How does a criminal charge get filed?

In the case of a felony, the LaSalle County State's Attorney Felony Review Division prosecutors review information supplied by the investigating police department and determines which criminal charges best apply under the Illinois Compiled Statutes for Criminal Law.

Misdemeanor charges are determined by the investigating police department, except in certain situations where they are reviewed by the State's Attorney's Office. As misdemeanor cases are being prosecuted, the assistant state's attorney on the case may file different or additional charges.

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1. How does a criminal charge get filed?
2. What do I do if I am a victim of a crime?
3. What is a felony?
4. What is the difference between a criminal case and a civil case?
5. Are defendants required to attend all court dates?
6. Are crime victim(s) or witnesses required to go to all court dates?
7. Can victims attend court dates?
8. What do I do if I receive a subpoena to testify?
9. What time does court start?
10. Can the State’s Attorney help me collect child support?
11. What is a bond hearing?
12. How can I find out if the defendant is in custody?
13. Who determines the bond amount?
14. What should I do if the defendant violates bond by contacting me?
15. What is a domestic order of protection?
16. Who is eligible for a domestic order of protection?
17. What do I do if my domestic order of protection is violated?
18. Can I drop charges against the defendant/offender?