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Everyone is entitled to a fair and just process in Court. Unfortunately courts and jurors sometimes make a mistake. Such an error can result in a criminal defendant receiving a wrongful conviction or excessive sentence. Fortunately the process allows for appeals to correct these types of errors. If you or a loved one have been convicted and believe that errors were made during the previous phase of the case then you require assistance. Our attorney in Orland Park and Chicago handles challenges to state and federal convictions. Contact our Orland Park office today to speak with a lawyer.
Appeals and post-conviction efforts are a far different process than what one faced during their trial. First, appeals are very rule driven and failing to meet a deadline, or some other technical requirement, can result in the appeal being automatically dismissed and the conviction being affirmed without the request being heard. Second, appeals are about pointing out mistakes of law and the facts are not re-argued. Many attorneys do not handle appeals or post-conviction relief. Finding qualified counsel to assist you is crucial.
There are many instances in which one may require the services of an appellate attorney. The three most common instances in Illinois criminal law include:
Michael J. Brennan is a Chicago area lawyer handling state and federal appeals as well as petitions for a writ of habeas corpus. He will use the initial consultation to help the defendant understand the difference between a trial and an appeal. He will then immediately acquire the Court’s record to determine which issues can be raised. Michael will ensure that all of your documents are filed on time, that proper relief is requested, and that your cases moves through the system as efficiently as possible. A former prosecutor with thirty years of experience, Michael has a firm understanding of criminal law and he puts this experience to work in challenging a Court’s findings. Contact us today to speak with an attorney by calling (312) 379-9270 or email us by filing out the form on our contact page.