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CHAMPAIGN AND VERMILLION COUNTY – RECENT OUTCOME OF CRIMINAL DEFENSE AND AUTO ACCIDENTS CASES

During the months of July and August 2019, Attorney Baku Patel has achieved several extremely successful outcomes for clients facing felony charges in Champaign County in Criminal Defense cases.  In addition, the Personal Injury legal team at Patel Law has recovered 100s of thousands of dollars on behalf of clients injured in auto accidents. Below are few of these recent cases.

Criminal Defense Successes:

August 2019:  Federal Criminal 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: Double Charges of Criminal Sexual Abuse and Aggravated Battery/Police Officer: 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 Domestic Battery: 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.

Auto Accident Recovery:

August 2019:  $300,000 recovery for an auto accident regardless of pre-existing medical issues:

Vermilion County

Client was a passenger in a car that was struck on the side he was sitting.  He suffered several injuries as a result.  However, due to many pre-existing medical issues, the insurance company denied that many of his complaints were caused by the accident.  Patel Law team filed a law suit due to their extensive trial experience to vigorously represent their client’s interest.  After taking many depositions and proving to the other side they were ready for trial, the insurance company paid the full limits to his client who was extremely appreciative.