These decisions are the prosecutor's to make.
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One of the best sources of information on this topic is thru the Illinois Attorney General's Office.
See link below:
The victim of a crime, when making a victim impact statement, may effectively impress the court at the sentencing phase, resulting in more severe consequences for the offender.
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You should insist on speaking to the asst. state's attorney handling your case, or a representative from the office. It is up to the SAO to decide how to charge. As a private citizen, you do not have the authority, with or without an attorney, to upgrade charges. All you can do is ask. As a practical matter, you need to understand that victims are witnesses in criminal cases. The State is actually the party. If it would help you, go consult with a criminal defense attorney. Most do provide free consultations.
Such an action is within the sole discretion of the prosecutor (unless a capital crime, in which case the grand jury has charged the highest possible crime).
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