Criminal Defense Case Results
Mr. Patel has successfully handled tens of thousands of criminal cases. He has also tried over 100 criminal jury trials to verdict. The following is a brief list of some of Mr. Patel’s recent successes in defending the rights of those charged with a criminal offense. Although he cannot guarantee any particular outcome, the following case results illustrates Mr. Patel’s ability, knowledge, and experience in aggressively defending his client’s interest.
Unlawful Possession of a Weapon: In January 2019, Mr. Patel defended a client accused of 2 counts of Unlawful Possession of a Weapon by a Felon While On Parole. He was facing a mandatory prison sentence of up to 14 years on each count. The Client had previously retained two prior private attorneys who were each pushing him to take a plea deal. The client was adamant he did not want to plead guilty and retained Mr. Patel to fight for his rights. However, due to the age of the case, the trial judge specifically noted no further continuances would be permitted and that Mr. Patel shall be ready for trial in 2-months. Due to his extensive criminal defense jury trial experience, he agreed to take on the case and entered his appearance knowing he would be absolutely ready for trial. The case was tried before a jury resulting in a Not Guilty verdict on both firearm counts. His aggressive cross examination of the police officers, in-depth knowledge of DNA evidence, and passionate closing argument proved vital in achieving an acquittal.(January 2019)
Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child: In October 2018, Mr. Patel defended a client accused of two counts of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child. Each charge carried a mandatory, consecutive prison sentence, if convicted, of up to 60 years. Therefore, the client was facing potentially 120 years in prison. After a lengthy jury trial, Mr. Patel achieved a Not Guilty verdict on all counts. The trial judge specifically commented on Mr. Patel’s skilled representation of his client during the trial. Mr. Patel’s experience, dedication and tenacity saved his client from an extremely lengthy prison sentence with the acquittal of all charges. http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2018-10-25/urbana-man-acquitted-sexually-molesting-child-his-care.html (October 2018)
Sexual Assault Case: Client was charged with a sexual assault of a minor. He was facing a mandatory prison sentence of up to 30 years. After Mr. Patel’s thorough preparation for trial and filing numerous pretrial motions, the State dismissed all charges. (Summer 2016)
Sexual Assault Case: After a 3-day jury trial on a very highly publicized sexual assault case that occurred on campus, the jury found our client Not Guilty of all charges. Lead counsel Baku Patel tirelessly investigated all aspects of the case and utilized his extensive knowledge in the area of forensic science to vigorously defend his client resulting in an acquittal which garnered substantial press. (Fall 2015)
Multiple Violent Felonies: Client was charged with numerous Class X violent felonies where he was facing a mandatory prison sentence ranging from 6 to 30 years. After a thorough investigation and shortly before trial, the State succumbed to Mr. Patel’s demands for a substantial reduction of charges and to guaranteed probation. (Fall 2015)
Possession of a Weapon by a Felon: The State accused Mr. Patel’s client of Possession of a Weapon by a Felon for possessing a handgun in a public park. The charge carries a mandatory prison sentence of 3 to 14 years (due to his client’s substantial prior record). The State’s case was based on the eyewitness testimony of a police officer who claims to have seen Mr. Patel’s client in possession of a semi-automatic and place it under a park bench where officers later recovered it. Mr. Patel’s in-depth and exhaustive cross-examination of the police officer revealed several inconsistencies and contradictions regarding ability to observe what he had testified to. The jury found his client Not Guilty. (Summer 2015)
Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child: Mr. Patel and his associates successfully defended a step-father accused of multiple counts of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child (mandatory prison sentence of 6 to 60 years at 85%). The trial took several days resulting in Not Guilty verdicts on all charges. Of particular note, Mr. Patel thoroughly but respectfully cross-examined the minor victim eliciting several inconsistent statements to discredited her testimony that he was able to effectively summarize in closing arguments resulting in an acquittal within 45 minutes. (Spring 2015)
Attempted Murder and Home Invasion: Client was charged with breaking into the house of his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend and shooting him multiple times. He was facing a sentencing range of 21 – 45 years in prison if convicted. Mr. Patel tried the case to verdict and after a one-week long jury trial, the jury found the client Not Guilty of all charges. (Fall 2014)
Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child: After a 5-day jury trial, the client was found Not Guilty. He was facing up to 30 years in prison if convicted. (Fall 2014)
Aggravated Battery to a Police Officer: Even though the case involved allegations from a police officer, after discrediting the officer on the stand, the jury found the client Not Guilty of all charges. (Fall 2014)
Sexual Assault and Aggravated Battery Charges: U of I student was charged with multiple felonies including criminal sexual assault and aggravated battery to a police officer. All felony charges were dismissed. (Fall 2013)
Home Invasion Charges: Client charged with home invasion with firearms which carried mandatory minimum sentence of 21 years in prison. The State dismissed all charges right before jury selection. (Fall 2013)
Sexual Assault of a Child Charges: Not Guilty at a 5-day long jury trial of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child which carried up to 30 years in prison. (Spring 2013)
Aggravated DUI Charges: Client charged with Aggravated DUI who was a pilot was found Not Guilty after a jury trial by exposing the officer as untruthful at cross examination and presentation of an expert witness to rebut the officer’s claim of impairment.
Aggravated Battery Charges: Client accused of Aggravated Battery to a Police Officer was found Not Guilty at a jury trial.
Murder Charges: Recently, Mr. Patel defended a client charged with first degree murder, 3 months after the client had served a 20 year sentence for another murder. The State was seeking the death penalty due to his violent record. Mr. Patel assembled a team of investigators, crime scene experts, and mitigation specialists in his effort to provide a complete “team defense”. As part of his trial preparation, he actually conducted a mock trial of the case from start to finish. On the first day of jury trial, the State succumbed and offered a significantly reduced charged resulting in the client’s release from custody after only a few months of incarceration.
Murder Charges: After a presenting the results of a thorough investigation, including locating witnesses that law enforcement failed to identify, Mr. Patel convinced the prosecutor to dismiss all first degree murder charges.
Drug/Narcotic Charges: A client was charged with possession with the intent to distribute 20 pounds of cannabis which was tracked by federal authorities via the US Mail. After filing numerous motions, Mr. Patel negotiated a term of probation with no jail or prison time at all as part of his sentence, even though the client had a lengthy criminal drug record.
Drug/Narcotic Charges: After a traffic stop, the police seized a large quantity of cocaine. The client was then charged with possession with the intent to distribute and was facing a mandatory prison sentence of up to 60 years. Mr. Patel filed and successfully argued a motion to suppress the evidence, resulting in the case being dismissed.
Drug/Narcotic Charges: Mr. Patel successfully convinced the court after filing several motions to suppress evidence and exclude from trial over 6 ounces of cocaine base (crack) due to an illegal search and seizure of the client’s residence. All charges were then dismissed.
Drug/Narcotic Charges: A client’s drug charges, in which she was facing up to 30 years in prison, were dismissed after Mr. Patel argued that the police violated her rights in searching her car without a warrant.
Sexual Assault Charges: Charges of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault, where client was facing up to 30 years in prison, were dismissed after aggressively defending client to trial.
Sexual Assault Charges: Client was found Not Guilty after a 4 day jury trial of Criminal Sexual Assault. The jury deliberated for less than 30 minutes. Mr. Patel successfully presented a defense of consent.
Aggravated Battery Charges: After a 3 day jury trial, client was found Not Guilty of Aggravated Battery to a Police Officer.
Aggravated Battery Charges: All charges dismissed for client who was a University of Illinois student charged with Aggravated Battery to a Police Officer.
DUI Charges: A client was charged with his 2nd DUI. After preparing case for trial, all charges were eventually dismissed and his driver’s license was reinstated.
DUI Charges: Client was charged with a felony DUI facing prison time. As a result of diligent negotiations, charges were reduced to a misdemeanor with no jail time.
Federal Criminal Case: Client was facing a mandatory life sentence for Narcotic Trafficking charges. After providing a vigorous defense, the client received the lowest sentence the federal judge has ever given for such charges.
Federal Criminal Case: Mr. Patel represented a client charged with illegally dumping of chemical waste when he was a foreman at a chemical plant. Mr. Patel was able to get the United States Attorney’s office to agree to a term of probation with no jail or prison time. The client was the only one of the numerous co-defendants to receive probation.
Federal Criminal Case: Defended a client charged with several securities fraud violations involving a Ponzi scheme of over seven million dollar ($7,000,000). The case involved tens of thousands of pages of evidence. After aggressively defending the client, the federal judge sentenced him to short time in a federal work camp.
Federal Criminal Case: Mr. Patel represented a client charged along with many other defendants as part of a conspiracy to commit mortgage fraud. The indictment alleged over five million dollars ($5,000,000) of real estate transactions were closed with fraudulent bank documents. The client was the owner and president of a mortgage company. Not only did Mr. Patel successfully achieve the lowest sentence of all those charged, but the client was sentenced to a federal work camp avoiding hard prison time all together.
Federal Crime Case: Due to Mr. Patel’s prior experience as a former U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General and federal prosecutor, he is routinely hired to represent those accused of federal crimes. Very few defense attorneys have the experience and knowledge to handle such serious federal cases. Mr. Patel’s client was charged with a string of robberies along with three others. This was a highly publicized case. The Government claimed that Mr. Patel’s client should be sentenced as an Armed Career Criminal and face a minimum of 15 years to a maximum life in prison. However, after filing a lengthy brief to the court arguing against such a sentence due to some issues regarding his prior record, and limited involvement and knowledge of certain facts in the case, the Court sentenced him to 60 months. With time served and good time credits, his client will be released in less than 2 years. His client still writes to thank him for saving him from a lengthy prison sentence.
July 2019: Aggravated Battery Charges: Client was accused of Aggravated Battery to a Police Officer by striking the officer with his car and then fled the scene in a high speed chase. He was arrested and bonded out. Shortly after, he was arrested again for criminal sexual abuse. Mr. Patel was retained by his family. Due to his extensive experience in defending those accused of crimes for the past 26 years, he immediately knew that his client suffered from a mental health issue. He secured an expert who opined that he suffered from a mental disease and successfully tried the case to a Judge who found him Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity. An insanity defense is tried in 1% of all criminal trials in the country with only a 25% success rate in those limited cases. Mr. Patel’s efforts and experience saved his client years of prison and he is now getting the help he needs.
July 2019: Drug Possession/ Super X Charges: Mr. Patel defended a client accused of possessing more than 200 grams of methamphetamine which is a “Super X” charge that carries a mandatory prison sentence of 9 to 40 years in prison. After filing several motions and investigating the background of the informant, the State dropped the charge and allowed him to plead to a lower charge for only 120-days of boot camp. The client’s family expressed the deepest appreciation for “saving their son’s life”.
August 2019: Aggravated Battery Charges: Client was arrested and charged with Aggravated Battery – Strangulation which carries a mandatory Department of Corrections sentence of at least 3 to 7 years in prison to be served at 85%. The offer was plead to the maximum due to the victim’s claims of injuries. However, Mr. Patel was able to identify many contradictions in the victim’s statements through an extensive investigation of the scene, identifying social media posts that raised doubt of her claims, and issues in the medical records. Mr. Patel set the matter for a jury trial, however on the eve of jury selection the State dismissed all charges.