Disbarred Kane attorney ordered to get drug treatment
By Dan Campana For The Beacon-News January 11, 2013 2:44PM
Frank Weinert of Geneva, former attorney facing drug and assault charges.
Updated: February 14, 2013 6:44AM
Disbarred local attorney Frank Weinert, who lost his license in part for his handling of an Aurora man’s murder case, has pleaded guilty in connection to an August arrest.
Weinert, 38, of Geneva, was arrested by Illinois State Police on Aug. 22 after a traffic stop in which he was charged with possession of a controlled substance and aggravated battery to a police officer charges.
He pleaded guilty in Kane County Court this month to the battery count, as well as a related driving under the influence charge, according to court records.
As part of the plea, he was placed on 24 months of treatment alternative probation designed for defendants with substance abuse or mental health issues, ordered to serve 270 days in the Kane County Jail — although he received time-served credit to cover the sentence — and ordered to pay $1,845 in fines and costs. In addition, he received two years of supervision on the DUI charge and fines and costs totaling $2,385, court record show.
Authorities did not release details of Weinert’s arrest, but charging documents say he possessed three pills containing a drug commonly found in sleep aids when police made the stop. Weinert also punched a police officer in the chest, and punched and threatened a private security officer, court records state.
Weinert was disbarred in 2008 by the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission for a variety of infractions, including failure to communicate with clients, neglecting clients and failure to refund fees for work he never completed.
One of those clients was Marcelino Alfaro of Aurora, who was charged in the 2004 murder of 16-year-old Jorge Badillo in Kendall County. Alfaro was accused of driving Badillo to a cornfield where he was then shot by two men, who have not been charged, during a drug dispute.
Weinert and a second attorney represented Alfaro, but neither spoke to him between the time of his conviction and when he was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Weinert’s IARDC complaint alleged he lied under oath about contacting Alfaro. Weinert also made regular calls to Alfaro’s family seeking payments, even though he missed court appearances in the case, The Beacon-News previously reported.