Chicago Criminal Lawyers

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What are my rights if I've been arrested in Chicago?

First of all, police should advise you immediately upon arrest of your constitutional rights: you have the right not to speak to the police, you have the right to have an attorney, and if you cannot afford an attorney you have the right to a public defender.

If you have been arrested or charged with a crime in Chicago, a Chicago criminal defense lawyer can help you through the criminal process, from the time of arrest until sentencing. Hiring a lawyer sooner in the process rather than later may help you mount a stronger defense and avoid saying or doing things against your self-interest.

Note that you must unequivocally assert your right to an attorney (“I will not speak until I have an attorney present”) in order for police to stop questioning you. Once you do that, they must stop all questioning until you have an attorney present.

In contrast, it is easier to accidentally waive your right to silence. You invoke your right to silence by not speaking, but if you do say something, the police may use that as evidence against you in court.

What options do I have if I did commit the crime of which I'm accused?

A criminal prosecution requires that the government prove every element of its case beyond a reasonable doubt. This is a very exacting standard, and a skilled criminal defense lawyer can seize upon the many opportunities to weaken the prosecution's arguments. For example, there may be a problem with the chain of custody of a key piece of evidence, or the defendant might not have been properly instructed of his Fifth Amendment rights. Even if you committed the crime for which you are charged, the government is responsible for proving it and following the strict procedures in place to assure a fair trial.

The office of the Cook County State's Attorney, which prosecutes crimes in Chicago, has stated that it will invest substantial resources in increasing enforcement and incarceration, which makes it even more crucial that criminal defendants retain skilled counsel to represent them.

Defending against criminal charges in Cook County can be challenging, which is why it is important find a Chicago criminal defense lawyer to zealously argue for your rights. A criminal record can affect your employment prospects, housing applications, and more, particularly if you are convicted of a felony. Don't hesitate to contact a Chicago lawyer; your freedom may depend on it!

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Chicago Criminal Lawyer Jonathan Bedi
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Award winning, experienced criminal defense attorney. Free consultation!

I am a skilled criminal defense attorney, ready to help you navigate the criminal justice system through every stage of your case! I am committed to representing clients in state, federal, and white collar crime cases. Read More »
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Moe Ahmad
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Experienced, Aggressive & Compassionate Criminal Lawyer. Former prosecutor. 24/7

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I’m an experienced criminal defense lawyer and represent clients in all types of criminal cases throughout Chicago. I will fight for you and your rights and help you through every step of your case. Read More »
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James G. Dimeas
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Free Consultation! Experienced & Effective Criminal Defense Attorney! Call Now!

I provide skilled and strategic criminal defense representation. I have over 25 years of experience fighting for the rights of the criminally accused. Visit my website for information or call for a free consultation. Read More »
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Bridgette Brown
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Lawyer with 12 years experience

Attorney Bridget Brown is poised to bring an exemplary command of Criminal and Family Law to any case. Her skills, confidence and experience have made her a verifiable force for each client she defends. Ms. Brown... Read More »
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Michael Rosenblat
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Lawyer with 35 years experience

Michael C. Rosenblat graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana, and The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Rosenblat enlisted in the US Army (1987 – 1993) and,... Read More »
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Andrew Weisberg
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(773) 694-8129 20 N Clark Street, Suite 2200
Chicago, IL 60602
Free ConsultationChicago, IL Criminal Law Attorney with 23 years experience
Criminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
University of Missouri - Columbia
A+ Rated with the BBB and with well over 100 5-Star reviews online, Andrew M. Weisberg is a highly successful criminal defense attorney. Call Now for a Free and Immediate Consultation at (773) 694-8129. Mr. Weisberg returns most calls within 15 minutes! Don't trust your freedom and future to lawyers who practice in multiple areas of law. It is critical to hire an attorney solely dedicated to the practice of criminal defense. Mr. Weisberg commits 100% of his practice to defending those who have been accused of a crime in Chicagoland. His sole mission is to provide the best representation...
Matt Fakhoury
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(847) 920-4540 1136 S. Delano Court West
Suite B201
Chicago, IL 60605
Free ConsultationOffers Video ChatChicago, IL Criminal Law Attorney with 14 years experience
Criminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
Saint Louis University School of Law
When you’re facing tough charges, you need a tough lawyer. Matt Fakhoury is an aggressive criminal defense attorney who will put your needs and your rights first! As a former prosecutor, Mr. Fakhoury knows the legal system from an insider's perspective--and that helps you get the results you deserve. Mr. Fakhoury is also an Adjunct Professor at DePaul University, where he teaches law courses in the undergraduate sociology department. With years of experience as a lawyer and professor, Mr. Fakhoury has tried numerous bench and jury trials for his clients with outstanding results. If you were arrested and charged...
Dominick R Dolci
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Lawyer with 29 years experience
(312) 238-9007 134 N LaSalle St
#1515
Chicago, IL 60602
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Juvenile and White Collar Crime
The John Marshall Law School
Dominick Dolci is a family law and criminal defense attorney in DuPage County, IL. Dominick acts as the Managing Partner at the Law Offices of Dolci & Weiland, with offices in Oakbrook Terrace, IL and Chicago, IL.
Michael Rosenblat
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Lawyer with 35 years experience
(847) 480-2390 22 W Washington St 15th floor
Chicago, IL 60602
Offers Video ChatCriminal, Health Care, Military and White Collar Crime
The John Marshall Law School and University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
Michael C. Rosenblat graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana, and The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Rosenblat enlisted in the US Army (1987 – 1993) and, in 1994 became an Assistant Attorney General with the Illinois Attorney General's Office in Chicago, having served as Deputy Chief Criminal Prosecution, Deputy Chief Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (lead prosecutor), and Deputy Chief Special Litigation. Michael C. Rosenblat has been sought out as a speaker and an author. He has made presentations to colleagues as well as co-authored a guidebook for attorneys practicing...
Robert M Motta
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(312) 281-9911 161 N. Clark St
Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60601
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Divorce and White Collar Crime
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
Robert Motta II is the Managing Partner at Motta & Motta LLC. He concentrates his law practice in criminal defense, DUI, divorce & family law. Robert was named 2014 Top 100 National Trial Lawyer and is known in the legal community for his unparalleled pre-trial and trial strategies.
Brandon K. Davis
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(312) 736-2052 420 W Huron St
#212
Chicago, IL 60654
Free ConsultationOffers Video ChatChicago, IL Criminal Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
Criminal, Cannabis Law, DUI and Traffic Tickets
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
Brandon K. Davis is an Attorney at The Davis Law Group, P.C. where he represents clients charged with DUI, criminal and traffic-related offenses. Mr. Davis regularly represents those facing the suspension, revocation or cancellation of their driving privileges. Mr. Davis received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a major in Political Science and a minor in Business. Mr. Davis received his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law. Mr. Davis is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association as well as the Chicago Bar Association.
Mr. Gal Pissetzky
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(312) 883-9466 35 E. Wacker Dr
Suite 1980
Chicago, IL 60601
Free ConsultationOffers Video ChatCriminal, Appeals and White Collar Crime
The John Marshall Law School and University of Illinois - Chicago
Gal Pissetzky is a fearless trial lawyer who defends his clients’ rights with vigor and tenacity.

Located in Chicago, Mr. Pissetzky has over 18-years of experience handling complex state and federal felony charges in Illinois and throughout the country. He has successfully defended clients accused of white collar crimes, murder and attempted murder, sex offenses, and drug crimes. Mr. Pissetzky also represents his clients on appeal, and he has argued before the Illinois Supreme Court and numerous federal appellate courts.

Mr. Pissetzky has dedicated his practice to aggressively protecting his clients and their future, and his...
Vadim Glozman
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(312) 757-2314 53 West Jackson Blvd. Ste 1410B
Chicago, IL 60604
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and White Collar Crime
University of Illinois College of Law
Don’t wade through page after page of criminal defense attorneys when you’re in need of legal representation--when you’re looking for a lawyer you can count on, Vadim A. Glozman is one of the best choices you can make.

Mr. Glozman represents many different types of case law, including but not limited to crimes like mail fraud, bank fraud, public corruption charges, weapons crimes, drug crimes, white-collar crimes, and conspiracy charges. He is more interested in representing people than he is in targeting specific kinds of criminal defense, and he brings his specialized approach to every case that he takes on.

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Morris Anyah
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Attorney with 23 years experience
(312) 528-9022 53 W Jackson Blvd #1260
Chicago, IL 60604
Criminal, Appeals, Personal Injury and White Collar Crime
University of Dayton School of Law
Morris A. Anyah is a top criminal defense and criminal appeals attorney in Chicago. He is a former Cook County prosecutor and war crimes attorney at The Hague. He is now one of the pre-eminent, “go to” lawyers when people search for a top-notch criminal defense or criminal appeals attorney in Chicago. He recently obtained an acquittal for a defendant charged with six counts of first degree murder, after a jury trial before the Circuit Court of Cook County, and he represented former Liberian president Charles Taylor at his war crimes trial in The Hague. Attorney Anyah is a trial...
Patrick J Weiland
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
(312) 238-9007 33 N Dearborn St
Suite 1850
Chicago, IL 60602
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Stockbroker Fraud and White Collar Crime
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
Prior to forming the Law Offices of Dolci & Weiland, Pat worked at DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office for nearly 10 years, handling all types of felony, misdemeanor and traffic cases. As a misdemeanor Assistant State’s Attorney, Pat was assigned to prosecute over 10,000 Driving while Under the Influence (DUI) cases. During his six years as a Felony Assistant State’s Attorney, Pat handled thousands of felony cases including felony traffic and DUI cases, complex white collar crimes, as well as violent crimes, such as armed robbery, aggravated criminal sexual assault, and first degree murder.
Mr. Gal Pissetzky
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Attorney with 20 years experience

Gal Pissetzky is a fearless trial lawyer who defends his clients’ rights with vigor and tenacity. Located in Chicago, Mr. Pissetzky has over 18-years of experience handling complex state and federal felony charges in... Read More »
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Merrill K Davis
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Free Consultation! Skilled and Effective Illinois Lawyer! Call Now for Help!

I provide knowledgeable and determined legal representation to fight criminal charges. I will aggressively defend you to ensure the best possible result! Visit my website for testimonials. Call for a free consultation. Read More »
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Andrew Cherkasky
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(844) 464-5529 2626 Lakeview Dr., #1408
Chicago, IL 60614
Free ConsultationCriminal and Military
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
I knew I would be a trial lawyer as long as I can remember. I was one of those kids growing up that loved to argue about everything and anything. Parents, teachers, siblings, it didn’t matter — and the truth is, I won most of those fights. Education I attended college at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. My studies were all focused on the necessary course work to later attend law school. During college I was the captain of the mock-trial team that won third in the nation. I majored in political science,...
Moe Ahmad
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405 North Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
Free ConsultationOffers Video ChatChicago, IL Criminal Law Attorney with 11 years experience
Criminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Attorney Mohammad (Moe) Ahmad attended Western Michigan University Cooley Law School where he earned a juris doctorate degree with a concentration in litigation. Moe is a former prosecutor of the CCSAO. With a decade of experience as an attorney, Moe has extensive experience in both DUI and criminal law. He tried thousands of criminal, traffic and DUI cases. Now in private practice, Moe continues to maintain a reputation for being well-skilled, fair and honest.

Moe’s primary practice areas consist of criminal law, DUI and traffic cases. His philosophy regarding the practice of law is not only to be his clients’...
David L. Freidberg
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(312) 560-7100 70 W Madison St
#1450
Chicago, IL 60602
Free ConsultationChicago, IL Criminal Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
Criminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
St. Mary's University School of Law
Welcome to the Chicago, Illinois, Law Offices of David L. Freidberg, P.C., a premier Chicago criminal law attorney who knows how the system works and when to negotiate or simply take the gloves off and fight it out in court.

We pride ourselves on providing our clients the most powerful and aggressive criminal defense available in the Chicagoland area. We handle all criminal cases, including drug offenses, rape, assault and murder.

Experienced, Compassionate, Aggressive Criminal Defense

If you have been charged with a crime, you want to know your attorney will take a sincere interest in your case and do...
S. Janaan Hashim
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(708) 361-3600 225 W. Washington Blvd
Suite 2200
Chicago, IL 60606
Free ConsultationCriminal and Arbitration & Mediation
DePaul University
Atty. Janaan Hashim focuses her criminal law practice exclusively on expungements and sealing of records and other forms of post-conviction relief.

Since graduating from law school Janaan has always worked in the criminal justice field, first as an Assistant Appellate Defender with the State of Illinois and then in private practice at the trial level until shifting her focus on expugements in 2015.

Janaan volunteers her time and legal expertise at Cabrini Green Legal Aid where she assists pro bono petitioners with both their Expungement and Sealing of Records petitions and court representation when the State objects to their petitions.

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Tina T Tran
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Lawyer with 4 years experience
(773) 609-3637 208 S. Jefferson St.
Ste. 204
Chicago, IL 60661
Criminal and Bankruptcy
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Tina T. Tran (known to her close friends as Ty) is a second-generation Vietnamese American. As an ardent social justice advocate, Tina is committed to providing accessible, affordable, and affirming legal support and advocacy to people of all backgrounds and circumstances. She prides herself on giving her clients the fresh start they deserve, whether that be through filing for Bankruptcy, or through the Expungement and Sealing of criminal records. Tina grew up in the California Bay Area, and she learned early on about the wide discrepancies between people of different economic or racial backgrounds and their access to the...
Stephen Komie
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Lawyer with 43 years experience
(312) 263-2800 1 N. LaSalle St.
Suite 4200
Chicago, IL 60602
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
National College for DUI Defense at Harvard Law School and DePaul College of Law
Stephen M. Komie is the founder of Komie and Associates, and he has over 40 years of experience successfully representing clients in state, federal, and international trials and appeals. Mr. Komie is best known for high profile cases such as his defense of Sandra Fabiano for child abuse and John Carroccia for murder, which were widely reported in the Illinois media. He has helped numerous clients achieve victory in criminal and civil trials across Illinois and the United States.

Mr. Komie provides his clients with dedicated, tenacious defense against criminal charges, and he has won many landmark decisions, including the 1995...
William Wolf
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Attorney with 26 years experience
(312) 888-1124 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 1980
Chicago, IL 60601
Free ConsultationCriminal, Cannabis Law, DUI and White Collar Crime
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
William Wolf has been a criminal defense lawyer for 25 years. He has an extensive amount of experience handling all kinds of cases ranging from homicide to sex crimes to narcotics.

Mr. Wolf excels in strategic thinking which has helped him serve thousands of people to win at trial or get the best deal possible. He has vast experience in jury trials, bench trials, and motion hearings to protect his clients from overzealous law enforcement and prosecutors.

He has been published in the State of Illinois and nationally on topics including defending homicide cases, cross-examining expert witnesses, and Confrontation Clause...
Larry Davis
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(312) 736-2052 420 W Huron St
#212
Chicago, IL 60654
Free ConsultationOffers Video ChatChicago, IL Criminal Law Lawyer with 43 years experience
Criminal, Cannabis Law, DUI and Traffic Tickets
DePaul University
Larry A. Davis graduated from Northwestern University (B.A. cum laude, 1973) and DePaul University (J.D. 1976). He is currently the principal of The Davis Law Group, P.C. in Northfield, IL . His practice is now concentrated in the area of DUI Defense and administrative hearings before the Secretary of State. He was a co-drafter of the original Illinois Summary Suspension Law and drafted revisions to the current Illinois MDDP law on behalf of the ISBA. He is a member of the legislative subcommittee for the ISBA Traffic Laws and Courts Section Council. He is a chapter author...
Diane M Ainsworth Esq.
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Lawyer with 32 years experience
(312) 984-0398 203 N. LA SALLE ST.,
Suite 2100
Chicago, IL 60601
Criminal, Appeals, Personal Injury and Probate
Northwestern University School of Law
Attended Noroton School in Darien, Conn,; Graduated from Emma Willard School. Alumnus: Operation Crossroads Africa - Ivory Coast ; Exchange Student to University of Lorraine, France.
Daniel Joseph Conidi
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Lawyer with 8 years experience
(708) 366-9900 200 E. Randolph, Suite 5100
Suite: 5100
Chicago, IL 60601
Free ConsultationCriminal and Immigration
MId Atlantic School of Law
I worked as Senior Special Agent Criminal Investigator for the US Department of Homeland Security and the US Department of Justice for over 26 years. As a Special Agent I worked in all aspects of the immigration mission both criminally and administratively. After leaving the US Government I was a founding partner of Alliant Law Group, LLC and currently oversee the business and operation of the firm. At Alliant, we emphasize client service in every matter, including the importance of attorney/staff accessibility, and client understanding regardless of their primary language. With the firm, I strive to provide...
David S. Olshansky
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Free Consultation! Aggressive Legal Representation! Strong Track Record!

I am dedicated to representing the accused with skill and experience. I will fight to protect your rights and secure your best interests! Visit my website for more information or call now for a free consultation. Read More »
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Matt Fakhoury
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You deserve a knowledgeable, experienced lawyer by your side.

We've helped hundreds of clients in the Chicago area with misdemeanor and felony charges, and we may be able to help you, too. We'll develop an aggressive defense strategy that gets you the best possible outcome. Read More »
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Warren J. Breslin
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Attorney with 41 years experience
(312) 321-9070 401 N Wabash Ave
#35F
Chicago, IL 60611
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Traffic Tickets
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
You will not find better representation than through Warren J. Breslin Law Offices. My firm has the experience and acclaimed legal ability to win your case. Very few lawyers and firms stand up to the extensive scrutiny of Martindale-Hubbell to receive the highest AV Rating that allows a listing in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.

More than 150 colleagues and judges from multiple Chicago area counties acknowledged my firm’s legal abilities to recommend my firm’s AV Preeminent status. The Martindale-Hubbell 100-year-old directory is where lawyers look for lawyers with the best abilities. You will not find a better attorney to...
Purav Bhatt
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(773) 791-9682 1655 S Blue Island
#312
Chicago, IL 60608
Free ConsultationOffers Video ChatCriminal
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
Being represented by The Law Offices of Purav Bhatt means you are represented by one of the top criminal defense lawyers in Chicago who is well prepared, attentive and here for you. Rest assured that you and your matter will get the individual time and attention you and your matter deserve. As a former Cook County State’s Attorney, Mr. Bhatt has the experience to handle felony and misdemeanor cases, traffic cases and other legal matters as well as an understanding of the prosecution’s goals and objectives. During his time as a prosecutor, Mr. Bhatt successfully tried hundreds of bench...
Sal John Sheikh Esq.
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(312) 532-8554 542 S. Dearborn Street
Suite 510
Chicago, IL 60605
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Chicago Personal Injury& Cook County Criminal Defense Attorney Sal Sheikh has a well-deserved reputation of excellence in providing smart, sensible, and cost-effective legal solutions to his clients. "I serve a wide range of clientele from all socioeconomic backgrounds. Every client relationship is valued greatly and treated with dignity and respect. Each client benefits from the depth and breadth of my representation." If you would like honest, "real world" solutions to your Chicago Criminal Defense Case or Chicago Personal Injury Claim, contact my office for a consult. My rates are reasonable and I am accessible to my clients.
Gus Kostopoulos
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(877) 708-6275 125 S. Wacker Drive
Suite 300A
Chicago, IL 60606
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
DePaul University
Gus Kostopoulos is a former prosecutor with over 18 years experience successfully handling criminal defense matters.
William Gaston McLean III
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Attorney with 8 years experience
(312) 714-5603 401 S LaSalle St.
Ste. #801R
Chicago, IL 60605
Criminal, Family and Immigration
Florida Coastal School of Law
I am a Chicago and Miami lawyer practicing family- and employment-based immigration law, and removal and deportation defense and appeals. I also work with criminal and family law issues as they arise in the context of immigration cases.
Carlos H. Davalos
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Lawyer with 7 years experience
(773) 312-0234 2923 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Suite 911
Chicago, IL 60618
Criminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona
At The Law Offices of Carlos H. Davalos we concentrate in providing clients with aggressive representation in Felony, Criminal, DUI, and Major Traffic cases. Mr. Davalos's work is recognized nationally and locally as exceptional in the area of Criminal and DUI defense. Attorney Davalos has been recognized by the lawyer ratings organization Super Lawyers as being one of the top tier criminal defenders in the State. Similarly the Top 100 National Trial Lawyers organization has selected Mr. Davalos as being one of the top trial lawyers in the state of Illinois. Mr. Davalos retains membership in the National College...
Mitch Furman
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(312) 651-4206 77 West Wacker Drive
45th Floor
Chicago, IL 60601
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
The John Marshall Law School
Chicago criminal defense attorney Mitch Furman will be able to provide the representation and legal support you need no matter how complex your case may be. If you are facing a DUI charge, theft crime, drug offense or any other criminal charge then you owe it to yourself to consult with an attorney you know you can trust. Don’t be taken advantage of by the court system, hire a legal advocate who will be able to fight on your behalf throughout the entire legal process. In addition, Mr. Furman assists clients dealing with personal injury related cases; real estate law...
Haytham Faraj
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(312) 635-0800 105 West Adams St.
Suite 2150
Chicago, IL 60603
Criminal, DUI, Military and Personal Injury
Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College and American University Washington College of Law
Attorney Faraj is experienced in criminal defense, military law, personal injury, and business litigation. He is recognized nationally as a trial attorney, who has represented clients before state, military and federal courts. Mr. Faraj first began defending Armed Forces members in the United States Marine Corps. Since then he has began a private practice that focuses on defending service-members as a civilian attorney. If you need assistance with a legal matter, Attorney Faraj is diligent, decorated, and devoted to his clients.
Kendall D. Hartsfield
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
55 E. Monroe
Suite 3800
Chicago, IL 60603
Criminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Traffic Tickets
Thomas M. Cooley Law School
Attorney Kendall D. Hartsfield is a graduate of Western Illinois University, Governors State University, and Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, Master of Arts in Political and Justice Studies, and Juris Doctorate, respectively. Mr. Hartsfield’s diverse background ranges from experience representing indigent defendants for the Will County Public Defenders Office, to experience as an educator for the City Colleges of Chicago, for which he taught courses to pre-trial detainees at the Cook County Department of Corrections.

Attorney Kendall D. Hartsfield is admitted to practice throughout the State of Illinois, and is...
Emilio Moretti
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(312) 861-1084 875 N. Michigan Avenue
Suite 3100
Chicago, IL 60611
Free ConsultationChicago, IL Criminal Law Attorney with 19 years experience
Criminal, DUI and Traffic Tickets
The John Marshall Law School
Mr. Emilio Moretti was raised in the Chicagoland area. He attended The John Marshall Law School in Chicago and upon graduation started his own law practice, focusing primarily on representing individuals in criminal and traffic related matters. As his practice evolved, he has also successfully represented individuals in personal injury and worker’s compensation cases.
Donald J Ramsell
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Illinois Criminal Law Lawyer with 35 years experience

Donald J. Ramsell, author of several DUI articles and books, is the one of the few DUI defense attorneys to appear and argue on a DUI case before the United States Supreme Court in its entire 213 years of existence. In... Read More »
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Brandon K. Davis
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Professional and knowledgeable Criminal Defense attorney. Free consultation.

Attorney Brandon Davis has defended hundreds of clients charged with criminal offenses throughout the Chicagoland area. Our firm provides high-quality misdemeanor and felony criminal defense. Contact us today. Read More »
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David John Shestokas
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BERWYN, IL Criminal Law Attorney with 33 years experience
(312) 451-5550 1933 WISCONSIN AVE
BERWYN, IL 60402-1604
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Real Estate and Traffic Tickets
The John Marshall Law School
Mr. Shestokas earned his B.A. in Political Science from Bradley University in 1975 and his Juris Doctor from The John Marshall Law School, cum laude, in June of 1987. He also studied law at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. Mr. Shestokas is the author of Get Your Illinois Suspended License Back. He has appeared in court on cases involving suspended/revoked driver's licenses more than 10,000 times as a prosecutor or a defense attorney. He is the feature writer in the area of Law, Crime & Justice for the online magazine, Suite 101. David J. Shestokas concentrates...
Lori Levin
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Lawyer
(312) 972-3756 180 North LaSalle
Suite 3700
Chicago, IL 60601
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
Georgetown University Law Center
For more than 30 years, Lori G. Levin has been a well-respected and successful litigator handling cases in the Illinois criminal and juvenile justice systems. She is a forceful, yet compassionate, advocate. Let her experience work for you.
Dena M. Singer
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(312) 525-2017 53 West Jackson Blvd
Suite 1505
Chicago, IL 60604
Free ConsultationChicago, IL Criminal Law Attorney with 17 years experience
Criminal, DUI and White Collar Crime
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Dena M. Singer is an accomplished litigator and trial lawyer, who has devoted her career to advocating on behalf of her clients. She has successfully tried countless bench and jury trials to verdict covering a wide array of charges. Dena has also litigated and won numerous Motions to quash arrest and suppress evidence, motions to suppress statements and many other motions when the government has violated her clients’ rights. Dena has substantial experience defending clients in complex white collar criminal cases, including financial fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, and conspiracy. Additionally, she has defended juvenile clients in delinquency cases ranging...
Steven H. Mevorah
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(630) 932-9100 https://workers-compensation.mevorahlaw.com/
105 W. Madison Street, Suite 2200
Chicago, IL 60602
Free ConsultationChicago, IL Criminal Law Lawyer with 41 years experience
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Northern Illinois University
Steven H. Mevorah is the founder of Mevorah Law Offices LLC and began his practice in 1979. Mr. Mevorah brings significant experience to bear in achieving positive results for his clients. With offices in Lombard, Bloomingdale, Chicago, Joliet, and St. Charles, Mr. Mevorah makes his practice accessible to all of those in need throughout the Chicagoland area and surrounding counties. Since the firm's inception, Mr. Mevorah has been committed to building a practice made up of attorneys who share his vision and dedication to offering clients the best legal advice and advocacy combined with unparalleled service. Taking an aggressive...
Gbenga Longe
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(708) 803-5029 1655 S Blue Island Ave
Chicago, IL 60608
Free ConsultationOffers Video ChatChicago, IL Criminal Law Attorney with 10 years experience
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Gbenga Longe is an experienced Criminal Defense Attorney. A former Prosecutor, Gbenga brings inside knowledge and unique insight to her practice. She has a record of both aggressive and effective representation. Gbenga is dedicated to fighting for her clients' rights and interests, focused on obtaining the best possible outcomes.

Gbenga received B.A. from Bethune-Cookman College. In 2010, she earned a J.D. from Indiana University School of Law. Gbenga is a member of the Women's Criminal Defense Bar Association and Cook County Bar Association. She has been recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers for consecutive years.
Mitchell S Sexner
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Lawyer with 33 years experience
(800) 996-4824 2126 W. Van Buren
Chicago, IL 60612
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
Since 1990, the attorneys of Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC have provided highly successful representation for clients across Illinois. One of the area's most recognized legal names, Sexner & Associates LLC has multiple offices located in Illinois, with defense lawyers servicing the Chicago courts as well as for counties including Cook, DuPage, Lake, Kane, Will and McHenry counties. Our attorneys stand ready to help clients with a wide range of legal services. If you would like to speak about your options, no obligation will apply when you call. We believe at Sexner & Associates LLC that helping...
David S. Olshansky
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(312) 203-5500 216 S Jefferson St
#101
Chicago, IL 60661
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Traffic Tickets
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
Mr. Olshansky's practice is limited to only issues which arise out of domestic criminal and quasi-criminal cases including charges of domestic battery, criminal violations of orders of protection, defending the respondent in order of protection proceedings, and assisting petitioners in obtaining orders of protection. He is admitted by the Supreme Court to the Illinois State Bar and Federal Bar. Born in Chicago, he received B.B.A. with Honors from the University of Miami, Florida in 1997 and his Juris Doctorate from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2000 where he received multiple CALI awards for having the highest grade in a class....
Michael John Petro
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Attorney with 30 years experience
(312) 913-1111 53 W Jackson Blvd
Ste 630
Chicago, IL 60604
Criminal and Civil Rights
Indiana University - Indiana University-Bloomington
Chicago criminal defense lawyer, Michael J. Petro, has practiced criminal law in the Chicago area for over twenty-five years. Throughout his distinguished career, Michael J. Petro has earned a reputation for persistence and toughness by providing drive, compassion, extensive legal knowledge and prolific courtroom skills for his clients. As a Life Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), criminal defense lawyer, Michael J. Petro, is dedicated to ensuring justice and due process for the accused.
Benjamin Lawson
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
(773) 800-9268 PO Box 607033
Chicago, IL 60660
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets
Indiana University - Indiana University-Bloomington
Benjamin Lawson is a former prosecutor who now runs his own practice handling cases ranging from criminal defense to DUI defense and traffic tickets. He also handles personal injury cases and advises small businesses. He practices primarily in Kankakee County, Will County and Cook County.
Katherine Levine
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(312) 372-8888 20 South Clark
Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60602
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and White Collar Crime
The John Marshall Law School
Katherine Levine graduated from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago and was admitted into the Illinois Bar in 2008. Prior to becoming an attorney, she served four years active duty as a United States Marine and was honorably discharged as a Sergeant in 2001. After law school, Katherine worked as an Assistant State’s Attorney until August 2015 where she successfully tried hundreds of misdemeanor and felony criminal cases. Today, she is in private practice defending individuals accused of serious state and federal crimes. Her experience as a prosecutor provides her insight into the strategies and...
David L. Freidberg
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Lawyer with 25 years experience

Welcome to the Chicago, Illinois, Law Offices of David L. Freidberg, P.C., a premier Chicago criminal law attorney who knows how the system works and when to negotiate or simply take the gloves off and fight it out in... Read More »
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John S. Fotopoulos
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I’m an experienced Chicago criminal defense lawyer and represent clients in all types of criminal cases. I provide personal attention, thoughtful guidance, and will fight to protect your rights throughout your case. Read More »
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Arrested or facing criminal charges?

Criminal law addresses the government's prosecution of individuals who have been accused of committing a crime. Such laws may be federal, state, or local. The prosecution represents the people of a particular jurisdiction, and acts on behalf of the government by bringing a case against an accused. Under the U.S. Constitution, a person accused of a crime may have the right to a criminal defense attorney during interrogations and certain other times before and during a trial.

Whether you are under police investigation, have been arrested, or are facing charges, having an advocate familiar with the criminal justice system.

Most jurisdictions classify crimes as felonies or misdemeanors, with felonies being the more serious offenses with the possibility of more severe sentences. Some criminal lawyers focus on a specific area of criminal defense law, such as white-collar crime, drug offenses, theft crimes, or violent crimes. You should consult with a criminal defense lawyer early on in the process to preserve options, such as diversion programs or plea bargains.

When hiring a criminal defense attorney, you should evaluate the experience and fee structure of the attorney. Some offer a free consultation to discuss your case.


Accomplice liability: If a person aids, assists, or encourages another in the commission of a crime, they are criminally liable as an accomplice to the crime.

Self-defense: The claim that an act otherwise criminal was legally justifiable because it was necessary to protect a person or property from the threat or action of another.

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