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DuPage County State's Attorney

The DuPage County State's Attorney's Office is organized into three Bureaus:Criminal Bureau - The Criminal Bureau prosecutes criminal matters on behalf of the State's Attorney. The Bureau is divided into five (5) divisions: Felony Trial, Special Prosecutions, Sexual Violence/Child Protection, Misdemeanor and Investigations. The Chief of the Criminal Bureau oversees all of the Criminal Division Assistant State's Attorneys and investigators. Each division is in turn supervised by a deputy chief of the division with the exception of Investigations which has its own Chief Investigator.Civil Bureau - The 15 assistant state's attorneys assigned to the Civil Bureau are responsible for assisting the State's Attorney carry out his non-criminal duties as well as numerous others established by other statutes or by judicial precedent. While the Civil Bureau assigns its assistant state's attorneys to one of three divisions, General and Complex Litigation, Governmental Representation and Special Litigation, and Child Support Enforcement, the primary separation of duties among assistants exists between those the State's Attorney has specifically assigned to child support enforcement duties and those which he has assigned to all other duties.Administration Bureau - The Administration Bureau is responsible for coordinating all administrative functions of the State's Attorney Office including management of a multi-million dollar annual budget and supervision of full time administrative staff.

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    Robert "Bob" Berlin

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Since recreational marijuana was legalized in Colorado, marijuana related traffic deaths increased 151% while all Colorado traffic deaths increased 35%. Traffic deaths involving drivers who tested positive for marijuana doubled from 55 in 2013 to 138 people killed in 2017. The legalization of recreational marijuana in Illinois will most likely result in an increase of DUI cannabis cases in DuPage County. These cases will be more challenging for prosecutors because unlike alcohol, there is currently no roadside chemical test for marijuana that has been approved for use in court proceedings. As a result, there is a need for more Drug recognition experts (DREs) in Illinois. As of December, 2019, there were only about 160 DREs in the entire state. In an effort to reduce the number of DUI cannabis cases and cannabis related fatalities, the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office will be proactive in educating the public about the dangers of driving after consuming marijuana.
Illinois' Justice, Equity, and Opportunity Initiative is examining sentences for drug offenses, and I am actively participating in discussions with stakeholders which will result in policies that reduce recidivism and improve public safety. There is a distinction between drug users are drug dealers. Research and experience has shown that getting drug users and people suffering from addiction into treatment results in better outcomes and safer communities. Our award winning First Offender Call Unified for Success (FOCUS) courtroom currently has close to 500 first-time non-violent drug offenders. If these defendants complete the program, in most cases their cases are dismissed and the case can be expunged. Our drug court has also been very successful in treating people for addiction and diverting them from prison. Drug dealers however, who profit from selling dangerous drugs that kill people must be prosecuted and face the consequences of their actions.
DuPage County remains the gold standard in Illinois when it comes to Juvenile Justice. We have made tremendous progress in reducing recidivism, protecting communities, and putting minors on the right path. In 2019, we filed 446 juvenile delinquency petitions in DuPage County. That number is a 60% reduction from 2005, when 1,112 juvenile delinquency petitions were filed. Juvenile diversion programs like peer jury, preliminary conferences, and formal station adjustments have been extremely successful in restoring minors to becoming productive members of the community while holding them accountable for their actions. In addition, DuPage County's School Safety Task Force, of which I am a charter member, has been very successful protecting our schools by identifying students who require intervention and making sure they receive the appropriate services.