March 26, 2008
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, ) Appeal from
) the Circuit Court
Plaintiff-Appellee, ) of Cook County.
v. ) No. 95 CR 12396
KRISHNAKUMAR RAJAGOPAL, ) Honorable
) Kevin M. Sheehan,
Defendant-Appellant. ) Judge Presiding.
JUSTICE THEIS delivered the opinion of the court:
Pursuant to a guilty plea, defendant Krishnakumar Rajagopal was convicted in
1996 of felony theft. In 2004, he filed a petition for postconviction relief, in which he
alleged, inter alia, that his guilty plea was involuntary and that his trial counsel was
ineffective for failing to advise him that he would be deported as a result of his felony
conviction. The circuit court dismissed his petition on the merits, finding that the advice
given by trial counsel was adequate and defendant’s plea was voluntary. For the
following reasons, we affirm.
Defendant was charged with one count of felony theft (720 ILCS 5/16-1(a)(2)(A)
(West 2004)) and one count of deceptive practices (720 ILCS 5/17-1(B)(d) (West 2004))
arising out of an incident in which he stole the victim’s wallet, drafted and deposited a