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Best Criminal
Defense Lawyers
in Chicago

Why These Criminal Defense Lawyers?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored criminal defense lawyers on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best criminal defense lawyers in Chicago, IL.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

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Fagan, Fagan & Davis FEATURED Expertise

Fagan, Fagan & Davis is a team of attorneys that has been helping people in Chicagoland since in early '80s with criminal and DUI defense. The firm offers 24/7 answering and live chat availability on its website, and has Chicago and Des Plaines offices. The attorneys include experienced trial lawyers that teach Criminal and DUI defense courses, are published, and highly rated, including Steven H. Fagan, who has been named a Top Attorney for Criminal Defense by Avvo, and rated as an AV Preeminent Attorney by Martindale-Hubble.

161 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60601


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Law Offices of Andrew Weisberg FEATURED Expertise

Andrew Weisberg is a Chicago criminal defense attorney and former felony prosecutor taking cases in Cook County. He is A+Rated by the BBB. He has appeared frequently on news programs such as ABC 7 Chicago, CNN and WTTW. His cases include assault and battery, theft, domestic violence, felonies, and sex crimes. Past clients describe Andrew Weisberg as knowledgeable, helpful, and professional. He is a highly rated criminal defense attorney that works tirelessly for his clients.

Chicago, IL 60601


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Bedi & Singer, LLP

Bedi & Singer, LLP, is a law firm located in Chicago, IL. It has been representing individuals and organizations in white-collar crimes, internal investigations, federal civil rights cases, and state and federal criminal cases for almost a decade. Its state and federal defense services include murder, habitual armed criminal, armed violence, robbery, and fraud cases. Bedi & Singer, LLP, also litigates pre-trial constitutional motions that result in charges being dropped or reduced.

53 W Jackson Blvd Ste 1505
Chicago, IL 60604


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Charles S. Beach

Charles S. Beach is a Chicago-based law firm providing criminal and DUI defense since 1998. The firm is a Leading Lawyers Network member and is considered Chicago’s leading DUI firm. The attorneys of Charles S. Beach have practice areas in felony DUI, suspended licenses, aggravated speeding, and reckless driving.

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Dolan Law

The attorneys of Dolan Law have represented clients in the Chicago area since 1996. The firm has extensive experience in personal injury, criminal defense, and civil rights cases. Dolan Law is a member of Super Lawyers, American Association for Justice, and Leading Lawyers Network.

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Edward Johnson

Edward Johnson practices criminal defense in Chicagoland, representing clients charged with homicide, drug possession, DUI, and other offenses. He is recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in Criminal Defense and by the National Academy of Criminal Defense for Top 10 Criminal Defense Lawyer Under 40 in Illinois. He has also received an Avvo Superb rating and Client’s Choice 2016 award. Clients highly recommend Edward Johnson, and he chooses cases every year for pro-bono.

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Fabbrini Law Group

The Fabbrini Law Group addresses criminal defense and personal injury cases in the greater Chicago area. The team of trial attorneys has a combined 20 years of legal experience and received an Avvo Client’s Choice Award in criminal defense. Clients praise the attorneys for their honesty, integrity, and professionalism.

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John W. Callahan

John W. Callahan is a law office providing criminal defense in the greater Chicago area. The attorneys of John W. Callahan accept cases in DUI, robbery, hit and run, aggravated battery, and more. Clients recommend the attorneys as informative and supportive legal representation.

Naperville, IL 60563


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Kathryn L. Harry & Associates P.C.

McPherson Harry & Associates in Naperville and Oak Brook is a criminal defense law firm serving the Chicago Metro area and surrounding counties. The firm’s cases include theft, traffic violations, drug crimes, expungements, assault and battery, sex crimes, and DUI. The attorneys work as a team to combine 40 years of legal experience for every case. They have received a Superb Avvo rating and are a member of Super Lawyers and The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers.

Oak Brook, IL 60523


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Kevin P. Bolger & Associates

Kevin P. Bolger & Associates represents people who are facing federal or state charges. The firm has been in business for more than four decades, and Mr. Bolger was recognized as one of America's Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys. The attorneys at the firm provide assistance with a host of criminal charges, including white-collar crimes, drug charges, and violent crimes. They handle all categories of crimes, including misdemeanor and felony charges, as well as capital matters.

20 N Upper Wacker Dr
Chicago, IL 60606


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Law Office of Howard J. Wise & Associates

The Law Office of Howard J. Wise & Associates provides criminal defense in the greater Chicago area. The firm has experience with a wide range of criminal charges, including fraud, drug crimes, traffic violations, and violent crimes. Howard J. Wise is a member of the National Association of Distinguished Counsel, The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers, and the American Society of Legal Advocates 2015 Top 100 Lawyers. He has also received a Superb Avvo rating in criminal defense and DUI.

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Law Office of Melissa Smejkal

The Law Office of Melissa Smejkal provides aggressive defense for clients in Chicago and Cook County facing criminal charges, traffic violations, and DUI cases. Melissa Smejkal has over 12 years of experience in legal defense and has an Excellent Avvo rating. Clients highly recommend her as knowledgeable and reliable in court.

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Law Office of Steven Fine

Steven Fine is a criminal defense lawyer representing clients in the greater Chicago area. With more than 20 years practicing law, the attorney assists with cases of drug crimes, violent crimes, weapons and guns crimes, white collar crimes, sex and internet offenses, and assault and battery. The attorney is a member of Top Lawyers in Illinois, Federal Trial Bar, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and Leading Lawyers Network. The law office is on-call 24/7 and gives free case consultations.

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Law Offices of David L. Freidberg

The Law Offices of David L. Freidberg take criminal defense cases 24/7 in the Chicago Metro area of Cook and DuPage counties. The law practice handles a wide range of cases, from minor to serious, including arson, carjacking, domestic violence, homicide, misdemeanors, sex crimes, theft, and violent crimes. David L. Freidberg has received an Excellent rating, Criminal Defense Featured Attorney award, and Client’s Choice awards in 2013 and 2014 from Avvo.

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Law Offices of Michael P. Schmiege

Law Offices of Michael P. Schmiege are available 24/7 to help clients facing criminal charges in the Chicago area. The founding attorney Michael P. Schmiege was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star 2009-2013 and recognized by The National Trial Lawyers lists for Top 100 Trial Lawyers and Top 40 Under 40. His practice areas serve people charged with DUI, drug crimes, weapon offenses, theft, and more.

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Lori G. Levin

Lori G. Levin is a criminal defense attorney in the Chicago Metro. The attorney has over 30 years of experience in the Illinois criminal justice system. Clients describe her legal representation as aggressive, experienced, and responsive. Lori G. Levin accepts criminal cases involving juvenile justice, internet and sex offenses, domestic violence, expungements, murder, probation violations, and white collar crimes.

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Okabe & Haushalter

Okabe & Haushalter, in Chicago, is a dedicated and highly experienced law firm for clients facing criminal charges. The attorneys accept cases dealing with drug crimes, sex crimes, DUI, group arrests, and record expungement. Okabe & Haushalter has been awarded The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40, membership in Super Lawyers, Newsweek’s Leading Criminal Defense Attorneys 2012, and a Superb Avvo rating.

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The Law Offices of Daniel Q. Herbert & Associates

The Law Offices of Daniel Q. Herbert & Associates is a law firm uniquely qualified to defend civil workers in the Chicago Metro area. Daniel Q. Herbert is recognized by 2015 Global Directory of Who’s Who and The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers. He formerly served as a Chicago police officer, Cook County prosecutor, and in-house counsel for the Fraternal Order of Police. The firm’s practice areas include personal injury claims, criminal/DUI defense, employee discrimination, and family law.

Chicago, IL 60661


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The Law Offices of Dennis F. Dwyer

The Law Offices of Dennis F. Dwyer, in Bridgeview and Chicago, represent clients needing criminal and DUI defense. Dennis F. Dwyer has a Superb Avvo rating and years in criminal law as a former prosecutor. While the firm has thorough knowledge and experience in DUI defense, other practice areas involve assault and battery, domestic violence, theft, and white collar crimes.

Chicago, IL 60607


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The Law Offices of Harold L. Wallin

The Law Offices of Harold L. Wallin concentrate on legal representation for DUI cases in the Chicago Metro area. Called “The Illinois DUI Lawyer,” Harold L. Wallin has a Superb Avvo rating and awards from Three Best Rated, the American Institute of Legal Counsel, and The National Trial Lawyers. The attorney’s legal experience includes winning over 500 hearings, criminal, DUI, and civil trials.

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The Legal Defenders

The Legal Defenders is a team of criminal defense attorneys with almost 45 years combined experience serving the Chicago area and surrounding counties. Rated Superb by Avvo, the law firm has won thousands of criminal cases. The firm accepts cases in a wide range of practice areas, such as arson, burglary, forgery, domestic violence, fraud, and homicide.

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