Illinois Concealed Carry License Holder Found Not Guilty After Trial

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Schaumburg criminal defense lawyer Thomas T. Glasgow of Glasgow Beattie Olsson wins “first of its kind” Illinois concealed carry case for client.

Schaumburg Criminal Lawyer Thomas Glasgow

Schaumburg Criminal Lawyer Thomas Glasgow

"This was a case about credibility. Our independent investigation turned up witnesses and evidence that the police had simply missed," says Glasgow.

On January 16, 2015, in one of the first cases of its kind in Illinois, a concealed carry license holder was found not guilty after trial. In the case People v. Danielson (14 CM 00004034) held in Lake County, the concealed carry license holder was accused by the police of using his weapon improperly to defend himself and his property when a trespasser unlawfully came onto his property and threatened him with death or great bodily harm.

The Court delivered the not guilty verdict after Schaumburg criminal defense attorney Thomas T. Glasgow successfully argued that the alleged victim's version of events was not credible and the police arrested the defendant simply because he had a concealed carry license.

The Court, in its ruling, specifically found that the witnesses, which were discovered by Glasgow's independent investigation, were the linchpin of why the defendant had been found not guilty. The Court emphasized that eyewitness testimony of the witness directly contradicted the alleged victim's version of the events and discredited his version of the events.

"This was a case about credibility. Our independent investigation turned up witnesses and evidence that the police had simply missed. The eyewitness testimony was critical in disputing the prosecution's version of the events that occurred that day and ultimately led to the not guilty verdict and dismissal of the charges by the Court," says Schaumburg criminal lawyer Thomas Glasgow.

According to the Illinois State Police, over 91,000 Illinois concealed carry permits have been issued since the law change one year ago. This week also marks one of the state’s biggest gun shows. The Chicagoland Gun Show will take place on January 23-25, 2015 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center located in Rosemont, Illinois. It is recommended that Illinois gun owners routinely retain a criminal defense lawyer's services prior to being charged for an offense similar to the occurrence in People v. Danielson. It is important to have an experienced attorney on retainer before a serious incident occurs as witnesses may disappear or be unreachable.

Cook County criminal defense lawyer Thomas Glasgow earned his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law, Institute of Technology. As a former Cook County State’s Attorney, Glasgow has extensive experience in the criminal law arena. Glasgow focuses his legal practice on criminal defense including: DUI defense, domestic violence, weapons charges, drug trafficking and civil litigation. Glasgow was named a 2015 Super Lawyer, which marks his third nomination since 2012. He also sustains a 10.0 or “superb” rating on Avvo based on client feedback and peer endorsements.

Schaumburg criminal lawyer Thomas Glasgow has educated attorneys through legal education seminars for the Institute for Continuing Legal Education and the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation. He has also appeared as a Legal Analyst on numerous local and national television networks and programs including: Fox National News, ABC, CBS, NBC, CLTV, The Mike and Juliet Show, The Talk Show CNN and Extra.

About Glasgow, Beattie, Olsson:
The Schaumburg criminal law firm Glasgow, Beattie, Olsson is conveniently located in Schaumburg, Illinois just minutes from the Rolling Meadows Courthouse. The Cook County criminal law firm assists clients with criminal defense matters including DUI defense, weapons charges, domestic battery and civil and criminal orders of protection. Contact the Cook County law firm today to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced Illinois criminal defense attorney. Call 847-577-8700 or fill out the online contact form.

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