Chicago, Illinois 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!

Andrew Weisberg
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Former Cook County Prosecutor. Experienced & Compassionate Criminal Defense

Andrew M. Weisberg is a highly successful criminal defense attorney focusing on criminal defense and criminal defense only! When you are charged with a crime, you need a criminal defense lawyer who eats,... Read More »
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Gbenga Longe
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Attorney

Attorney Gbenga Longe brings an excellent record of effective and aggressive representation. No matter the issue, she will fight for her clients and ensure that their rights are protected. As a former... Read More »
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David Mennie
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Free Consultation! Former Prosecutor! Exceptional Criminal Defense Attorney!

I am a powerful defense attorney with unique insight into the criminal justice system. I will fight to protect your interests and rights! Visit my website to see client testimonials. Call for a free consultation.
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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.
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Andrew Weisberg
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(773) 908-9811 20 N Clark Street, Suite 2200
Chicago, IL 60602
Free ConsultationChicago, IL Criminal Law Attorney with 22 years experience
Criminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
University of Missouri - Columbia
Andrew M. Weisberg is a highly successful criminal defense attorney focusing on criminal defense and criminal defense only! When you are charged with a crime, you need a criminal defense lawyer who eats, sleeps and drinks criminal law cases. Don't trust your freedom and future to lawyers who practices in multiple areas of law. It is critical to hire an attorney solely dedicated to the practice of criminal defense.

It is also important to find a criminal defense lawyer with great experience in court. Do not leave serious legal matters to those unfamiliar with the demands of courtroom battle. If...
Andrew Cherkasky
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Attorney with 12 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,...
Morris Anyah
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Attorney with 22 years experience
(312) 528-9022 53 W Jackson Blvd #1264
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...
Michael Rosenblat
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Lawyer with 33 years experience
(847) 480-2390 22 W Washington St 15th floor
Chicago, IL 60602
Criminal, 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 17 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.
Purav Bhatt
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(773) 791-9682 1655 S Blue Island
#312
Chicago, IL 60608
Free ConsultationCriminal
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...
Larry Davis
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(312) 736-2052 420 W Huron St
#212
Chicago, IL 60654
Free ConsultationChicago, IL Criminal Law Lawyer with 42 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...
David L. Freidberg
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
(312) 560-7100 70 W Madison St
#1450
Chicago, IL 60602
Free ConsultationCriminal, 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...
Stephen Komie
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Lawyer with 42 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...
Dominick R Dolci
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Lawyer with 28 years experience
(312) 238-9007 134 N LaSalle St
#1515
Chicago, IL 60602
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Divorce 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.
Donald J Ramsell
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Illinois Criminal Law Lawyer with 34 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... Read More »
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Larry Davis
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Free Consultation! Effective Representation in Criminal Defense! Call Now!

I am a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney with over 35 years of experience. I am dedicated to obtaining the best possible result for you! Visit my website to see client testimonials or call for a free consultation.
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Diane M Ainsworth Esq.
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Lawyer with 31 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.
Tina T Tran
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Lawyer with 3 years experience
(773) 609-3637 208 S. Jefferson St.
Ste. 204
Chicago, IL 60661
Free ConsultationCriminal 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...
Matt Fakhoury
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(847) 920-4540 1136 S. Delano Court West
Suite B201
Chicago, IL 60605
Free ConsultationChicago, IL Criminal Law Attorney with 13 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...
Daniel Joseph Conidi
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Lawyer with 6 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...
Brandon K. Davis
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(312) 736-2052 420 W Huron St
#212
Chicago, IL 60654
Free ConsultationChicago, IL Criminal Law Lawyer with 9 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.
William Gaston McLean III
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Attorney with 7 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.
Tatiana D. Czaplicki
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(312) 672-9628 5356 W. Diversey Ave
Chicago, IL 60639
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Real Estate and Traffic Tickets
DePaul College of Law and Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Solo practice focusing on criminal law, traffic defense & DUI matters (including Drivers License Suspensions and Driver's License reinstatement hearings in front of the Illinois Secretary of State), municipal court, real estate and, administrative hearings as well as litigation. Practice includes matters heard in the Counties of Cook, Lake, Du Page, and McHenry. Sit as an Arbitrator for the Circuit Court of Cook County as well as serve as a bar attorney for the Chicago Bar Association. In the real estate practice I provide counsel on transactions, closings, sales, and purchases pertaining to residential and commercial real estate. ...
Patrick J Weiland
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Lawyer with 22 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.
Gus Kostopoulos
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Lawyer with 20 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.
Kendall D. Hartsfield
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Lawyer with 8 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...
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.
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Gus Kostopoulos
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Lawyer with 20 years experience

Gus Kostopoulos is a former prosecutor with over 18 years experience successfully handling criminal defense matters. Read More »
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Martin S. LaScola
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(773) 655-5544 200 S. Wacker Drive
Suite 3100
Chicago, IL 60606
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
The John Marshall Law School
Martin began his career as an Assistant State's Attorney and prosecuted a tremendous number of cases in
approximate 5 years spent in the Cook County State's Attorney's Office. In 2004, Martin entered private practice and now has spent nearly 15 years defending cases in Cook, Lake, DuPage, Kane and McHenry counties. Armed with trial experience and aggressive negotiating skills, Martin will accomplish the legal goals you seek. Call today 773-655-5544 and you will speak to me directly - no secretary, no answering service - you get to the Attorney directly!!

I provide criminal, DUI, and traffic defense with the...
Moe Ahmad
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405 North Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
Free ConsultationChicago, IL Criminal Law Attorney with 10 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 criminal and real estate 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 real estate transactions, criminal law, DUI and traffic cases. His philosophy regarding the practice of law is not only...
Merrill K Davis
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Lawyer with 4 years experience
(312) 736-2052 420 W Huron St
#212
Chicago, IL 60654
Free ConsultationCriminal, Cannabis Law, DUI and Traffic Tickets
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Merrill K. Davis is an Attorney at The Davis Law Group, P.C. Ms. Davis received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a major in Legal Studies. Ms. Davis received her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law where she received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award and the Prosser award for the highest grade in torts. She also served on Loyola University Chicago Law Journal as a Senior Editor. During law school, Ms. Davis gained valuable experience as a law clerk at a personal injury and worker’s compensation firm in Chicago. ...
Haytham Faraj
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Attorney with 13 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.
Warren J. Breslin
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Attorney with 39 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...
Mr. Gal Pissetzky
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(312) 883-9466 53 W. Jackson Blvd.
Suite 1515
Chicago, IL 60604
Free ConsultationCriminal, 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...
Justin Schwartz
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(847) 687-5477 1723 W. Devon Ave
No. 607882
Chicago, IL 60660
Free ConsultationCriminal, Civil Rights, Employment and Personal Injury
Ohio State University - Columbus
“Justice for all” is my philosophy. I have worked as a big firm lawyer, law professor, and judicial law clerk on the Chicago federal trial and appeals courts. I have been a lawyer since 1999. I also have a PhD from Michigan and advanced degrees from Cambridge and Princeton, as well as my J.D. (summa) from Ohio State Law. I think ordinary people, under-served populations, and small businesses deserve the quality of representation, at a reasonable price, that I gave my former corporate clients. That's why I started the Law Office of Justin Schwartz. A police officer in a...
Ian M Barney
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Attorney with 7 years experience
(312) 854-0906 53 W. Jackson Blvd.
Suite 1215
Chicago, IL 60604
Free ConsultationCriminal, Appeals and Civil Rights
Loyola University Chicago
Ian M. Barney is a founding partner of Barney & Hourihane, LLP and is licensed to practice law by the Supreme Court of Illinois. He has successfully represented clients both at trial and on appeal and has extensive experience representing individuals in a variety of cases. He has participated in many cases of note and has argued before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the Illinois Appellate Court. Ian was named a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers Magazine for the years 2016 and 2017. No more than 2.5% of attorneys in Illinois are awarded this distinction. ...
William Wolf
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Attorney with 25 years experience
(312) 888-1124 53 West Jackson Blvd. Suite 1515
Chicago, IL 60604
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...
S. Janaan Hashim
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Attorney with 12 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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Maria G. Antoniolli
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Michael Rosenblat
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Lawyer with 33 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... Read More »
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Angel M. Traub
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Attorney with 17 years experience
(312) 528-3290 1136 S. Delano Court West
Suite B201
Chicago, IL 60605
Criminal, Business, DUI and Juvenile
John Marshall Law School, Chicago, IL
Angel M. Traub is a civil litigation attorney & principal owner of A. Traub & Assoc.. She graduated in 98 from NIU with her B.A. & was awarded the Outstanding Woman Student Award & Outstanding Communication Major Award in 98. Angel graduated from The John Marshall Law School with a J.D. In 01 where She was selected as a John Marshall Distinguished Scholar & was a member of the Order of John Marshall, Honorary Scholarship Society. She was admitted to practice in the State of Illinois & the Northern District of Illinois in 2001. Angel is trained & certified...
Andrew Gable
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(312) 502-7877 53 W. Jackson
Suite 863
Chicago, IL 60604
Free ConsultationCriminal, Appeals and White Collar Crime
The George Washington University Law School
Andrew Gable represents individuals arrested and charged with federal and state felony and misdemeanor crimes throughout the Chicago and Cook County area. He also handles state and federal criminal appeals. He has handled a wide range of cases from murder, felony sexual assault, and felony drug possession to DUI, marijuana possession, and domestic violence. He has represented alleged organized crime members, alleged gang members, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, lawyers, prosecutors, state and federal law enforcement officers, prison guards, military personnel, bus drivers, truck drivers, teachers, students, entertainers, and executives. ...
Alison Motta
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(312) 281-9911 161 N. Clark St
Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60601
Free ConsultationCriminal and White Collar Crime
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
Alison has been named 2014 Top 100 National Trial Lawyer and is known in the legal community as an aggressive and passionate litigator who fights rigorously to protect the rights of her clients. Call today for a free, no obligation case evaluation.
Steven R. Roach
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(773) 545-8849 8501 W Higgins Rd
#420
Chicago, IL 60631
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets
DePaul College of Law
The "Law Offices of Steven R. Roach" is a full service criminal defense practice with office locations in Chicago, Schaumburg, and Wheaton, Illinois. We provide tough, experienced, effective representation on behalf of adults and juveniles throughout the greater Chicagoland area, and all surrounding suburbs. We are pleased to offer a free consultation. Our practice areas include, but are not limited to, Personal Injury, Criminal defense, Worker's Compensation, DUI, Traffic, Driver's License Revocation Reinstatement, FOID Firearm Owners Rights Reinstatement. To contact one of our law offices, call 312-421-8820 / 847-685-6000 / 630-573-8500. You may also contact us...
Douglas B. Harper
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Attorney with 33 years experience
(312) 214-2454 Two Prudential Plaza
180 N. Stetson Avenue, Suite 3500
Chicago, IL 60601-6769
Free ConsultationCriminal, Appeals, Civil Rights and Employment
New York University School of Law
I've been a trial lawyer for over 30 years. I graduated from Yale and NYU Law School, and my legal career began as a criminal prosecutor in New York City. Then I moved to Chicago and became a partner with a mid-sized litigation firm for 10 years, receiving litigation training from some of the best trial lawyers in the city. I opened my current law office in Chicago in 1998. In addition to practicing law full time, I've also been teaching trial skills to practicing lawyers every year since 1994 as a faculty member with The National Institute for Trial...
Mitch Furman
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(312) 651-4206 190 S La Salle Street
Suite 2100
Chicago, IL 60603
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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...
Sami Ziad Azhari
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(312) 626-2871 30 N. LaSalle Street
Suite 2140
Chicago, IL 60602
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
Michigan State University
Sami Azhari focuses his practice on criminal defense in state and federal courts. His primary areas of practice include felonies such as drug possession, drug trafficking, assault and battery, weapons charges, and white collar crime, as well as misdemeanors and traffic violations. He has litigated numerous cases in state and federal courts, and has actively participated in all aspects of the litigation and trial process, including taking and defending depositions of lay and expert witnesses, conducting fact and expert discovery, briefing and arguing substantive motions, and conducting bench and jury trials with first chair experience. His...
Sal John Sheikh Esq.
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Attorney with 9 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.
Michael Schmiege
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Lawyer
(312) 626-2400 405 North Wabash Avenue
Suite P2C
Chicago, IL 60611
Free ConsultationCriminal, Civil Rights, DUI and Domestic Violence
The John Marshall Law School
The Law Offices of Michael P. Schmiege was founded by Attorney Schmiege, who is devoted to the practice of criminal defense alone. When an individual retains the representation of the firm, Mr. Schmiege works tirelessly to prepare the strongest defense possible. He will not hesitate to challenge any federal investigation or evidence brought forth by the prosecution. For more information about working with a Chicago criminal lawyer, do not wait to contact the firm! Mr. Schmiege is known for taking cases that no one else will take and winning the "unwinnable" cases against all odds.
Thomas Caukins Brandstrader
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Chicago, IL Criminal Law Attorney with 38 years experience
(847) 650-4070 53 W Jackson Blvd Suite 615
Chicago, IL 60604
Criminal and Appeals
Western State Univ
THOMAS BRANDSTRADER, Chicago Criminal Defense Attorney, specializes in the defense and appeals of serious criminal matters in Illinois and U.S. Federal Courts. He is one of a select group of highly qualified lawyers certified by the Illinois Supreme Court as lead counsel in Death Penalty cases. With 38 years exclusively in the practice of Criminal Law he has exceptional appellate court and trial work experience.  Accomplishments include the distinct opportunity to present oral arguments to both the Illinois Appellate and Supreme Courts. He has authored over five hundred briefs and appeared in every appellate district in Illinois as well as the Seventh...
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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.