Written by attorney Martin Samuel Lascola

Chicago Misdemeanor DUI & Traffic Offenses

All of the misdemeanor DUI arrests made within the city limits of Chicago, and O’Hare Airport are prosecuted by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. These prosecutions take place on the Fourth Floor of the Richard J. Daley Center. All of the various Departments of the Chicago Police Department, Illinois State Police Troopers that patrol on the various expressways that extend throughout Chicago, and various University Police Officers, make arrests for misdemeanor DUI offenses that are prosecuted at the Daley Center. Municipal Village Prosecutors do not prosecute at the Daley Center. City of Chicago Corporate Counsel will prosecute at the Daley Center, but not for DUI offenses, or any other traffic matter that rises to the level of a misdemeanor. All misdemeanor traffic offenses are handled by the State’s Attorney’s Office. City of Chicago Corporation Counsel prosecutors handle the “petty offense” charges that are written under the City Ordinance book for the City of Chicago. These matters are heard in the Concourse Level (CL) of the Richard J. Daley Center at various times throughout the morning and afternoon – with the final court call at 2:30 p.m. There are specific local rules that pertain to handling Daley Center DUI matters and an experienced attorney must be familiar with these specific rules and customs to effectively represent the client charged with a misdemeanor DUI in Chicago. Often, attorneys can achieve successful negotiations with the Prosecutors at the Daley Center. Sometimes, a motion hearing or trial is required, and Gardi & Haught, Ltd. will regularly conduct these motion hearings and trials when appropriate. Unlike the Suburban Districts of Cook County, the misdemeanor courtrooms located on the fourth floor of the Daley Center are only for traffic-related misdemeanor offenses. General, non-traffic misdemeanor offenses are prosecuted in the various misdemeanor branch courts located throughout Chicago.

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