State’s Attorney

First felony offense eligible for deferred prosecution under Offender Initiative Program

December 29, 2012
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A person who is charged with a felony but has no criminal background will benefit from a new state law in 2013 that allows for dismissal. The Offender Initiative Program is a new statute modeled after the deferred prosecution program developed by Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez. The statute will apply in all counties […]

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Cook County to host annual expungement summit June 2, 2012

May 1, 2012
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All persons who have ever been arrested in Cook County should be aware of the free expungement seminar scheduled for June 2, 2012. Under Illinois law, any person who is arrested and charged with a crime has a record with the Illinois State Police that can be disseminated nationwide. The record of the arrest remains […]

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Statistics show increase in felony charges across state of Illinois

May 29, 2011
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The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority has been tracking felony and misdemeanor filings in state courts throughout Illinois over the years, and their findings may surprise you. The findings come as no surprise, however, to attorneys and judges handling these caseloads. The studies prove that, on average, prosecutors are seeking stiffer penalties more than ever. […]

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Can the victim make the State drop charges in a domestic battery case?

February 3, 2011
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Many people believe that if they are the victim of a domestic violence incident, they can choose whether to press charges. During the course of a domestic altercation, they call 911 wanting the police to show up and calm the situation. In many instances, they do not want the defendant to be arrested. But once […]

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New 2010 expungement law in Illinois changes eligibility and waiting periods

June 5, 2010
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State lawmakers changed the law for the expungement process in Illinois significantly in 2010. The new changes impact the eligibility of thousands of persons who have either a conviction or supervision in their background. Under the new law, the process is generally the same. The person seeking to expunge or seal a court record of […]

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Can a child get an order of protection against a parent in Illinois?

March 6, 2010
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Children may seek an order of protection against a parent under the Illinois Domestic Violence Act, found at 750 ILCS 60/1 et seq. An order of protection is commonly referred to as a restraining order. To be entitled to an order of protection, the petitioner must show that he or she has been the victim […]

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