Resources

If a minor is arrested and the case is referred to court, the youth officer will call the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. A point system is used to determine if a minor must be held in detention before his first court appearance. The point system takes into account the seriousness of the charge and the minor’s history of delinquency.

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This guide is for persons who are charged with a felony offense and who are represented by an attorney from the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender.

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If you are looking for a job, housing, or legal immigration status, it may be necessary to have a clean criminal history. Some limited records can be removed from public searches by expungement or sealing

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The links below will offer information to help you find out how and where to visit or contact a loved one who is in custody.

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The Cook County Public Defender’s Office does not handle every type of legal matter. Further, a judge must appoint the Office to represent a defendant based on financial need. Even if the Public Defender’s Office is not appointed to your case, there are many local organizations that provide free or low cost representation and assistance.

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