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A Chicago Defense Attorney with a Track Record of Success


When criminal lawyers are trying to convince people to hire them, they point to a number of different things. A degree from a prestigious law school. Awards and honors. Published works. Media appearances.

All of these things can give you some idea of an attorney’s abilities. But in the end, only one thing really matters: their case results. You want to work with a defense attorney who can point to a track record of positive outcomes for clients, where they were able to minimize charges and penalties.

Chicago criminal lawyer Sami Azhari always strives to get his clients the best possible results, and he has had a lot of success doing it. Below you can see the results of some of our most recent cases to get an idea of how Mr. Azhari may be able to help you.

But he will not be able to help until and unless you get in touch. Contact us now and we will set up a free initial consultation to discuss the specifics of your situation, answer questions, and go over possible strategies. The faster you act, the more likely you are to get your charges reduced, dropped, or dismissed.

State of Illinois v. SN: Dismissed and Reduced

Lake County prosecutors charged SN, an Illinois Tollway operator, with two felony counts of theft over $500 and official misconduct. The theft count was a class 4 felony punishable by up to 3 years in jail, and the official misconduct was a class 2 felony punishable by up to 7 years in jail. After investigating the case and reviewing the discovery, Sami was able to secure an offer from the prosecution to dismiss the class 2 felony and reduce the class 4 felony to a class A misdemeanor.

As a result of the offer, SN was not faced with a single day in prison.

State of Illinois v. TM: DUI (Second Offense)

TM was arrested and charged with his second offense of driving under the influence of alcohol. A conviction would have resulted in a revocation of his driver’s license. After a thorough cross examination of the arresting officer, the judge ruled that the State failed to prove TM guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

His driver’s license was not revoked, he did not have to attend alcohol classes, and no fines and court costs were assessed.

State of Illinois v. PG: DUI

PG was charged with a DUI and improper lane usage. Sami asked for discovery on the initial court appearance and the police officer demanded the case settle or go to trial the same day. Despite having the right to a continuance, Sami read the police report in preparation and alerted the prosecutor that the officer’s report had numerous deficiencies, as well as only 9 minutes of observations of intoxication prior to the arrest.

As a result, the DUI was dismissed and PG was left with a traffic violation.

State of Illinois v. CP: DUI

CP was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. She was pulled while driving home with several people in her car. She performed all field sobriety tests. Sami was a part of the trial team that defended CP on the charges.

A thorough, lengthy and aggressive cross examination of the arresting officer resulted in CP client being found “not guilty” of DUI. Her driver’s license was not revoked, she did not have to attend alcohol classes, and no fines and court costs were assessed.

State of Illinois v. GLW: Cocaine Possession, Intent to Distribute

GLW was charged with a non-probationable class X felony for possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute. This charge carried with it a sentencing range from 6-30 years in jail. GLW had allegedly made a deal for the sale of cocaine in a school zone with an undercover narcotics cop.

After investigating the case and reviewing the discovery, Sami was able to secure a plea agreement that led to 4 months of boot camp.

State of Illinois v. MA: Felony Possession

MA was arrested for felony possession of controlled substances after being arrested for taking a sledgehammer and breaking into his estranged wife’s home. He was caught with large amounts of cocaine and heroin. Facing three years in jail and a felony conviction on his record, Sami advised his client to reject all offers from the State.

Instead, Sami secured probation for MA after a 402 conference with the judge, allowing MA to avoid being labeled a convicted felon, and preventing him from spending a single night in jail.

State of Illinois v. TH: Battery

TH was charged with battery after being arrested for allegedly hitting an 8 year old child suffering from autism in front of two witnesses. Facing a year in jail, he retained attorneys Sami Azhari and Mark Javier to defend him of the charges. Sami and Mark vigorously prepared for trial by reviewing the available evidence, interviewing witnesses, and visiting the scene of the alleged crime.

After a day jury trial, TH was found NOT GUILTY of battery.

State of Illinois v. SS: Aggravated Battery (Police Officer)

SS was charged with 2 counts of aggravated battery against a police officer. SS was at the NATO protest that took place in downtown Chicago. In the midst of the raucous, an altercation took place between SS and a lieutenant of the Chicago Police Department. SS was arrested and charged with a class 2 felony, facing 3 to 7 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. SS was represented by attorneys Sami Azhari and Aaron Goldstein at trial. After a thorough preparation of all the state’s evidence, a jury was selected in what would be a 4 day jury trial.
After 4 hours of deliberations, the jury found SS NOT GUILTY of all charges. He walked out of the courtroom a free man.

State of Illinois vs. AN: Attempted Murder

AN was charged with 9 counts of attempted murder, aggravated battery with a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon. After reviewing the evidence, Sami took the case to trial and thoroughly cross examined the investigating officers as well as the alleged victim.

After trial, AN was found Not Guilty on all counts.

State of Illinois vs. CR: Weapons Charges

CR was charged with 3 counts of unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a firearm by a felon. Despite having several witnesses that were ready to testify against CR, Sami advised him to take the matter to trial and terminated all plea negotiations.

After the trial, CR was found Not Guilty on all counts.