PRIVATE PRACTICE OF LAW
January 1987 to Date
Law Office of Larry Wechter inaugurated August 1996
Batavia & Geneva, Illinois
Practice concentrated in criminal defense, personal injury, civil litigation,
civil and criminal appeals, and collection of debts.
(1) Gorecki v. McCoy, Kane County General Number 04 MR 33
I represented the Kane County State's Attorney in her efforts to prevent
her ouster from office during the suspension of her license to practice law.
(2) People v. Timothy Clark, Kane County General Number 01 CF 3217
The jury acquitted my client in April 2002 of the offense of aggravated
discharge of a firearm following an armed stand-off with police.
(3) People v. Greenwood, Kane County General Number 91 CF 1577
My representation of the accused in a capital murder case succeeded in
reducing the charge to attempted armed robbery.
(4) Fetzer v. Wood, 211 Ill.App.3d 70 (2nd Dist., 1991)
My appellate representation resulted in reversal of an adverse verdict
entered against my clients in a medical malpractice case and the award of
a new trial.
STATE OF ILLINOIS PROSECUTOR
November 1978 - December 1981
Springfield & Elgin, Illinois
State's Attorney's Appellate Service Commission
(now named State's Attorney's Appellate Prosecutor)
I represented the People of the State of Illinois in approximately 100
criminal and juvenile cases in the Appellate Court and the Supreme Court
December 1981 - January 1987
Assistant State's Attorney
Geneva (Kane County), Illinois
Juvenile Division (1981 - 1983)
Felony Division (1981 - 1987)
I represented the People of the State of Illinois in felony prosecutions,
probation violations, and juvenile delinquency, abuse and neglect cases.
I tried approximately 65 felony cases to verdict.
(1) People v. Foster, 99 Ill.2d 48 (Ill. 1983)
My prosecution of the defendant resulted in a sentence of death for the
murder of a woman in the course of a sexual assault. The Supreme Court
of Illinois affirmed the conviction and sentence.
(2) People v. Cox, 82 Ill.2d 268 (Ill. 1980)
My representation of the State resulted in the reversal of an opinion of the
Appellate Court. I persuaded the Supreme Court that an Illinois statute
was unconstitutional by purporting to alter the standard of appellate review
of sentences in criminal cases.
PRIVATE DEFENSE COUNSEL
Beginning in 1996, the State Appellate Defender hired me to represent
indigent defendants in direct appeals of their criminal convictions to the
Appellate Court and the Supreme Court of Illinois.
People v. Hagberg, 192 Ill.2d 29 (2000)
I convinced the Supreme Court to reverse a drug conviction due to the
insufficiency of the proof that a white powder contained cocaine.
I worked for the Capital Litigation Division of the State Appellate Defender
to represent Geno Macri in DuPage County General Number 93 CF 1879
in post-conviction proceedings following imposition of a sentence of death.
Mr. Macri's sentence was commuted to life imprisonment in 2003.