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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Purchasing weapons for people who are not authorized to own them can have dangerous consequences. Currently, a Chicago woman faces charges related to purchasing guns for people not permitted to have them, and prosecutions are happening at the federal level all over the country. The idea behind prohibiting specific individuals from owning firearms is that it limits their ability to commit dangerous crimes. Before owning a gun in Chicago and throughout Illinois, residents must go through a background check before receiving a permit to purchase firearms. Also, anyone who purchases a gun in the United States must pass an ATF…
A felony conviction can carry more penalties than prison time and fines. While the prison time will end, consequences like losing the right to carry a firearm can last forever. This week, rapper Lil Wayne was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The charge comes from an incident last year where authorities found a gold-plated handgun in his luggage after arriving in Miami on a private plane. Carrying a firearm after a felony conviction can come with severe consequences, including jail or significant prison time. Still, there is speculation that the newest addition to the…
The federal government takes drug crimes seriously. They have virtually unlimited resources to prosecute these crimes and aggressively prosecutes serious drug crimes. If a person is facing federal drug crimes charges, they can be scared and stressed over the situation. Recently, dozens of people were arrested on various serious drug crimes charges on the West Side. Major drug investigation culminates in dozens of arrests The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois recently announced that 26 people are facing criminal charges after a federal drug investigation. Federal officials purchased fentanyl-laced heroin and crack cocaine on two dozen undercover purchases…
In our last post, we began a discussion about the problems of forensic fire investigation. It is one of numerous types of forensic testing that is far less reliable (or scientifically sound) than the general public tends to believe. Problems with burn-pattern analysis have led to a number of wrongful convictions, as mentioned in our last post and in a recent Washington Post article. Far from a perfect science Arson investigation based on analysis of burn patterns is, at best, partly conjecture. It is not an exact science, even when investigations are conducted by the most knowledgeable experts. And…
Procedural dramas like “CSI” have convinced Americans that forensic science is equivalent to pure, unassailable fact. After all, tests and evidence don’t lie, even if people do. But sadly, this belief in the infallibility of forensic science is misplaced and made all the more dangerous by the fact that it is so common. While some forensic tests are highly reliable (like DNA tests performed under correct conditions), some forensic tests cannot even be called “science.” In the middle, there are forensic tests and investigatory techniques that can be scientific but are far from perfect. Arson and burn-pattern investigation are good…
If you drive about 18 miles southwest of Chicago, you will arrive in the Village of Homer Glen. A pair of men were recently arrested there after a two-year investigation on charges of identity theft, fraud and forgery-related crimes, the Will County Sheriff’s Office said. A law enforcement source told the Herald-News that the investigation was the “largest of its kind ever conducted in Will County.” The men allegedly made repeated “illegal and unauthorized use of victims’ financial and identification information” to buy expensive items online and then resell them. Police estimate that there’s been a “loss to victims…
If you drive about 18 miles southwest of Chicago, you will arrive in the Village of Homer Glen. A pair of men were recently arrested there after a two-year investigation on charges of identity theft, fraud and forgery-related crimes, the Will County Sheriff’s Office said. A law enforcement source told the Herald-News that the investigation was the “largest of its kind ever conducted in Will County.” The men allegedly made repeated “illegal and unauthorized use of victims’ financial and identification information” to buy expensive items online and then resell them. Police estimate that there’s been a “loss to victims…
The pandemic has had a negative effect on the lives of the vast majority of people. One of the few exceptions is former Chicago narcotics officer Glenn Lewellen, who was convicted of kidnapping and robbing drug dealers. Lewellen was recently released from federal prison more than six years early because of the threat of coronavirus. Back in 2013, he was sentenced to 18 years on narcotics conspiracy charges after conspiring with a paid informant in eight robberies and kidnappings. According to testimony at his trial, Lewellen showed up at several robberies wearing his police vest and CPD badge. He apparently…
The pandemic has had a negative effect on the lives of the vast majority of people. One of the few exceptions is former Chicago narcotics officer Glenn Lewellen, who was convicted of kidnapping and robbing drug dealers. Lewellen was recently released from federal prison more than six years early because of the threat of coronavirus. Back in 2013, he was sentenced to 18 years on narcotics conspiracy charges after conspiring with a paid informant in eight robberies and kidnappings. According to testimony at his trial, Lewellen showed up at several robberies wearing his police vest and CPD badge. He apparently…
A decade ago, many believed that sexual assault allegations were too often given scant attention by colleges and that accusers were routinely discouraged from reporting attacks. The Obama administration tried to correct that approach, but many believed it overcompensated in favor of accusers with rules that did not protect the due process rights of those who were accused of misconduct. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos recently announced rules that many believe will strike a new balance that respects the rights of both accusers and the accused. Lexology says the final regulations “materially change how cases of sexual misconduct must be…
A decade ago, many believed that sexual assault allegations were too often given scant attention by colleges and that accusers were routinely discouraged from reporting attacks. The Obama administration tried to correct that approach, but many believed it overcompensated in favor of accusers with rules that did not protect the due process rights of those who were accused of misconduct. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos recently announced rules that many believe will strike a new balance that respects the rights of both accusers and the accused. Lexology says the final regulations “materially change how cases of sexual misconduct must be…
Chicago sports fans are very familiar with the phrase “what might have been.” They sometimes wistfully wonder what might have been if key injuries or pivotal plays had never taken place. (Most famous example: Steve Bartman.) Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is a political example of “what might have been.” Once a promising presidential contender, his career was derailed by a 2013 scandal known as Bridgegate – a scandal that was today downsized by the U.S. Supreme Court when it unanimously overturned the convictions of two Christie allies on federal fraud charges. A bit of background: the Bridgegate scandal…
It goes without saying that across U.S. history, African Americans have not been treated fairly or equally in our nation. The inequality is less overt today, but it still exists, as the results of a recent American Civil Liberties Union study make clear. The ACLU study looked at marijuana arrests across the U.S. from 2010 to 2018 and found that in Illinois, African Americans were 7.5 times more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana possession despite nearly identical usage rates. Of course, arrest rates for both white and black in Illinois have dropped dramatically since the 2016 decriminalization…
It goes without saying that across U.S. history, African Americans have not been treated fairly or equally. The inequality is less overt today, but it still exists, as the results of a recent American Civil Liberties Union study make clear. The ACLU study looked at marijuana arrests across the U.S. from 2010 to 2018 and found that in Illinois, African Americans were 7.5 times more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana possession despite nearly identical usage rates. Of course, arrest rates for both white and black in Illinois have dropped dramatically since the 2016 decriminalization and last year’s…
Make no mistake that even during a global pandemic federal agents and law enforcement will actively investigate and prosecute crimes. According to the latest press release from the US Attorney’s Office in Chicago, the Chief of the Financial Crimes Section of the United State’s Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois is taking the lead as the COVID-19 Fraud Coordinator for the Northern District of Illinois which encompasses the Chicagoland area. According to U.S. Attorney Lausch, “My office will vigilantly guard the public from fraudsters who try to take advantage of a vulnerable time for our nation…(a) national…
Make no mistake that even during a global pandemic federal agents and law enforcement will actively investigate and prosecute crimes. According to the latest press release from the US Attorney’s Office in Chicago, the Chief of the Financial Crimes Section of the United State’s Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois is taking the lead as the COVID-19 Fraud Coordinator for the Northern District of Illinois which encompasses the Chicagoland area. According to U.S. Attorney Lausch, “My office will vigilantly guard the public from fraudsters who try to take advantage of a vulnerable time for our nation…(a) national…