Recent Success Stories

Success Stories Aurora, IL Law

At the Law Office of Motta & Motta, we strive to go well above and beyond for our clients to achieve the results they need to move forward with life. Our firm has a team of legal professionals dedicated to defending clients facing the most serious of criminal charges. “Team Motta,” led by Criminal Defense Attorney Alison Motta, routinely handles cases in which, if convicted, our client would be facing a sentence of up to life in prison. We know how important our work is and the responsibility placed on our shoulders when hired. The following is a quick list of some of the outcomes in our most recent cases.

Attempted Murder – 2 counts; Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm – 2 counts

Case Details
Client was charged with two counts of Attempted Murder and two counts of Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm in 2013. Motta & Motta did not become involved in the case until late 2015 with only a few month to prepare for trial. At the time Motta & Motta took over the case, the State’s latest offer was 15 years.
Case Outcome
Client pled guilty to 4th degree felony aggravated assault in exchange for a reduced prison sentence of 2 years. With credit for time served, client only had to spend 8 months in a state prison post-plea agreement.
Case Date
2016

Possession w/intent to Distribute 15 Kilos of Cocaine

Case Details
Client was charged with possession with intent to distribute 15 kilograms of cocaine with related conspiracy charges. Our client’s charges were a result of an undercover reverse buy during a joint task force investigation involving the Illinois State Police, the Aurora Police, the Rockford Police, and the DEA. Our client was captured on video surveillance at the location of the drop, both inside and outside of the home, and he gave DEA agents a recorded statement. The evidence presented to the jury included DEA agents’ reports detailing the accused’s “confession,” the transcript of the recorded statement given to DEA agents, as well as the video surveillance. The minimum sentence was 15 years and the Assistant State’s Attorney’s last offer, the day before trial, was 8 years.
Case Outcome
Not Guilty verdict at jury trial

Possession w/Intent to Distribute 30 Kilos of Cocaine; Related Conspiracy and Weapon Charges

Case Details
Client was facing a 4 count indictment including possession with intent to distribute 30 kilograms of cocaine and related conspiracy charges, as well as a weapons offense. The charges were a result of an undercover DEA investigation where our client was captured on video and audio surveillance during the initial negotiations of the drug deal as well as video surveillance during the initial negotiations of the drug deal as well as video surveillance at the location where the money and drugs were being exchanged. The government also had transcripts of multiple telephone conversations detailing the drug deal and plans for the exchange and our client had a previous felony drug conviction. The maximum sentence was LIFE with a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years.
Case Outcomes
Defense Attorney Alison Motta negotiated a 7 year plea bargain (only a few years with good time served) with Assistant United State’s Attorneys.

10 Counts Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault – Class X Felony

Case Details
Client was charged with ten counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault; a Class X Felony. Maximum sentence, if convicted, was approximately 75 years.
Case Outcome
The charge of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault was reduced to a misdemeanor and our client received no jail time.Case Date
2015

Failure to Register as a Sex Offender – Class 2 Felony

Case Details
Client was charged with a Class 2 Felony for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. State’s lowest offer prior to the defendant hiring Motta & Motta was 3 years in state prison.
Case Outcome
Within month of Motta & Motta coming into the case, charges were dismissed.
Case Date
2015

Client Facing Life in Prison, Released on Unsecured Bond

Case Details
Client is charged with two counts of federal kidnapping, coercion and brandishing a firearm. If convicted, client faces a sentence of life in prison.
Case Outcome
Client facing a life sentence was released on electronic monitoring after a bond reduction motion was granted in federal court for defendant who was issued “no bond” on 2 counts of kidnapping, 2 counts of coercion and 1 count of brandishing a firearm. Case is still pending and trial is set for September 2016.
Case Date
2015

Drug Distribution / Manufacture – Class 2 Felony

Case Details
Client was charged with drug distribution/manufacturing. If convicted, client would be sentenced to as much as 7 years in state prison.
Case Outcome
Within two months of Motta & Motta coming into the case, the charges were dismissed.
Case Date
2016

Bond Hearing on Colorado Extradition Warrant in Cook County

Case Details
Client was arrested in Cook County on an extradition warrant to Colorado, where he was being charged with 11 counts of internet sex exploitation of a child. The judge in Illinois was originally not going to allow our client to post bond on the extradition warrant. Before Defense Attorney Alison Motta presented her argument, members of the court were not even aware that the judge had proper authority to grant bond on an extradition warrant.
Case Outcome
Motta & Motta were able to convince the court to issue bond on the extradition warrant and our client was allowed to travel to Colorado by his own means where he would turn himself in the following week.
Case Date
2015

Drug Distribution / Manufacture – Class 2 Felony

Case Details
Client was charged with drug distribution/manufacturing. If convicted, client would be sentenced to as much as 7 years in state prison.
Case Outcome
Within two months of Motta & Motta coming into the case, the charges were dismissed.
Case Date
2016