If you were wrongfully convicted, we can help.
“It is better that ten guilty persons escape than one innocent suffer.” – William Blackstone (1790)
This basic principle of fairness has been recognized throughout history, going all the way back to biblical times. Unfortunately, the justice system in America has failed to even come close to living up to this standard. The reality is that even with advances in DNA technology and some improved police procedures, wrongful convictions in this country persist. Hundreds of people right now are going about their daily lives in jail who are completely innocent of the crime for which they were convicted.
In many cases, a wrongful conviction is the result of deliberate misconduct by the police investigating your case, such as suggestive lineups, coerced confessions, fabrication of evidence, and manipulating witness statements.
Signs of a Wrongful Conviction
But with so many people saying they are innocent, what are the signs of a wrongful conviction?
Research has shown that eyewitness misidentification is the leading cause of wrongful convictions nationwide. After a crime, police are tasked with interviewing witnesses, and in many cases conduction line ups. What the police say to these witnesses and how the police conduct the lineups are critically important. We’ve learned that witnesses are highly susceptible to influence by police officers. Improper police procedures used during lineups has caused hundreds of wrongful convictions across the country.
One of the leading causes of wrongful convictions is testimony by jailhouse snitches–often times who have been paid by prosecutors, police, or offered leniency if they testify to certain facts.
Just a few years ago, many people would never have believed how easy it is to get an innocent person to confess to a crime. But with stories of reversed convictions, and TV shows like “Making a Murder”more people are paying attention to the tactics that police used in obtaining a confession. In a great many cases where someone was wrongfully convicted, the important evidence at trial came from a false confession.
In many cases, especially from decades past, evidence was admitted at trial that is simply junk. The methods used by expert witnesses in many cases were untested and the reliability of those methods was exaggerated. Arson cases are notoriously infected with junk science and many are being reviewed nationwide.
Ineffective Assistance of Counsel.
One of the biggest contributors to wrongful convictions is ineffective assistance of counsel. In many cases, wrongful convictions are the result of court-appointed attorneys being overworked and under staffed to fully investigate a case and present it a trial. An effective defense requires an attorney to conduct an investigation, to seek out witnesses, and to evaluate the physical evidence. Often this was not done, and many people have been wrongfully convicted as a result.
Submit Your Case
If you were wrongfully convicted, we can help to evaluate your case. Whether you need a lawyer to review your conviction or you have been acquitted or exonerated, you need a lawyer who cares, and who will go the distances to uncover the truth about what happened. Even if you did not spend years in prison, if your criminal case was reversed or you were acquitted at trial, we can help you determine if you can bring a lawsuit for police misconduct.
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Nixa Law Firm
444 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611