Fighting criminal charges is a difficult and complicated process. At our offices, we understand the trying nature of battling a court case, and we will represent you every step of the way, all the while advocating for your rights to be preserved. To talk to a Kane County criminal defense lawyer about your case, call our offices today at (312) 466-9466.
There are 24 judicial circuits in the state of Illinois, and Kane County is home to the 16th Judicial Circuit Court. If you were arrested or charged with a state crime in Kane County, your case will be heard in the Kane County circuit court system. Cases that involve violation of a federal crime are heard in federal court, not in the circuit courts.
Under the United States constitution, all criminal defendants are entitled to legal representation. This right has been reinforced by Supreme Court decisions through the years. The job of a criminal defense lawyer is to defend individuals who have been accused by the State of criminal activity. For criminal defendants, access to a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer is exceedingly important. The first time that you show up to Kane County criminal court, you will have the best chances of winning your case if you hire an experienced Kane County criminal defense attorney.
It doesn't matter what type of crime you have been accused of: we will represent you when your day comes in court. From a minor misdemeanor to a serious felony, we will advocate on your behalf.
An understanding of Kane County criminal court processes is an important part of being prepared when your court date arrives. Below, we will expand more on Kane County court locations and policies.
There are multiple courthouses in Kane County. Most criminal cases are heard at the main Kane County Courthouse, which is located at 100 S. Third St., Geneva Illinois 60134.
Its hours of operation are 8:00a.m. -- 4:30p.m. Monday through Friday, except for court holidays. Traffic violations and some misdemeanors are heard at branch courts located in various cities throughout the county.
With a population of 530,000 and a geographical area that stretches more than 500 square miles, Kane County is the fifth largest county in the state. Besides the main courthouse, the 16th Circuit hosts four additional branch locations to serve the broader Kane County population.
If you have been arrested or accused of a crime in Kane County, you will be summoned to appear in court. The first hearing after the initial bond hearing is an arraignment, where the defendant enters his plea of either Guilty or Not Guilty. In the summons you receive, it will list which courthouse you should appear in as well as the time and date.
At the Law Offices of Steven R. Hunter, we always give our clients a reminder call the day before any court date and make sure you know exactly where you're going and how to get there. Appearing late or missing a court date can have serious consequences and bias a judge against you for the rest of the proceedings.
If you have been accused of a traffic violation or criminal misdemeanor, you might be summoned to a Kane County branch court. Below are the addresses of the additional Kane County court locations:
The Chief Judge for the Sixteenth Circuit Court in Illinois is Susan Clancy Boles.
Each year, Kane County judges are assigned to a specific division. For instance, one judge will deal with only drug crimes for all of 2017, while another might only hear cases related to domestic violence. Based on the type of crime you've been charged with, you should be able to determine which judge will be presiding over your case. The judge assignment will also depend on which courthouse your case is being heard at. Each of the three Kane County branch courts has their own judges.
At the Kane County Judicial Center, Hon. John A. Barsanti is the presiding judge for the Felony Division. The following judges hear jury and bench trials for felonies: Linda Abramson, D.J. Tegeler, James Hallock, Marmarie J. Kostelny, and David Kliment.
Hon. James C. Hallock presidents over the Traffic and Misdemeanor Division of Kane County Judicial Center. Judge Robert Morrow hears misdemeanor DUI cases and Judge Kathryn Karayannis presides over misdemeanor domestic violence matters.
Judge Todd B. Tarter is the presiding judge at the Aurora Branch Court. At the Elgin Branch Court, Charles Peterson serves as justice. Finally, all cases are heard by Judge Keith Johnson at Kane County Branch Court.
Judges Robert Villa and Divya K. Sarong serve as floater judges between divisions and courthouses.
After being charged with a crime, you will be assigned a judge who will hear the entirety of your case. Unless your case is transferred to another judge, you will report to the same judge's courtroom for all hearings.
The circuit court clerk is responsible for all court-related records and paperwork. At some point during your criminal case, it is likely that you'll be in contact with the Clerk's Office, whether if it is to file a motion, obtain a court form, or pay a fee.
In Kane County, the Clerk of the Circuit Court is Thomas M. Hartwell. This position is an elected office, and a Clerk is elected every four years by the residents of Kane County.
The Kane County Clerk's Office is located at 540 South Randall Road, St. Charles, Illinois 60174. Its hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30pm-4:30pm, with extended hours until 7pm on Wednesdays.
At our offices, a knowledgeable Kane County criminal defense attorney will file all motions on your behalf and deal with court forms and paperwork. The court process can be confusing, and as your advocate we strive to clarify and streamline the process for you.
The Clerk's Office is also responsible for keeping all court records. If you would like to access your court records, you can learn more from our article about Kane County Criminal Records Search.
The first hearing for anyone who has been arrested and detained is a bond hearing. During this hearing, a judge will decide whether to offer bond to a defendant and how much the amount posted will be. If a defendant is assigned a bond and cannot pay it, he will be detained in jail during the pretrial period until his case is resolved.
In Kane County, there are two county jails, one for adults and another for minors.
Adults are held at Kane County Adult Justice Center, 37W755 Illinois Route 38, St. Charles, Illinois 60175. As an inmate awaiting trial, you have a right to see your attorney. At the Law Offices of Steven R. Hunter, we will schedule a visitation immediately if you choose to hire our Kane County criminal defense attorneys to represent you or a loved one. We always schedule a visit immediately, as it is imperative to begin to craft a defense strategy as soon as possible.
Individuals under the age of 18 in Kane County are detained at Kane County Juvenile Justice Center, just down the street from the adult facility. The address is 37W655 Route 38, St. Charles, Illinois 60175.
At our firm, our Kane County criminal defense attorneys represent defendants of all ages. We have experience specifically defending juveniles in court, where the process and expectations are slightly different.
If your loved one is currently detained in Kane County Judicial Center during the period between arrest and trial, it is important to be aware of the jail visitation policies. Kane County uses video visitation, which means that visits are not conducted in-person face-to-face but rather through video conference. Only immediate family members on the individual's approved visitors list may visit. Approved visitors must also register in the online visitation system ahead of time to set up a date and time to visit. More information about visitation policy is available on the Kane County Sheriff's website.
If you or a loved one has been arrested for a crime in Kane County, contact our firm today to schedule an in-office consultation with our Kane County criminal defense attorneys. During the consultation, we will go through the facts of your case and begin to talk about the options available to you. To speak with a Kane County criminal defense lawyer, give us a call at (312) 466-9466.