Woman arrested for impersonating an attorney in a DUI case

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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.

Harold L. Wallin selected one of Chicago’s Top DUI attorneys

For the third year in a row, Harold L. Wallin has been rated as one of Chicago’s Top Three DWI/DUI attorneys by the website ThreeBestRated.com.

Since they have been rating Chicago’s DUI attorneys in 2015, Harold L. Wallin is the only attorney to make it on their list each year.

Thank you ThreeBestRated, for the honor and recognition!

Omaha DUI attorney arrested for his third DUI

Even before I received my driver’s license, I knew it was wrong to ever get behind the wheel of a car if I was not sober.  And working as a DUI and personal injury attorney for years, I have seen the horrendous injuries that can be caused by car accidents.  Add to that the criminal and civil penalties, and the damage to one’s reputation.

I have never driven after more than one glass of wine or beer, and now that I have children, I don’t ever drink even that much if they will be in the car with me.

So I am always a bit surprised when a fellow lawyer, who should know better, gets busted for a DUI.

Having said that, I know this happens.  I have represented attorneys who have been charged with DUI or other criminal violations.  I have also represented police officers, deputies, doctors, business leaders and other prominent people  Many of my clients are deeply religious and leaders in their communities.  I am also aware of other attorneys, and even judges who have been charged with driving under the influence.

But it still stuns me to read of Robb Gage, a DUI attorney in Omaha, NE, who was recently arrested for his third DUI after he attempted to flee from an accident.  Another driver saw the crash, and running after Gage in flip-flops, caught up with him and detained him.  Gage had a blood alcohol result of 0.22.

According to the story:

Gage, who had drunken-driving convictions in 2004 and 2008, is expected to be charged Thursday with third-offense aggravated DUI, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

Gage was in the Douglas County Jail and unavailable for comment.

As a side note, I am also disappointed when a DUI lawyer gets arrested and agrees to the breath test!  What kind of lawyer is he? Doesn’t he notice that when cops are busted for DUI, they refuse?  What do they know that he doesn’t?

Here is a video that Mr. Gage has on the internet to advertise his services:  Robb Gage, DUI attorney.  It is pretty cheesy.