Renamed in 2012 to the Leighton Criminal Courthouse, the Cook County Criminal Court at 26th and California is legendary, appearing in movies such as The Untouchables, or in TV shows like The Good Wife. There's a god reason. This courthouse is what everyone thinks of first when thinking of a criminal courthouse.
The Criminal Court known colloquially as "26th and Cal" is where most Chicago Felony criminal matters are heard, starting from central bond court and preliminary hearings through bench or jury trial.
The types of cases heard include felony DUI, felony driving while revoked or suspended, UUW or unlawful use of a weapon, PCS or possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, felony retail theft, financial crimes such as theft or embezzlement, burglary, fraud, criminal sexual abuse including aggravated or predatory criminal sexual abuse, aggravated battery, homicide cases such as murder or manslaughter, and many more criminal charges.
This court is also home to the largest single system of alternative sentencing or disposition and deferred prosecution programs in the country, boasting more than 19 different programs. These range from the State's Attorney's Drug School program to the Cook county expungement and sealing call, as well as programs such as Cook county's Felony First Offender Diversion program and the Veteran's Court.
Whether your case is appropriate for a diversion program or will need to be fought through to jury trial, call on the experience, talent and training of the criminal defense lawyers at Fagan, Fagan & Davis for help.