Skokie Criminal Law Information Center

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Skokie is a village in Cook County located about 15 miles north of the City of Chicago. Skokie has a bustling population of around 65,000 and is a continuation of the Chicago street grid which is served by the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) or the El as it’s commonly called by its residents. The village is bordered by Evanston to the east, Chicago to the southeast and southwest, Lincolnwood to the south, Niles to the southwest, Morton Grove to the west, Glenview to the northwest, and Wilmette to the north. Much like Chicago, Skokie is renowned as a destination for high-end shopping and dining. Skokie is home to Old Orchard Mall, home to stores such as Bloomingdales and Nordstrom, among other well known boutiques. The Skokie Police Department handles much of the police duty in and around Skokie with assistance from the Evanston and Glenview Police Departments. Skokie is home to some of the same gang activity as Chicago who’s crimes include anything from possession and delivery of controlled substances to murder. And because of Skokie’s proximity to Old Orchard Mall, there are more than a few arrests for retail theft, or shoplifting. These cases are held predominantly at the 2nd District Courthouse located at 5600 Old Orchard Road, Skokie, Illinois. While most of the Skokie, Evanston and Glenview felony offenses begin the criminal process with a preliminary hearing in courtroom 105 at the 2nd District Courthouse, there are some cases that have their preliminary hearings at Branch 42, located in Chicago at 2452 W. Belmont Avenue. These are considered Chicago cases but have their trials held in Skokie due to overcrowding at the main courthouse at 26th and California. If probable cause is found at the preliminary hearing, the cases are then assigned to a judge located at the Skokie Courthouse.

Those arrested for a felony criminal offense in Skokie, Evanston or Glenview are booked into the Cook County Jail, otherwise known as the Cook County Department of Corrections (CCDOC), located across the street from the main courthouse at 2650 S. California, Chicago, Illinois. Anyone looking to find out more information regarding an inmate, his or her charges and the next court date and location can use the Inmate Locator. This locator will also state the inmate’s bond amount for release from custody. This jail is intended for holding inmates pending preliminary hearing, arraignment and future court appearances. Others arrested for misdemeanor criminal offenses in Skokie and the surrounding areas may be taken to one of the many local municipal police stations. Those arrestees are commonly released on an I-bond (no money to post) or a small D-Bond (10% to post for release).

The Chicago Police department utilizes pod cameras and sting operations targeting Mob Action, Lewd Conduct offenses and responds quickly to reports of theft or violence in the area. There are often officers located at the Old Orchard Mall where there is a small station located within the property due to the high volume of arrests.

Skokie Criminal Law Attorney David L Freidberg is a zealous advocate for his clients with over 20 years of criminal defense experience. Throughout his many years of practice, Mr. Freidberg has established key relationships with the Skokie, Evanston and Glenview law enforcement agencies and the States Attorney’s Office and is highly regarded throughout the Court system as a fierce defender of his clients' rights. Mr. Freidberg is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your protection. Do not hesitate to contact Mr. Freidberg at (312) 560-7100. Your liberty and rights are of utmost importance and we are here for all of your legal needs.