Case Results

felonies

Since Steve Klein has represented thousands of clients, it would be impossible to list every single outcome. Here are some notable case results that he has achieved.

People v. S

Charge: DUI-Alcohol, .134 BAC
Outcome: Client was facing between three to seven years for a Class 2 Felony Aggravated DUI. The State introduced into evidence that the Defendant blew 0.134 at the Station. Mr. Klein earned a “not guilty” after a three day jury trial. Mr. Klein showed the jury that the officer had lied in his previous testimony and that his client did attempt a breathalyzer test at a different station prior to where he took the breathalyzer test that supposedly worked. Mr. Klein also pointed out to the jury that the State did not introduce any evidence that the breathalyzer machine was certified accurate during the time his client took the test.

People v. K

Charge: DUI
Outcome: State declined to reduce second DUI charge to Reckless Driving. Steve Klein took the case to trial. Judge found client not guilty because Officer did not turn on squad video and was impeached on client’s performance on standardized field sobriety tests.

People v. L

Charge: Domestic Battery; Resisting a Peace Officer
Outcome: During a bench trial, the trial judge dismissed the case because not allowing a police officer to enter your home without a warrant is not considered resisting a peace officer. Judge also dismissed domestic battery charge because state failed to prove the charge during its case.

People v. R

Charge: DUI
Outcome: Client’s summary suspension and CDL disqualification were rescinded (undone) because video proved that client’s car barely crossed the line and the officer arrested the client without reasonable grounds.

People v. T

Charge: DUI
Outcome: State attempted to upgrade a misdemeanor DUI to Felony DUI based on the fact that the client’s license was suspended. The preliminary hearing judge dismissed the entire case because Mr. Klein was able to prove that the client was not actually driving.

People v. B

Charge: DUI
Outcome: Steve Klein convinced the State to reduce the charge to reckless driving after Mr. Klein was able to suppress the client’s breathalyzer test based on the fact that the Officer did not comply with the twenty minute observation period.

People v. D

Charge: Possession of a Controlled Substance
Outcome: Won at trial by proving that the heroin found in client’s trunk was put there by a friend. Even though friend changed his previous statement that he put the heroin in the car, client was acquitted because Steve Klein proved that the recantation of the witness’ statement was a product of threats from police and prosecutors.

People v. Moreland

Charge: DUI
Outcome: Mr. Klein was able to rescind (undo) the client’s six month suspension based on his filing his challenge of the summary suspension and having 30 days run before the suspension was confirmed by the Illinois Secretary of State. (see People v. Moreland)

People v. B

Charge: Domestic Battery
Outcome: Won the case at trial by proving that his client was so small and frail that she could not have committed battery against her sister in church without everyone knowing about it.

People v. K

Charge: DUI and Driving While License Suspended
Outcome: Not guilty on both counts after jury trial. Mr. Klein proved to the jury that his client was not driving and had only gone into his car to retrieve his CD’s.

People v. H

Charge: DUI
Outcome: Not guilty of DUI. Mr. Klein was able to convince the jury that the faint odor of alcohol and great performance on the field sobriety tests (despite technically “failing” them) did not amount to proof beyond a reasonable doubt.

People v. K

Charge: Battery to a Police Officer and Resisting a Peace Officer
Outcome: Not guilty of all counts. Mr. Klein showed the jury that the “fight” between his client and the officer was “off camera” and that his client was only acting in self-defense after the police officer had used his taser on the client.

People v. J

Charge: DUI
Outcome: The summary suspension was rescinded (undone) and the State was forced to dismiss the criminal charge after Mr. Klein got both “arresting” officers to admit that neither one of them actually arrested the client for DUI.

People v. C

Charge: DUI
Outcome: Mr. Klein was able to convince the State to rescind (undo) the client’s six month suspension through a plea bargain that still allowed the client’s case to be dismissed after completing one year of court supervision.

People v. D

Charge: Driving While License Suspended
Outcome: Case was dismissed after a motion to quash arrest hearing proved that, despite some obstruction of the client’s license plate, all of the letters and numbers were visible. Therefore, it was illegal for the officer to stop the client’s car for not displaying his license plate and the driving on a suspended license charge was dismissed.

People v. S

Charge: DUI-Drugs
Outcome: Case dismissed. Witnesses claim they saw the client crash his semi-truck and then throw a black film case onto the highway. Mr. Klein was able to suppress the blood and urine results (that tested positive for THC) because the arresting state trooper did not have sufficient probable cause in her warrant to demand a blood and urine test. During the motion hearing, Mr. Klein was able to question her qualifications on identifying drugged driving detection and the judge ruled that she did not possess the necessary experience or qualifications to determine that the client was under the influence of drugs.

People v. M

Charge: Soliciting a Prostitute
Outcome: Mr. Klein successfully negotiated the charge down to disorderly conduct because the client had no previous offenses and was caught in a “sting” operation.

City of Naperville v. P

Charge: DUI-Drugs
Outcome: Case dismissed after Mr. Klein challenged whether the officer had probable cause to arrest client for driving under the influence of drugs. The judge granted his motion partially based on the fact that Mr. Klein pointed out that she was also charged with DUI-Alcohol, despite the arresting officer testifying that he had determined she did not consume any alcohol

City of Elmhurst v. C:

Charge: DUI-Alcohol
Outcome: Mr. Klein was able to rescind (undo) the client’s six month suspension when client was at fault in a car accident and blew 0.346 on the breathalyzer test at the police station.

People v. J

Charge: DUI-Alcohol
Outcome: Client found not guilty after Mr. Klein cross-examined the police officer that he did not perform all of the required Standardized Field Sobriety Tests and the Field Sobriety Tests that were performed were not performed according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) standards.

People v. D

Charge: DUI-Alcohol
Outcome: Client found not guilty of DUI. Client passed one leg stand test and Mr. Klein impeached the arresting officer by showing that the Client did not weave out of her lane despite his testimony that she had.

People v. B

Charge: DUI-Drugs
Outcome: Client found not guilty after Mr. Klein indicated to the Judge that the State had not proven which drugs or combination of drugs had impaired the client beyond a reasonable doubt. He also admitted the client’s prescription records and a letter from the hospital into evidence to show that the client was not using illegal drugs.

People v. R

Charge: DUI-Alcohol
Outcome: Mr. Klein was able to successfully negotiate a term of court supervision for a client with two prior DUI arrests.

People v. V

Charge: Assault
Outcome: Client found not guilty at trial after Mr. Klein showed the judge that his client was not committing an assault. Instead, he was attempting to stop his neighbors from fleeing the scene because his neighbors were not keeping the building’s furnace at the legal temperature in November.

People v. B

Charge: DUI-Drugs
Outcome: Client found not guilty after Mr. Klein indicated to the Judge that the State had not proven which drugs or combination of drugs had impaired the client beyond a reasonable doubt. He also admitted the client’s prescription records and a letter from the hospital into evidence to show that the client was not using illegal drugs.

People v. C

Charge: DUI-Alcohol
Outcome: Client’s automatic three year suspension was thrown out because Mr. Klein was able to show that the arresting officer was lying about who read the client his warning to motorist and who transported the client back to the police station.

People v. C

Charge: Criminal Damage to Property
Outcome: Client’s roommates chose not to pursue criminal charges after Mr. Klein was able prevent the client’s roommates from entering an plenary Order of Protection against his client.

People v. F

Charge: Aggravated Speeding
Outcome: Mr. Klein was able to successfully negotiate a reduction in the charge from a misdemeanor to a petty offense with court supervision and a small fine.

People v. L

Charge: DUI-Alcohol
Outcome: Mr. Klein was able to negotiate a plea bargain with moderate level counseling and no community service after his client hit two different parked cars and had a blood alcohol level of 0.197

People v. T

Charge: DUI-Alcohol with CDL
Outcome: Mr. Klein was able to negotiate with the prosecution to have them agree to throw out his client’s summary suspension and reduce his DUI charge to Reckless Driving so the client did not lose his CDL.

People v. A

Charge: Obstructing a Peace Officer
Outcome: Mr. Klein was able to negotiate with the prosecution a reduction of the charge to attempt resisting so the client could receive court supervision and avoid a conviction on this records.

People v. C

Charge: DUI-Alcohol
Outcome: Despite the fact the Defendant had seven traffic offenses and blew .214 at the police station, Mr. Klein negotiated a reduction to “Reckless Driving” so the client could avoid harsh immigration consequences.

People v. C

Charge: DUI-Alcohol
Outcome: Client blew a .206, but Mr. Klein was able to negotiate a rescission of his six suspension of his license and an ultimate dismissal of his criminal charge based on the fact that the police lost the in-squad, dash cam video of the client’s arrest.

People v. M

Charge: DUI-Alcohol
Outcome: At a bench trial, Mr. Klein obtained an acquittal for his client by pointing out to the Judge that, despite the fact the arresting officer claimed the client failed the field sobriety tests, the arresting officer was not able to specify in any detail on how the client actually performed on the tests.

People v. P

Charge: DUI-Combination of Drugs and Alcohol
Outcome: At a bench trial, Mr. Klein obtained an acquittal for his client by arguing at the conclusion of the trial that, despite the arresting officer’s extensive Drug Recognition training, the State never introduced an actual opinion that the Defendant was under the influence of a combination of drugs and alcohol. Neither the judge nor the prosecutor recognized this mistake (even though they all the parties had the same transcript of the trial proceedings) until it was shown to them by Mr. Klein.

People v. D

Charge: DUI-Alcohol
Outcome: At a bench trial, Mr. Klein obtained an acquittal for his client by showing the judge that, despite the accident where his client hit a fire hydrant, he was not under the influence of alcohol because he remained at the scene, called his insurance company, and did well on the field sobriety tests.

People v. A

Charge: DUI-Alcohol
Outcome: At a bench trial, Mr. Klein obtained an acquittal for his client where his client had passed out in his car in front of his house. Mr. Klein was able to successfully argue that, simply because his client was sleeping, did not mean he was under the influence of alcohol. He also did not exhibit any impaired driving and the State did not have enough evidence to prove him guilty.

People v. M

Charge: DUI-Alcohol, DUI-Drugs
Outcome: Mr Klein was able to win the client’s suspension hearing by heavily cross examining the police officer about the lack of training in DUI Drug detection, which led to an acquittal of the criminal DUI charge as well.

People v. C

Charge: DUI-Alcohol
Outcome: Mr Klein obtained an acquittal for his client after trial by impeaching the arresting officer about who had driven his client to the Police station to request a breathalyzer test.