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  • Case Dismissed After State Refuses to Cooperate

    Case Dismissed

    People v. IP (2014) Mr. IP was arrested for possession of a large amount of a controlled substance after Chicago police executed a search warrant. Arguing that the information in the search warrant was fabricated, Mr. Pissetzky filed a Motion to Produce Informant. Against the odds, the judge granted the motion and ordered the State to produce the informant. When the State failed to do so, the judge dismissed the case.

  • Chicago Criminal Defense Attorney Secures a “Not Guilty” for Possession, Conspiracy, and Intent

    Not Guilty

    Chicago criminal defense attorney, Gal Pissetzky takes the fight all the way for his clients. Gal was able to secure a “not guilty” on all counts for his client in a case involving possession, conspiracy, and intent to distribute cocaine.

  • Chicago Criminal Defense Lawyer Gets Drug Case Overturned

    Case Overturned

    Chicago criminal defense attorney Gal Pissetzky takes the fight all the way for his clients, even when the fight involves creating new laws to protect their rights. While defending a day laborer accused of drug trafficking crimes, the prosecutor in the case questioned the man as to how he was able to come up with the $75,000 bail bond. The client was found guilty but Mr. Pissetzky objected to the bail bond reference and the case was overturned on appeal. When it was sent back to trial, Gal Pissetzky negotiated for time served and the client regained his freedom.

  • Class X felony Possession with intent to deliver marijuana and cocaine

    Not Guilty of All Charges

    Not Guilty of All Charges

    People v. LG – Not Guilty of a Class X felony Possession with intent to deliver marijuana and cocaine. Although the chicago police had a search warrant to search a home where they found large amounts of marijuana and cocaine, as well as an identification card and other proof of residency for LG, the judge found LG NOT GUILTY of all charges.

  • Client Facing 40 Years Gets 4 Months Instead

    Sentenced Reduced

    Chicago criminal defense attorney Gal Pissetzky argues for a light sentence and wins! Mr. BC was charged with a large drug conspiracy in a federal court case. He was personally responsible for distributing over 200 kilos of marijuana. After intense negotiations with the government and without ever having to become an informant or a snitch, Mr. Pissetzky convinced the judge that Mr. BC should receive a very short sentence of four months, despite the fact that he was facing up to 40 years in prison. The judge agreed with Mr. Pissetzky and sentenced Mr. BC to just four months in jail.

  • Cross-Examination by Chicago Criminal Defense Attorney Leads to a “Not Guilty”

    Not Guilty on All Counts

    People v. Z. (2009) – Mr. Z. was accused of transporting five kilograms of cocaine in a secret compartment of a car. After a trial in which Gal Pissetzky cross-examined officers from the elite narcotics division of the Chicago Police Department, the judge found Mr. Z. NOT GUILTY of all charges.

  • Federal Judge Imposes Light Sentence Over Government’s Objections

    Light Sentence

    U.S. v. HJ (2014) Mr. HJ was charged as the leader of a large Chicago drug organization. The government attributed over 26 kilos of cocaine to Mr. HJ, and sought a minimum 15-year-sentence based on his alleged leadership role. After a very contested sentencing hearing, during which Mr. Pissetzky argued that Mr. HJ was not a the leader of the organization and should therefore receive a much lower sentence, the judge agreed with Mr. Pissetzky and told the government it had not met its burden of proof. Although the judge found Mr. HJ responsible for 26 kilograms of cocaine, Mr. Pissetzky convinced the judge to sentence Mr. HJ to only 70 months–nine years less than what the government wanted.

  • Federal sentencing on drug conspiracy charges – 18 months for 26 kilos of cocaine without ever cooperating

    Reduced Sentence

    (USA v. MM) Mr. MM was charged in Federal Court with drug conspiracy to distribute over 26Kilograms of cocaine. The government used an informant and recorded calls. After long but successful negotiations with the government, Mr. Pissetzky was able to convince the prosecutor to amend the charges so MM won’t be facing the mandatory 10 years to life in prison. The government, however, still sought to send MM away for a long period of incarceration. MM never cooperated or became an informant!!!! Mr. Pissetzky filed a sentencing memorandum. During the federal sentencing hearing, Mr. Pissetzky argued to the Judge for a much reduced sentence. The Judge sentenced MM to a short 18months.

  • Gal Pissetzky Gains Not Guilty Verdict on Tough Drug Case. Defendant Wins!

    Not Guilty

    (People v. CC) – FINDING OF NOT GUILTY – CC was charge with possession with intent to deliver 175 grams of cocaine, and 4 guns where also found during the search of the apartment he was in. Chicago police had a search warrant to an apartment that they claimed CC was living in with his girlfriend. During the search of the apartment, the police recovered 4 guns, ammunition, 175 grams of cocaine, and a scale. At trial, attorney Pissetzky and one other attorney established through cross-examination that the State could not prove that CC actually lived in the apartment. The judge found CC NOT GUILTY of all charges.

  • Gal Pissetzky Gets Federal Drug Case Dismissed After Cross Examining DEA Agents.

    Case Dismissed

    Defendant Wins! (USA v LG) – RARE CASE OF NO PROBABLE CAUSE FINDING IN FEDERAL COURT – The DEA arrested LG with his wife and charged them with possession of 2.5 kilograms of cocaine. The government alleged at a preliminary hearing in federal court that LG’s wife was trying to sell the cocaine to an undercover DEA agents. Mr. Pissetzky was representing LG, who was arrested in the undercover DEA car after the wife handed the drugs to the DEA agent. During the hearing, Mr. Pissetzky questioned the DEA agent and established that LG was merely present during the drug deal. The federal magistrate judge found that there was not probable cause to arrest LG and ordered that the case against him be dismissed immediately.

  • Heroin Conspiracy

    Sentenced Reduced

    USA v. DA – 2011 – Mr. DA was charged in one the biggest Heroin busts in Chicago. DA was facing a mandatory life sentence under the Federal Rules because he was a repeat offender. After long negotiations, Mr. Pissetzky was able to demonstrate that DA was not part of the conspiracy and convinced the judge to sentence DA to only 37 months. All other charges were dropped.

  • Illegal Police Search? No Problem. Chicago Criminal Defense Attorney Wins Motion to Suppress Evidence

    Motion to Suppress Evidence

    People v. V. (2009) – Gal Pissetzky litigated a motion to suppress approximately a kilo of marijuana after Chicago police officers illegally searched Mr. V’s home. Upon hearing the evidence, the judge granted the motion to suppress the evidence based on an illegal search.

  • Judge Says Officers Lied and Grants Motion to Suppress, Case Dismissed

    Case Dismissed

    People v. AA (2014) Mr. AA was charged with possession with intent to deliver cocaine. Chicago police stopped him, searched his car, and recovered over 100 grams of cocaine. Mr. Pissetzky, along with another attorney, filed a motion to suppress the drug evidence based on a Fourth Amendment violation. During the hearing on the motion to suppress, Mr. Pissetzky and the other attorney demonstrated through aggressive cross-examination that the officers lied in the police report. The judge agreed. He determined Mr. AA’s Fourth Amendment rights were violated when the officers illegally searched and seized the evidence, and granted the motion to suppress. Motion to suppress granted, Case Dismissed!

  • Jury Finds RZ Not Guilty

    Not Guilty

    Pissetzky and another attorney Cross Examine Police and Challenge Alleged Confession and Search

    People v. RZ – NOT GUILTY after a jury trial in DuPage County, IL. RZ was charged with possession of cocaine that the Lombard police found in the home he owns inside a bedroom. The police found the cocaine in the bedroom, while they were executing a search warrant. RZ also allegedly gave two verbal confessions and one written confession. Mr. Gal Pissetzky and the other attorney tried the case to a jury in DuPage County. At the trial, Mr. Pissetzky and the other attorney crossed examined the Lombard Police Officers and challenged the alleged confessions and the manner the search was conducted. After less then 2 hours of deliberations, the jury returned a NOT GUILTY Verdict. RZ is home free.

  • Marijuana Trafficking Not Guilty

    Not Guilty

    People v. BR – NOT GUILTY verdict by a jury. BR was charged with Marijuana Trafficking over 1100LB. Mr. Pissetzky and another attorney tried the case to a jury. After a three day trial, the jury deliberated for less then two hours finding BR Not Guilty.

  • Motion Granted Case Dismissed

    Case Dismissed

    People v. RW – RW was charged with a Class X Felony of Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana. Chicago Police Officers stopped RW after they saw him place 2 large UPS boxes in the trunk of his car. The officers believed that the boxes contained marijuana. After the stop, the officers searched the car and recovered the boxes. The boxes in fact contained a large amount of marijuana. Mr. Gal Pissetzky, along with co-counsel, filed a Motion to Quash Arrest and Suppress Evidence claiming that RW was illegally stopped and searched. During the hearing, Mr. Pissetzky cross examined the Chicago Police officers and proved to the judge that the officers acted illegally and violated RW’s Constitutional Rights under the Fourth Amendment. The judge granted the Motion and all charges against RW were dismissed.

  • Motion Granted, Case Dismissed

    Case Dismissed

    People v. RMC – Chicago police officers received information that a 2 kilo cocaine deal was going to happen in a garage. They set up surveillance and saw RMC pull into the garage in car. When he walked out of the garage, the Chicago police officers arrested him. While the officers searched the garage and car, they found 2 kilos of cocaine in the car. Mr. Pissetzky and another attorney filed a Motion to Suppress the Arrest and Quash the evidence. After a highly contested hearing, the judge held that the Chicago Police officers violated RMC’s Constitutional rights under the 4th Amendment, and Granted the Motion. The prosecutor had no choice but to dismiss all charges against RMC.

  • Motion to Suppress Heroin Granted

    Case Dimissed

    People v. AP – After Chicago Police officers walked up to AP after he parked his car, they searched him and the car and found about 1/2 a kilo of Heroin. AP was arrested and charged with a Class X felony. Mr. Pissetzky and Mr. De Leon filed a Motion to Suppress Heroin and Quash AP’s arrest. During the hearing, Mr. Pissetzky proved to the judge that the officers lied and that they violated AP’s Fourth Amendment Rights. The judge granted the motion and the State’s Attorney had no choice but to dismiss the case.

  • NOT GUILTY in 15 minutes

    Not Guilty

    People v. CR (2011) – CR was charged with aggravated battery to a police officer. Mr. Pissetzky and another attorney pushed the case to a jury trial. At trial, Mr. Pissetzky proved to the jury that the allegations were false, and that the Chicago police officers actually beat CR causing his injuries. The jury deliberated for only 15 minutes before returning a verdict of Not Guilty.

  • Not Guilty of Marijuana Possession and Intent to Deliver

    Not Guilty

    People v. KS – NOT GUILTY. KS was charged with possession with intent to sell a backpack full of marijuana. Chicago police officers were given a tip that KS was selling marijuana at a specific address. When the officers went to the address they claimed they saw KS drop a black backpack to the ground. When they seized the bag, they found marijuana inside. Mr. Pissetzky and Mr. De Leon filed a motion to suppress the seizure of the backpack and of KS arrest. At the hearing, Mr. Pissetzky cross-examined the police officer and demonstrated to the judge that the officer was acting in an illegal manner that violated KS Fourth Amendment Rights. At the end of the hearing, the judge suppressed all the evidence and found KS NOT GUILTY.

  • Not Guilty: possession of cocaine with the intent to deliver

    Not Guilty

    People v. JB – 2011 – Mr. JB was charged with 3 other co-defendants with possession of cocaine with the intent to deliver. Although the State’s attorney made a very low offer for a plea, Mr. Pissetzky advised JB to proceed to trail. During a bench trial, Mr. Pissetzky proved to the judge that JB did not have any knowledge of the drugs that were recovered from the car of the co-defendant. Although the police testified that they saw the drug transaction, Mr. Pissetzky convinced the judge that the state did not prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. The judge found JB NOT GUILTY on all charges.

  • People v EA Possession Of Cocaine

    All Charges Dismissed

    People v. EA – Chicago police used a snitch to set up a 2 kilogram of cocaine deal with EA. On the day they met to do the deal, EA took the snitch to a garage where he showed the cocaine to the snitch. The snitch to EA that he had to go get the money. Once the snitch left, police officers rush the garage and arrested EA. Mr. Pissetzky filed a motion to quash and suppress the illegal entry and search of the garage. After a contested hearing, the judge agreed with Mr. Pissetzky and held that the police officers illegally entered to search the garage. All charges against EA were Dismissed.

  • People v EV

    Case Dismissed

    People v. EV – EV was arrested by a task force of DEA Agents and Cook County Sheriff Police for possession of a gun by a felon and possessions with intent to deliver Heroin. The Agents came to EV’s home and search the house. Mr. Pissetzky filed a motion to suppress the illegal entry to EV’s home. After Mr. Pissetzky cross examined the Agents, the Judge ruled that she did not find the Agents to be credible. The Motion to Suppress was sustained and the case was dismissed

  • People v. AB – NOT GUILTY On All Counts

    Not Guilty on All Counts

    AB was charged with child pornography, criminal sexual abuse and criminal sexual assault. Although the State made several offers on the case, Mr.Pissetzky and another attorney demanded trial. At trial, Mr. Pissetzky cross-examined the State’s witnesses and proved that AB did not know that the victim was under 18 years of age. After listening to the evidence, the judge found AB NOT GUILTY on all counts.

  • People v. AH – NOT GUILTY.

    Not Guilty

    AH was accused of predatory criminal sexual assault of a 5 year old child. When AH came to Mr. Pissetzky, he insisted that he is innocent. Mr. Pissetzky with the help of his investigators found evidence to prove that AH was in fact innocent and that someone else committed this crime against the 5 year old child. Despite sharing the information with the State’s Attorney prosecutor, the prosecutor refused to accept the evidence and Mr. Pissetzky demanded a jury trial. After a four day trial, in which Mr. Pissetzky along with another attorney proved to the jury that AH was innocent, the jury took only one hour to deliberate and return a verdict of NOT GUILTY.

  • People v. ARP - ARP

    Case Dismissed

    ARP was charged with a Class X felony of Possession with Intent to Distribute cocaine. After careful review of the police reports, Mr. Pissetzky filed a motion to quash and suppress evidence. At the hearing, Mr. Pissetzky proved to the judge that that the Cook County Sheriff that stopped ARP search ARP’s car illegally. The judge Granted the motion to quash and suppress and the case against ARP was Dismissed.

  • People v. GE

    Not Guilty

    Finding of Not Guilty! GE was charged with possession with intent to deliver a kilogram of heroine, a class X felony carrying a minimum of 15 years in prison. At trial, Mr. Pissetzky proved that the prosecutor did not have sufficient evidence to show that GE ever possessed the drugs.

  • People v. GG- Not Guily of Criminal Sexual Assault

    Not Guilty

    Mr. GG was charge with Criminal Sexual Assault (rape) of a 13 year old. Mr. Pissetzky and another attorney turned down any offers made by the state and push the case to trial. At trial, Mr. Pissetzky’s relentless cross examination of the accuser (now 16) broke her down and she finally admitted that she made up the whole story to get back at GG. She admitted that she wanted GG to go to jail so she made up the story. After the state rested its case, Mr. Pissetzky made a motion for directed finding of Not Guilty. The judge stated on the record that Mr. Pissetzky’s cross examination exposed the lies and he found GG Not Guilty! GG is out of custody and back home with his family.

  • People v. JM – Not Guilty

    Not Guilty

    Chicago police went to JM’s home to execute a search warrant that named JM as its target. When they arrived, the cops immediately arrested JM and questioned him without giving him his Miranda rights. After JM confessed, the cops searched his room and found Herion and Marijuana in his bedroom.

    Mr. Pissetzky and another attorney filed a motion to suppress the statement because the police failed to give JM Miranda warnings. Mr. Pissetzky and the other attorney proved to the judge that the police violated JM’s Fifth Amendement rights, and the judge suppressed MJ’s confession. At the trial that followed, without the statements, the prosecutor could not prove beyond a reason doubt that the drugs belonged to JM. JM was found not Not Guilty.

  • People v. JS- JS

    Not Guilty on All Counts

    Charged with attempted murder and aggravated discharge of a firearm. Mr. Pissetzky and another attorney pushed the case to trial. At trial, Mr. Pissetzky was able to demonstrate to the judge that JS’s alleged confession was false and that there was no evidence linking JS to the shooting of the victim. At the end of the case, JS was found NOT GUILTY on all charges.

  • People v. KS – Not Guilty

    Not Guilty

    Mr. KS was charged with aggravated battery to 2 Chicago Police officers and with resisting arrest. 3 Chicago Police Officers, that had history with KS, claimed that they saw KS sitting in a car on his neighbor’s driveway. The officers claimed they smelled burned marijuana, so they stopped to investigate. The officers claim that as soon as they walked up to the car, KS ran out of the driver’s seat towards his house. 2 officers chased him. One officer claimed that KS slammed the front door on his right hand, and then a struggle ensued. The officers claimed that KS punched and kicked them.

    At trial, however, Mr. Pissetzky exposed the officers’ lies. KS was on Electronic Monitoring and could not leave his house. It would have been impossible for KS to seat in a car on his neighbor’s driveway without violating EM. Also, the officer claimed that KS slammed the door on the officer’s right hand. But when facing the door, it swing open to the right and it would have made it impossible to slam on the officer’s right hand. Mr. Pissetzky also impeached the officers’ testimony by bringing many inconsistencies between their testimony and the police reports.

    At the end of the trial, Mr. KS was found NOT GUILTY of all charges.

  • People v. RMM

    Not Guilty

    People v. RMM – NOT GUILTY after a bench trial. RMM was charged with possession with intent to deliver 6.5lb of marijuana. Chicago police officers came to RMM’s home with a search warrant after she received a Fed.Ex. package containing the marijuana. When the officers executed the search warrant they found the package on the kitchen floor wide open. During the trial, Mr. Pissetzky and another attorney proved to the judge that although RMM lived at the house, there were other adults living there as well. After cross-examining the police officers, the judge found RMM NOT GUILTY on all counts.

  • People v. RT

    Not Guilty

    RT was charged with Possession with intent to deliver half a kilogram of Heroin. RT was facing a Class X Felony. Chicago police officers executed a search warrant at his home where they seized the Heroin. Mr. Pissetzky demonstrated to the judge during cross examination that RT did not have the required knowledge that the Heroin was at the home. The judge found RT Not Guilty.

  • Pissetzky Gains Dramatically Reduced Federal Sentence on Defendant after Vigorous Negotiation

    Sentence Reduced

    USA v. PT (2010) – Mr. PT was charged in a Federal drug case with a mandatory minimum of 60 months, and he was looking at a guideline sentence of at least 87 months. At a sentencing hearing, Mr. Pissetzky successfully argued to the judge that the gun found in Mr. PT’s home was not related to the drug offense. After extensive arguments, Mr. Pissetzky was able to secure a sentence of 50 months, which is well below the mandatory minimum and the guideline range.

  • Pissetzky Gains Motion to Suppress and Quash Evidence in Drug Bust. Defendant Wins!

    Motion to Suppress Evidence

    (People v. JJ) – JJ was charged with possessing with intent to distribute approximately 1,500 kilograms (3000lb) of marijuana after he was arrested in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Pissetzky and another attorney filed a motion to suppress the drugs because the police illegally arrested JJ and violated his Fourth Amendment rights. The marijuana was inside a trailer that was backing into a warehouse in Cicero. After a hearing in which Mr. Pissetzky proved to the judge that JJ was illegally seized by the police, the judge granted the motion to quash and suppress.

  • Pissetzky Saves Defendant from Crack-Cocaine Drug Conspiracy and Other Drug Charges

    Sentence Reduced

    (USA v. SO (2010)) – In 2008, the DEA arrested SO for taking part in a large crack cocaine drug conspiracy. At the preliminary hearing, Mr. Pissetzky was able to demonstrate that SO was not involved in the overall conspiracy, and eventually SO was indicted on only two drug transactions he allegedly conducted. During plea negotiations, Mr. Pissetzky convinced the government to dismiss the actual drug charges, and SO pled guilty to a much lesser charge. SO was originally facing over 10 years in prison. At the sentencing hearing before Judge Zagel, Mr. Pissetzky convinced the Judge to sentence SO to time served (roughly 24 months).

  • Pissetzky Saves Defendant from DUI Charges. Verdict: Not Guilty

    Not Guilty

    (State of Illinois v. AT) – AT was charged with his second DUI and a number of other charges. He was facing mandatory prison time and a revocation of his driver’s license. After a bench trial, the judge found “AT” NOT GUILTY. Mr. Pissetzky saved AT from going to prison and also saved his driver’s license.

  • Pissetzky Saves Defendant from Forfeiture of Large Sum Seized by Chicago Police

    Forfeiture Reversed

    (People v. Money Forfeiture (2010)) – After a large sum of money was seized by the Chicago Police Department, the State attempted to forfeit the money. Mr. Pissetzky objected to the forfeiture and took the case to trial. After trial, the judge ruled that the State did not prove its case and ordered that all the money be returned to Mr. Pissetzky’s client.

  • Pissetzky Wins “Not Guilty” Verdict on Open Alcohol in a Car

    Not Guilty

    (State of Illinois v. AD) – AD was charged with possessing open alcohol in a car in which he was a passenger. After a bench trial, during which Mr. Pissetzky passionately defended his client’s innocence, Mr. Pissetzky secured a NOT GUILTY verdict for AD.

  • Pissetzky Wins Another Motion to Suppress

    Motion to Suppress

    People v. GV. Mr. Pissetzky wins a motion to suppress and forces the prosecution to dismiss their case against his client. GV was charged with a drug offense after he was stopped for a minor traffic violation. Mr. Pissetzky filed a motion to suppress because the Chicago Police Officers searched GV’s car without consent or a search warrant. During the hearing, Mr. Pissetzky proved to the judge that the officers lied in their testimony and searched GV’s car without probable cause. Motion granted, case dismissed.

  • Pissetzky Wins Another Motion to Suppress

    Motion to Suppress

    People v. GV. Mr. Pissetzky wins a motion to suppress and forces the prosecution to dismiss their case against his client. GV was charged with a drug offense after he was stopped for a minor traffic violation. Mr. Pissetzky filed a motion to suppress because the Chicago Police Officers searched GV’s car without consent or a search warrant. During the hearing, Mr. Pissetzky proved to the judge that the officers lied in their testimony and searched GV’s car without probable cause. Motion granted, case dismissed.

  • U.S. District Court Case Dismissed Without Objection

    Case Dismissed Without Objection

    Chicago criminal defense attorney Gal Pissetzky filed a motion to dismiss the indictment against his client. The United States of America’s District Court granted the motion without objection, and directed the U.S. Marshals to release the defendant immediately.

  • Wrongfully Accused of Murder and Attempted Murder: Not Guilty

    Not Guilty

    MH had been wrongfully accused of murder and attempted murder. Mr. Pissetzky tried to explain to the State’s Attorneys that they had the wrong man, but it fell on deaf ears. Mr. Pissetzky then demanded trial, and after a week of relentless cross-examination, the jury returned a verdict of NOT GUILTY on all charges – NOT GUILTY of murder and NOT GUILTY of attempt murder – in less then two hours!!