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Facing an Illinois Criminal or DUI charge?

Faced with criminal or DUI charge in the greater Chicago area, you need the most skilled and experienced Illinois criminal defense attorney possible on your case. The potential consequences of a criminal or DUI charge are often life-changing and far reaching. Criminal prosecutors are aggressive, and have extensive resources at their disposal. For example the Cook County State's Attorney is essentially a law firm with over 600 attorneys, plus investigators and staff. Whether you face misdemeanor or felony criminal charges in Chicago and the surrounding areas or face a charge of DUI in Chicago or the suburbs, you need highly trained Illinois criminal lawyer on your side to protect your rights at all times, and aggressively defend you at every turn. You can start getting your questions about Chicago area criminal defense and DUI defense right now by watching our Illinois Criminal and DUI lawyer Video FAQ answering common questions about criminal DUI and traffic defense.

But why choose our Criminal Defense law firm?

It's about you, not us. Yes, we do a great job for our clients and take great pride in our work in Chicago area criminal and DUI cases. Yes, we have more than 100 years of combined legal experienced, and yes, we defend people just like you against even the toughest charges throughout Cook County, DuPage County and Lake County Illinois courts.

But the truth is, our practice is focused on you - working to achieve your goals, make sure you are cared for and that your problems are resolved with an eye towards dealing with the consequences that keep you up at night.  Our defense is enhanced by our team approach, with each attorney in our law firm bringing his own unique insight, experience, and expert opinion to the table for your benefit, while one experienced criminal defense lawyer bears primary responsibility as the lead trial attorney in your case. We believe that working as a team of dedicated attorneys is the most effective to way to meet our client's objectives. We live to hear the words "not guilty", but with every case, we tailor our approach carefully to meet the needs of our clients. After all, in our office, your needs and objectives come first. Even better, we have a first rate in-office staff that is friendly, knowledgable and helpful. Usually, people start off by telling us how helpful Shelly and Janet are, and how at home they are made to feel.

Examples of Misdemeanor and Felony Charges we have experience defending

Our law firm has years of trial court experience in Illinois defending clients against a vast array of misdemeanor and felony charges. These include DUI, Theft, drug crimes such as possession of a controlled substance or more serious accusations of possession with intent to deliver, drug trafficking, battery, domestic violence, retail theft or shoplifting, sexual assault, criminal sexual abuse, burglary, armed robbery and more. We understand the feeling of shame and devastation that charges of something like an arrest for a Driving under the Influence of alcohol or a drug DUI can cause, and we are determined to help clients protect their futures and maintain their dignity. That's why we don't send 'jail mail' or solicitation mail like other law firms.

Criminal charges can have devastating effects in so many ways. On an individual's personal and professional relationships, employment, reputation and standing in the community. A tenacious Chicago criminal defense attorney can make sure your voice is heard and protect the things you value most. Whether you have been accused of domestic violenceunlawful use of a weapon, a fraud or murder, you do have options available to challenge these charges in Illinois courts.

We also provide clients with misdemeanor defense for traffic ticket offenses, more complicated cases like prostitution or solicitation allegations. Our team has the scientific and forensic knowledge to effectively question the validity of breath and blood tests in DUI cases, and we will argue to have your charges and potential consequences lessened or dropped.

In the age of technology, white collar and internet crimes are on the rise, and we are ready to assist with these types of offenses as well. Law enforcement agencies vigorously pursue those they suspect to be guilty of modern crimes such as identity theft or embezzlement. However, a person's civil rights still protect against illegal search and seizure, and due process is often an important issue in such cases. We will examine all case evidence to find the flaws in the prosecution's claims and uphold your rights.

We are proud to provide our clients with powerful felony defense, whether you face a felony charge of public indecency or hate crimes. Some of the most serious cases we represent are those involving violent crimes, and our team uses intense preparation and unyielding advocacy to defend clients accused of manslaughter and murder. If convicted of these crimes, you could be sentenced to very harsh penalties, which is why you cannot take the chance of a public defender or feeble attorney. By involving a criminal lawyer from our firm, you can be confident that your case will receive the resolute representation of a forceful legal counselor.

Consequences of a Criminal Conviction

A conviction for virtually any criminal offense, whether classified as a misdemeanor or a felony, may have disastrous effects. Depending on the particular offense, a defendant may face imprisonment in a county or state correctional facility, heavy fines, restitution to the victim, probation, community service, driver's license suspension, court-ordered counseling, drug or alcohol treatment, sex offender registration, and possibly more. These penalties alone can result in financial ruin, an irreparably damaged reputation and years spent away from friends and family.

A defendant convicted of a criminal offense also faces a difficult future due to his or her criminal record. Finding and maintaining employment is a challenge, and a criminal record may also limit housing and financial opportunities, as well as interfere with basic civil rights such as the right to vote, own or legally possess a firearm, and even may require lifetime registration as a sex offender.

In view of these disastrous consequences, it is easy to see why a knowledgeable legal counselor is so important to the outcome of your case and your future. You must discuss your charges and concerns with a legal professional capable of an honest, no-nonsense assessment. You can find that help at Fagan, Fagan & Davis.

When do I need a Chicago criminal attorney?

Wondering when to involve an attorney in your situation? If you think you might need an attorney, you probably already do. Most people who contact our firm seeking legal advice need representation immediately. It does not matter whether you have already been arrested and/or charged with a criminal offense, your rights and freedom are in jeopardy from the moment you are accused of a crime and law enforcement becomes involved in any way. In some cases, it is even possible to head off the involvement of law enforcement. Although law enforcement may have simply contacted you to request an "interview" for "questioning", it is important to recognize that you are likely already a suspect. Exercise your right to remain silent and to consult a legal professional.

While it's best to get an Illinois criminal defense attorney involved immediately, a lawyer can help at any point in the criminal process to protect your Constitutional rights.

The prosecution has a lawyer right now. Shouldn't you?

Fagan, Fagan, & Davis is Chicago's premier criminal defense law firm. If you have been detained or arrested related to any criminal offense, whether a simple traffic ticket or a more serious misdemeanor or felony offense, an attorney from our firm can help you now. You can be confident that our attorneys have the skill and background you need to successfully resolve your case. We offer superior legal representation to our clients throughout the area, and our attorneys will do their utmost to obtain a not guilty, dismissal, or to negotiate the most lenient sentence possible in your case. Our lawyers are licensed to practice in the state of Illinois, and represent clients in courts in Cook County. DuPage County, and Lake County Illinois.


If you have been accused or charged with committing a crime, please don't put your rights and liberties at risk of being taken away. Hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney is the first step you can take to protect your rights and fight for your freedom! At Fagan, Fagan & Davis, we can aggressively fight your charges and stand up to the powerful prosecutors looking to put you behind bars. As experienced professionals, we are fully committed to utilizing our knowledge, skill, and experience of Illinois criminal law to serve your best interest and help you avoid a conviction that could undoubtedly affect your life for many years to come. What are you waiting for? Retain powerful representation today!

Our firm also appears in courts and defends clients in the cities of Chicago, Maywood, Waukegan, Wheaton, Mundelein, Arlington Heights, Evanston, Niles, Rolling Meadows, SchaumburgSkokie and more.

Free Chicago Criminal Case Consultation

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If you are facing a Criminal, DUI or Traffic Charge in the Greater Chicago area, including Cook, Lake and DuPage Counties, we will review your case with you for free.

Where do we appear in court?

Our Des Plaines location is strategically located minutes from I-294, Edens expressway and I-355. We regularly appear for Illinois Criminal defense, DUI defense and Traffic violations throughout Cook, Lake and DuPage county courts, including all of Chicago, Skokie, Rolling Meadows, Bridgeview, Markham, Maywood, Waukegan, Wheaton and more.