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Highly Experienced and Effective Chicago Criminal Defense Lawyer for Felony and Misdemeanor Cases in Cook County, DuPage County, Lake County and Kane County.

I have been handling criminal cases throughout Chicago for 25 years. I am based out of Schaumburg. Unless you have been placed under arrest and faced criminal prosecution, you have no idea how terrifying facing criminal charges can be. I am constantly reminded of how serious my obligation is when I look in the faces of the people that I represent. I know what they are going through and understand that when they hire me to be their lawyer they are counting on me to guide them through the process and to obtain a successful result for them. These are people with families, jobs, futures, and other people depending on them. I am constantly reminded that I am more than just a Schaumburg criminal defense lawyer.

I tell my clients that they need to understand that the police are not there to help them. The police are there to do their job and make an arrest and close the case. If you are being questioned by a police officer you need to understand that the police officer is not there to help you. The police officer knows that you are scared and that you will do anything to go home.

The police will make you promises, play on your fears, hopes and vulnerabilities, to get you to talk to them. The police will sometimes lie to you to get you to talk to them. Unfortunately, the US Supreme Court has said that this is perfectly legal and acceptable police procedure. But if the police start questioning you and you demand to speak to an attorney, the US Supreme Court has said that the police must stop all questioning of you. That's why you should immediately demand to speak to a lawyer if the police start questioning you.


You should understand that when you are being investigated by the police, your freedom and your future could potentially be on the line. Anything you say can be used against you in court. The police may mention this but you really need to understand how important this is. You don't know what the police are doing and what they are investigating so you don't know what your answers will mean and how they could be used against you later on to make it sound and look like you are guilty of a crime. That's why the best course of action is to demand a lawyer.


Chicago Criminal Defense attorney, James G. Dimeas, has spent the past 25 years focusing on handling criminal cases in Cook County, DuPage County, Lake County, and Kane County. He has handled cases in federal court in Illinois and has appeared in federal court as far away as Las Vegas Nevada. Most people who are facing criminal charges do not really understand how the criminal justice system works. James Dimeas understands that helping clients understand the legal process is critical to the successful representation by a lawyer. For that reason, James Dimeas will give you his personal cell phone number so that you can call him directly if you have any questions. Schaumburg criminal attorney James Dimeas will explain what he is doing, what is happening in court, and what the strategy is to win your case.

Chicago criminal defense attorney, James Dimeas, is highly respected by other criminal defense lawyers and is not afraid to take on the police and prosecutors so that he can clear his client's name and keep their records clean.

Chicago criminal defense attorney James Dimeas is a nationally recognized, award-winning criminal defense lawyer that has been widely recognized for his exceptional skills and accomplishments. He has been recognized by the following organizations:

  • James Dimeas has been rated “Superb” by AVVO, the highest classification possible by the leading organization that rates every attorney in the nation. The “Superb” rating is the highest rating possible for any lawyer in the United States.
  • James Dimeas has been recognized as a “Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyer” by The National Trial Lawyers. This designation is only reserved for the “best of the best” and only for a very few distinguished attorneys.
  • James Dimeas has been named a “Best DUI Attorney.”
  • James Dimeas has been named a “10 Best Attorney for Client Satisfaction” by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys.

Chicago criminal defense lawyer, James Dimeas, is committed to protecting the rights of criminal defendants. James Dimeas has committed is legal career to defending the rights of individuals who are being prosecuted by the government. Mr. Dimeas believes that everyone has a right to their day in court and has a right to be properly defended when they are being accused of committing a crime. He understands that he has a duty to communicate with his clients and to make them understand what is happening and what will happen. Schaumburg criminal lawyer James Dimeas understands that it's important for the lawyer to work with a client and to work for the client's best interest.

Individual Attention to Your Criminal Case

Every criminal case presents its own unique challenges that require the unique legal skills that only an experienced criminal defense attorney can provide. Chicago criminal defense lawyer, James Dimeas, has developed the skills necessary to properly evaluate a case and to develop strategies that have been proven to win cases. The skills and strategies used by James Dimeas have been developed and improved over 25 years of focusing all his time on only handling criminal cases throughout Cook County, DuPage County, Lake County, and Kane County. Mr. Dimeas has also developed personal relationships with Judges and Prosecutors that makes it possible for him to have honest discussions with the major players in the Criminal Justice system that he uses to obtain the best results for his clients. The ability to have these connections is based on the credibility that he has developed over his long and accomplished career of handling criminal cases throughout the Chicago Metropolitan Area. It’s the kind of credibility that causes other criminal lawyers in the Chicago Metropolitan area to ask Mr. Dimeas for advice on how to handle their criminal cases.

Experienced and Proven Defense Strategies

Mr. Dimeas will evaluate your case and develop a defense strategy that will apply to your individual case. Depending on the facts of the case, Mr. Dimeas will attack the state’s case to start the process of making the criminal charges disappear. Some of the strategies that James Dimeas has employed in Criminal cases in Cook County, DuPage County, Lake County, and Kane County involve:

  • requiring the State to prove probable cause to pull over a motorist;
  • challenge the search of a motor vehicle and seek to suppress any evidence seized as a result of an illegal search of a motor vehicle;
  • challenge the legal admissibility of any statements you made that the state is attempting to introduce in court in your case;
  • challenge the legal sufficiency of a search warrant;
  • if the police did not have a search warrant to search your residence, challenge the search of your residence and require the State to prove that an exception to the requirement that they have a search warrant to search your residence existed;
  • challenge the legal sufficiency of lineup identification;
  • challenge the collection efforts of evidence obtained by the police;
  • challenge the scientific evidence, such as fingerprints and DNA evidence;
  • challenge the chain of custody of the evidence sought to be used against you in Court;
  • challenge the legal sufficiency and validity of the legal statute under which you are being prosecuted;
  • attack the credibility of the eyewitnesses;
  • attack the credibility of the police officers by exposing inconsistencies in police reports, Grand Jury testimony, or Preliminary Hearing testimony;
  • expose racial bias and profiling with the police;
  • keep the state from proving every element of the crime that you are being charged with.
Beware: Make Sure You Hire a Real Criminal Defense Lawyer

The recent economic crisis has affected the legal profession. The declining number of real estate closings and the online Legal services websites have impacted the legal profession. Stuff that you needed a lawyer to do can now be done by ordering a form and packet online and doing yourself. Motor vehicles have become safer so there are fewer car accidents. This means that there are fewer and fewer personal injury lawsuits being filed. These changes have caused many attorneys to turn to criminal cases to help generate income. Many lawyers who now hold themselves out as Criminal defense lawyers simply do not have the experience to handle criminal cases. It's not their fault. They are just trying to earn a living in difficult times. But it’s something you should be aware of when you are deciding who to hire to represent you. Just because someone calls themselves a criminal defense lawyer does not mean they are really a criminal defense lawyer.

Chicago criminal lawyer James Dimeas is not one of those lawyers. Mr. Dimeas has always been a criminal attorney and will always practice criminal law. He works in the same courthouses and courtrooms throughout Cook County, DuPage County, Lake County, and Kane County that he has been working in for decades. He is a familiar face in the criminal courts and does not need to ask for directions or advice on how to handle any criminal case.

Often, the most critical factor in determining whether you will have a successful resolution to your criminal case is if you are being represented by a good criminal defense lawyer who knows what they are doing. Chicago criminal lawyer James Dimeas gives you that winning factor. He is that experienced criminal defense lawyer who will stand up for you and give you the best chance to have a successful resolution of your case. He knows what he is doing and understands what the consequences are that you are facing. He will guide you through the process and only do what is in your best interests.

You can always contact Chicago criminal defense attorney, James Dimeas, for a free and confidential consultation. You can talk to James Dimeas by calling him at 847-807-7405 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. James Dimeas can help you get out of trouble.

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I got into an argument with my ex-boyfriend. One thing led to another and when he came close to me I pushed him away. He called the police and when I spoke to the police I told them that I pushed him without realizing that you don't have to hit someone to be charged with a Domestic Battery. Being arrested was terrifying. I spoke to several attorneys who promised they would win the case and were charging a ridiculous amount of money. A friend referred me to James Dimeas. He was straightforward and honest with me and charged me a very reasonable and affordable fee. He got me into the Kane County Deferred Prosecution Program. I successfully completed the program and I just received paperwork in the mail that the case has been expunged and completely removed from my record. I highly recommend Jim Dimeas. He is an honest and straightforward lawyer that will look out for your best interests. E.A.
Had a DUI and hired a lawyer who lived in my building that I knew for years and trusted. Thought he was my friend. Paid him (more than I should have) and he handled my case for almost a year and totally screwed it up. I fired him and found out that he had given up his law license around the time I hired him. A friend recommended James to me and he took over my case and handled it the way it should have been handled from the beginning. I cannot stress how HIGHLY I recommend James Dimeas. I wish I would have hired him from day one. He answered all my calls and text messages and cleaned up a royal mess that had been created by the previous guy that I thought was a lawyer. I consider James to be a friend and recommend him to all of my friends. What a great lawyer and an even better guy! J.P.
I had been accused of doing something, by my then wife, that I did not do. I was 100% innocent and was at the lowest point in my life. My mother told me to call James Dimeas. Her friend recommended him to her. James fought for me in court and refused to back down, even when the prosecution offered to lower the charges and make me plead guilty. I refused to plead guilty to something I did not do. The case went to trial and James won my case. I was found not guilty because I was NOT GUILTY. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND JAMES DIMEAS! Not only is he a great lawyer, but he is also a great human being. The truth shall set you free! C.D.
James Dimeas is a great lawyer who knows what he is doing and will guide you through every step of the process. He will go above and beyond what he needs to do to help you out. Sometimes I would text him in the evening or the weekend with a question and he would always respond. Really made me feel like he cared about me. When we went to court he tore apart the girl that was making false allegations against me and he won my case. That was one of the greatest day of my life. If you need legal help, the only lawyer should call is James Dimeas. Highly recommended! E.L.
I am so lucky to have stumbled upon this great attorney. I made a really stupid mistake at the worst time. I needed to get a case dismissed within 2 or 3 weeks so I could join the military. I could not leave for Basic Training until the case was dismissed and Jim made some calls and got the case dismissed. What a great guy. I’m so lucky I found him online and called him! Somebody was looking out for me. J.S.