At a bench trial I was able to convince the court that the State had failed to prove that my client had the requisite knowledge that the two suitcases that were found in the back seat of the automobile he was driving contained narcotics.
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Chicago, IL (PRWEB) June 01, 2016
Thomas C. Brandstrader, a Chicago criminal defense attorney, recently won a case in the Circuit Court of Cook County Illinois (Case No. 15 CR 3480) for a client who was accused of possession with intent to distribute cocaine. According to court documents, the defendant was charged with one felony count of possession of a controlled substance after $6.75 million worth of cocaine was found in his car, following a police narcotics investigation when the defendant was allegedly witnessed placing two heavy suitcases into his vehicle before driving off.
Court documents stated that further investigation revealed the contents of the suitcases contained 90 brick-shaped objects containing cocaine. The estimated weight of the narcotics was 54,000 grams. In addition to the felony charge, the defendant was charged with one misdemeanor count of driving without a license and cited for disobeying turn signal indicators and driving without insurance.
“At a bench trial I was able to convince the court that the State had failed to prove that my client had the requisite knowledge that the two suitcases that were found in the back seat of the automobile he was driving contained narcotics,” said Brandstrader. “The court entered a finding of not guilty of possession with intent to distribute and my client was released from custody.”
About Thomas C. Brandstrader
Thomas C. Brandstrader specializes in the defense and appeals of serious criminal matters in Illinois and U.S. Federal Courts. He is one of a select group of highly qualified lawyers certified by the Illinois Supreme Court as lead counsel in death penalty cases. With 35 years exclusively in the practice of Criminal Law, Mr. Brandstrader has exceptional appellate court experience and extensive trial work. The Office of Thomas C. Brandstrader concentrates exclusively in the areas of Illinois State and Federal Criminal Defense and Appeals and State Post-Conviction Law. For more information, please call (847) 650-4070, or visit http://www.chicagofelony.com. The law office is located at 53 West Jackson Blvd., Suite 618, Chicago, IL 60604.
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