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A 77-year-old Peru lawyer, whose law license recently was suspended, was arrested Saturday in Joliet for possession of methamphetamine.

Charles W. Helmig III, 1619 Sixth St., was charged with possession of a controlled substance. He was taken to the Will County Jail where he remained as of Monday. At his first court hearing he applied to be represented by the public defender, but was denied.

Joliet police said they received a report of a suspicious car, with a man inside, parked in a neighborhood at about 10 a.m. Saturday. When police arrived, the car was moving and they stopped it, saying the registration was expired. The driver was Helmig. Police said Helmig was not wearing a seat belt and his insurance was expired. Helmig also was reaching under the seat. They asked Helmig what he had been doing parked in the neighborhood, with Helmig replying he had been waiting for someone.

Police said they asked more questions, which Helmig could not answer. Helmig also seemed nervous, according to police, so police asked him for permission to search his car, which he granted. In the trunk, police said they found a briefcase with a computer and three hypodermic needles containing a clear rock substance, which testing indicated was the illegal stimulant methamphetamine. Helmig also admitted it was methamphetamine and it was for his own use, adding he obtained the methamphetamine from a friend, police said.

In September, the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission reported Helmig’s law license was suspended pending action by the Supreme Court of Illinois. The Court has not yet taken action. The suspension came about because Helmig misappropriated $95,857 from an elderly woman for whom he had power of attorney between 2009 and 2012, according to the ARDC.

Helmig told the ARDC that during the period in question, he was in a “very bad financial condition.” Helmig, who has been a lawyer since 1964, repaid the money.




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