Can I get compensation for serving out a sentence for a wrongful conviction which was overturned?

The charges were dropped.

Asked on October 16, 2013 under Criminal Law, Illinois

Answers:

Anne Brady / Law Office of Anne Brady

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

You can only get compensation after a wrongful conviction if your state has in place a law and a fund set up specifically for this person.  Arizona does not, however Illinois does.  It provides $85,350 for those who served up to five years; $170,000 for those who served between five and 14 years; $199,150 for those who served more than 14 years. The law also reimburses attorney's fees up to 25 percent of the compensation award.


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