James F DiQuattro

James F DiQuattro

Practice areas:

Criminal defense

About me

Our offices represent individuals charged with Felonies and Misdemeanors on the State and Federal levels. We also represent individuals under State and Federal Criminal Investigations. We fight for our clients and never give up. 

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Contact info

20280 Governors Highway
Olympia Fields, IL, 60461

Legal cases

  • DUI

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Outcome:
    Supervison on an amended charge of Reckless Driving
    Description:
    Client was pulled over in Kane County for Driving Under the Influence. Client subsequently failed field sobriety tests and a breathalyzer test which indicated she consumed over the legal limit of alcohol. She was then arrested and charged with DUI. Fearful of the impact that the DUI charge could have on her future, client contacted Attorney DiQuattro to represent her in the case. Attorney DiQuattro entered the case and conduced a full analysis of the discovery. The prosecutor in the case approached attorney DiQuattro with an offer to resolve the case that would result in the client having the DUI charge show up on her record. Unsatisfied with the offer, Attorney DiQuattro drafted and submitted a mitigation letter to the prosecutor on behalf of her client. A mitigation letter is basically a narrative of the client’s background that highlights all the positive aspects of the client’s background which in this case, included her lack of criminal background. After reviewing the mitigation letter, the prosecutor agreed to a disposition of amending the client’s charges from DUI to reckless driving. The prosecutor also agreed that the client would serve a specified term of supervison which upon successful completion, would not be considered a conviction. Client was ecstatic about the result and grateful for Attorney DiQuattro’s zealous representation which resulted in the client not having to take a DUI conviction on her record.
  • DUI

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Outcome:
    Not Guilty at Bench Trial
    Description:
    Client was charged with DUI. Client was accused of driving down the street near his home under the influence of alcohol after a verbal altercation with his stepdaughter. A bench trial was conducted at Richard J. Daley Center. Client suffers from Type II diabetes. Client’s defense presented at trial was that he was suffering from insulin withdrawl which mimics symptoms of intoxication from alcohol consumption. Client’s medical records establishing his history of diabetes were introduced into evidence and client testified to his condition on the day of the incident. Finding of Not Guilty.
  • Attempted Murder and Aggravated Battery with a Firearm

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Outcome:
    Not Guilty At Close of The State’s Case
    Description:
    Client was arrested in 2011 and charged with Attempt Murder and Aggravated Battery with a firearm. Client was facing a minimum of 21 years due to a firearm enhancement. The client was sitting in Cook County Jail for 3 years with little to no progress being made on his case by his previous attorneys. His previous attorney told the client to plead guilty to the minimum time of 21 years.

    After entering the case, Attorney DiQuattro reviewed the discovery, met with the client on several occasions at Cook County Jail and conducted a thorough investigation. Attorney DiQuattro’s review of the case revealed multiple defects and weaknesses in the State’s case. The State’s complaining witness was a convicted felon with an extensive criminal background. The complaining witness was also subsequently arrested during the pendency of the case and convicted of an unrelated crime. The State’s additional witnesses were also either convicted felons, lacked credibility or refused to come to court to testify. There also was a lack of physical evidence linking the client to the crime.

    Almost a year after Attorney DiQuattro’s involvement with the case and filing a speedy trial demand, a bench trial was conducted at 26 and California. Effective cross-examination revealed multiple inconsistencies in one eyewitness’s testimony that called his credibility into question. Effective cross examination further revealed another eyewitness’s inability to identify the client at the scene. The complaining witness deviated from his previous statement to police thus failing to identify the client as the person who shot him. Other witnesses failed to show up to court to testify.

    After the State rested its case, the defense moved for a directed verdict of not guilty at the close of the State’s case. The Judge granted the motion without hesitation and found the client not guilty on all counts.

    The client was so grateful for all the hard work and dedication that went into his case, he cried and expressed how grateful he was for attorneys who did not give up on him. The client was subsequently released and reunited with his family giving him the opportunity to rebuild his life lost to nearly 4 years of incarceration.

  • Driving on a Suspended License

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Outcome:
    Court Supervision with Community Service
    Description:
    Client was charged with Driving on a Suspended License and other traffic violations in Will County. Client was frustrated with the legal process and had no idea why his license was suspended. After entering the case, Attorney DiQuattro was able to guide the client through the legal process and resolve the confusion. After making an inquiry to the Secretary of State, Attorney DiQuattro discovered that client’s license was suspended due to a long forgotten unresolved ticket client had received a year earlier. Attorney Diquattro was able to motion up the long lost ticket and have it dismissed. This resulted in the client’s license suspension being rescinded and his driving privileges were restored. Attorney DiQuattro and client then returned to court to resolve the suspended license and remaining traffic tickets. The Assistant State’s Attorney assigned to the case initially refused to dismiss the charges or make an offer of supervision to client due to past traffic offenses. She was seeking a conditional discharge which is considered a misdemeanor conviction in Illinois and 30 days jail time. Attorney DiQuattro then engaged in aggressive negotations with the Assistant State’s Attorney which resulted in the client receiving supervision on the suspended license charge with community service. The State also agreed to dismiss the remaining traffic offenses. The client was grateful for Attorney DiQuattro’s guidance and zealous representation which restored his driving privileges and completely avoided any convictions on his record,
  • Misdemeanor Possession of Cannabis

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Outcome:
    Case Dismissed at First Court Date
    Description:
    Wigell Criminal Defense through its Associate Attorney Jim DiQuattro, appeared at the Cook County Courthouse located on Belmont and Western in Chicago on behalf of a client, a college student who was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Having never been in trouble with the law, our client was fearful that this charge would tarnish his record and would cause great difficulty in obtaining a job after graduation.

    Wigell Criminal Defense accepted his case and was able to obtain a positive outcome for the client. After arriving at the courthouse and speaking with the client, Attorney DiQuattro filed his appearance with the court clerk as client’s attorney of record. Immediately after filing his appearance, Attorney DiQuattro engaged in discussion with the Assistant State’s Attorney about the client’s case and analyzed the strength of the State’s case against the client. Attorney DiQuattro was able to secure a dismissal of the case. Attorney DiQuattro was able to determine that the State’s key witness, the arresting officer was not present which was the crux of the State’s case against the client.

    After this fact was brought to the attention of the Judge and his attorney’s timely speedy trial demand, the Judge ordered an immediate dismissal of the case. The client was very grateful for Attorney DiQuattro’s diligent and zealous representation which ultimately protected and preserved his clean criminal record. The next step will be to file a Petition for expungement of the arrest.

  • DUI

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Outcome:
    DUI charges Dismissed on Day of Trial; Supervision on an amended charge of Leaving the Scene of an Accident Involving Failure to Render Aid
    Description:
    Client was charged with multiple offenses stemming from a hit and run accident. Specifically, the client was charged with 3 counts of DUI, 1 count of driving without insurance, 1 count of driving without a license and 1 count of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in personal injuries (a felony).

    The client was accused of driving the wrong direction on a one-way street which resulted in the client becoming involved in a collision with another vehicle carrying multiple occupants which resulted in personal injuries. The client was further accused of leaving the scene of the accident and being under the influence of alcohol while driving. It was also alleged that the client had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath and slurred speech. Fearful of the implications the DUI case could have upon his life, client retained Jim DiQuattro of Wigell Criminal Defense to handle his case.

    After reviewing the discovery and having multiple meetings with the client, Attorney DiQuattro determined that the case should be taken to trial. Attorney DiQuattro’s review of the discovery revealed multiple weaknesses in the State’s case. Additionally, favorable details for the client’s defense were revealed during the multiple meetings with the client.

    The case was then set for trial at the Richard J. Daley Center. On the day of trial, Attorney DiQuattro was ready to proceed to trial when the prosecutor assigned to the case made an unexpected offer. The prosecutor offer to dismiss the multiple DUI charges and other various traffic offenses in exchange for a 6-month term of supervision on an amended Charge of Leaving the Scene of an Accident for Failure to Render Aid. This amendment resulted from the original felony charge of Leaving the Scene of an Accident being reduced to a misdemeanor. The prosecutor indicated he was ready to proceed to trial, however, the prosecutor also acquiesced and acknowledged the multiple weaknesses in the case.

    After conveying the prosecutor’s unexpected offer and explaining the legality of the offer to the client, the client accepted the offer without hesitation.

    The client was overjoyed that the DUI charges were dismissed and the felony count of Leaving the Scene of an accident was amended to a misdemeanor. This outcome resulted in no conviction on the client’s record (upon successful completion of supervision) allowing him to move on with his life without the fear of a DUI conviction hanging over his head.

  • 6th Violation of Probation

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Outcome:
    Probation Terminated Satisfactorily-NO JAIL TIME
    Description:
    Client was on probation for assault and battery. Client incurred various probation violations during the course of his mandated time. After his 6th violation, the client was facing the strong possibility of being taken off probation and sentenced to jail time. The nature of the 6th violation was premised upon the fact that the client failed two required drug tests. Facing the reality of probable incarceration, client contacted Wigell Criminal Defense the day before his next court date to help mitigate the situation. Wigell Criminal Defense took the case and made arrangements to be present with the client in court the next day.

    After arriving at court and speaking with the client, Attorney DiQuattro of Wigell Criminal Defense determined that client had a drug addiction issue that resulted in the failed drug test. Attorney DiQuattro spoke to the State’s Attorney assigned to the case who maintained the position that they would be seeking jail time for the client. The Judge was also in agreement with the State’s position on the matter at that time.

    After obtaining a continuance and investigating the matter further, Attorney DiQuattro spoke with the client’s probation officer regarding the client’s matter. After a meaningful conversation, the probation officer was willing to support Attorney DiQuattro’s position that the client should be given another chance to complete his probation successfully despite the 6th violation.

    At the next court date, Attorney DiQuattro conveyed to the Judge of the client’s drug addiction issue and the probation officer’s position supporting the client. Attorney DiQuattro also brought to the Judge’s attention that the client was in an out-patient drug rehabilitation center and had successfully passed three subsequent drug tests since the 6th violation.

    The Judge took the aforementioned facts presented by Attorney DiQuattro into consideration and allowed the client one more chance to complete his probation absent any further violations. After a few more court dates, client was able to get back on track with his probation and the Judge terminated the probation satisfactorily.

    Client was grateful for Attorney DiQuattro’s zealous representation. This allowed the client to successfully complete his probation despite a 6th violation and avoid any jail time when all odds appeared to be against him.

  • Driving on a Suspended License

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Outcome:
    Case Dismissed Prior to First Court Date
    Description:
    Previous client was charged with driving on a suspended license and various traffic violations in Kankakee County. While working with the client, Attorney DiQuattro investigated the matter and discovered that The Secretary of State (SOS) incorrectly suspended client’s license. After Attorney DiQuattro and client coordinated with the SOS, client’s license was restored and a letter rescinding the suspension was obtained. Attorney DiQuattro then called the Assistant State’s Attorney assigned to the case prior to the court date. After explaining the situation and engaging in persuasive negotations with the Assistant State’s Attorney, she agreed to dismiss all charges on the phone! The client appeared in court the following day and the charges were formally dismissed by the Assistant State’s Attorney in court. Client was grateful for Attorney DiQuattro’s work on his case which avoided any fines and possible convictions on his record
  • Aggravated Battery of a Police Officer

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Outcome:
    Mental Health Probation
    Description:
    Client was charged with Aggravated Battery of a Police Officer. Aggravated Battery of a Police Officer is a Class 2 Felony in Illinois punishable from 3-7 years in the penitentiary. Client was accused of driving away from a police officer during a traffic stop and then subsequently became involved in a physical altercation with the police officer after the officer followed client back to his home. The officer was allegedly injured during the altercation and taken to the hospital for medical treatment. Attorney DiQuattro conducted a full detailed analysis of the discovery and consulted with the client in Cook County Jail. Attorney DiQuattro learned that the client suffered from an array of mental illnesses and was not on his medication at the time of the alleged incident. After reviewing the disovery and consulting with the client, Attorney DiQuattro determined that the best course of action would be to have the client placed on mental health probation. Attorney DiQuattro then approached the Assistant State’s Attorney assigned to the case with this information. Despite these facts and that the client had a very minimal criminal background, the State was seeking prison time. Determined to fight for the client, the case proceeded to a 402 conference with the Judge assigned to the case. A 402 conference is a meeting between the Judge, State’s Attorneys and Defense Attorneys where mitigating and aggravating factors are presented to the Judge. The Judge then takes all factors into consideration and makes his own recommendation for sentencing. During the conference, the Defense informed the Judge of all the mitigating factors including the client’s struggle with mental illness, the issue of his medication, his personal background and his minimal criminal background. The State informed the Judge of all of the aggravating factors which were premised upon the allegations of the the charges. It was also revealed during the 402 Conference that the injuries allegedly sustained by the officer were minor. After taking all factors into consideration, the Judge recommended the client be placed on mental health probation. The client was overjoyed by this result and was released from Cook County Jail later that day. Client was very thankful for all the hard work and dedication that was put into his case. He was reunited with his wife and three children and is now getting the help that he needs through the mental health probation program to cope with his mental illness instead of serving prison time without treatment.
  • Home Invasion

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Outcome:
    Class X Felony Home Invasion reduced to a Misdemeanor Battery
    Description:
    Our 19 year old client was charged with Home Invasion in Champaign County. Client and two co-defendants were accused of breaking into the alleged victim’s home and committing a battery upon him resulting in injuries. Client and his parents were fearful of the mandatory minimum prison sentence the client was facing with the Home Invasion charge. Home Invasion is a Class X Felony in Illinois. The sentence range for a Class X Felony is 6-30 years in IDOC. A conviction of Home Invasion requires the Judge to sentence the accused to a mandatory minimum of 6 years in prison. It is not probational.

    Several weaknesses and flaws in the State’s case were revealed during the preliminary hearing and after an extensive review of the discovery. The Assistant State’s Attorney assigned to the case acquiesced in the weaknesses and flaws and also acknowledged our client’s lack of criminal background. As a result of these factors being brought to the Assistant States Attorney’s attention, a very favorable result was obtained. The State dismissed the Class X Home Invasion charge and filed a Class A Misdemeanor Battery Charge in its place. A Class A Misdemeanor is an offense that is punishable by 364 days in jail, up to a $2500 fine and up to 24 months of probation.

    As a result of Wigell Criminal Defense Holistic Strategies through its Associate Attorney, Jim DiQuattro, the client received 12 months of probation with a requirement to perform 50 hours of community service.

    The client was very satisfied with the result and was overjoyed that prison time and a felony conviction were completely avoided. The client and his parents were grateful for the hard work and dedication that Wigell Criminal Defense put forward in the case. The next step will be to file a petition to seal the client’s misdemeanor after the requisite waiting period has passed.

Customer Reviews

Starting out with a criminal case, we knew what the end results could be and had to find the absolute best. With some research and a phone call, we knew this was whom we’d needed. We found Raymond Wigell and his team through Avvo. They truly gave the best results we could have ever imagined. First going into the courtroom with Jim DiQuattro, part of Wigells team, he impressed the judge with his promptness, his efficientness, and his general knowledge on how the courtroom work. They say first impressions are what matters, and because the judge was impressed her response to Jim was “I wish all of the lawyers that came in here, were prepared as you” The entire team showed the same professionalism. We went in expecting the worst. With a class 4 Felony and a class 3 Felony the States first offer was 3 years IDOC. Being convicted in my teens with a class X Felony I believed that at the best I would still be doing at least 6 months of prison time and at worst one year. I knew the state was giving me the worst of 3 years and with the lawyers, they could get as little as a year. Because I was expecting prison time I asked the Wigell team to take their time and stretch out the time between court dates so I could start saving money for my family in my absence if I were to go to prison. After 13 months of court date after court date we had arrived at the end and that consisted with a conference with the judge otherwise known as a 402. Everything was in place and I was ready to go to prison when Jim came out and said it was good news but he wanted to talk it over with the team 15 minutes passed and I still didn’t know what to expect. When the he came back Raymond and the rest of the team joined us. It was then they told me that that the judge made an offer of Probation… just probation. I couldn’t believe it I had gone from 3 years of prison to probation no prison time. My family and I could be happier with the results. Jim DiQuattro and Raymond Wigell helped keep a family together and kept me out of prison.

I had a serious matter in Will County and I immediately called Mr. DiQuattro. He got back to me right away and told me he would handle it, which was a huge relief because I couldn’t imagine going through it alone. He kept in touch with me in the days leading up to court about my matter, and outlined general strategies that he would use to help me fight my case. He made me feel like a partner in my defense, rather than someone he was working on, just another file in his cabinet.

Mr. DiQuattro always kept me informed throughout the long course of my case. On my last court date on the matter, he was able to negotiate an excellent deal with the State right before heading to trial. He told the State to wait while he explained the ramifications of the deal in detail to me so that I knew what I was accepting, and he always made it clear that it was my choice and he would do what I wanted.

Thanks to Mr. DIQuattro’s knowledge and expertise and his skill in dealing with tough prosecutors, I was able to go home that night and have dinner with my family, and soon I’ll be able to put this whole thing behind me.

I’m so glad I retained his services. I was very relieved as soon as I hired him. Thank you for your hard work and your help in getting me through that very stressful time, Mr. DiQuattro!

Jim has handled many criminal and civil cases which my personal injury firm had been unable to handle. Jim is trustworthy and high competent. I have no issue with continuing to recommend my clients seek the counsel of Jim when they have criminal law concerns/questions. Further, I have never once heard any prior client of mine whom Jim has helped say anything but positive remarks about Jim’s legal representation. He is a great attorney.

License
State Status Acquired Updated
IL Active And Authorized To Practice Law 2013 11/18/2016
Awards
Award name Grantor Date granted
Certificate of Recognition For Pro Bono Service John Marshall Law School Pro Bono Clinic 2012
Work experience
Title Company name Duration
Criminal Defense Attorney Law Offices of Raymond Wigell, Ltd 2015 – Present
Contract Attorney McSweeney Moore Law Offices 2014 – 2015
711 Law Clerk Law Office Of The Cook County Public Defender 2012 – 2013
711 Law Clerk Cook County State Attorney’s Office 2012 – 2012
Associations
Association name Position name Duration
Will County Bar Association Member 2015 – Present
Southwest Bar Association Member 2014 – Present
Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Member 2014 – Present
Women’s Criminal Defense Bar Association Member 2014 – Present
Illinois State Bar Association Member 2013 – Present
Chicago Bar Association Member 2013 – Present
Education
School name Major Degree Graduated
John Marshall Law School, Chicago Law JD – Juris Doctor 2013
Purdue University Calumet Political Science w/ Criminal Justice Concentration BA – Bachelor of Arts 2007
Speaking engagements
Conference name Title Date
John Marshall Law School Job Advisory Board Reception Finding a Job as a Criminal Defense Attorney After Law School 2013

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