Nate Nieman, Attorney at Law

Nate Nieman is a trial and appellate lawyer whose practice focuses on criminal defense and collateral matters. Mr. Nieman’s practice is specifcally geared towards representing criminal defendants in post-trial matters, whether in post-trial motions, post-conviction petitions, or on appeal. Mr. Nieman began his career in the Dekalb County Public Defender’s office and the Office of the State Appellate Defender – Third District before entering private practice in his hometown of the Quad Cities. Mr. Nieman’s law office is located blocks away from the Mississippi River in Rock Island, IL.

Mr. Nieman has published widely on various criminal defense topics. Mr. Nieman has written several articles on criminal law and procedure for the Northern Law Blog and several articles on criminal appellate procedure for the The Brief, which is published by the Illinois Appellate Lawyer’s Association. Mr. Nieman has also published articles in the Kane County Bar Briefs and the ISBA’s Traffic Law and Courts newsletter. Mr. Nieman founded the IPCB to deepen his knowledge of his practice area as it develops and to share those discoveries with readers who have the same interest.

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The appellant in People v. Allen, 2020 IL App (3d) 180317, appealed the decision of the trial court dismissing Allen’s petition for relief from judgment, arguing on appeal that the circuit court denied him his right to due process
Continue Reading Trial court erred by granting State’s motion to dismiss 2-1401 petition when petitioner did not have opportunity to respond

The appellant in People v. House, 2020 IL App (3d) 170655, appealed the decision of the trial court dismissing his post-conviction petition at the second stage of post-conviction proceedings, arguing on appeal that the circuit court erred by denying
Continue Reading Appellate Court reverses trial court’s order denying petition raising actual innocence claim

The appellant in People v. White, 2020 IL App (5th) 170345 appealed the trial court’s order denying his motion for leave to file a successive post-conviction petition, alleging that White made a sufficient showing of cause-and-prejudice in his motion.
Continue Reading Defendant’s natural life sentence was constitutional even though he was 20 at the time of the offense

The appellant in People v. Carrasquillo, 2020 IL App (1st) 180534 appealed the trial court’s order dismissing his section 2-1401 petition and motion for leave to file his successive post-conviction petition, which argued that the trial court was biased
Continue Reading Defendant who bribed a judge, was convicted of murdering a police officer, and was then sentenced to 600 years gets new chance to vacate sentence

The appellant in People v. Womack, 2020 IL App (3d) 170208 appealed the trial court’s dismissing his motion for leave to file successive post-conviction petition, which alleged that Womack satisfied the cause-and-prejudice test by demonstrating that the 20-year firearm
Continue Reading Order Denying Leave to File Successive Petition Reversed Where Firearm Enhancement Violated Proportionate Penalties Clause

The appellant in People v. Brown, 2020 IL App (1st) 170980 appealed the trial court’s order dismissing his pro se post-conviction petition claiming ineffective assistance of trial counsel. Brown argued on appeal that the circuit court erred by dismissing his petition
Continue Reading Trial counsel was not ineffective for failing to bar testimony that would not have impacted the verdict

The appellant in People v. Suggs, 2019 IL App (2d) 170632 appealed the trial court’s order summarily dismissing his pro se post-conviction petition, which argued that the prohibition against the imposition of de facto life sentences should be extended to
Continue Reading Court holds that de facto life sentence rule did not apply to 23-year-old defendant sentenced to 110 years