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Criminal Cases and Traffic Offenses

 

Traffic and Criminal – Introduction

Traffic Division, Criminal Division and Criminal Department

Self Help Resources

Additional Resources

Traffic and Criminal matters are handled by the following Clerk’s Office operational areas: Criminal Division (felonies); Criminal Department (misdemeanors); and the Traffic Division. The Suburban Divisions handle criminal and traffic violations occurring within their district boundaries. For information on clearing your criminal or traffic records, please see our section on Expungements and Sealing. The Circuit Court of Cook County includes a detailed section entitled Traffic Court Information. This section contains helpful information to assist persons who have received traffic tickets in Cook County. Explanations on traffic court procedures and policies, the rights of all persons in traffic violations cases and possible penalties for traffic violations are presented. Other important topics covered include reinstating driving privileges in DUI cases and in other instances. Additional Traffic information is also available at the Southern Illinois Self Help section Traffic Court in Illinois pamphlet.

Criminal information, including Frequently Asked Questions, Forms, Procedures and Reference Materials are located in our Criminal Division and Criminal Department sections. Additional information can be found in Chicago Bar Association’s Your Rights if Arrested – (“What to do if you are arrested, bail/bond, preliminary hearing information, and how to find an attorney”). Also, Illinois Legal Aid provides general information on criminal cases, defenses, expungements, victim compensation and other topics.  Legal Aid also includes a section on prisoner rights

Traffic Division, Criminal Division and Criminal Department

Traffic Division

The Traffic Division for the First Municipal District handles traffic tickets within the city limits of Chicago (See the Suburban Districts section for information on Cook County tickets issued outside the city limits of Chicago). All moving violations including most DUI’s are heard in the Traffic Division.

  • The Division is responsible for the maintaining records and the collecting fees and fines for all cases involving City of Chicago moving violations.
  • The Division DOES NOT hear matters relating to parking tickets or other non-moving violation tickets.
  • The District 1 Traffic Division handles 750,000 cases on average annually.

    The Division hears cases in accordance with Illinois Supreme Court Rules and Illinois Compiled Statutes.

Criminal Division

The Criminal Division hears felony trial cases in the City of Chicago. Felony cases are defined as those criminal offenses carrying possible prison terms of more than one year. Matters concerning habeas corpus and extradition in criminal cases, petitions to expunge records of arrest, petitions for post-conviction relief, and the processing of appeals for felony trail cases in the City of Chicago are heard by judges assigned to this division. The Criminal Division is also responsible for four Night Narcotics courtrooms. Suburban districts maintain the records for felony cases heard in their respective locations. Felony matters at preliminary hearing level can be heard in several Branch Courts located throughout the City of Chicago, or in suburban locations.


The Criminal Division hears cases that involve the following:

Extradition

The surrender of an accused to another state or nation with jurisdiction to try the accused and which has demanded his or her return.

Habeas Corpus

Writs issued to bring a party before the court.

Petitions for post

Conviction relief

Petitions to Expunge

To cancel out or destroy completely records or arrests.


Processing of appeals for felony trial cases in the City of Chicago. (See the Suburban Districts section for information on certain Cook County crimes outside the city limits of Chicago)

Criminal Department

The Criminal Department of the Clerk of the Circuit Court is the keeper of the records of all criminal court proceedings Misdemeanor Criminal cases that occur in the City of Chicago - First Municipal District. The Criminal Department is a 365-day a year operation. The Criminal Department Branch Courts handle Misdemeanor Criminal Cases, Preliminary Hearing Felony cases, Domestic Violence cases and out of county and Cook County Warrants. Central Bond Courts handles Felony and Misdemeanor Bond hearings.

Cook and Other County Warrants

Any criminal case which originates in another county, a warrant has been issued and the defendant has been placed in custody here in Cook County.

Domestic Violence

Any criminal case of a domestic nature in which a dispute is resolved. Domestic Violence cases involve domestic dispute and cases in which an Order of Protection is requested and/or obtained. All Domestic Violence cases must be accompanied by a criminal complaint.

Felony-Preliminary Hearings

Any criminal case which is punishable by over one year in state prison, or over $1,500.00 in fines. Preliminary Hearings are heard to determine if in fact a case has enough evidence to be prosecuted in the Criminal Division.

Misdemeanor cases

Any criminal case, which is punishable by one year or less in jail, or up to $1,500.00 in fines.


Cook and Other County Warrants: Any criminal case which originates in another county, a warrant has been issued and the defendant has been placed in custody here in Cook County.

Self Help Resources

Traffic

Circuit Court of Cook County Traffic Court Information

Illinois Vehicle Code – 625 ILCS 5/

Illinois Supreme Court Rules

Circuit Court Rules and Orders

Criminal and Traffic Expungement Guidelines and Forms

Criminal and Traffic Sealing Guidelines and Forms

Circuit Court of Cook County – An Informational Guide

Clerk of the Circuit Court Traffic Division Forms

Clerk of the Circuit Court General Forms

Expungement and Sealing and Identity Theft Information

Additional information can be found at the Illinois Secretary of State’s Website and the Administrative Office of Illinois Courts website.

Information on parking and other non-moving violation offenses can be found at the City of Chicago’s website.

Additional ticket information or accident information can be found at Chicago Police Department.

Criminal

Illinois Code of Criminal Procedure – 725 ILCS 5/

Illinois Supreme Court Rules

Circuit Court Rules and Orders

Illinois Criminal Offenses – 720 ILCS 5/

Circuit Court of Cook County – An Informational Guide

Criminal and Traffic Expungement Guidelines and Forms

Criminal and Traffic Sealing Guidelines and Forms

Identity Theft/Factual Innocence Guidelines and Forms

Clerk of the Circuit Court Criminal Department Forms

Clerk of the Circuit Court General Forms

Cook County Sheriff’s Office – Department of Corrections

More information regarding the Expungement and Sealing Process can be obtained by contacting the office of the State Appellate Defender.

Information regarding Criminal History Searches can be obtained by contacting the Illinois State Police.

Domestic Violence Resources and Advocates

Official Court Reporter’s Office
2650 South California Avenue
773-869-6065

Adult Probation Department
2650 South California Avenue
773-869-3351

Additional Resources

Illinois Supreme Court

Clerk of the Circuit Court -- Court Forms

Self Help Resources in and Around the Daley Center

Finding an Attorney


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