If you're facing a criminal charge and court case in DuPage County, you will definitely want to keep track of your case and stay updated on any new developments. Keeping up-to-date on your case will ensure that you don't miss any important dates or requirements, which can lead to an arrest warrant or worse.
While it's nearly always beneficial to have the representation of an experienced criminal defense attorney, looking up your case is fairly easy to do on your own. All you need is your case information, internet access, and a little bit of your time.
With a simple search, you can easily access a variety of information for your case, including:
- The status of your case
- Whether you have an upcoming court appearance
- The date and time of your next court appearance
- The location of your court appearance
- A record of your case events
So, how do you look up your DuPage County criminal case? To find out, just keep reading. We'll break it all down for you.
Looking Up Your DuPage County Court Case: A Guide
It is very likely that you either already know the information you will need to conduct a simple case search, or can easily find this information. When you have this information, it becomes a simple process of using the DuPage County Circuit Clerk's case search, which you can readily use as long as you have internet access.
Below, we'll discuss what information you need, and explain how you can look up your case.
Finding Your DuPage County Criminal Case Information
First and foremost, if you are facing a DuPage County criminal case, you will be assigned a case number. That case number will look a little something like this:
(For a guide on how to interpret and break down your case number, check out our simple infographic on the right of the page.)
Your case number will be your go-to identifier for your case. It is also the simplest and most accurate way of tracking your case, because each individual case has its own unique number. When you use your case number, you eliminate the risk that you might accidentally look up the wrong case, which can occasionally happen if you share the same name with someone, or if you've faced multiple court cases.
In most instances, your case number can easily be found on many of the documents for your case, from letters to court notices.
And if you can't find your case number? Don't worry; you can always use your name and birthdate. Just be sure to double check that you have the right case. We'll explain how you can search your case next.
Looking Up Your DuPage County Case
So, let's say you've found your case number and have it on hand, or you're ready to look up your case by name.
The Office of the Circuit Clerk of DuPage County offers a webpage (link available at bottom of article) where you can look up your DuPage county case by case number or a names query. As the page prompts you, simply plug in the relevant information, whether you are searching by case number or by name.
What A DuPage County Case Search Won't Tell You
While using the DuPage County Circuit Clerk's search can give you access to a variety of information from court dates to case events, you may not always see all the details of your case. This is common in cases which involve sensitive information, or extremely personal information. In most cases, you might also be unable to see if there is a warrant issued for your arrest.
That is why, while some aspects of a criminal case may be easy to handle alone, sometimes the best thing you can do is to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney who can advise you and keep track of your case. In most instances, an attorney will have significantly more access to your case information. Additionally, they also have the necessary legal training to easily interpret and analyze any developments in your case, and make strategic decisions based on their legal understanding of your case. While every case is different, there is often a significant benefit to retaining a lawyer to be your legal advocate.
Find An Experienced DuPage County Criminal Defense Attorney
If you're dealing with a criminal case and worried about how it may impact your life, we can help you. Whether you are facing a DUI, a drug possession charge, or a complicated sex crimes charge, the dedicated attorneys of Dolci & Weiland have decades of experience both prosecuting and defending criminal charges. As former prosecutors, we understand how the system works. As experienced defense lawyers, we know exactly what arguments to make to sway your case in your favor.
If you would like to schedule a free consultation and speak with one of our attorneys about your case, please give our office a call at (630) 261-9098. Don't hesitate to contact us; we are here to help.