Neil joined Chuck Bretz & Associates in 2012 after serving as an Assistant State’s Attorney for Will County since 2007. Neil began his legal career in 2006 working for an intellectual property and business law firm. As a prosecutor for the Will County State’s Attorney, Neil prosecuted DUI cases, criminal misdemeanor and felony matters, and forfeitures. Neil participated in over 140 bench trials, 28 jury trials, and argued in excess of 150 substantive motions.
At Chuck Bretz & Associates, Neil practices in the area of Criminal Law with a primary focus on felony defense and defending forfeiture matters.
Neil is a graduate of University of Illinois and DePaul University Law School. Neil was a member of the Moot Court Trial team and was an extern for a Federal District Court Judge.
Client, who is in prison for murder, is charged with Aggravated Battery to a Public Officer, a prison guard. There is a video showing the incident and photos of the guard's injuries. During the trial, evidence came forth that the guard violated prison rules regarding inmate control and was retaliating against the client for reporting inmate abuses.
Result - NOT GUILTY after a jury trial.
Client's home was searched by police who had a warrant to search for drugs. Officers found no physical evidence of drugs at the home, yet they seized $1600 found in the house. No arrests were made and no charges were filed. Yet the police wanted to forfeit the funds as "drug proceeds."
Result - Court finds no probable cause to forfeit the money and it is ordered returned to the client.
Client is charged with multiple counts of Cannabis violations, including trafficking from California. Client has already been convicted in California of the same offenses. Client is then charged in Illinois, facing a minimum of 12 years in prison.
Result - The most serious charges are dismissed based on Double Jeopardy due to the California and the client is released with credit for time served.
Client is charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver and Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding. Evidence shows that the client was the subject of search warrant, and during execution of the warrant, fled from the police with a quantity of narcotics. Client is also in the country illegally, but is in the process of obtaining citizenship.
Result - Successful plea negotiation resulting in no felony conviction, protection of his legal status, protection of the driver's license, and no jail time.
Client is charged with Driving on a Suspended License. Evidence shows that the police officer acted in an unconstitutional manner in stopping the driver.
Result - Case dismissed based on all evidence getting suppressed.