I was indicted on attempted murder by a grand jury...I went to trial. Then the State of Illinois added a gun enhancement to my conviction after the trial. Is this legal? and what can I do?
What? This is something you need to discuss with your attorney. Only your attorney has the needed information in order to address your concerns.
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I wouldn't be too sure that the State didn't notify you in the indictment, because somewhere in the large number of counts that typically stem from an attempt murder charge there is a count that contains a paragraph that says something like: ... the State shall seek an extended term..." Since the early 2000's when Apprendi decision came down, the State has been routinely doing this.
Specifically what you're looking at is the 15-20-25 gun enhancement outlined in 720 ILCS 5/8-4(c)(B)-(D) for attempt. Generally speaking it says that if you are convicted of a specifically outlined crime and are in possession of a weapon, 15 years is added onto the sentence. If you discharge that weapon during the crime, 20 years is added, and if that discharged weapon proximately causes great bodily harm, 25 years is added on.
What you should do is review trial and sentencing issues with your lawyer. If you acted as your own lawyer (never a good idea) then now would be a good time to ask the judge to appoint a lawyer to represent you.
Finally, your question was listed as a "Federal Crime" question, but obviously if the prosecuting agency is the State of Illinois, then is it a State crime issue.
Good luck to you.
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