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The Appeals Process

What is the Appeals Process? Not the End of the Road: Appealing a Conviction in Chicago, Illinois The trial has ended and the jury has just returned from its deliberations. The foreperson tells the judge that the jury has reached a unanimous decision. The jury’s signed verdict is handed from the bailiff to the clerk. …

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Appeals process explained

Appeals Process Explained

Appeals process explained step by step Motion for a New Trial A criminal appeal will ultimately be argued and heard in a reviewing court but the appeals process truly begins in the trial court. The first major step in appealing a conviction is the filing of a motion for a new trial in the court …

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What is the criminal appeal process in Illinois?

The Illinois Criminal Appeals process is explained. A Criminal appeal in Illinois is not another trial but an opportunity for the defendant to try to raise specific errors that might have occurred at trial. Litigating a criminal appeal in Illinois is vastly different then litigating a criminal defense case at the trial level. During a …

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Making up of Illinois Appallate Court and Supreme Court

Makeup of the Illinois Appellate Court & Supreme Court

Illinois Appellate Court The Illinois Appellate Court is divided into five separate districts and some of the districts are subdivided into divisions. Although divided into districts the Illinois Appellate Court is a unified system and decisions of one district have precedential value for the others. The first district meets in Chicago, the second in Elgin, …

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Should you file an Appeal?

Should you file an appeal?

Do I need to File an Appeal? On a daily basis, I receive calls from people who want to file an appeal because the finding of guilty “was wrong.” While this is certainly a valid reason to appeal, it typically is not the only argument available or even the best argument. Before trial, a defendant …

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Can police get you out of car

Can police make you get out of your car

Is it possible for a police officer to order you out of your vehicle? Whether a police officer can order you out of your vehicle is a question that the Chicago criminal appeals defense attorney at Jaleel Law P.C. is asked nearly every day by a client. The United States Supreme Court has already answered …

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Post-Convcition Petition

A Post-Conviction Petition

A post-conviction petition filed under the Post-Conviction Hearing Act, 725 ILCS 5.112-1 A post-conviction petition filed under the Post-Conviction Hearing Act, 725 ILCS 5.112-1, allows a person convicted of a crime to challenge a criminal conviction based upon denial of a constitutional right that does not appear in the record of the direct appeal. A …

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Withdrawing a guilty plea

Withdrawing a Guilty Plea in Illinois

Withdrawing a Guilty Plea in Illinois Withdrawing a guilty plea in Illinois is not something that is easily done. The United States Supreme Court has held that entering into a guilty plea is a “grave and solemn act” that is not a “temporary and meaningless formality that is not reversible at the defendant’s whim.” Entering …

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