Law Offices of Michael P. Schmiege

Law Offices of Michael P. Schmiege Qualified Chicago Criminal Defense Attorney, Serving All of Illinois with a 100% Commitment to Client Satisfaction and Personalized Legal Representation.

Having secured favorable results for residents throughout the state of Illinois, the Law Offices of Michael P. Schmiege is wholeheartedly committed to client satisfaction. Included in the list of the Illinois Super Laywers® Rising StarsSM for 2009-2013, Chicago criminal defense lawyer, Michael Schmiege is among the top 2.5% of lawyers in the state. Having obtained “not guilty” verdicts and reduced

Having secured favorable results for residents throughout the state of Illinois, the Law Offices of Michael P. Schmiege is wholeheartedly committed to client satisfaction. Included in the list of the Illinois Super Laywers® Rising StarsSM for 2009-2013, Chicago criminal defense lawyer, Michael Schmiege is among the top 2.5% of lawyers in the state. Having obtained “not guilty” verdicts and reduced

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04/07/2015

In this week's news, seven arrests are made in a juvenile s*x trafficking sting in Aurora: http://goo.gl/Gz2jkN

03/31/2015

In today's news, four Joliet teens are arrested after one of them posts a s*x tape to Twitter: http://goo.gl/1C9AH2

03/23/2015

In today's news, a UIC biology student is cleared of r**e charges in a "50 Shades of Grey" assault: http://goo.gl/yXhQcw

03/17/2015

Does Illinois have something similar to Florida's stand your ground law? Read our blog on claiming self-defense to find out! http://goo.gl/wkgBYu

03/17/2015

In our blog, four Chicago men are arrested in connection to the smash-and-grab burglaries. Read our blog to learn more! http://goo.gl/dQilVr

03/10/2015

In our blog, four Chicago men are arrested in connection to the smash-and-grab burglaries. Read our blog to learn more! http://goo.gl/eoXHaC

03/02/2015

In our blog, a 28-year-old Oak Park man beats his pregnant girlfriend at Brookfield Zoo. Read our blog to find out what happened: http://goo.gl/JheH8y

02/24/2015

In our blog post, we explain what an Illinois pardon can do for someone who has been convicted of a crime. To learn more about this subject, head on over to our blog! http://goo.gl/hgDtnc

02/17/2015

Will two bills introduced by the General Assembly make ma*****na legal in Illinois? Read our blog to find out! http://goo.gl/Flavh2

02/11/2015

Governor Bruce Rauner launches a new commission slated to bring reform to Illinois' struggling criminal justice system. Find out more about this ambitious executive order in our blog! http://goo.gl/Ksaqys

08/26/2014

Embezzlement can be anything from a misdemeanor to a Class X felony. Learn more about this offense on our Chicago criminal defense blog: http://goo.gl/SZPQQa

08/21/2014

If you have been charged with domestic battery, or a restraining order has been taken out against you, you need to be aware of the potential penalties you could face in an Illinois criminal court. http://goo.gl/xbCd66

08/13/2014

Understand what Illinois' statute of limitations are or criminal cases when you check out our Chicago criminal defense blog! http://goo.gl/B1xTGn

08/04/2014

The accused pair could be hit with multiple $250,000 fines and five years in prison. See our Chicago criminal defense blog for more: http://goo.gl/Wkq7ia

07/30/2014

Something as simple as an arrest record can ruin the direction of your life. Thanks to a new law in Illinois, however, minors with certain arrest records can have these records instantly erased. Learn more on our Chicago criminal defense blog! http://goo.gl/9faEJX

07/21/2014

In the huffing trial where a young woman inhaled computer cleaner and ran over a 5-year-old with her car, the defense lawyer tried in vain to argue that computer dust cleaner is not named as an impairing substance in Illinois law. Her aggravated DUI conviction still holds. http://goo.gl/f7ALa9

Check out our Chicago criminal defense blog to learn about the latest in local arrests, legal rights, and case developme...
07/15/2014
Two Killed, Four Wounded in Chicago Shooting

Check out our Chicago criminal defense blog to learn about the latest in local arrests, legal rights, and case developments.

Six victims were shot in five different locations in Chicago in one night. Police are still trying to determine whether the shootings are connected or separate. At present, no arrests have been made.

07/10/2014

Have you recently been arrested for DUI in Illinois? If so, it is essential to contact a Chicago criminal defense attorney right away. Contact our firm, the Law Offices of Michael P. Schmiege today to find out about the tough defense our team may be able to provide you with. http://goo.gl/bM8a40

06/30/2014

The Chicago Police Department recently revealed a new intelligence center which will use surveillance cameras and GPS technology to watch crimes take place, identify criminals and more. Read more about this brand new development and how it may affect you on the blog! http://goo.gl/ChBMOY

06/25/2014

You or someone you know facing an aggravated battery charge? Learn more about what you're up against on our Chicago criminal defense blog! http://goo.gl/ZBqsR5

06/17/2014

Police arrested a father and son in Bolingbrook after numerous people reported a driver who was trying to run into pedestrians. Learn more on our Chicago criminal defense blog! http://goo.gl/npL1Ys

06/09/2014

Out of the entire country, Cook County has the most arrests for ma*****na. In Chicago alone, about 16,000 people were arrested for ma*****na possession, even though many of them could have received a simple ticket instead. Learn more on our Chicago criminal defense blog! http://goo.gl/FKgFfA

06/04/2014

Seven people were shot at a Laundromat in Chicago this past week, causing serious injuries. Police suspect that the shooting was the result of gang activity but they have not apprehended any suspects. Read more on our blog. http://goo.gl/tnPh1e

05/27/2014
Arrested Suspect Reportedly Tried to Escape in Police Car

After arresting a man on shoplifting charges, police officers say they were waiting for the suspect’s car to be towed when he allegedly got out of his handcuffs and tried to drive off in the police vehicle. Check out our Chicago criminal defense blog for more!

May 22, 2014, police said that a man they arrested tried to run away in the squad car while officers were outside. This was thwarted by the kill switch that engaged when the suspect is said to have switched gears.

Cook County police charged a suspect with petty theft for running out on his $80 taxi fare, and then for aggravated batt...
05/19/2014
Man Charged with Not Paying Taxi Fare

Cook County police charged a suspect with petty theft for running out on his $80 taxi fare, and then for aggravated battery for what followed. See our Chicago criminal defense blog for more!

May 8, 2014, a man was arrested on aggravated battery and petty theft charges. He is accused of not paying his cabbie, and then fighting the driver off when he was pursued for payment.

05/12/2014
Teen Charged With Gun Crime Under House Arrest

A teen charged with gun crimes in relation to the shooting of a 14-year-old girl has been placed under house arrest in Cook County.

May 8, 2014, a judge ordered house arrest for a 17-year-old who has been charged with crimes that include unlawful use of a weapon, allegedly having taken a gun from a person who has been charged with murder. The charges stem from the death of a 14-year-old girl.

05/07/2014
Special Education Teacher Arrested for Bomb Threat

A West Illinois high school teacher is accused of leaving a bomb threat in the school bathroom, triggering a school evacuation and federal charges. There was no bomb. See our latest blog post to learn more!

Last week, a high school teacher was charged by federal prosecutors with allegedly threatening to detonate a bomb at her school. No bomb was discovered at the school, and no bombs were reported in her possession at all.

When it comes to a charge of driving under the influence of ma*****na, it does not matter whether or not the driver was ...
04/28/2014
Penalties for a DUI Ma*****na Conviction in Illinois

When it comes to a charge of driving under the influence of ma*****na, it does not matter whether or not the driver was actually impaired. If any ma*****na is found in a driver’s system, this is enough to automatically justify a DUI charge. See our Chicago criminal defense blog for more!

If the smallest measurable amount of ma*****na turns up in a chemical DUI test, then that could mean a misdemeanor charge. A driver does not have to exhibit impairment either; the presence of ma*****na means that impairment is assumed.

Federal prosecutors say that the Chicago clerk had been dipping into the city’s collection of permit fees for more than ...
04/23/2014
City Clerk Arrested on Embezzlement Charges

Federal prosecutors say that the Chicago clerk had been dipping into the city’s collection of permit fees for more than five years, amassing more than $741,000 in embezzled funds. A conviction on this charge could mean 10 years in prison. Read details on our Chicago criminal defense blog!

The allegedly stolen amount exceeds $741,000. The clerk has been charged by federal prosecutors of appropriating permit fees that were meant to go to the city, and she could be looking at a decade in prison.

While searching for one stolen car, police found 43 more at a salvage yard. The investigation is still open, but the lot...
04/14/2014
Property Owner Arrested After Stolen Vehicles Found at His Business Property

While searching for one stolen car, police found 43 more at a salvage yard. The investigation is still open, but the lot owner faces a felony charge regarding the theft of one stolen vehicle. Learn more on our Chicago criminal defense blog.

April 4, 2014, Chicago police arrested a salvage yard owner after they were said to have come across dozens of cars that had been reported stolen. The owner has been charged with receiving, possessing, and/or selling a stolen vehicle.

According to the authorities, the two suspects are self-proclaimed pickpockets. The two were recently arrested and face ...
04/09/2014
Wire Fraud and Theft Charges Leveled Against Two Chicago Residents

According to the authorities, the two suspects are self-proclaimed pickpockets. The two were recently arrested and face charges of wire fraud and pickpocketing that involved more than $9,000 in credit card theft. See our Chicago criminal defense blog for more on this case!

Two suspects were charged with months of credit card theft, among other alleged offenses. Authorities said a third suspect may soon be arrested.

Two people in Chicago have been accused of stealing chainsaws from Michigan retailers and posting them for sale on Craig...
04/01/2014
Two Arrested for Alleged Involvement in Chainsaw Theft Ring

Two people in Chicago have been accused of stealing chainsaws from Michigan retailers and posting them for sale on Craigslist in Chicago. The suspects could be looking at decades in prison and $100,000 in fines if they are convicted. Get further details on our Chicago criminal defense blog.

April 1, 2014, two suspects were released from police custody on bail after having been arrested on charges of stealing chainsaws from Michigan stores to post them on Craigslist. Investigators believe there was a third person involved.

After a man drove into a snowdrift and couldn’t get his car out, the night only went downhill from there. Police arreste...
03/25/2014
Mother and Son Arrested on Same Night for DUI

After a man drove into a snowdrift and couldn’t get his car out, the night only went downhill from there. Police arrested him and his mother, who had driven over to help, for DUI and multiple traffic violation charges. Get the rest of the story on our Chicago criminal defense blog!

March 18, 2014, a 20-year-old man and his 42-year-old mother were arrested for DUI in the early morning hours. According to the police, the son had gotten stuck in a snowbank and asked his mom to give him a ride.

Three suspects, all from the same family, were accused of stealing $7 million worth of items over the course of the past...
03/18/2014
Three Family Members Charged with Shoplifting Millions of Dollars of Merchandise

Three suspects, all from the same family, were accused of stealing $7 million worth of items over the course of the past 10 years, and then selling those items on eBay. The trio was arrested at their luxury home in the Chicago suburbs. Two of the suspects, a husband and wife, were deemed flight risks and denied bail. Learn more about this case on our Chicago criminal defense blog!

March 4, 2014, a trio of relatives was arrested, accused of stealing about $7 million of items from retail stores across several states over the last decade. The suspects are a husband and wife in their fifties and their 34-year-old daughter.

A police stop is only legal if the officer had a real reason (probable cause) to stop the driver. Unfortunately for one ...
03/11/2014
Driver Arrested for DUI After Crashing into Squad Car

A police stop is only legal if the officer had a real reason (probable cause) to stop the driver. Unfortunately for one driver, getting into a crash is all the reason an officer needs. In fact, according to the police report, the driver crashed into the parked squad car right after the officer had made a prior DUI arrest. See more details on our Chicago criminal defense blog.

March 8, 2014, a suspected drunk driver crashed into a parked cop car right after the officer had made another DUI arrest, says a police report. No one was reported injured.

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