If you’ve been charged with a criminal offense and have court at 2650 S California, Chicago Illinois (commonly known at 26th and Cal), you have been charged with a felony offense. A felony offense is a criminal offense that is punishable by more than one year. Why you are going to 26th and California could be for various reasons.
You could be at 26th and California for a bond hearing. Bond hearings take place on the first floor of the courthouse in Room 100 and 102 depending on whether the felony offense is traffic related (under 625 ILCS) or criminal (under 720 ILCS). The bond hearing is the defendant’s first appearance before a judge. Bond hearings take place at 11:00 a.m. for traffic offenses and 12:00 p.m. for criminal felonies. At the bond hearing the judge will hear preliminary facts of the case, the defendant’s criminal history and any facts presented on the defendant’s behalf. The judge will then set a bond. Having an attorney present at the bond hearing is important because it can mean the difference between fighting your case from the outside versus from inside the Cook County Jail.
Approximately 5-10 days after the defendant’s bond hearing at 26th and California, the defendant will appear before the Chief Judge in Room 101 and will receive a courtroom assignment. This courtroom is where the defendant’s case will stay until its completion. The next stage of the criminal case is the arraignment. The arraignment is the defendant’s first opportunity to enter a plea of not guilty. The defendant will be advised of his rights by the judge and the case will be continued for 30-60 days to review the initial evidence (discovery).
NOW YOUR CASE REALLY BEGINS
Once the prosecution begins turning over evidence the defense will review the case and determine what is the best defense. Building a defense can happen quickly or may take months or years to complete. This depends on the complexity of the case and what measures need to be taken to build a proper defense. The Law Office of Purav Bhatt uses investigators, experts, demonstrative evidence, as well as, thorough case analysis during the trial preparation. The Law Office of Purav Bhatt is a trial firm serving the Chicagoland area including 26th and California. If you or a loved one has been charged with a criminal felony contact The Law Office of Purav Bhatt at 773-791-9682. For more information visit the clerk of the Circuit Court website