Avoid ineffective assistance of counsel with free criminal law motion. In this case, trial counsel gave wrong sentencing information to his client charged with a double murder. Podcast Episode 024 of the Criminal Nuggets Podcast discusses how defense counsel likely misread the Illinois natural life imprisonment statute. Unfortunately, this meant the client was misinformed that he was not eligible for a life sentence. [Read more…]
Prior bad acts evidence, also called other crimes evidence, is when the State is allowed to tell the jury in a criminal trial about your prior criminal history. Podcast Episode 023 of the Criminal Nuggets Podcast involves prior bad acts that were admitted in a sex case. Usually, the law prevents this from happening. [Read more…]
Juvenile court sentencing in Illinois has just received a more level playing field. Episode 022 of the Criminal Nuggets Podcast mentions how not to long ago, an accused minor in juvenile court could only receive court supervision if the prosecution “Ok'd” it. A judge could not give that sentence if the State objected to it. The prosecution had a unilateral veto.
In Podcast Episode 021 of the Criminal Nuggets podcast, a police interrogation in murder case is not recorded. So what happens in Illinois when the video recorder breaks down and the interrogation is not recorded? [Read more…]
What is reasonable doubt? In Podcast Episode 020 of the Criminal Nuggets Podcast, Evan Bruno lays out great insight gained from serving as a jury foreman. Reasonable doubt is finally demystified. Evan is an attorney who blogs about the law at EvanBruno.com and is a regular contributor to the Chicago Daily Law Bullitin. [Read more…]
In trying to defeat ineffective assistance of counsel claim, am I teaching attorneys how to get away with being ineffective? Of course not. It is in a defendant’s best interest that all the parties involved know and apply and the law if and when that defendant is going to raise a claim of ineffectiveness. On the other hand, knowing the law also prevents a meritless claim from unnecessarily advancing. [Read more…]