HELP: SOMEONE’S BEEN ARRESTED
THE FIRST THING YOU SHOULD DO IS CALL A LAWYER.
IF ANYONE IS BEING HELD BY THE POLICE IN ANY CITY OR TOWN IN COOK COUNTY,
THEY CAN CALL 844-817-4448 AND AN ATTORNEY WILL COME TO THE POLICE STATION TO REPRESENT THEM.
Whenever someone is arrested and taken into custody by any Law Enforcement Agency, that person has rights that they may waive, meaning they may give up those rights, without really knowing what those rights are and how to protect them. Every person who is being questioned by the police has a right not to answer their questions, because those answers could lead the police to find evidence against the person who is being questioned. This is commonly referred to as a person’s 5th Amendment Right to Remain Silent.
The law recognizes that people who do not have a law school education may not know how to tell the police that they do not want to answer questions and they may be afraid that refusing to answer questions will make them look guilty. In order to help people protect their rights, a person being questioned by any law enforcement officer (for example, the Police, Sheriff, or Trooper – we’ll refer to them all as police or officer) while he or she is being held in custody has the right to talk to a lawyer in order to make the proper decision about whether or not to answer questions. A person is considered “held in custody” by the police whenever he or she does not feel free to leave the presence of the Officer. “Held in custody” does not mean only being in a jail cell or even in a locked room in a police station. As long a person is restricted by the Police from leaving – whether it is from a station, a building, a car, or any other location – that person is being “held in custody” and therefore under arrest. As a result, that person has the constitutional right to talk to a lawyer before answering any questions.
The right for a person in custody to get the advice of a lawyer exists before, during and after the police try to question that person. Once a person in custody tells the police that they DO NOT want to answer any questions, the law requires that the police must stop asking any questions about any suspected crimes or criminal activity. (The police do have the right to ask basic identification questions, such as the person’s name, date of birth, and address). Having a lawyer at the police station, or wherever a person is held in custody, will help ensure that the police know that a decision NOT TO ANSWER questions has been made.
Every person who is held in custody for questioning by the police has the right to a lawyer. It doesn't’t matter if the person in custody can afford to hire a lawyer or not. ALL PERSONS, regardless of their ability to pay, can call 844-817-4448. A lawyer from the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender or First Defense Legal Aid will come to represent them in the police station free of charge. There will never be a fee charged for the advice of the lawyer who comes to the station in response to calling 844-817-4448.
Any person who knows of someone who has been arrested and is being held by the police can call 844-817-4448. A family member or friend can call. Make sure that if you are calling for a friend or family member, you give the person answering the phone as much information as you can about the person who was arrested, including name and age, which law enforcement agency has arrested that person (that is, Chicago Police or other Village or Township in Cook County), when the arrest took place, and if possible, where the person is being held in custody.
EVERY PERSON ARRESTED HAS A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT NOT TO BE FORCED TO HELP THE POLICE TO FIND EVIDENCE AGAINST THEM. THE POLICE ARE EXPERTS AT QUESTIONING PEOPLE TO GET ANSWERS THAT LEAD TO CONVICTIONS. EVERY PERSON IN CUSTODY SHOULD GET THE ADVICE OF AN EXPERT IN PROTECTING THEIR RIGHTS. THAT IS WHAT THE LAWYERS OF THE LAW OFFICE OF THE COOK COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER AND FIRST DEFENSE LEGAL AID ARE TRAINED TO DO.
IN ORDER TO PROTECT YOURSELF OR A LOVED ONE AFTER ARREST CALL 844-817-4448
If your loved one is held in custody over night, he or she will likely appear in bond court the next day. Below is the information you need to find out where and when the bond will be set:
Bond Court in Chicago for felonies is located at the George N. Leighton Criminal Court Building at 2600 South California, Room 100, Chicago, IL 60608. The phone number is (773) 674-5882. The court call begins at 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday for most felony cases, however sex offender registration offenses, felony violent sex offenses and homicides are heard in Br. 66 in Room 101 at noon at the Leighton Criminal Court building.
During holidays and weekends, those sorts of cases are heard in Central Bond Court at 1:30 p.m..
For Chicago misdemeanor arrests that require a court appearance, the location of the arrest determines where the hearing takes place, Monday through Friday.
Misdemeanor Arrests Made Here
Bond Set Here, Monday through Friday
Chicago Police Districts 14, 15, 16, 17 and 25
Gang Section Area North*
Chicago Police Districts 1, 18, 19, 20 and 24
Public Transportation Section
Detective Division Area North*
Chicago Police Districts 2, 7, 8, 9
University of Chicago Police
Gang Section Area Central**
Detective Division Area Central**
Chicago Police Districts 3, 4, 5, 6, and 22
Detective Division Area South***
Gang Section Area South***
Chicago Police Districts 10, 11, 12, and 13
Bomb and Arson Section
Vice Control Section
* Area North: Comprises Chicago Police Districts 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 24, 25
** Area Central: Comprises Chicago Police Districts 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 18
*** Area South: Comprises Chicago Police Districts 4, 5, 6, 7, 22
Bond Court for misdemeanors in Chicago on Saturday, Sunday and on holidays are held at Central Bound Court at the George N. Leighton Criminal Court Building, 2600 South California, Room 100 Chicago, IL 60608. The misdemeanor call begins at 12 noon.
If the person was arrested in a Cook County suburb for both felonies and misdemeanors during the week, the bond court hearing will take place in one of the five municipal districts.
Second Municipal District, Skokie IL
5600 Old Orchard Rd
Third Municipal District, Rolling Meadows, IL
2121 Euclid Ave
Rolling Meadows, Illinois 60008
Fourth Municipal District, Maywood IL
1500 Maybrook Drive
Maywood, Illinois 60153
Fifth Municipal District, Bridgeview, IL
10220 S. 76th Avenue
Bridgeview, Illinois 60455
Sixth Municipal District, Markham, IL
16501 South Kedzie Parkway
Markham, Illinois 60428
On Saturday, Sundays and court holidays, bond court is held for suburban felony and misdemeanor arrests in Chicago at Central Bond Court:
Central Bond Court
George N. Leighton Criminal Court Building
2600 South California
Chicago, IL 60608
The Misdemeanor Court Call begins at 12 noon. The Felony Court Call starts at 1:30 p.m..
Where ever your person’s bond court is held, it is important to arrive on time for the bond court hearing, dress appropriately and behave respectfully throughout your time there. Be sure to turn off cell phones, remain quiet during the proceedings and wear appropriate attire that reflects the formal nature of the court room. Avoid wearing clothing with offensive words or pictures, torn clothing, flip-flops, shorts, cut-offs, baggy pants, clothing that is inappropriately revealing in nature any anything suggesting gang affiliation.
During the hearing, the defense attorney will try to show the judge that the defendant does not pose a harm to the community and has enough ties to the community that he does not present a flight risk.
Some ways to show that the arrestee has ties to the community are if the arrestee was born in Cook County and still lives there, owns property in Cook County, maintains employment, attends school or lives with or helps care for a family member within Cook County. You can help the arrestee by bringing documents proving the above, like a work schedule printout, school schedule or recent utility bill in his or her name.
At bond court, some defendants will be released on electronic monitoring if they have their own place to stay or have an alternative accommodation. It is vital that the address and phone number is correct.
After Bond Court
After bond court, assuming the arrestee is out on bond, it is extremely important for him or her to show up to the next court appearance and maintain good contact with his or her assigned attorney.
Should you lose the next court date information, you can call Circuit Court of Cook County Clerk’s Office at (312) 603-6601.
The Cook County Public Defender has attorneys working out of each court house. You can find out who your or your friend or family member’s attorney is by calling (312) 603 0600.
A single court case may not be complete in months and even years due to the intricate nature of the legal system. It is vital that during this time an attorney is able to reach his or her client in a timely fashion. Clients and witnesses should inform their attorney of any change in contact information as soon as possible, including phone, email and address changes.