Law Offices of Darryl A. Goldberg

As a criminal defense attorney, Darryl A. Goldberg has a simple legal philosophy — he treats every case as if it were a death penalty case. Intensity, commitment, perseverance — these are words that epitomize his approach to criminal defense. No matter the situation, he is always prepared for battle and determined to win for his client.

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Proposed Legislation Would Make It a Felony to Run from Police
Under the current law in Illinois, anyone who flees from the police after an attempted traffic stop can only be charged with a misdemeanor for fleeing in their vehicle unless they meet certain aggravating criteria. For example, aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude a peace officer (which is a felony) requires traveling over 21 miles per hour over the speed limit, bodily injury, disobeying two or more traffic control devices, or concealing or altering the vehicle’s registration or digital registration plate.  However, a bill recently introduced in the Illinois
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Arizona Woman Arrested for Assisting North Korea Infiltrate Major US Companies
The Justice Department recently unsealed an indictment against a U.S. citizen and three North Koreans using aliases that engaged in a complex fraud to secure remote employment as software and application developers in a wide range of industries, generating almost $7 million that was then funneled back to North Korea. The U.S. citizen, Christina Chapman, was arrested in her hometown in Arizona and is accused of receiving and hosting laptop computers sent by the various employers to make it appears as though the North Korean IT workers were located
Continue Reading Recent Arrests by DOJ Highlight Growing Trend in Cybercrime Prosecutions

States Seek to Block Closing of So-Called “Gun Show Loophole”
As we’ve discussed in an earlier blog, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”) previously sought to close the “gun show loophole” by requiring background checks and/or a license to sell any firearms, and the new rule was set to take effect on May 20, 2024. However, the states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Utah recently filed a lawsuit challenging the new rule, arguing that the rule oversteps the agency’s authority and violates the Second Amendment. “The notion that one must obtain a license in order to
Continue Reading Several States Sue Federal Government Over New Gun Regulation

Illinois State Senator Introduces Legislation to Legalize Psilocybin
Earlier this year, Illinois State Senator Rachel Ventura introduced a bill that would legalize psilocybin, often referred to as “magic mushrooms” for adults over the age of 21 in a supervised facility, so long as they meet certain requirements. The bill is modeled after similar laws in Oregon and Colorado, the only two states that have legalized and decriminalized psilocybin at the state level. Much of the emphasize behind the push for legalization concerns its potential use to help those with various mental health issues. “If this is going to help people,
Continue Reading Could Illinois Become Newest State to Legalize “Magic Mushrooms”?

DEA Signals Intent to Reclassify Marijuana as a Less Dangerous Drug
In an update to a previous blog, the Drug Enforcement Administration announced that it will proceed with the plan to reclassify Marijuana from a “Schedule I” Controlled Substance to the less tightly regulated “Schedule III” group. The proposed shift still needs to be reviewed by the White House Office of Management and Budget and is subject to a period of public comment, but afterwards the agency will be able to publish the rule. Considering that a recent Gallup poll found that 70% of adults in the US support
Continue Reading Federal Marijuana Reclassification One Step Closer to Reality

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Case Over Government’s Ability to Regulate Ghost Guns
This past week the United States Supreme Court agreed to review a lower court’s ruling concerning the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearm (commonly referred to as the A.T.F.) in the Biden Administration’s ability to regulate manufacturers and sellers of materials that can be made into “ghost guns.” “Ghost guns” are unserialized, privately made firearms often sold as parts to be assembled at home, allowing purchasers to circumvent certain federal firearm regulations. Ghost guns cannot be traced by conventional means and some can even be created on
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Unanimous Ruling Finds That Prosecutors Have Flexibility on Forfeiture Orders
The United States Supreme Court recently held that federal courts can issue criminal forfeiture orders outside the prescribed deadline set by the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, resolving a circuit split on the issue. Although the Rules require that the courts enter forfeiture orders before sentencing to allow the defendant to submit revisions or modifications, the recent Court’s ruling effectively states that this rule is not absolute and allows flexibility by the government to bring forfeiture orders at a later date. In the case before the Court, Louis McIntosh was
Continue Reading Supreme Court Refuses to Set Hard Deadline in Criminal Forfeitures

Video Evidence Exonerated Retired NFL Superstar
Michael Irvin, the Hall of Fame wide receiver turned NFL Network analyst, was abruptly taken off the Super Bowl coverage for the network in 2023 after it was alleged that he sexually assaulted a hotel worker at an Arizona Marriot in the days leading up to the championship game. However, he denied the allegations and sued the hotel chain and several workers for defamation, seeking $100 million in damages, after security video footage showed that the allegations were unfounded. The video, which Marriot attempted to prevent from being released, shows Irvin returning to the
Continue Reading Michael Irvin Files $100 Million Lawsuit Against Marriot Over False Sexual Assault Report

DOJ Announces AI-focused Initiatives
In a recent speech, Department of Justice Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco announced an artificial intelligence (“AI”) initiative that will see the government seek stricter sentences for crimes perpetuated by individuals using artificial intelligence tools. Recognizing the potential dangers and risks in our ever-changing world and how AI could shape its future, she also announced the creation of Justice AI, an initiative that will convene individuals from various areas of expertise and experience on the subject to “understand and prepare for how AI will affect [DOJ’s] mission and how to ensure we accelerate AI’s potential for
Continue Reading Government and Police Agencies Focus on Artificial Intelligence and Crime

Tipsters Could Receive Payment for Reporting Criminal Misconduct on Corporations
The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a pilot program to launch later this year that would see non-culpable whistleblowers receive monetary payments in exchange for information of corporate malfeasance. The program was revealed recently by Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco at a legal conference. While there are already avenues for whistleblowers to report to other federal agencies already in place, Monaco stated that the existing programs “are limited in scope,” and “don’t address the full range of corporate and financial misconduct that the department prosecutes.” The program will appear to
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Prosecutors Dismisses Charges Against Three Men Accused of Stealing Hand Written Notes Containing Hotel California Lyrics
Earlier this week, prosecutors abruptly dismissed a case, in the middle of trial, against three men accused of stealing the hand written notes of Eagles co-founder Don Henley that contained the original lyrics for popular songs such as “Hotel California” and others by the band. On trial were three, well-established figures in the collectibles world, who had come into possession of the notes after Henley give them to a writer from a never published Eagles biography, who later sold them to one of the
Continue Reading Charges Dropped Mid-Trial in Eagles Memorabilia Case

Retired Veteran Accused of Leaking Sensitive Information to Ukrainian Woman
A retired Army Lieutenant Colonel, David Franklin Slater, 63, was recently arrested and is accused of leaking highly sensitive information to a purportedly Ukrainian woman he had met online and conversed with via an unnamed dating site. Slater had a Top-Secret Security clearance while he was employed as a civilian Air Force employee assigned to United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), the U.S. military combatant command responsible for nuclear deterrence and nuclear command and control headquartered at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska. He is accused of communicating with an unnamed
Continue Reading Classified Information Exchanged on Dating Site

Federal Government Seeks to Extend Authorization of Warrantless Surveillance
The Biden Administration announced that it would seek will ask a court to renew the certification necessary to conduct surveillance authorized by a controversial surveillance program, set to expire in April, referred to colloquially as Section 702, a Justice Department (DOJ) official said. Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) is a provision that was added in 2008 that authorizes the U.S. government to target non-U.S. persons reasonably believed to be outside the United States to acquire “foreign intelligence information.” This includes the interception of electronic communications, such as
Continue Reading Biden Administration Asks Court to Allow Extension of Controversial Surveillance Program Before April Expiration

US Supreme Court to Review Potential Limits of Statute
A case pending before the Supreme Court, Snyder v. United States, is set for oral arguments on April 14, 2024, with a ruling expected in the following months which could impact how and when the federal government prosecutes individuals under what is titled Theft or Bribery Concerning Programs Receiving Federal Funds or section 666 of Title 18 of the United States Code. At issue is whether the statute encompasses conduct other than a “quid-pro-quo” for an official act from a public official. In other words, does an after-the-fact reward that
Continue Reading Supreme Court to Weigh Scope of Federal Bribery Statute

Convicted Bank Robber Arrested for Valentine’s Day Robbery
Donald “Doc” Bennett, an 83-year-old convicted felon who served more than thirty years in prison for a string of robberies in the 1980s, was arrested by the F.B.I. in connection with a recent series of robberies in the Chicagoland area. Bennet was arrested, along with his alleged accomplice Edward Binert, after the two are accused of robbing a Chase bank in Hickory Hills, Illinois on Valentine’s Day and taking around $7,000 from the financial institution. Binert apparently admitted to the robbery after his arrest, stating that he had met the now-octogenarian while
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Proposed Rule to Curb Money Laundering Through Real Estate
As we have previously discussed, the United States Treasury Department has recently implemented or proposed new rules to crack down on money laundering through corporate ownership interest and is now seeking to provide more information to law enforcement through the implementation of new rules related to real estate transactions. The proposed rule would require businesses engaged in real estate transactions and transfers to flag and report any entirely cash residential purchases made to an entity or trust. Experts point out that there is currently no rule that requires reporting to
Continue Reading New Rule Proposed by the Government to Further Monitor Possible Money Laundering