In Illinois, a defendant has thirty days to appeal a conviction. The thirty day period begins after day of sentencing. A direct appeal is another way to say it. Usually, after a guilty plea, bench finding of guilt, or guilty verdict by jury, your lawyer will file motions to withdraw the plea if requested, or motion for a new trial. Oftentimes, the court will first hear the post plea or post verdict motions and then proceed directly to sentencing. To preserve the appeal, a defendant must file a notice of appeal within thirty (30) days of sentencing, as the sentencing date is when the verdict, finding, or plea becomes a “conviction.” However, if the plea you entered was fully negotiated (sentence or non sentence agreed upon) then the date of sentencing is the same as the date you entered the plea.

Ms. Williams has been writing criminal appellate briefs since 1993. From her very first appeal resulting in a reversal, to the present, Ms. Williams has always written her own briefs, and argued her own cases. She is after results. The Law Offices of Maureen Williams will raise every issue that could lead to a victory. Ms. Williams will not recommend an appeal to the Illinois Court of Appeals unless a review of your case supports the conclusion that it is strong enough to bring an appeal, and that a win is possible.