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This is my first in a series regarding filing for post conviction relief in Chicago or elsewhere in Illinois. After a jury finds you guilty you may feel that something occurred in your trial which should not have. Also, there may be new evidence in your case that was not available at the time of your trial. This series will discuss:
Receiving an unfavorable jury verdict can be disappointing and stressful. An experienced lawyer can advise you of all of your options and help create a plan for going forward.
If during your jury trial you feel that your Constitutional rights were violated then you may be eligible for post conviction relief. There are many ways your rights can be violated during a jury trial. For example, if you are a person of color and the prosecutor dismissed all people of color from the jury panel before your trial began then your Constitutional rights may have been violated.
It may also be that you feel your counsel rendered ineffective assistance during the course of your trial. It is not sufficient that you did not like your attorney, that they did not make the choices you wish they had, or that you did not like something that they argued. However, if your attorney failed to make a necessary objection, failed to investigate, failed to show up, or failed to otherwise adequately assist in your defense then you may have a claim. For example, if you told your attorney that you were somewhere else at the time of the crime and your attorney failed to follow-up then their failure to investigate may be considered ineffective. So long as your lawyer tried to verify your claim, they did their job. However, if you told them to look into something and they did not, you do.
Whether or not you are eligible for some sort of post conviction relief is very fact specific and requires meticulous review of your file and the transcripts of your trial. It is key that you have counsel experienced in this task to assist you to offer you your best chance at success. I have handled many post conviction matters, so contact my Orland Park office today for a consultation with a Chicago criminal defense attorney. 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.