation.  CPD just informed me that my client will not be charged! 
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Be careful friends.  A mistake here will cost you pain!
United States v. Townsend. No. 13-2677. Background. Louis Townsend pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm as a felon and was sentenced to 71 months in prison. He challenges his sentence on several grounds, but the government questions whether the appeal...
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Honest Services Fraud Reversal by 7th Circuit of Appeals. Will this get ex-governor Blagojevich out of prison?
USA v. Thomas Hawkins and John W. Racasi, No. 14-1892 & 14-1908 . Thomas Hawkins and John Racasi were employed as analysts on the staff of Larry Rogers, a member of the Cook County Board of Review, when they accepted...
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More success in Federal Court.  Today, the government dismissed the two most serious charges against my client in a fake stash house robbery case. 

These fake stash house robbery cases involve government agents recruiting citizens to rob a fake drug stash house of fake drugs.   The government is back peddling because the recruited citizens are either African-American or Hispanic. 

I am hoping that this dismissal is the beginning of the end for these loathsome prosecutions.  There is enough real crime to fight.  But to target minorities for fake crimes seems inexcusable.  
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Interesting reading from the Supreme Court on when the police can kill a fleeing felon. 
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Monday morning CPD smack down. Police came into my client's house and searched without a warrant "because the door was unlocked." Finding no probable cause. Case dismissed!
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Chicago criminal defense attorney Michael J. Petro argues in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals tomorrow. USA v. Joe Abate. Wish him luck!
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Here is a list of drugs and the penalties for illegally possessing or distributing in Illinois.
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United States v. Thompson, et al., No. 14-1316 In considering four consolidated cases, the Court of Appeals held that district court’s must consider the § 3553(a) factors when imposing all non-mandatory conditions of supervised release, including standard conditions of supervised...
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Success at Dirksen. I fought tooth and nail against the government's Petition for Preliminary Order of Forfeiture. The petition sought proceeds and specific property including substitute assets. The Judge listened to my arguments and dismissed the government's petition.
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United States v. Garrett. No. 13-1182. Background. Dwayne Garrett was found guilty of possessing with intent to distribute 50 or more grams of crack cocaine and sentenced to 190 months in prison. He appeals both his conviction and sentence. Garrett...
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312-913-1111
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312-873-3758
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53 W Jackson Blvd #324 Chicago, IL 60604
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Michael J Petro & Associates - U.S. Federal & Illinois Courts - Call: 312-913-1111
Introduction
Chicago criminal defense attorney, Michael J. Petro, has earned a reputation for providing high quality, aggressive legal representation in Chicago and around the United States. Michael has earned this reputation by providing his clients with the highest standards of diligence, knowledge and professional advice, and by steadfastly protecting his client's constitutional rights. 

Practices Areas:

Federal Charges
  • Federal Charges including: Mail Fraud, Wire Fraud, Bank Fraud, Hobb’s Act Extortion, Possession and Delivery of Controlled Substances, Conspiracy and RICO Violations, Bank Robbery, Tax Offenses, Immigration and Unlawful Re-entry, Public Corruption and Embezzlement, Money Laundering, Software and Copyright Piracy, Internet Solicitation, Pornography Possession and Distribution and Supervised Release Violations.
Illinois State Charges
  • Possession and Distribution of Controlled Substances, Murder, Robbery, Assault and Battery, Sex Charges, Gun Possession, Theft, Forgery, Domestic Violence, Felonies, Misdemeanors, Violations of Probation, DUI/DWI, Solicitation, Prostitution, Bond and Preliminary Hearings.
Appeals
  • Federal Appeals, Illinois State Appeals, Federal Habeas Corpus and Illinois Post Conviction Cases.
Investigations and Grand Jury Subpoenas
  • Assists clients being investigated by the FBI, DEA, ATF, Homeland Security, US Postal Inspector’s, US Treasury and Secret Service, US Department of Justice, IRS, SEC, US Inspector’s General, Chicago Police Department, Illinois State Police, Illinois Attorney General’s and Numerous Local Illinois Police Agencies. Criminal defense attorney Michael J. Petro has represented numerous individuals subpoenaed by Federal and Illinois Grand Juries.
Expunging and Sealing Criminal Records
  • Clean your record and start fresh.
Civil Rights
  • Police misconduct from excessive force to unlawful arrest. 
Immigration
  • Removal/Deportation hearings.