Taking Your Case to a Higher Court
The direct and indirect penalties for a DUI conviction in Illinois can be severe. It can result in a blemished criminal background, license revocation, and a variety of other collateral consequences.
However, like all criminal matters, DUIs can be appealed to a higher court. On appeal, the matter is reviewed by a panel of judges who may look at several issues, including, whether the evidence at trial was sufficient to prove you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, whether a motion to quash arrest and suppress evidence should have been granted, whether your sentence was unfair or excessive, etc. The appellate process can be long and complex, but may result in the reversal of your conviction, remand for a new trial, or numerous other remedies which the appellate court may impose in its discretion.
Strict Filing Deadlines for Criminal Appeals in Illinois
When considering the appeal of a DUI case it is important to remember that there are strict filing deadlines. Often, individuals are eligible for some sort of relief from a higher court, but miss out on that opportunity by not seeking the advice of an appellate attorney. Keep in mind that in almost all cases, a notice of appeal (a document informing the court that you wish to appeal the decision or verdict) must be filed within 30 days of the decision/disposition of the case. This deadline is strictly enforced and failure to adhere to it can severely impact your potential avenues of recourse.
In conclusion, you may have remedies available to you, even after your case is decided in the circuit court. A knowledgeable DUI appellate attorney can inform you of those options so that you can make an informed decision about whether to move forward with your case.