No one wants to be sentenced to jail or prison for a criminal offense. In fact, people will often do whatever they can to avoid being put behind bars if they are facing felony or misdemeanor charges. In some cases, people will agree to incarceration alternatives thinking that they will be able to avoid feeling like a prisoner.
If you have been charged with a felony in the state of Illinois, there is no doubt that you are in a seriously bad situation. Felony charges are prosecuted very aggressively, and the potential consequences of a conviction are quite severe.
In our last post, we took a closer look at the insanity defense. In that post, we discussed when this defense may be appropriate and the rules that are observed in Illinois courts regarding the insanity defense.
Defending against criminal accusations can be extraordinarily complicated. However, with thorough understanding of state and federal laws -- or representation by an attorney with this knowledge -- it is certainly possible to craft an effective defense.
Being unfairly convicted or sentenced is one of the worst injustices a person can experience. An unfair conviction or sentence can cost years of a person’s life that he or she can never get back, not to mention a criminal record that can forever hold the person back.