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People v. Vernon L. Smith, 2-13-0997, 2016 IL App

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The Appellate Court held that the trial court committed reversible error in considering two of the defendant's prior felony convictions in aggravation and thus remanded the case for re-sentencing. They found, in light of the Illinois Supreme Court's ruling in People v. Burns, 2015 IL 117387, that the defendant's 2003 Aggravated Unlawful Use of Weapons (AUUW) conviction was invalid and could not be considered in sentencing. Additionally, the Appellate Court found that the trial court erred in considering the defendant's Cook County felony conviction, which...[More]

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Courtroom Visuals: DUI Edition Illinois has received its third grant in 18 months to conduct specialized training for the prosecution of DUI's and related offenses. This grant will allow us to provide the popular "Courtroom Visuals" program back to our schedule, with a focus on developing impactful visual presentations to win impaired driving cases. The program is scheduled for March 9-11, 2016 at a modern training site at the Illinois Central College - North Campus in Peoria, Illinois.
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