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States Attorney


 

Photo of Christian County States Attorney Mike Havera

Mike Havera

Christian County States Attorney


Office located on the third floor of the Courthouse

217-824-4747



The State's Attorney is the chief law enforcement officer in and for the county, as well as the chief legal adviser for the county.

The Office of the State's Attorney, as the chief law enforcement office of the county, is an agency of the Executive Branch of government which is charged with the duty to see that the laws are faithfully executed in order to maintain the rule of law. Because of the wide discretion allowed by the law in performance of this duty, the State's Attorney is also considered as part of the Judicial Branch.

As chief law enforcement officer, the State's Attorney has the following duties:


- To commence and prosecute all criminal actions in the name of the People of Illinois, whether they be misdemeanor offenses of felonies. The State's Attorney may begin an action by Information or Complaint in matters which are felony or misdemeanor or he may appear before the Grand Jury and request an Indictment.


- To prosecute all violations, filed in name of the People of Illinois by duly commissioned peace officers pursuant to the Illinois Vehicle Code including offenses related to driving under the influence.


- To attend the examination of all persons brought before any judge on any habeas corpus within Christian County.


- To commence actions to extradite persons who are charged in other states and held by lawful warrant issued by another State and to cause to be brought to Christian County all persons charged in the Circuit Court of  Christian County who are in another State or jurisdiction in order to stand trial.


- To provide legal advice to all local and state police departments operating in Christian County concerning police functions and duties in criminal matters and investigations.


- To provide counsel to the Grand Jury and to commence and prosecute all investigations before the Grand Jury.


- To request the sentence of death in any felony wherein capital punishment is provided by law and is warranted by the circumstances.


- To commence and prosecute all matters pursuant to the Juvenile Court Act of Illinois, including actions to adjudicate minors to be wards of the Court as a result of abuse, neglect or delinquent and, further, to advise the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services concerning their duties and functions as they occur in Christian County.


- To commence and prosecute all actions pursuant to the laws and statutes of Illinois which provide for the involuntary commitment of mentally ill persons to the Illinois Department of Mental Health.



The office of State's Attorney Mike Havera is located in the Christian County Courthouse.
Phone number: (217) 824-4747
Fax: (217) 824-4815

Mailing address: Christian County Courthouse
101 S. Main Street
Taylorville, IL 62568
Email: christiancountysa@gmail.com


VICTIM/WITNESS COORDINATOR AND SERVICES

The Victim/Witness Services Program was implemented to provide support to those who have become a victim or a witness of a crime.

 
The Victim/Witness Coordinator in the Christian County State’s Attorney Office provides  assistance to victims and witnesses of both violent and non-violent crime.  The Victim/Witness Coordinator is available to answer questions about the criminal process, to attend court proceedings with victims, to act as a liaison between the victims and the attorneys in the State’s Attorney Office and to assist in obtaining restitution.


The Coordinator ensures that victims are informed of their rights and assists in exercising their rights. The Coordinator helps resolve any questions or concerns before, during and after prosecution.


The Victim/Witness Coordinator attends court daily in the morning and is available Monday-Friday, 1 pm - 4 pm for walk-ins and phone calls.


The Victim/Witness Coordinator can be reached at 217-824-4747.


Other Victim Services:


Case Information:  

www.judici.com

Inmate Information:

www.vinelink.com

Automated Victim Notification System (AVN): 1-866-566-8439

IDOC Website: https://www.illinois.gov/idoc/Pages/default.aspx

Victim Resources:

Illinois Attorney General website: www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/victims/

Prisoner Review Board: https://www.illinois.gov/prb/Pages/default.aspx


TRAFFIC - COURT SUPERVISION 

What is an Order of Court Supervision? An Order of Supervision is a disposition which
is available for offenders who are not likely to commit further traffic offenses and/or crimes 
and the offender is in a situation in which it is in the best interest of the defendant and the
public that the defendant not receive a record of a conviction.  The obvious benefit to the
offender is that there is no conviction entered.

To obtain Court Supervision on a petty traffic citation you must do the following:


(1) If your ticket is marked by the Officer “no court appearance required” do
not appear on that court date as you are not scheduled for court on that date.
You must contact the Christian County Circuit Clerk’s Office to obtain a court date to appear before the Judge to request Court Supervision.  This date will be a different date than what is listed on the bottom of the citation.

 
(2) You will appear before the Judge on your scheduled court date and plead guilty
to the charge and you will be placed on a 90 day Court Supervision.  
Fines and costs must be paid in full on the court date. If the defendant is 
under 18 years of age, the defendant must appear with a parent or 
legal guardian.


(3) When Court Supervision is given by the Court, the offender will have a set
time period during which strict adherence with the law is monitored and
expected. If the Court Supervision Order requirements are not completed or
any violation of the law, this could result in the Court revoking the Supervision 
and entering a conviction on the guilty plea entered previously.


(4) If under 21 years of age and you want to request Court Supervision, when you appear in Court to be placed on Court Supervision, the Judge will also order you to complete a Traffic Safety School that is required by Illinois law.  You will be instructed to have the Traffic Safety School completed within the first 60 days of the Court Supervision. You will receive documents from Court concerning how Traffic Safety School can be completed.

Please be advised that if you have received Court Supervision within the past 12
months - the State’s Attorney’s Office will not agree to Supervision.  You may
obtain a court date and still appear before the Court.


Fine and Costs totals for Court Supervision are as follows: (Subject to change at any time)
Speeding: 1-20 mph above the limit: $437 
Speeding: 21-25 mph above the limit: $457
Any other petty traffic offense: $502

Attn: CDL Drivers: The supervision information does NOT apply to CDL drivers
whether you were driving a commercial vehicle at the time you were cited or not.
You can apply for Court Supervision, however, any public entity can see you
received Court Supervision. The benefit of Court Supervision for a CDL driver 
is points are not placed on your driving record. You may contact the Traffic Division for further information.

MANDATORY INSURANCE VIOLATION
If you received a mandatory insurance citation and you have proof that you were
covered by a liability insurance policy on the date and time of your citation, you must
appear on your court date and bring proof that you were insured by your insurance
company. After the proof is verified, the ticket will be dismissed. 
The State’s Attorney’s Office accepts proof of insurance the first Tuesday of every month-after the proof is verified, the ticket will be dismissed. 
If you did not have insurance at the time of the citation, you must appear on your
court date and the Court will advise you of your possible disposition.

HOW DO I GET MY DRIVER'S LICENSE REINSTATED OR GET A WORK DRIVING PERMIT?
The State’s Attorney’s Office does not issue, revoke or suspend driver’s
license.  All issues pertaining to the suspension or revocation of an Illinois
driver’s license must be handled through the Illinois Secretary of State’s 
Office.


HOW CAN I GET A COPY OF A POLICE REPORT OR OTHER CASE INFORMATION?
The State’s Attorney’s Office does not provide the general public with
information concerning cases, current or closed.  To obtain copies of
police reports, you must contact the arresting agency.


WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I CANNOT MAKE MY COURT DATE?
If you are not represented by an attorney and if you cannot be in Court when
you are supposed to be, you must file a Motion to Continue in the Circuit Clerk’s
Office with a copy provided to the State’s Attorney’s Office.  The Motion to
Continue must clearly state the reason you are unable to appear and must have
supporting documents attached, if available.  The State’s Attorney will not file
this form for you. The Judge will decide whether or not the continuance should
be granted.


WHAT IF I CANNOT MAKE A COURT ORDERED PAYMENT?
If you cannot make a payment on or before the date ordered by the Court,
you must appear before the Judge at the time and date listed on the Order
and request additional time.  Neither the State’s Attorney’s Office nor the
Circuit Clerk’s Office can override a Court Order.  If the payment is not
made or excused by the Court, a warrant may issue for your arrest.

JUVENILE CASES 
Under Illinois Law, the State’s Attorney’s Office is prohibited to discuss any
juvenile case or disclose the date of any Juvenile Court Hearing.

LEGAL ADVICE
Under Illinois Statute, the State’s Attorney is prohibited from engaging in the
private practice of law, therefore the State’s Attorney and his staff cannot
give legal advice, including any child support issues.  

DECEPTIVE PRACTICE
If you are a victim of a bad check, please click on the following link: http://checkprogram.com/staticwebsites/christiancountyil/contact.htm

EXPUNGEMENT
If you are interested in clearing your Illinois Criminal Record/Expungement, please click on the following link: https://www.illinois.gov/osad/Pages/default.aspx



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