From the Western Springs Patch:
A North Riverside woman said to be a paralegal with an a “reputable law firm,” is accused of impersonating an attorney in a DUI case. Patricia Castrillon, 42, appeared before Cook County Judge Peter Felice on a charge of false impersonation of an attorney. She appeared twice in the Bridgeview Courthouse representing a defendant in a DUI case, according to the charges.
The prosecutor said that on July 15, Castrillon appeared in the Bridgeview Courthouse before Cook County Judge Steven Rosenblum. Castrillon allegedly filed her appearance on behalf of a man charged with a DUI and asked for prosecutors to produce evidence in the case. She was back in court on Dec. 5, where she asked for a warrant to be vacated in the same DUI case, the prosecutor said. The assistant state’s attorney’s suspicions were aroused when some mail reportedly sent to her law firm was returned.
When asked to produce her card from the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission office, Castrillon told the court that it was at her law office, the prosecutor said. Her name also did not appear in a search of the ARDC website. Castrillon said she would have a colleague fax a copy of her ARDC card, however, as the court waited for the fax, Castrillion allegedly slipped out of the Bridgeview Courthouse. She was arrested on Dec. 13, the prosecutor said.
…According to court records Castrillon pleaded guilty to a theft charge in 2012. The prosecutor said she was also arrested in 1996 for using a fraudulent credit card in Texas. He asked for her case to be transferred to another district because a sitting judge and sheriff’s deputies were potential witnesses.