The Criminal Division

The Criminal Division

The Criminal Division handles the prosecution of all felony and misdemeanor cases, as well as petty offenses. In addition to the trial in each courtroom, the State’s Attorney’s Office also has special prosecution units.

The Felony Division

The Felony Division is responsible for the prosecution of all felony offenses. Felonies are more serious offenses in which a prison sentence of a year or more may be imposed upon a defendant’s conviction. The Will County State’s Attorney Office charges approximately 2,500 felony cases each year, ranging from theft to first-degree murder.

The Misdemeanor Division

The Misdemeanor Division is responsible for the prosecution of all misdemeanor offenses, including all non-felony DUI offenses, traffic, conservation offenses, and petty offenses. Misdemeanors are offenses that carry a maximum penalty of up to 354 days in jail upon conviction. Petty offenses are offenses for which no jail or prison may be imposed.

The Complaint Office

The Complaint Office reviews all cases presented for potential charges by law enforcement and members of the public. The Office also coordinates Grand Jury proceedings.

Specialized Prosecution Units

Specialization Prosecution Units are led by assistant state’s attorneys who receive special legal training and aggressively prosecute felony or misdemeanor cases falling within their areas of expertise.