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Mr. Wise defends people accused of all manner of criminal charges including white collar crimes, possession and distribution of narcotics, conspiracy, capital first degree murder, vehicular homicide, DUI, crimes of violence, sex offenses, counterfeiting, domestic battery, theft, and arson. Other lawyers who have tried cases with Mr. Wise have recognized his trial preparation and cross examination skills. He is a member of the Illinois Supreme Court Capital Litigation Trial Bar with a lead counsel desgination.
Notable Cases and Results:
People v. Werries
Post-Columbine bomb threat by a Springfield H.S. student. Motion to suppress granted, case dismissed.
People v Siebert
I-55 traffic stop, possession w/intent to deliver crack cocaine. Motion to suppress granted, case dismissed.
People v. Copeland
First degree murder, so called shaken baby case, not guilty jury verdict.
People v. Thompson
Agg. Crim. Sexual Assault, not guilty jury verdict.
People v. Patterson
Police officer charged with Agg. Battery, not guilty jury verdict.
United States v. Bacon
Felon possessing a firearm ( P. Wise was co counsel responsible for cross exam of testifying co defendant), not guilty jury verdict.
People v. Gott
Trial court order suppressing evidence of a meth lab affirmed.
People v. Morgan
Illinois S.Ct. establishes rule of law that the predicate felony for a felony murder charge must be independent of the act that caused death.
United States v. Garcia
Conviction for poss. w/ intent to deliver marijuana reversed.
Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals 1985
Central and Southern District of Illinois 1985
United States Supreme Court 1990
Hourly Rate: Varies upon case
Retainer: Varies upon case
Date of Birth: 1959
Law School: The John Marshall School of Law, J.D.
Law School Honors/Involvement: Order of John Marshall (top 15% of class)
Undergraduate School: Tulane University, B.A. in English
People who are accused of crime and find themselves standing alone facing the power of the government
Private practice of criminal law in Springfield for more than 20 years. Founding parnter of Gates Wise and Schlosser in 1997.
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Vice president and board member
Sangamon County Criminal Defense Lawyers Bar Association
Past president and secretary
Illinois State Public Defender Trial Advocacy Program Faculity Member
YMCA youth soccer coach
Youth baseball assistant coach
Parent in BSA Troop 36
Published Legal Writing:
Operation Valkyrie: Illionois' Version of the Drug Currier Profile, Illinois Attorneys for Criminal Justice Newsletter, Winter 1989.
DCFS Code of Ethics Proves To Be a Boon For Father Accused of Sexual Assault and a Bane for the Prosecution Illinois Attorneys for Criminal Justice Newsletter Winter/Spring 1999.
Effective Use of Discovery in Criminal Cases 1990
Search and Seizure Symposium, U of I College of Law 1994
Jury Selection in Capital Cases 2001
Jury Selection in Criminal Cases 2002
Field Sobriety Testing: Abnormal Tests To Test Normal Faculties 2003
Gates Wise and Schlosser is a full-service law firm, representing and advising clients in the areas of criminal defense, commercial law and plaintiff's personal injury. Our attorneys possess high academic credentials, are committed to the pursuit of excellence, communicate effectively, and demonstrate the strictest personal and professional ethics as well as the upmost concern for our clients.
Married with two children