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Funneling Money Laundering in Illinois

Money laundering is the process of making money obtained illegally appear legal by funneling the money through an intermediary business or party. The federal government prosecute money laundering crimes under the Bank Secretary Act, the Patriot Act, and the Money Laundering Control Acts.

Money laundering is both a state and federal crime and can carry life-changing criminal consequences upon conviction. As such, charges of this nature are prosecuted with extreme tenacity and require the expertise of an aggressive attorney to be defended against.

At Pissetzky & Berliner, LLC, our Chicago federal defense attorneys are prepared to take the gloves off and fight to defend your rights. Having successfully secured countless acquittals and dismissals on behalf of our accused clients, we understand the strategies necessary to contest the opposition’s claims and maximize your chances of securing a favorable outcome.

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Illinois Money Laundering Penalties

People usually fall under investigation for money laundering in relation to drug crimes, illegal gambling rackets, or attempts to avoid paying federal income taxes. Federal money laundering cases usually take place within the context of a larger racketeering case under the RICO act. Given the severity of these cases and the massive penalties they can carry, if you are facing charges, it is imperative you get in touch with our firm as soon as possible to begin building your defense and reduce your chances of conviction.

A conviction of a federal money laundering charge can bring the following penalties:

  • Up to 20 years in prison
  • Up to $500,000 in fines or double the value of the property involved
  • Seizure and forfeiture of involved money, real estate, and vehicles

Experienced Money Laundering Legal Counsel

When faced with criminal charges as threatening as money laundering, it can be difficult to know who, if anyone, is on your side. At Pissetzky & Berliner, LLC our Chicago federal crime attorneys understand the fears and concerns you may have and are prepared to do everything within our power to ensure your interests are protected. Backed by countless 5-star client testimonials, a 10.0 “Superb” Avvo Rating, and a Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ inclusion for our unmatched dedication and skill, we can handle the legal heavy lifting on your behalf and pursue a reduction or dismissal of your charges. Guarding your wellbeing is our top priority, and we are willing to ensure no stone is left unturned in your defense.

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  • Dropped All Charges after Motion USA v. Client O

    USA v. Client O - After a complex investigation into child pornography on the internet, federal agents obtained a search warrant to search O’s home and work computers. A forensic review of the devises seized revealed child pornography and O was charged with Possession and distribution of child pornography and altering a hard drive to obstructed the investigation. Mr. Pissetzky and his team used their own forensic expert to examine the computers and discovered that the Agent lied in his affidavit for the search warrants. After filing a motion to suppress the warrant, the government conceded and dropped all child pornography charges. O pled guilty to obstructing the investigation and received a sentence well below the guidelines.

  • Not Guilty Wrongfully Accused of Murder and Attempted Murder: 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!!
  • Sentence Reduced Pissetzky Saves Defendant from Crack-Cocaine Drug Conspiracy and Other Drug Charges
    (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).
  • Not Guilty Marijuana Trafficking 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.
  • Not Guilty People v. GE
    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.
  • Dismissed USA v. DD
    DD was charged with selling narcotics and was charged in Federal court in Chicago. Mr. Pissetzky was able to present to the prosecutor enough evidence to convince the prosecutor to dismiss all charges against DD.
  • Dismissed People v. AH
    AH was charged with possessions with intent to distribute a large amount of cocaine. Mr. Pissetzky litigation skills led to the dismissal of all charges against AH.
  • Case Dismissed Motion Granted, 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.
  • Case Dimissed Motion to Suppress Heroin Granted
    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.
  • Case Dismissed Motion Granted 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.


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