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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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    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.
  • Sentenced Reduced Heroin Conspiracy
    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.
  • 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.
  • Not Guilty Not Guilty: possession of cocaine with the intent to deliver
    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.
  • Not Guilty on All Counts People v. AB
    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.
  • 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 People v. AMM

    People v. AMM - Mr. AMM was charged with trafficking over 100lb of marijuana. Officers can to a home he was renting and after entering and searching the home, they seized over 100lb of marijuana. Mr. Pissetzky filed a motion to suppress evidence arguing that the officers entered the home without a warrant or consent. After a hearing in which Mr. Pissetzky impeached the testifying officer and exposed his lies, the Judge granted the motion and the case was dismissed.

  • Case Dismissed People v. ARP
    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.
  • Not Guilty People v. FR
    FR was charged with predatory criminal assault, and 4 counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault. During a week long jury trial, Mr. Pissetzky exposed the alleged minor “victim” as a liar. In addition, Mr. Pissetzky call witnesses to testify to the true nature of the “victim”. After grueling cross-examinations, the jury returned a verdict of Not Guilty on all charges.
  • Not Guilty People v. H
    People v. H- H was charged with the first degree murder of 3 people. The prosecutor had two witnesses that claimed they were with H when he committed the murders. After receiving the discovery from the prosecutor, Mr. Pissetzky and his team conducted their own investigation and uncovered that someone else committed the murders. At trial, Mr. Pissetzky cross examined the prosecutions witnesses and exposed their lies. After the prosecution rested their case, Mr. Pissetzky moved the court to dismiss all charges and find H not guilty. The Judge agreed with Mr. Pissetzky and found H Not Guilty of all charges dismissing the case.


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