Criminal Division

The Criminal Division involves the prosecution of all felony and misdemeanor cases. Units that fall under the Criminal Division include: the Complaint Office, which reviews all law enforcement cases presented for potential charges and coordinates Grand Jury proceedings; the Major Crimes Prosecution Unit; the Crimes Against Children Unit; the Gang Prosecution Unit, the Domestic Violence Prosecution Unit; the Narcotics Prosecution, the Arson Prosecution Unit; the Animal Abuse Prosecution Unit; the Auto Theft Unit; and the Forfeiture Unit.

 

The Felony Division is responsible for the prosecution of all felony offenses. Felony cases are more serious offenses in which a prison sentence of a year or more is possible upon a defendant’s conviction. The Will County State’s Attorney’s Office may charge up to 3,000 new felony cases each year, ranging from first-degree murder to theft.

 

The Misdemeanor Division is responsible for the prosecution of all misdemeanor offenses including all non-felony DUI offenses; most traffic offenses; and non-felony domestic violence offenses. A misdemeanor is a less serious offense that carries a maximum penalty of up to one year in jail upon conviction. The Will County State’s Attorney’s Office may charge between 3,000 and 4,000 new misdemeanor cases each year, ranging from first-degree murder to theft.

 

The Complaint Office is responsible for reviewing and charging the majority of misdemeanor and felony offenses brought to the State’s Attorney’s Office by law enforcement and members of the public. The office also coordinates Grand Jury proceedings.

 

Specialized Prosecution Units are led by assistant state’s attorneys who receive special legal training to aggressively prosecute felony or misdemeanor cases that fall under their areas of expertise.

 

 

 

 

 

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