What does "defendant admonished to trial in absentia" mean?

Question: What does "defendant admonished to trial in absentia" mean?  Is this utilized only in misdemeanor cases? Answer: No. This language is used in both misdemeanor and felony cases. This means the defendant was advised by the court that should he/she fail to appear in court, a trial could proceed without the defendant being present. The defendant would be voluntarily "absent" for trial and the trial could proceed in his/her absence.  The defendant could be found guilty at that trial and sentencing would proceed, again in the absence of the defendant.  Under such circumstances, the defendant could be sentenced for the offense of which he/she was found guilty.  In felony cases, this would include the possibility of a sentence to the penitentiary. Information provided by the law firm of Noonan Perillo Ltd. If you are looking for stellar legal representation, do not hesitate to contact us to arrange a free consultation with a Lake County and Waukegan civil or criminal defense attorney.      


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Michael Noonan

Michael K. Noonan
Mike Noonan was born in Lansing, Michigan, on March 3, 1946. He was admitted to practice in Illinois and before the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (including Trial Bar) in 1974; he was admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court and appeared before that body in 1979; he was admitted to practice before the 7th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals in 2004.

Michael J. Perillo, Jr.

Michael J. Perillo, Jr.
Michael Perillo is in his 30th year of practice as an attorney. He began his career in 1983 as an active-duty JAG Officer in the U.S. Navy. In that capacity, his duties included the prosecution of Courts-Martial. He also served as Staff Judge Advocate (legal counsel) to the Commanding Officer of the Service School Command at Great Lakes, Illinois.