(725 ILCS 5/124B-150)
Sec. 124B-150. Protective order; probable cause.
(a) Upon application of the State, the circuit court presiding over the trial of the person or persons charged with the offense giving rise to forfeiture may enter a restraining order or injunction, or take other appropriate action, to preserve the availability of property for forfeiture under this Article. Before entering such an order or taking such action, the court shall first determine the following:
(1) Whether there is probable cause to believe that
the person or persons so charged have committed the offense.
(2) Whether the property is subject to forfeiture
under this Article.
(b) In order to make the determinations of probable cause required under subsection (a), the court shall conduct a hearing without a jury. In that hearing, the State must establish both of the following:
(1) There is probable cause that the person or
persons charged have committed the offense.
(2) There is probable cause that property may be
subject to forfeiture under this Article.
(c) The court may conduct the hearing under subsection (b) simultaneously with a preliminary hearing if the prosecution is commenced by information or complaint. The court may conduct the hearing under subsection (b) at any stage in the criminal proceedings upon the State's motion.
(d) The court may accept a finding of probable cause at a preliminary hearing following the filing of an information charging the offense or following the return of an indictment by a grand jury charging the offense as sufficient evidence of probable cause as required under paragraph (1) of subsection (b).
(e) Upon making a finding of probable cause as required under this Section, the circuit court shall enter a restraining order or injunction, or take other appropriate action, as necessary to ensure that the property is not removed from the court's jurisdiction and is not concealed, destroyed, or otherwise disposed of by the property owner or interest holder before a forfeiture hearing under this Article.
(f) The Attorney General or State's Attorney shall file a certified copy of the restraining order, injunction, or other prohibition with the recorder of deeds or registrar of titles of each county where any property of the defendant subject to forfeiture is located.
(Source: P.A. 96-712, eff. 1-1-10.)
Last modified: February 18, 2015