APPEAL from the Circuit Court of Cook County; the Hon. JACK G.
STEIN, Judge, presiding.
MISS JUSTICE MCGILLICUDDY DELIVERED THE OPINION OF THE COURT:
Following a jury trial the defendant, Annette Guice, was convicted of criminal damage to property and criminal trespass to land. (Ill. Rev. Stat. 1975, ch. 38, pars. 21-1(a) and 21-3(a).) She was sentenced to concurrent two-year terms of probation, fined $150 for each offense and assessed court costs. On appeal the defendant contends that her constitutional right to assistance of counsel at trial was denied when the trial court refused her request for a continuance in order to obtain counsel and compelled her to proceed to trial. The defendant also claims that such procedure denied her due process of law.
In order to evaluate the defendant's arguments, it is necessary to set forth in some detail the following procedural history:
September 16, 1976 Complaints issued.
October 8, 1976 Defendant's motion for continuance granted in order to obtain counsel.
November 12, 1976 Defendant did not appear; bond forfeiture and arrest warrant were issued.
December 10, 1976 Defendant's motion for continuance was granted.
March 11, 1977 Defendant did not appear; bond forfeiture and arrest warrant were issued.
April 19, 1977 Case continued. Order indicates "defendant fled from courtroom."
April 26, 1977 Defendant's motion for continuance granted.
May 3, 1977 Case continued. Order indicates "defendant told to bring in attorney of her choosing."
May 10, 1977 Defendant's motion for continuance granted in order to obtain counsel. Order indicates "abs. final."
June 14, 1977 Defendant did not appear; bond forfeiture and arrest ...