Chicago Post-Conviction Relief Attorney

Just because you were convicted of a crime doesn’t mean that your conviction must forever haunt employment background checks, stop you from becoming a U.S. citizen or remain a deportation threat.

There is no reason to let a youthful mistake, misunderstanding, past criminal record—or especially a criminal identity theft—be a barrier to future opportunities. Many options of post-conviction relief are available to help you, even after you have served time, finished probation, or paid your fines. Relief is critical for clearing the records of victims of criminal identity theft.

Through post-conviction proceedings, the Law Offices of Jonathan Minkus can attempt to lessen the negative consequences of having been convicted of a crime. Your background may be used against you in rental matters, employment and education opportunities, by Immigration and Naturalization—and even socially.

Contact us at (847) 966-0300 for a FREE, confidential, initial consultation.

Why Post-Conviction Relief?

Chicago Criminal Appeals Lawyers

When you’ve been convicted on a criminal charge, and you feel that you’ve been wrongfully convicted or do not agree with the proportionality of the punishment ascribed to your criminal conviction by the jury, it is time to explore the appeals process. Appellate lawyers search for an error in the application of law or an erroneous finding of fact by either the judge or the jury, and identify if that error was harmless or was determinative in the outcome of your original trial. 

From there, they prepare arguments to make before an appellate court advocating on your behalf that your conviction is the result of a flawed trial court decision, and they attempt to get the appellate judges to either overturn your conviction, vacate and remand it, or alter it in some manner favorable to you. 

At the Law Offices of Jonathan Minkus, we serve the greater Chicago area and other parts of Illinois and Wisconsin when it comes to handling appeals for criminal convictions. We work diligently and tirelessly to make sure any error that transpired in your original criminal trial, that unfairly prejudiced you, or subjected you to a conviction or sentence that was unwarranted and due to the alleged error, does not go unnoticed and is given proper attention by a Court of Appeals. 

We provide the opportunity for you to be given a proper trial or for a wrongful conviction to be overturned, should you find yourself convicted of a criminal offense and such conviction resulted from some sort of defect in the trial court proceedings. 

The Work of a Chicago Criminal Appeals Lawyer

The job of a criminal appellate lawyer is to convince an Illinois state court of appeals that the trial court judge, jury, or proceedings contained errors or flaws that were substantial enough to lead to an unmerited conviction and sentence. The four goals sought to be obtained for a criminal defendant in doing so include: 

In order to do this, the appellate lawyer must establish with reasonable certainty that the error in the trial court proceedings was not a “harmless error” and directly led to an improper conviction or sentence. Most of these claims have to do with violations of constitutional rights at the appellate level, and most appeals of criminal convictions turn on whether or not the trial court’s findings or proceedings somehow violated the constitutional rights of the criminal defendant. The entire process is a very complex one, and competent and experienced legal representation is necessary to succeed in one of the four ways mentioned above on appeal of your criminal conviction.

Speak with Chicago Criminal Appeals Lawyers Right Away

We at the Law Offices of Jonathan Minkus are dedicated attorneys with ample experience and knowledge in handling criminal appeals in the Chicago area. If you are facing a criminal conviction you believe, or your lawyer believes, was made in error or in violation of a constitutional right, you should seek our representation to pursue an appeal and obtain a favorable outcome. Contact us today on our website, where you can set up a free consultation with one of our Illinois or Wisconsin-based attorneys. 

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For Over 33 Years

Senior Partner Jonathan Minkus has successfully defended individuals charged with every conceivable criminal offense, from traffic misdemeanors to death-penalty eligible homicides.

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