Illinois Prosecutor Defense
Prosecutors are frequently targeted by criminal defendants who have been acquitted or have had their criminal convictions reversed. The Sotos Law Firm has successfully defended dozens of prosecutors throughout the State of Illinois against allegations of prosecutorial misconduct. These allegations often include investigative misconduct, initiation of charges without probable cause and/or the fabrication or withholding of exculpatory evidence. Generally, the law shields prosecutors from civil rights suits when the allegations relate to “acts undertaken by a prosecutor in preparing for the initiation of judicial proceedings or for trial.” However, the line between investigative and prosecutorial activity is not always clear. Prosecutors often work closely with the police before criminal charges are initiated and engage in other activities, such as interviewing suspects/witnesses and providing legal advice to officers. In such circumstances, the immunities afforded the prosecutor may not be absolute. The attorneys at the Sotos Law Firm are experienced in navigating the intricacies of prosecutorial immunities. We have fought to safeguard those immunities before the federal and state trial and appellate courts, and in the United States Supreme Court.