Defendant Not Permitted to Present Defense

Case NamePeople v. Faint (.pdf)

Court: Appellate Court of Illinois, Third District

Date Decision Filed: 12/18/09

In this case, the trial court found the defendant guilty of DUI, but failed to give the defendant an opportunity to present a defense or give a closing statement!  Unsurprisingly, the appellate court reversed the trial court’s finding of guilty and remanded the case for a new trial.  It seems that the “DUI exception” to the Constitution does have its limits.

Jeremy Richey

Jeremy J. Richey, Attorney at Law
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