Cook County Public Defender

The Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender has received numerous calls in recent weeks from individuals who were contacted by someone claiming to be an attorney from our office and soliciting money in exchange for providing legal representation to those individuals’ loved ones. Please be advised that this is a SCAM and any such calls should be reported to a local law enforcement agency.  UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES would anyone from the Cook County Public Defender’s Office ask for payment of any kind for legal representation. 


If you or someone that you know is arrested in Cook County, you are entitled to have an attorney from our office represent you at the police station for FREE. You can call us toll free at (844) 817 – 4448, to have an attorney come to a police station 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


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Amy P. Campanelli

Cook County Public Defender

Amy P. Campanelli was sworn in as the tenth Public Defender of Cook County on April 1, 2015. Amy’s appointment was the culmination of 27 years of representing the indigent accused. Amy received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana and her Juris Doctor from Chicago-Kent College of Law. She is the second female to serve as the Public Defender.

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