On this day, Huma Rashid appeared at the Cook County Courthouse in Bridgeview, Illinois, for a status date on one of our cases. Raymond Wigell appeared at the DuPage County Courthouse in Wheaton, Illinois, for a status date on another one of our cases.
Raymond Wigell appeared that day to represent a client charged with twelve counts of Possession of Child Pornography, which include Class 1, 2, and Class X felonies. In Class X felonies, unless they are reduced to Class 1, probation is not available.
This was a status date, with another status date set for the end of May. When a date is set at the bond hearing, often times the earlier status date is struck. However, due to a miscommunication with the Clerk's office, it was unclear that the appearance on this date was waived. Raymond Wigell appeared with the client, and the matter was continued for that later date set in May.
Huma Rashid was representing a client who is charged with eighteen counts, primarily Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse. The State made an offer to reduce the charges down from a felony to a misdemeanor with sex offender registration for a period of 10 years. Huma Rashid and Raymond Wigell conferred about the offer, and discussed it with the client. Ultimately it was decided that the offer was not acceptable and that the defense would make a demand for trial. A short status date was set for one week later to give defense counsel and the State an additional chance to confer about the procedural aspects of the case moving forward, as the State anticipates filing a 115-10 motion and issuing a few subpoenas.
On that date in one week's time, Raymond Wigell and Huma Rashid will return to court to inform the Court as to whether they accept the State's offer to reduce charges to a misdemeanor, or wish to proceed to trial. If defense counsel demands a trial, a date will be picked out between counsel and the Court.