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https://www.dui-criminal-lawyers.com/weapons-charges

 

Id like to add Glenn Sowa to the list.

He is in Geneva and practices in DuPage, Will and Kane counties.

 

He also does expungements.

 

Law Office of Glenn M. Sowa, LLC in Geneva, Illinoisis dedicated to defending the rights of people throughout the Chicago metropolitan area, including the cities of Geneva, DeKalb, Wheaton, Joliet, Downers Grove, Elgin, Aurora, St. Charles, Naperville, Batavia, Bolingbrook, Darien, Hinsdale, Oak Brook, Woodridge, West Chicago, Warrenville, Winfield, Carol Stream and Lombard as well as Cook County, Will County, DeKalb County, DuPage County, Kane County, Kendall County and McHenry County.

 

© 2019 Law Office of Glenn M. Sowa, LLC | 524 W. State Street, Unit 2, Geneva, IL 60134 | 630-232-1780

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Joel A. BrodskyAttorney at Law8 S. Michigan Ave.Suite 3200Chicago IL 60603V(312) 541-7000F(312)541-7311jbrodsky@joelbrodskylaw.comwww.joelbrodskylaw.com
Attorney Joel Brodsky suspended from federal court in Chicago for a year for bizarre antics https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-attorney-joel-brodsky-barred-federal-court-20190418-story.html
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Any attorneys in the Naperville-Wheaton-Warrenville or Dupage County. I just want to have some names in my phonebook - just in case.

 

Sign up for CCWSafe; not only will you get the names of attorneys and locations in Illinois (as well as other states), their services if, God forbid, you ever need them, are paid for...

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I want to introduce myself, and will post this here and in a new thread (if allowed). My firm Williams & Nickl is mentioned on this site a couple of times, but because 2-3 clients have referenced this forum in the past week, I wanted to register and make sure my contact info is available.

 

Because my partner and I handle professional licensure cases (we have only a literal handful of competitors in the state), we have always handled FOID cases because some licensed professionals require a FOID as part of their license. We have also handled Administrative Review cases for decades, as that is the only option for appeal when a formal hearing on professional licensure cases goes south.

 

When the CCL statute passed, we geared up in late 2013 for the eventual onslaught of appeals, and as expected had filed our first Admin. Review within a week of the first CCL denial being issued around 4-1-14. That summer, as everyone remembers, was nuts. We had dozens of Admin. Reviews pending and every Asst. Attorney General that had a pulse and a pen was assigned to cover the huge influx of Admin. Reviews across the state.

 

Since then, I have given presentations to both the Illinois State Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association on how to handle CCL and FOID cases, including both informal and formal appeals of FOID denials/revocations and Admin. Reviews of CCL denials and Responses to Notices of Law Enforcement Objections.

 

We have had hundreds and hundreds of folks call us for help with their CCL since 4-1-14.

 

All that being said, I wanted to let this forum know that my partner and I operate under a simple rule: anyone can call us and ask a question or learn if we can help them for no charge. We never charge for phone consultations. Now that I am aware of this forum, I joined as a paying member and will try to monitor discussions to see if I can offer a helpful bit of advice here and there. Nothing I post should be considered legal advice, but you are all welcome to call or email me with a question and I try to respond within 24 hours (usually within 1 hour). Just use the email on my website and mention that you're an IllinoisCarry forum member.

 

Finally, just because my office is in Chicago does not mean that we cannot help downstate applicants. Responses to Notices of Law Enforcement Objections get emailed directly to the CCLRB's legal counsel, so I can do that from home. Informal appeals of FOID denial/revocations get FedEx'ed to Springfield, so again, location is irrelevant. Formal appeals require an in-court appearance, but we handle these via Zoom now, and in the past had atty contacts in the various counties just to step up on the first status hearing while we handled the actual evidentiary hearing.

 

Fred Nickl

312-335-9470

fred@williamsnickl.com

 

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If anyone knows a way to restore firearm civil rights in Illinois for a non-resident, feel free to speak up. There are two other attorneys handle a lot of FOID work (and that I actually respect), and our collective answer is a unique plan that is not cookie-cutter in any way.

My partner and I have considered fronting half of the fees for such a petition, as we will end up in the Appellate Court without a doubt. We estimate a full appeal from start (circuit court) to end (??) would be at least $50k and we may be willing to front half our fees ($25k). It would be great to make new law.

Note that anyone who has called me with this query ends up getting a 15 minute review of the law and possible ways to do this, including establishing residency in Illinois for the purpose of the petition. If you emailed me after hours, I may have just emailed you back.

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Fred,

 

This is posted on the Illinois State Police FAQ:

 

I was convicted of a felony in Illinois but no longer live in Illinois . . . what can I do to appeal this prohibitor?

You may file an appeal in Illinois. Please contact the Office of Firearms Safety at ISP.FOID.Appeals@illinois.gov to request additional information.

 

As an attorney, maybe they would provide this additional information to you? I would be very interested in this as well.

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Fred,

 

This is posted on the Illinois State Police FAQ:

 

I was convicted of a felony in Illinois but no longer live in Illinois . . . what can I do to appeal this prohibitor?

You may file an appeal in Illinois. Please contact the Office of Firearms Safety at ISP.FOID.Appeals@illinois.gov to request additional information.

 

As an attorney, maybe they would provide this additional information to you? I would be very interested in this as well.

Because they've refused in the past, my best guess is that this statement is their attempt to CYA. Alan Downen, a smarter attorney than I'll ever be, also analyzed the situation and agrees the only way to succeed is to establish new law via appellate court. However, I now have a direct line to the Chief Legal Counsel for the entire ISP, which I never dreamed would happen, so I will add this to my list of topics to discuss with her.

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