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Can an officer of a local government deny the issuance of a police report on a criminal act related to 720 ILCS 5/17 -3?

Hoffman Estates, IL |

I was told to contact my state's attorney about the matter. Is forgery of a note criminal or civil in procedure?

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  1. Best answer

    It is discretionary on the part of law enforcement to accept or reject a citizen's complaint. For whatever reason the police, it appears, rejected the complaint. The referral to the State's attorney is giving you a different opportunity to file a criminal complaint.

    In answer to your other question, Forgery can be persued as a criminal or a civil action.

    Of course, every answer is based on the question asked and requires a more complete context. This answer should not be relied upon to make a legal decision. Seek the advice of an experienced criminal defense attorney before acting. Law Offices of Raymond G. Wigell, Ltd. Defenders of the Constitution since 1975/ Aggressive Creative Defense Strategies/ Website: www.waaltd.com 24/7 --(708) 481-4800.


  2. Forgery is a crime. The term "deny the issuance" is hard to follow. You mean they issued one (whatever that means), and now deny they did it? Report a crime to the police. That does not mean you cannot pursue a civil suit, but the police action is free and has a lot of teeth.

    We do not have a client/attorney relationship until you make an appointment, we discuss your case face to face, I accept a retainer, and we explictly agree to enter into representation.


  3. Forgery is a criminal offense and if you were directed to use the State's Attorney route you may proceed as suggested.

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