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Skokie is a Village in Cook County that is located along the northern border of the city of Chicago. Skokie is only 15 miles away from Chicago's downtown Loop. Approximately 65,000 people live in Skokie. You can get to the Village of Skokie by using the CTA train from the City of Chicago. The homes and the streets in Skokie are similar to the homes and streets in Chicago.

Skokie was originally a German farming community. After World War II, a large Jewish population settled in Skokie. By the mid-1960s, approximately 58% of the population of Skokie was Jewish. By then, Skokie had the largest Jewish population of any suburb of Chicago. Skokie is currently the home of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center.

Skokie was incorporated in 1888 and was called Niles Centre. In 1940, The Village was renamed Skokie after residents became concerned that people would confuse Niles Centre with the neighboring Village of Niles. During the 1920s, a real estate boom brought numerous 2 and 3 flat apartment buildings to Skokie along with the Chicago style bungalow homes. Development of residential buildings ended once the Great Depression of 1929 hit. In the 1940s and 50s, families started moving out of Chicago and settling in Skokie. This led to large scale commercial developments. One notable such development was the Old Orchard Shopping Center which is currently called Westfield Old Orchard.

Skokie's close proximity to Chicago makes Skokie an importance community in the Chicago Metropolitan Area.  Skokie has a strong manufacturing and retail base of commerce. The largest employer in Skokie is the NorthShore University HealthSystem. The CTA yellow line ends at the Dempster Street Station in Skokie. The yellow line was recently extended to Oakton Street to serve Skokie's downtown and connect Skokie with Chicago's Loop. Plans are underway to extend the yellow line further to Old Orchard Mall. In addition to the CTA trains, Skokie is also accessible by way of PACE and CTA buses. Interstate 94, known as the Edens Expressway, allows motorists to access Chicago by way of a modern highway.

Skokie Criminal Cases

Skokie is part of the Cook County Judicial Circuit. The Cook County Judicial Circuit is the largest Judicial Court System in Illinois and one of the largest unified court systems in the world. Skokie is the home of the Old Orchard Courthouse which is located on Old Orchard Road, just off of the exit at the Edens Expressway. The Old Orchard Courthouse is the 2nd District Courthouse in Cook County.

The 2nd Municipal District Old Orchard Courthouse in Skokie is where the following municipalities in the northern suburbs of Cook County have their criminal cases:   Deerfield, Des Plaines, Evanston, Glencoe, Glenview, Golf, Kenilworth, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Northbrook, Northfield, Park Ridge, Skokie, Wilmette, Winnetka, and the Townships of Evanston, Maine, New Trier, Niles, and Northfield.

Bond Court at the Old Orchard Courthouse is at 1:30 p.m. in Room 105, Monday through Friday. If Bond is posted at the Old Orchard Courthouse, you will be released from Skokie. If Bond is not posted immediately in Skokie, you'll be sent to Cook County Jail at 26th and California in Chicago. Bond Court for Skokie Bond Hearings on weekends and holidays is at 1:30 p.m. in Room 100 of the Leighton Criminal Courthouse at 26th and California, next to the Cook County Jail, in Chicago. So, if you are arrested in Skokie or in any other community served by the Old Orchard Courthouse in Skokie on the weekend or on a holiday, the local police will take you to Central Bond Court in Room 100 of the Leighton Criminal Courthouse at 26th and California for your Bond Hearing. However, your criminal case will be held at the Old Orchard Courthouse in Skokie. 

Skokie Domestic Battery and Skokie Aggravated Domestic Battery Cases are heard in Room 106 of the Old Orchard Courthouse in Skokie. Most Skokie Domestic Battery and Aggravated Domestic Battery cases are at 9:30 a.m. Room 106 in the Old Orchard Courthouse in Skokie.  Room 106 is a dedicated Domestic Battery courtroom for all Skokie Domestic Battery cases.

All Skokie felony cases start in Room 105 of the Old Orchard Courthouse in Skokie. After your case moves from Room 105, it will be assigned to one of the many felony courtrooms on the first and second floor of the Skokie Courthouse.

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

Experienced, Award-Winning, Skokie Criminal Defense Attorney for Skokie Criminal Cases

Skokie criminal defense lawyer, James Dimeas, has a unique understanding of the long-term implications that a criminal conviction can have on your future. In today's highly competitive job market, virtually all employers perform thorough background searches before deciding to hire you. If a prospective employer where to find a criminal case on your background search, that may keep you from getting that job. Many employers perform periodic background searches. If your current employer where to find out about a criminal case, you may get fired. If you are facing a criminal case, it is critical that you hire an experienced and knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer who knows what he needs to do to keep your record clean and to protect your future.

Skokie criminal defense attorney, James Dimeas, has spent the past 27 years handling criminal cases and representing clients throughout the Chicago metropolitan area in all of the courthouses. James Dimeas has established the critical relationships and has learned how to navigate his way around the different courthouses and the different courtrooms. James Dimeas has represented thousands of clients at the Old Orchard courthouse in Skokie and knows the judges and the prosecutors in the various criminal courtrooms throughout the building. James Dimeas is a well-known and highly respected criminal defense attorney who is well known in the criminal defense field and is accomplished and respected by everyone.

Enlist an Experienced and Highly-Rated Criminal Defense Lawyer in Skokie

Skokie 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." 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 and 2019." 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. James Dimeas is a published author, having co-written a book for attorneys that instructs them out how to effectively and successfully represent clients charged with a crime of Identity Theft.

If you are under investigation, or have been arrested and need to go to court, 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 him at 847-807-7405.

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.
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