I chose a jury trial , can I change my mind to a bench trial in Illinois
This is a great question to discuss with your attorney. If you have not hired an attorney and your matter is set for trial, you need to hire an attorney now.
Your question is marked "Federal Crime," and my practice is limited in State Court where your answer would be: Yes. You can change your mind and elect a bench trial anytime. In fact, you can waive jury even after you have picked the jury, and even waive it up until the jury announces it's verdict.
Obviously, this is a very important decision which must be discussed in great detail with your lawyer. If after this discussion with your lawyer, and you do, in fact wish to waive jury and go bench, then the sooner the prosecution is notified, the better as prepping for a jury typically takes more time & effort than prepping for a bench. They don't like it when you spring this on them at the last second.
Good luck with this.
The right to a jury trial is exclusively yours. Thus, it is yours to waive. One caution: If you waive after the jury pre-trial and there are no other cases to go on the docket, the court can assess the first day of jury fees to you. Make up your mind as quickly as you and your lawyer can decide.
Every Good Wish.
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