Criminal Appeals Blog

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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