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Park Ridge Criminal Law Information Center

Park Ridge is a City that is located in northeast Illinois. Park Ridge is a suburb of Chicago. Park Ridge is located approximately 17 miles Northwest of downtown Chicago, bordering several Chicago neighborhoods and very close to O'Hare International Airport. Park Ridge has a population of approximately 38,000 people.

The area was originally settled by Potawatomi Indians. French explorers used the area to dock their boats on the Des Plaines River as they used the Chicago River to get to and from Chicago. The area was originally settled in the 1830’s after the Potawatomi Indians were removed from the area. The original settlers were from New York and New England. The area consists of clay deposits, making it an ideal location to make the bricks needed to help develop the rapidly expanding City of Chicago. In 1853, George Penny set up a brick making facility in the area and the community was named Pennyville, after George Penny. A few years later, the name of the community was changed to Bricktown. George Penny brought Robert Meacham into the community as a partner in his brick making business. The Village of Schaumburg named Meacham Road, a major thoroughfare in Schaumburg, after Robert Meacham. 

Shortly after the area was renamed Bricktown, the railroad arrived and the area was renamed Park Ridge because the land was located on a ridge. At the time, Park Ridge was an agricultural community. The arrival of the railroad led to a rapid expansion and growth in Park Ridge. Today, Park Ridge is mostly a residential community.

The Pickwick Theater, with its iconic Art Deco style, was built in 1928. Hillary Rodham Clinton, the former first-lady of the United States, a former United States Senator from New York, and a former Democratic nominee for the presidency of the United States, was born and raised in Park Ridge.

Park Ridge Criminal Cases

Since Park Ridge is located in Cook County, Illinois, it is part of the Cook County Judicial Circuit, the largest Judicial Circuit in the State of Illinois and one of the largest unified court systems in the United States. The Cook County Judicial Circuit is divided into 6 Municipal District Courthouses throughout Cook County. Depending on the location all of the various municipalities in Cook County, each municipality is assigned to a specific District Courthouse in Cook County. Since Park Ridge is located in the northern suburbs of Chicago, and is located in northern Cook County, all Park Ridge criminal cases are assigned to the 2nd Municipal District Courthouse on Old Orchard Road in neighboring Skokie, Illinois.

The 2nd Municipal District Courthouse in Skokie, is one of the busiest Courthouses in Cook County. Some of the suburbs in the 2nd District such as Des Plaines, Evanston, Glenview, Niles, and Skokie, also have their criminal cases heard at the Old Orchard Courthouse in Skokie.

Bond Court is in Room 105 at the Old Orchard Courthouse in Skokie. If you are arrested during the weekday, the local police will bring you to Bond Court for your Bond Hearing in Room 105 at 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you are released on Bond from the Old Orchard Courthouse in Skokie, the local police will release you from the Courthouse once bond is posted. All future court dates will be at the Skokie Courthouse. If you are arrested on a weekend or on a court holiday, your Bond Court will take place at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse at 26th and California at 1:30 p.m. in Room 100. If Bond is posted at 26 and California, you will be released from the Courthouse and all future court dates will be at the Old Orchard Courthouse in Skokie. If Bond is not posted at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse, you will be turned over to the custody of the Cook County Sheriff and you will be taken next door to the Cook County Jail. All future court dates for your criminal case will take place at the Old Orchard Courthouse in Skokie. You will be taken by bus from Cook County Jail to Skokie by the Cook County Sheriff, and returned to Cook County Jail after Court.

If you are charged with a Domestic Battery in Park Ridge, your case will be in Room 106 at the Old Orchard Courthouse in Skokie. Room 106 is a dedicated Domestic Violence Courtroom. Room 106 only has Domestic Battery cases from all the municipalities in the 2nd District in Cook County. The Courtroom staff in Room 106 is specially trained to only handle Domestic Battery and Domestic Violence cases.

All Park Ridge felony cases start in Room 105 in Old Orchard. After your Bond Hearing, your case will be set for a Preliminary Hearing. All Preliminary Hearings are in Room 105 in Old Orchard. If you are indicted by a Grand Jury, or the judge finds probable cause after your Preliminary Hearing, your case will be assigned to one of the numerous felony Courtrooms that are located throughout the first and second floor of the Old Orchard Courthouse. Some of the felony Courtrooms in Old Orchard only hear felony cases that originated in Chicago. Some of the other felony Courtrooms in Skokie hear felony cases that originate in a municipality outside of Chicago.

All Park Ridge misdemeanor cases, such as Park Ridge DUI cases, Park Ridge Retail Theft cases, Park Ridge Shoplifting cases, Park Ridge Drug cases, Park Ridge Theft cases, and Park Ridge Battery cases, are heard on particular days of the month throughout the various misdemeanor Courtrooms on the first and second floor of the Old Orchard Courthouse in Skokie.

Experienced and Highly-Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Park Ridge

James Dimeas has spent over 27-years only handling criminal cases in Park Ridge and throughout Cook County. Because of his extensive experience in the criminal field, James Dimeas has established a reputation as one of the leading criminal defense attorneys in the State of Illinois. James Dimeas has handled almost every type of criminal case possible. James Dimeas has learned how to handle criminal cases by actually handling criminal cases in Court. James Dimeas is in Court almost every single day. James Dimeas is highly respected bye Judges, Prosecutors, and other criminal defense attorneys throughout Illinois. James Dimeas is frequently sought out by other criminal defense attorneys for advice on how to properly handle criminal cases. James Dimeas has the type of experience that you need to win your criminal case!

Enlist an Experienced and Highly-Rated Criminal Defense Lawyer in Park Ridge

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

If you have been arrested and charged with a crime, you will need to go to Court with the best lawyer possible to protect your rights and your future. You can contact James Dimeas anytime for a free and confidential consultation. James Dimeas can meet you at his office or at a convenient location so that you could have a confidential consultation with an accomplished and experienced criminal defense attorney to begin protecting your rights and to take steps to protect your future. You can talk to James Dimeas personally at any time by calling 847-807-7405.

Client Reviews
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.