Aggravated UUW – Not Guilty

aggravated UUW - Not Guilty August 8, 2016 People of Illinois v D.K. Charge(s): Aggravated UUW/Loaded - No FOID Card                    720 ILCS 5/24-1.6 D.K. was seen by Chicago Police with a handgun in an alleyway during the middle of the day. As police officers approached, D.K. [...]

By | August 8th, 2016|Blog, case victory, Recently Won Cases|0 Comments

Lollapalooza – What To Do When You Get Arrested

Once again hundreds of thousands of festival goers will come to Chicago to see their favorite bands, make new friends, and party. As a criminal defense attorney in Chicago, I've experienced the aftermath of a weekend of Lollapalooza. People call me after they've been arrested for drug possession (720 ILCS 570/402). All types of drugs: [...]

By | July 25th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

People of Illinois v T.B.

Trial May 2, 2016 - Markham Courthouse, Cook County, Illinois Finding of Not Guilty Defendant was arrested after police had been conducting surveillance on T.B. and SWAT team executed search warrant. Officers and narcotics dog recovered heroin, cannabis and firearms. After cross examining officers, attorney Purav Bhatt uncovered that there were 12 individuals in the [...]

By | May 6th, 2016|Blog, case victory|0 Comments

Probation for Teen Involved In Multiple Residential Burglary Cases

My client Dante Ferguson is a teenage who was arrested and charged with multiple residential burglary charges under 720 ILCS 5/19-3 across Will and Grundy counties. After almost a year of litigation and negotiations, the judge saw fit to sentence my client to TASC probation and allowing him a second chance to turn his life [...]

By | February 23rd, 2016|Blog, Recently Won Cases|0 Comments

Push Came to Shove in Attempted Murder and Aggravated Kidnapping Case

After 2 years of arguing, litigating, trials and playing a legal "game of chicken", my client's final case was dismissed this week. When I met him, he was in the Illinois Department of Corrections on a violation of probation for a drug case. The cause for the violation? He was arrested and charged with possession [...]

By | October 2nd, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Drug User or Drug Dealer?

When it comes to drugs, any kind, cocaine, heroin, marijuana, ecstasy or pills, they have to start somewhere and end somewhere. This may seem obvious but what that could mean for a person who is arrested for a drug charge is the difference between being charged as a drug dealer or as a drug user. [...]

By | September 14th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Charged With Armed Robbery? Maybe Not.

I've seen this scenario... Client who has been charged with armed robbery (720 ILCS 5/18-2). He was there. He committed the robbery. You'd think he was dead to rights? He should plead guilty and the lawyer should focus his efforts on trying to get the lowest prison sentence possible for his client. Being [...]

By | September 9th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

UUW by a Felon. When the law is ridiculous.

This week I finally resolved a client's case after months of negotiating, fighting and waiting for the prosecutor to come to their senses. My client was charged with Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon, more commonly known as UUW by a felon under 720 ILCS 5/24-1.1. Under this law, it is illegal for [...]

By | August 27th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

What are the Penalties for Theft in Illinois?

Theft Penalties theft attorney I represent many clients who have been charged with theft. Whether this theft was a one-time act or whether the theft occurred over the course of time, the value of what was taken will determine the possible penalties for theft and sentences one may receive. Class A Misdemeanor Whether [...]

By | August 21st, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Do Stricter Gun Laws Make Cities Safer? The Answer is “No!”

The recent gun violence over the July 4th holiday in Chicago has reignited the debate about whether stricter gun laws make a city more or less safe when it comes to gun violence. Conservative media outlets cite Chicago as an example of a city that has some of the nation’s strictest gun laws yet still [...]

By | July 30th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Marijuana Possession and Delivery Case 8,000 grams

  A client being incarcerated is never a good thing but in this case it was. After months of arguing motions and fighting with prosecutors my client accepted a deal that resulted in him spending 90 days in jail for a Possession of Cannabis under 720 ILCS 550/4 and Delivery of Cannabis charge under 720 [...]

By | July 29th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

To Fight Bullying, Chicago Students Forced to Give Up Social Media Passwords, Or Face Criminal Charges?

“The road to hell is paved with good intentions,” is a saying that can be applied to a new state law in Illinois that Forces Students to Give Up Social Media Passwords or potentially face criminal charges. The new proposed law, applied in January of 2015 under 105 ILCS 5/27-23.7, titled Bully Prevention, attempts to [...]

By | July 29th, 2015|Blog, Cyberbullying|0 Comments

Cocaine Possession

Have you been charged with Drug Possession of Cocaine? Call Chicago Drug Possession Lawyer Purav Bhatt   Cocaine is an extremely addictive stimulant narcotic processed from the leaves of the coca plant native to South America. Its effects include: short-term euphoria, high-energy, and talkativeness in addition to potentially dangerous physical effects like raising heart rate [...]

By | May 1st, 2015|Blog, drug crimes|0 Comments

Felony Possession of Cannabis Case Dismissed by Attorney Purav Bhatt

felony possession of cannabis April 21, 2015 Attorney Purav Bhatt wins a preliminary hearing for his client at Branch 38 located at 727 E 111th St, Chicago, Illinois. A preliminary hearing is your first opportunity to challenge your felony criminal charges. Most cases will pass through the preliminary hearing phase of a criminal [...]

By | April 30th, 2015|Blog, drug crimes, drug offense, preliminary hearing|0 Comments

What You Need to Know About Confessions to the Police

First, I always advise my clients not to speak with the police or any law enforcement authority without an attorney present. This is common sense to an experienced criminal defense attorney but to the citizen who has never had contact with the police, the desire to explain his or her side of the story and [...]

By | April 7th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Maywood District 4

The Law Offices of Purav Bhatt & Associates provides aggressive and cost-effective criminal defense representation for clients in the Maywood and surrounding area including Bellwood, Berkeley, Berwyn, Broadview, Brookfield, Cicero, Elgin/Joliet, Elmwood Park, Forest Park, Forest Preserve, Franklin Park, Hillside, LaGrange Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, Northlake, North Riverside, Oak Park, River Forest, River Grove, River Forest, [...]

By | April 1st, 2015|Blog|0 Comments


People often ask me, "I felt forced by the police to do XYZ. What can the police make me do?" Once you are arrested what you say and do in the presence of the police becomes that much more important to protecting your freedom. Because your freedom is at stake, what you say and do [...]

By | March 25th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Committing Offenses on the Internet – Internet Crimes

When a crime is allegedly committed using the internet the first question is always, “Where should this case be handled?” Should it be in the state where the offender committed the offense? Should it be where the victim lives? Should it be somewhere else like in federal court? Illinois has specifically addressed this issue relating [...]

By | March 16th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

When Can the Police Stop me on the Street? What are My Rights?

Police will often use a person’s presence in a high-crime area, coupled with unprovoked flight as sufficient to justify an officer’s brief, investigative stop. Illinois courts have decided that this was consistent with previous decisions recognizing a citizen’s right to ignore the police, as it found that unprovoked flight is not simply refusing to cooperate [...]

By | March 9th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments


Having a judge issue a defendant a bail that a defendant can afford is part of the criminal judicial process. In many of my cases, the issue of bail and bond is ongoing throughout the case. What a judge setting bail or bond on a defendant does is sets a dollar amount the defendant must [...]

By | March 2nd, 2015|Blog|0 Comments