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This post concludes my series on the handling of post-conviction cases in Chicago, Illinois. My goal with this series has been to provide information for those who feel they may be eligible to request a writ of habeas corpus. Such an understanding can help one to make a more informed decision as to how they should proceed going forward. If you wish to file for post-conviction relief then it is important to retain an attorney to assist you.
I have addressed several topics over my recent posts. Subjects which I have looked at included:
These are important topics for several reasons. First, many defendants are confused as to the differences between appeals and post-conviction cases. These defendants may wish to claim ineffective assistance of counsel on direct appeal when, in fact, they must wait for the habeas Petition stage in order to file such a request. It must also be understood that an appeal is not a “do over” of the prior proceeding; the Appellate Court will review the Circuit Court’s record and determine if a legal error was made. Finally, an attorney can help you to ensure that your deadlines are not missed when filing your post-conviction Petition. Missing a deadline will mean that you are prohibited from bringing a claim.
There are additional benefits to hiring experienced counsel to file your Petition. Legal precedent will be used to determine whether prior counsel was “ineffective.” Simply because you feel your last attorney did not do their job does not mean that the Court will agree. Also, it must be shown that the ineffective assistance is what led to the conviction. Hiring a lawyer familiar with such issues can make a significant difference in your case.
I am a former State’s Attorney who has been practicing law for over thirty years. I am experienced in post-conviction cases and will give your matter the attention it deserves. Contact my Orland Park office today to schedule an initial consultation. I also handle matters in areas of Cook County including Glenview, Palos Park, Oak Lawn, Oak forest, Blue Island, Palos Heights, Palos Hills, Alsip, Bridgeview, Lemont, Orland Hills, Country Club Hills, Hickory Hills, and Tinley Park, in DuPage County areas including Downers Grove, Naperville, Woodridge, and Darien, in Kane County areas including Aurora, Elgin and Geneva, and the Will County cities of Joliet, Bolingbrook, Mokena, Frankfort, New Lenox, Lockport, Homer Glen, Romeoville, and Manhattan.