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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Americans take elder abuse seriously. When evidence arises of possible exploitation, neglect or abuse of someone over aged 65, the reaction is generally swift and aggressive.

For those facing accusations of elder abuse or financial exploitation of the elderly, these accusations can come in both criminal court and in civil court. Further, the public perception is usually one of outrage. When facing allegations in the criminal courts, it takes an aggressive and experienced criminal defense lawyer who knows how to find the weaknesses in the prosecutor’s case to help you avoid a conviction and prison time.
South Florida financial exploitation
Continue Reading Fighting back against elder abuse charges

The neglect of the elderly is a common problem, especially in larger urban areas. When the people who are being paid to provide care for the elderly are the ones who are apparently at fault for injuries and deaths occurring to the elderly, the normal recourse resides in the civil courts.

But when does neglect of the elderly, negligence or recklessness surrounding their care and/or nursing home neglect rise to the level of criminal activity? Can a nursing home or a member of its staff be charged with a crime when their negligence results in injury or death to nursing
Continue Reading Can nursing home negligence be a crime?

Although most of the panic around the COVI-19 pandemic has subsided, some issues continue to linger. One remaining effect of the pandemic has been the ongoing targeting and prosecution of fraud stemming from federal relief programs for American businesses. If you were involved in these loans at all, it is important to know how the investigators and prosecutors handle these cases.
Federal loan assistance programs
The federal government responded to the pandemic with significant relief for businesses, mostly in the form of tax credits and low-interest or forgivable loans for small and medium sized businesses.
Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief,
Continue Reading The federal government is attacking COVID-relief fraud aggressively

The recent news story about the Supreme Court’s opinion in progress will certainly polarize the already divided American public regarding abortion rights and the right to life throughout the country. However, another story less discussed is the fact that the reported leak of this kind might represent any number of serious federal crimes.
The case
According to Fox News online and many other sources, an early draft of the Supreme Court Justices’ majority ruling in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health has been leaked to the public this week. The case itself, challenging the constitutionality of Mississippi’s prohibition
Continue Reading Is the recent Supreme Court leak a criminal offense?

For many people accused of computer-related crimes, and even for many criminal defense attorneys, the evidentiary issues around computer-related crimes seem mysterious and often difficult to sort. However, computer and technology cases involve similar evidentiary issues as any other type of case. Admittedly, some of the details can become complicated, but the fundamental issues are the same.
How was the evidence gathered?
Like most of the cases I have handled over the years, computer crimes and other criminal cases often hinge on how the police conducted the investigation, the arrest and the search – how they gathered evidence. There are
Continue Reading How to challenge evidence in computer cases

Members of the community often have harsh negative opinions of certain types of alleged criminals, such as so-called rapists and child molesters, and many have even harsher negative opinions and the greatest criticism for “dirty cops,” corrupt prosecutors, or other corrupt public officials. In other words, corrupt law enforcement are often quickly convicted in the court of public opinion because they have allegedly broken the sacred oath they took to uphold the law.

However, the good news is that the court of public opinion has no real jurisdiction or is of no real consequence in criminal matters. People’s opinions have
Continue Reading Who defends police and prosecutors on trial?

As cryptocurrency, such as bitcoin, is becoming increasingly popular it makes sense that on occasion someone would want to transfer cash into bitcoin or bitcoin into cash. However, in many cases, this type of transaction could be illegal and a serious federal offense; it could result in a charge such as operating an unlawful money transmitting business, or connect or lead someone into related criminal charges such as money laundering.
What the law says about money transmitting businesses
18 U.S. Code § 1960 is the primary federal law prohibiting unlicensed money transmitting businesses. According to this section, a money transmitting
Continue Reading What is an unlawful money transmitting business?

Asset seizures for the purpose of forfeiture happens with shocking frequency. Law enforcement authorities at all levels are involved with forfeitures and they are frequently coordinating their efforts between the federal, state and municipal levels to launch criminal investigations and civil claims.

The most financially significant asset seizures occur most frequently at certain hot spots like train stations, airports, and bus depots. It is critical to understand how the police approach asset seizures and forfeitures in order to minimize exposure and fight to get your assets back when the police break the rules or can’t meet their burden of proof
Continue Reading Police tactics in asset forfeitures in airports, train stations and bus stations

We live in a digital era. Police use body cameras. There are cameras and home security systems littered throughout every neighborhood. ATM machines usually have security cameras that are always recording what they see. Even the smartphones carried by most citizens can be used by the police to obtain valuable evidence.

For many defendants in criminal cases, this is bad news, because it is easier than ever for the police to get the evidence needed for a conviction.

However, the digital evidence benefit can work both ways. With a skilled attorney, you can use the same technology the police are
Continue Reading How to win the digital evidence war

Police corruption in Illinois is nothing new. In recent years, we’ve seen the corruption scandal surrounding Sgt. Ronald Watts result in many convictions being thrown out of court, and this story is far from the first incident like this.

But what does this mean for you? If you have been arrested by a police force or officer that turns out to be involved in corrupt activity, does that mean your case will automatically be thrown out, allowing you to go free? It is important to understand how these police corruption cases effect your past or current criminal case.
A couple
Continue Reading What if the police in your criminal case are corrupt?

Like many white collar crimes insider trading can be extremely complicated. It is not uncommon for a person to get information and use it on the stock market, without having any idea that they are committing a crime.

If you deal at all with securities, it is critical to have a basic understanding of insider trading so you can avoid these charges and defend yourself against them if necessary.
A recent case
According to a recent report from the Department of Justice, a Chicago physician has been charged with insider trading. Because of his role as a primary field investigator
Continue Reading What you need to know about insider trading

The law is changing all the time. It is no small task keeping up with the changes that occur in every area of law from one year to the next.

Illinois lawmakers have drafted nearly 300 new laws and changes to existing legislation, according to NBC Chicago online. These legal changes involve everything from permitting and licensing of lemonade stands to a minimum wage increase. In the realm of criminal law, one of the most important legal changes to be implemented is the change to Illinois’ longstanding felony murder rule.
What is the current felony murder rule in Illinois?
Continue Reading  Understanding the new felony murder rule in Illinois

Gun control and aggressive prosecution of gun crimes have been significant stories in Chicago and throughout Illinois in recent months. In a recent post, we talked about the federal crackdown of straw purchasers of weapons.

An important related issue involves “ghost guns” and various gun modifications. It is important to understand when a personal modification to an otherwise legal gun becomes criminal firearm possession. Similarly, when can owning various pieces of a firearm, each of which is legal in itself, become criminal gun possession? It is important to understand the basics of these issues to avoid criminal prosecution.
Ghost guns
Continue Reading Are “ghost guns” illegal?

Two trends have emerged in recent years: An increase in seemingly isolated “smash and grab” burglaries of high-end retail establishments throughout Chicago and the suburbs, as well as an increase in so-called organized crime. In response, the federal and state authorities have been increasing their efforts to thwart and prosecute these crimes.

There are times when a larger smash and grab or a series of smash and grabs become one larger crime. When this happens, the stakes are much higher and the penalties much more severe.
A recent arrest by the Organized Retail Crime Task Force
As reported by WIFR
Continue Reading When can a few isolated smash and grabs become “organized crime”?

Due to a marked increase in violent crimes in recent months, especially those involving firearms, authorities at every level are coordinating renewed efforts to minimize the violence and curb gun crimes in Illinois and throughout the country.  In a recent post, we discussed the recent efforts by federal authorities to crack down on illegal firearms trafficking and violent crimes in general.

One area worthy of specific attention involves straw purchasers and their part in illegal gun trafficking. In a recent press release, John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, called out straw purchasers
Continue Reading Straw purchasers being targeted by federal gun crime crackdown efforts

Given events of the past couple years, the importance of and enforcement of criminal laws regulating gun ownership and use have become front page news. Instances of gun violence, charges and convictions seem to be increasing drastically in the past year.

Perhaps nowhere is this increase more prevalent than in Chicago. According to the Chicago Sun Times, “The number of shooting victims [in 2021] is more than triple what it was for all of 2019.” But this trend is not limited to the greater Chicagoland area. In fact, there are strong federal initiatives focused on curbing gun crimes throughout
Continue Reading Is there an increased crackdown on gun crimes?