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prosecutor, election, Skokie criminal defense attorneyRegardless of how you may feel about the subject, the reality in Illinois is that, sometimes, politics and criminal law directly affect one another. On certain levels, of course, you probably realize this to be true, as representatives, senators, and governors must be elected before they can draft legislation, amend and vote on bills, and enact new laws. Politics and public opinion can also directly impact the application of the law, as many other positions within the government are also filled by popular election. Using the power of the vote this week, the people of Cook County have spoken by voting out incumbent Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, effectively deciding that it is time for a new chief prosecutor.

Role of the State’s Attorney

Cook County, Illinois, is the largest consolidated court district in the entire United States, serving a population of more than 5.2 million residents. The Cook County State’s Attorney is tasked with representing the people of Illinois in prosecuting crimes committed within the jurisdiction of the county court. The State’s Attorney’s Office operates as a branch of county government and currently employs more than 900 Assistant State’s Attorneys who help in the prosecution of criminal activity throughout the county’s six municipal districts.  State’s Attorneys are elected by popular vote to a term of four years.

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misdemeanor, Lake County criminal defense attorneyWhen some people hear that a crime is a misdemeanor, they automatically assume the crime is not a big deal. While it is true that the punishment for a misdemeanor is usually much less serious than for a felony, a single misdemeanor can still disrupt your entire life.

What is Happens With Probation

The maximum penalty for a misdemeanor is one year in jail. However, many people who are convicted of a misdemeanor will serve little, if any, jail time. Instead, most will be sentenced to a period of probation.

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order of protection, Lake County criminal defense attorneyOrders of protection are often considered a family law issue, as they seek to protect individuals from the dangers of domestic violence. However, they can often become much more complicated than that. If you have been the subject of any type of order of protection out against you, you may find yourself in the middle of a criminal investigation.

Understanding the Process

Regardless of the circumstances leading to its issuance, once the court has issued an order of protection, a law enforcement officer will formally serve the order on you. From that point forward, you must obey all of the provisions in the order. If you are currently living in the same household with the alleged victim, you may be ordered to leave the residence and to find another place to live until the order is dismissed or expires.

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