Friday, April 12, 2013

Chicago Criminal Lawyers' Court Call: 04/05/2013

On this day, Raymond Wigell and Huma Rashid were at the Will County Courthouse located in Joliet, Illinois, to handle a sentencing hearing on a child pornography case.

Our client was originally charged with ten counts of possession of child pornography. The State, in conjunction with the Attorney General's office, made an offer and Raymond Wigell negotiated a plea agreement that reduced the charges to five counts. As this is a Class 2 felony, the client is eligible for probation.

The sentencing hearing was supposed to be done on this day, and the presiding Judge would determine whether or not our client received probation, or 5 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Unfortunately, due to an emergency, one of the attorneys for the State was unable to present his arguments, and the Judge allowed the defense and the State to reschedule sentencing for three business days later.

There was also an issue with the Pre-Sentencing Investigative report and Sex Evaluation, prepared by a medical professional that is an arm of the court. The State and Judge expressed concern about the error, and the State requested time to evaluate its position as to whether or not they would seek to order another report and evaluation.

The matter was, unfortunately, not resolved that day and the parties will all return in the following week for sentencing.

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