Thank You Ms. Smejkal For Your Help Winning My Case!

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Melissa: Well, the final word came in today from my employer and, as of today, they decreased my risk level on my driving record. In other words, they accepted the letter you wrote and removed the charge from my driving record. With hopes they don’t do any further research, I will be able to retain my full bonus and will receive a better performance evaluation based on my PERFORMANCE rather than my driving.

I wanted to say “Thank You” for taking time out of your holiday travel schedule and evening for representing me and assisting me with this issue. Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to expect but the outcome has been a positive one. Please enjoy your holiday seasons with family and friends! –Cheers, G.C.


 Cook County– Cook County prosecutors asked a judge Wednesday to require the wife of a Des Plaines man charged with killing his father to surrender her passport and post a bond as a potential witness. Vicky Klegman, an assistant state’s attorney, said prosecutors probably would seek testimony from the wife of Ravi Kumar, 28, and want to make sure that she does not leave the country. Kumar, of the 1000 block of Carlow Drive, is accused of killing his father, Rajinder Kumar, 54, last month by intentionally crashing his sport-utility vehicle into his father’s car.

During a hearing in the Skokie branch of Circuit Court, Judge Garritt Howard said he would rule Tuesday on the prosecution’s request but ordered the woman to turn over her passport to her lawyer until then. The woman’s lawyer, Melissa Smejkal, opposed the prosecutors’ request, saying Kumar’s wife has not been charged with a crime and has testified already before a grand jury. Also during the court hearing, Kumar entered a plea of not guilty to first-degree murder charges. Copyright (c) 2006, Chicago Tribune


 Hey Melissa, I just want to thank you again for helping me with my DL case. I really appreciate the time and effort you put into my case, and I’m very pleased with the outcome. I’m looking forward to seeing you again for my reinstatement case. Thank you ,


 I would like to Thank-you for working on my sons case, I am very grateful for the work that you have done. I think that you are a excellent attorney. I plan to keep you on my speed dial. Thanks-S.J.


 Prosecutors fear accused man’s wife is flight risk By Kara Spak Daily Herald Legal Affairs Writer Ravi Kumar, the Des Plaines man charged with murdering his father with a sports utility vehicle, isn’t the only one in the family with a lawyer. His wife has one, too.

Prosecutors are asking Lijy Kumar, Kumar’s wife, to surrender her passport and sign a personal recognizance bond to ensure she remains in the area until the case goes to trial. That could be several years away.

Melissa Smejkal, Lijy Kumar’s attorney, said her client has been cooperative, testifying before the grand jury that indicted Ravi Kumar on two counts of first-degree murder. He pleaded not guilty to those charges Wednesday. There’s no reason Lijy Kumar should be punished when she’s not charged with any crime, Smejkal said.

Vicki Klegman, a Cook County assistant state’s attorney, said Lijy Kumar had no connection to the Chicago area besides her husband, who is being held without bond in Cermak Hospital at Cook County jail. “She was there when all of this was going on,” Klegman said.

“She’s definitely someone we want to use at trial.” Cook County Circuit Judge Garritt Howard is expected to hear arguments on the issue Tuesday in the Skokie branch of the Cook County circuit court. Des Plaines police arrested Ravi Kumar July 9.

Police said he and his father Rajinder Kumar quarreled and his father drove away from the family’s home on the 1000 block of Carlow Drive in a Toyota Corolla. Ravi Kumar followed in a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee, slamming the car into his father’s and killed him, police said. Kumar’s family said at the time of his arrest that he was mentally ill.

About a dozen family and friends attended a Wednesday court hearing,
waving at him when he was led out of the lockup. FORWARDED STORY ABOVE

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