Wrongful Conviction Overturned in Illinois

CNN has a heartwarming story about a man, wrongly convicted in the 1998 of the rape of a young girl in Chicago.  His fiance stuck by him for the more than 11 years he spent in jail.

He’s now free, having lost more than a decade of his life to prison.

The Innocence Project – I did case reviews for the Innocence Project while a law student at the University of North Carolina – says that they receive about 200 to 300 new letters every month from people who assert they have been wrongly convicted.

Not all of those people are innocent.  But it’s a national tragedy that innocent people are sent to prison.  And, at least in the case of Texas, to death.

In truth, one of your best defenses against a wrongful conviction is to talk to a defense attorney early in the process.  That’s because statements you make to police – even innocent statements you make to police – may seem incriminating to the police and to a future jury.

Getting advice early in the process can help protect you from making innocent mistakes that can end up with lasting consequences.

If you think you need to talk to a Raleigh, Apex or Cary criminal lawyer, call me at (919) 352-9411 weekdays or weekends.  The initial call is free, and we can discuss how to protect yourself and guard your rights.

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Damon Chetson

Damon Chetson is a Board Certified Specialist in State and Federal Criminal Law. He represents people charged with serious and minor offenses in Raleigh, Wake County, and the Eastern District of North Carolina. Call (919) 352-9411.