Illinois District Attorneys

Every county in the State of Illinois has a State's Attorney. They are responsible for enforcing the laws of the state by working with law enforcement agencies. Once an offender has been arrested by local enforcement, the State's Attorney office will decide what charges will be filed and will prosecute the offenses in court.

State's Attorney's Prosecution Steps

The State's Attorney, called the District Attorney in other states, has several important tasks to perform in the criminal justice system. They decide the crime to be charged and will prosecute the defendant.

Sometimes the decision is to not charge anyone with a crime because the evidence collected by the police is not strong enough or has been tainted in some way. In other situations, the State's Attorney will not prosecute a crime for political or public interest reasons. For instance, the State's Attorney may not prosecute the killing of another person, because it was done in self-defense.

Once the State's Attorney has decided what crimes to charge, they will then set a bond or bail hearing and make a bond amount recommendation. The judge will make the final determination as to the bond amount, but will often take the recommendations of the State's Attorney's office.

After the bond hearing will come a preliminary hearing or Grand Jury proceeding to determine if a crime was committed and there are reasonable grounds that the accused committed the crime. If the decision is made to proceed with criminal proceedings an arraignment is held to formally charge the defendant. The case then enters the discovery phase where both the State's Attorney's Office and the defense attorney gather evidence. The trial takes place following any pre-trial motions or other pre-trial hearings.

Advice of Counsel and the Public Defender

In the United States, defendants accused of a crime are entitled to defense counsel. If the defendant can't afford counsel, an attorney will be provided at the public's expense. If a defendant is able to hire a defense counsel, they should do so as soon as possible, before the arrest or certainly before any questioning by the police.

Defendants who can't afford an attorney are provided with a public defender, who is usually automatically assigned if the defendant's in custody. If the defendant isn't in custody, they will fill out an Affidavit of Assets and Liabilities at the arraignment hearing to determine if they're eligible to have a public defender appointment.

Plea-Bargaining

At any time during the prosecution phase it's possible for the defendant to enter a plea bargain. The plea bargain process is a very important part of the State Attorney's job because arranging plea agreements free up valuable court resources. A defendant who in fact is guilty may receive a better sentencing deal that would be afforded if the case went all the way through trial. However, that isn't always the case and a defendant should rely on the advice of their defense counsel.

Services Offered by the State's Attorney Office

In addition to prosecuting crimes, the State's Attorney Office often offers a variety of other services to crime victims and witnesses. These programs can provide assistance for victims of crimes and will provide information about the criminal justice system and the status of their case.

The Illinois Attorney General

The State Attorney General is the chief legal officer for the people of Illinois. The AG is responsible for protecting the public interest and litigates on behalf of the state, bringing both criminal and civil lawsuits. In addition, the AG manages advocacy programs to protect consumers, promote the safeguarding children, preserve the environment, and help crime victims.

Illinois State Attorneys: Directory

The chart below provides helpful links to Illinois state's attorneys by county.

Adams County State's Attorney

Alexander County State's Attorney

Bond County State's Attorney

Boone County State's Attorney

Brown County State's Attorney

Bureau County State's Attorney

Calhoun County State's Attorney

Carroll County State's Attorney

Cass County State's Attorney

Champaign County State's Attorney

Christian County State's Attorney

Clark County State's Attorney

Clay County State's Attorney

Clinton County State's Attorney

Coles County State's Attorney

Cook County State's Attorney

Crawford County State's Attorney

Cumberland County State's Attorney

De Witt County State's Attorney

DeKalb County State's Attorney

Douglas County State's Attorney

DuPage County State's Attorney

Edgar County State's Attorney

Edwards County State's Attorney

Effingham County State's Attorney

Fayette County State's Attorney

Ford County State's Attorney

Franklin County State's Attorney

Fulton County State's Attorney

Gallatin County State's Attorney

Greene County State's Attorney

Grundy County State's Attorney

Hamilton County State's Attorney

Hancock County State's Attorney

Hardin County State's Attorney

Henderson County State's Attorney

Henry County State's Attorney

Iroquois County State's Attorney

Jackson County State's Attorney

Jasper County State's Attorney

Jefferson County State's Attorney

Jersey County State's Attorney

Jo Daviess County State's Attorney

Johnson County State's Attorney

Kane County State's Attorney

Kankakee County State's Attorney

Kendall County State's Attorney

Knox County State's Attorney

Lake County State's Attorney

LaSalle County State's Attorney

Lawrence County State's Attorney

Lee County State's Attorney

Livingston County State's Attorney

Logan County State's Attorney

Macon County State's Attorney

Macoupin County State's Attorney

Madison County State's Attorney

Marion County State's Attorney

Marshall County State's Attorney

Mason County State's Attorney

Massac County State's Attorney

McDonough County State's Attorney

McHenry County State's Attorney

McLean County State's Attorney

Menard County State's Attorney

Mercer County State's Attorney

Monroe County State's Attorney

Montgomery County State's Attorney

Morgan County State's Attorney

Moultrie County State's Attorney

Ogle County State's Attorney

Peoria County State's Attorney

Perry County State's Attorney

Piatt County State's Attorney

Pike County State's Attorney

Pope County State's Attorney

Pulaski County State's Attorney

Putnam County State's Attorney

Randolph County State's Attorney

Richland County State's Attorney

Rock Island County State's Attorney

St. Clair County State's Attorney

Saline County State's Attorney

Sangamon County State's Attorney

Schuyler County State's Attorney

Scott County State's Attorney

Shelby County State's Attorney

St. Clair County State's Attorney

Stark County State's Attorney

Stephenson County State's Attorney

Tazewell County State's Attorney

Union County State's Attorney

Vermillion County State's Attorney

Wabash County State's Attorney

Warren County State's Attorney

Washington County State's Attorney

Wayne County State's Attorney

White County State's Attorney

Whiteside County State's Attorney

Will County State's Attorney

Williamson County State's Attorney

Winnebago County State's Attorney

Woodford County State's Attorney

State's Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor

Note: Although we strive to provide the most current contact and website information available for the D.A. offices in this state, this information is subject to change. If you have found contact or website information that is not current, please contact us.

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