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Lake County Criminal Law Information Center

Highly Experienced Lake County Criminal Defense Lawyer Providing Exceptional, Award-Winning, Criminal Defense Services for Lake County Criminal Cases

Lake County is a county in Illinois that is located in the northeast corner of the State. According to the most recent census, it is the third-most populous county in the State of Illinois. Lake County is a collar county of Chicago that is located along the shores of Lake Michigan. The northern part of Lake County touches Wisconsin. Lake County is the 31st richest county in the United States. Some of the towns in Lake County, such as Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, Glencoe and Highland Park, are part of the North Shore communities. The Great Lakes Naval Station is located in North Chicago. The United States Navy uses the Great Lakes Naval Station as its command headquarters for training. It is the only recruit training center in the United States.

Lake County was carved out of parts of McHenry County. Lake County was officially created by the Illinois State Legislature in 1839. Libertyville was the original county seat. In 1841 the County government was moved to what is now Waukegan. Lake County's first Courthouse was built on parts of land that was purchased from the State of Illinois in 1844. The entire cost for the construction of the original Lake County Courthouse was $4,000. In 1853 a building was built next to the Courthouse to house the County Administration offices and to store the county records. In 1875 a massive fire destroyed the Lake County Courthouse. County Commissioners originally decided to rebuild the courthouse in Highland Park. However, County Commissioners eventually decided to rebuild the Courthouse in Waukegan.

Throughout the years, the Lake County Commissioners have expanded the Justice Center in Waukegan to include the Lake County Sheriff's Office, the Lake County Jail, the Coroner's Office, the Health Department, Division of Transportation, Public Works and the remainder of the Lake County government services. Today, Waukegan serves as the center for the Lake County Government agencies.

Today, approximately 704,000 people live in Lake County Illinois. Approximately 75% of the population of Lake County is white, 7% black, 6.3% Asian and 19.9% is Hispanic or Latino. The average income for a family was a little over $91,000. Lake County is known for the Six Flags Great America Amusement Park in Gurnee, Illinois, the Volo Auto Museum in Volo, Illinois, and the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park Illinois.

Lake County Criminal Cases

Lake County is part of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in Illinois. Most Lake County criminal cases are heard at the Lake County Courthouse which is located along the shores of Lake Michigan at 18 North County Street, Waukegan Illinois, 60085.

Lake County has four Branch Courthouses which hear Traffic Cases and Municipal Ordinance Violations throughout Lake County. The Lake County Branch Courthouses are located at:

-Waukegan Branch Court-18 North County Street, Waukegan, Illinois 60085;
-Mundelein Branch Court-105 E. State Route 83, Mundelein, Illinois 60060;
-Round Lake Branch Court-1792 Nicole Lane, Round Lake Beach, Illinois 60073;
-Park City Branch Court-301 S. Greenleaf Avenue, Park City, Illinois 60085.

Bond Court for Lake County criminal cases is held in C-120 of the Babcock Judicial Center which is located next to the Lake County Jail. Bond Hearings are at 9 a.m. and at 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Pre-Trial Hearings and Preliminary Hearings are held at 10:30 am and at 1:30 pm in Room C-120 of the Babcock Judicial Center.

Weekend and Holiday Bond Court is held during certain limited hours in Room C-120 of the Babcock Judicial Center.  State law requires that criminal defendants who have been arrested for a felony offense must be brought before a Judge for a Bond Hearing within 48 hours of their arrest.

Bond Court also hears and issues any requests for search warrants and arrest warrants by law enforcement personnel.

Experienced and Effective Criminal Defense Attorney for Lake County Criminal Cases

Lake County criminal defense lawyer, James Dimeas, has been handling criminal cases throughout Lake County for over-27 years. James Dimeas's office is located within an easy driving distance to all of the courthouses in Lake County. James Dimeas appears regularly in all of the Branch Courthouses in Lake County and is familiar with all the court personnel, prosecutors, and judges that work in all of the Lake County Courthouses. James Dimeas understands how the Lake County Alternative Prosecution Program works and can utilize the program to avoid a criminal prosecution and to avoid you having a criminal case appear on a background search. Since every County and every Courthouse has their own way of doing things, James Dimeas is very knowledgeable about the procedures in Lake County. He is well known in all of the Lake County Courthouses and is well respected by the judges, prosecutors, and other criminal defense lawyers that practice in Lake County.

Lake County Criminal Defense attorney, James Dimeas is a nationally-recognized, award-winning, criminal defense attorney with over-27 years of experience handling Criminal cases throughout Lake County, Chicago, Cook County, DuPage County, and Kane County. Attorney and Practice Magazine gave James Dimeas the "Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorney Award for Illinois." The National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys gave James Dimeas the "Top 10 Attorney Award for the State of Illinois." Recently, James Dimeas was named a "Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer In the State of Illinois For the Years 2018, 2019, and 2020" by the American Society of Legal Advocates. The American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys named James Dimeas a "10 Best Attorney for Client Satisfaction." Expertise named James Dimeas a "Best Criminal Defense Lawyer in Chicago." James Dimeas was named a "Best DUI Attorney." The National Trial Lawyers named James Dimeas a "Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyer." AVVO rates James Dimeas as "Superb", 10 out of 10, the highest rating possible for any criminal defense lawyer in the United States.

If you are facing criminal charges in Lake County, the difference between winning and losing your case may come down to whether you have the right criminal defense lawyer working on your case. A criminal conviction will follow you around for the rest of your life. It will appear in a background search and make it impossible for you to get a good job and move on with your life. To avoid having a criminal record you need to hire the right criminal defense lawyer that will look out for you and handle your case correctly. 

Lake County criminal defense attorney, James Dimeas, is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to begin working for you when your freedom and future are on the line. If you are facing criminal charges in Lake County, you can contact Lake County criminal defense lawyer, James Dimeas, anytime at 847-807-7405 to talk to him personally. James Dimeas is always available for a free and confidential consultation. James Dimeas will listen to you and will give you the advice and the legal consultation that you need to begin to fight for your future. Do not hesitate to contact Lake County criminal defense lawyer, James Dimeas. James Dimeas is here to help you!

Client Reviews
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.