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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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…
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…
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…
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…
According to legend, both mariachi music and tequila originated in the Mexican state of Jalisco. According to the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration, the recent arrests of more than 600 people nationwide on drug trafficking charges has disrupted Cártel de Jalisco Nueva Generación (“CJNG”), which also originates in the western Mexico state. The six-month investigation, dubbed Project Python, included 50 or so arrests in the DEA’s Chicago division, a WMAQ report stated. There were also many arrests in other parts of the Midwest. A DEA spokesperson has said CJNG is responsible for about 90 percent of the…
Four former bank employees accused of trying to illegally manipulate precious metals futures contracts say the criminal charges against them should be dismissed. The men filed their motion in Chicago’s U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The Department of Justice charged the men with RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) conspiracy, conspiracy to commit wire fraud affecting a financial institution, bank fraud, commodities fraud, price manipulation and spoofing. The DOJ said the various criminal acts were committed over an eight-year period ending in August 2016. In their motion to dismiss the charges, the defendants argue that…
Back in 1998, a group of 46 states – including Illinois – reached the largest settlement in history with tobacco companies. The $206 billion settlement included $9.3 billion for Illinois to compensate the state for tobacco-related health-care costs. According to federal prosecutors, former Chicago Ald. Edward Vrdolyak and his friend Daniel Soso scammed about $10 million for themselves out of the settlement though they did no work on the case. Soso, 67, and Vrdolyak, 82, have each pled guilty to a single count of tax evasion and are awaiting sentencing. Prosecutors recently recommended to the court a three-year prison term…
A recent report on the Chicago Police Department added new meaning to the word “trolling.” For many, the term refers to online provocateurs who specialize in name-calling and making incendiary remarks. But trolling by CPD officers is another matter entirely. Police trolling refers to a Chicago police officer who makes a traffic stop or an arrest for disorderly conduct at the end of their work shift, precisely so that the officer has a reason for overtime (and increased pay). According to Chicago’s Inspector General, these trolling arrests escalate “a situation which could have been within the officer’s discretion to dismiss.”…
If you drive about an hour southwest of Chicago, you will arrive in the Village of Minooka. A businessman there is facing a federal wire fraud charge. Prosecutors accuse the 49-year-old owner of The Income Store of operating a Ponzi scheme. They allege that his scheme took in $75 million from hundreds of investors. Federal prosecutors claim Kenneth Courtright ran The Income Store from ahis suburban home, raising millions of dollars by promising investors yearly returns of up to 20 percent if they gave him a six-figure “upfront fee” for building and operating websites. The federal complaint claims that…
On the list of disgraced and corrupt Chicago cops, former officers Xavier Elizondo and David Salgado will always have prominent places. The two were convicted last October of manufacturing evidence, stealing money and drugs and then engaging in a cover-up of their criminal activities. Elizondo and Salgado are back in the news after two city residents filed federal lawsuits against the pair, stating that the former officers illegally raided their homes using warrants based on fabricated information and then falsely arrested them. The shamed former cops were convicted in October on all counts of conspiracy, theft and obstruction of justice.…
A recent legal filing didn’t generate headlines, but it undoubtedly raised some eyebrows around Chicago. Federal prosecutors announced that they have reached a plea agreement with former state Rep. Luis Arroyo. Many observers believe the deal includes an agreement for the long-time Chicago politician to cooperate with prosecutors. Arroyo was arrested last October and charged with bribery for his role in an alleged scheme to pay a fellow member of the state Senate $2,500 a month in exchange for support on a bill that would have benefited one of Arroyo’s lobbying clients. An editorial in an Illinois newspaper speculates that…
If you drive just north of Cook County, you will find Lake County and Gurnee. According to news reports, a Chicago man was recently arrested there and charged for his alleged involvement in the theft of $50,000 worth of diamonds. Law enforcement officials said the diamonds were stolen from a Gurnee jewelry store in December. The Cook County Sheriff’s Office arrested the 43-year-old on a charge of theft of over $10,000.  Officials said Gurnee investigators used social media in their efforts to identify a suspect and then received help from Chicago law enforcement agencies to find him. According to…
In 2019, the Chicago Police Department made national headlines after it announced that its very first gun arrest of the new year had taken place just one minute after midnight of January 1st. The announcement highlighted the department’s focus on making weapons arrests – except that it was not the first gun arrest of 2019. And two weeks after the arrest, the weapons charge was dropped. One more thing: the only ones who were punished for the arrest were the arresting officers and the sergeant who signed off on the arrest report. All three were suspended for falsifying the time…
Just four miles north of Chicago’s northern border, Wilmette is often ranked as one of Illinois’s best places to live, partly because of its school system and partly because of its low crime rate. Three men recently arrested there on charges that include money laundering and continuing a financial crimes enterprise might well question whether law enforcement officials are wrongly blaming them for what others did. Police claim the men have been operating a retail theft and fencing ring for nearly a year, buying stolen merchandise and then reselling the items online. According to a WLS-TV report, the Illinois Department…
If you drive about an hour north of downtown Chicago, you will arrive in McHenry County. A woman there was recently charged with felony theft and forgery for allegedly stealing more than $100,000 from her suburban Gilberts employer. The 39-year-old Spring Grove woman is accused by Kane County prosecutors of taking the money from 2016 to earlier this year. The Kane County state’s attorney’s office says the woman worked as a secretary at the Gilberts business, allegedly writing business checks to herself and then forging the owner’s signature on them. She’s accused of taking $135,085. Chicago’s WLS TV reports that…