No Prosecutors For Hire

Every once in a while someone will ask me if I prosecute criminal cases in addition to defending them.  This question comes up enough (albeit infrequently) that I thought I would address it on this blog.  The people asking this usually think that a private-practice lawyer can be hired to either prosecute or defend criminal cases.  This is not true in Illinois.   The government, primarily via the state’s attorney’s office in each county, prosecutes cases; victims cannot hire lawyers to press charges.  Now, the government may employ private-sector lawyers (e.g., part-time prosecutors), however, it is still the government prosecuting the cases and not hired guns.

Jeremy Richey


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