What is an alibi defense in Illinois?
When an alibi defense is used, it is assumed that the accused is innocent. The defense is based on proving that the person accused of committing the crime was actually in a different location when it happened — so the defendant could not have been the one responsible. In order to successfully use an alibi defense, you must be able to provide concrete evidence that you were elsewhere at the time of the incident in question.
When an alibi defense is used, the burden is on the prosecution to disprove the alibi beyond a reasonable doubt. The current Illinois Supreme Court rule requires that a defendant must provide information about his whereabouts to the prosecution, “if the defendant intends to prove an alibi, specific information as to the place where he maintains he was at the time of the alleged offense.” Notice of any alibi witnesses must be provided to the prosecution.
The lawyers at the Noll Law Office have successfully used alibi defenses before. In fact, we have received acquittals on first degree murder charges using the alibi defense.
Our office represented the defendant in People v. S.J. (2005). S.J. was charged with first-degree murder. Noll Law Office attorneys prepared for trial and presented an alibi defense that our client was elsewhere at the time the murder was committed. This was corroborated by numerous witnesses. The state dismissed all charges against S.J.
If you are charged with a crime you did not commit and wish to inquire about an alibi defense, contact the lawyers at the Noll Law Office today at (217) 414-8889 for a free initial consultation.
People v. S.J. (2005)
S.J. was charged with first degree murder. Our office prepared for trial and presented an alibi defense that our client elsewhere at the time. This was corroborated by numerous witnesses. The state dismissed all charges against S.J.