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James G. Dimeas
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Domestic Violence...
  • Illinois
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-Over 26 years of experience handling criminal cases in Cook County, DuPage County and Kane County, as well as federal courts as far away as Las Vegas.
-Rated “Superb”, the highest classification possible by AVVO, the organization that rates every attorney in the nation.
-Recognized as one of the "Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers" by The National Trial Lawyers. This designation is only reserved for the “best of the best” and only for a very few distinguished attorneys.
-Named a "Best DWI Attorney" by Best DWI Attorney in 2017.
-Recognized as a "Top 20 Criminal Defense Attorney in Chicago" by Expertise.
-Recognized by The American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys as a "10 Best in Illinois for Client Satisfaction."
-Published author having written Chapter 1 of a book that instructs lawyers how to properly and effectively represent criminal defendants charged with the crime of Identity Theft.
-Awarded the "Top 10 Attorney Award for the State of Illinois" by The National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys.

Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • DUI & DWI
  • Domestic Violence
  • White Collar Crime
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
7th Circuit
Federal Circuit
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Greek: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
James G. Dimeas & Associates
- Current
Chicago Criminal Defense Lawyer with 25 years of experience handling criminal cases in Cook County, DuPage County and Kane County.
Senior Partner
Legal Defenders, P.C.
Senior Partner
The Chicago Lawyers Group, P.C.
Palivos Law Firm, P.C.
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
J.D. (1992)
Loyola University Chicago
B.A. (1989)
Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer In the State of Illinois For the Year 2018
American Society of Legal Advocates
Awarded to lawyers who combine stellar legal credentials with a proven commitment to community engagement and the highest professional standards. This award recognizes the exceptional legal talent and early promise among the next generation of great lawyers.
10 Best Attorney for Client Satisfaction
American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
Recognizing excellence. Helping clients to make wise decisions. Selection criteria focus on attorneys who demonstrate the highest standard of Client Satisfaction.
Top 50 Criminal Defense Blogs And Websites by Criminal Defense Lawyers
Top 20 Criminal Defense Lawyer in Chicago
Best DWI Attorney
Best DWI Attorney
Top 75 Criminal Law Blogs for Criminal Lawyers
Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers
The National Trial Lawyers
The Expired Meter Hero of the Month.
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Received award for exposing a fatal flaw in the Village of Palatine's Red Light Camera program which led to the dismissal of a red light camera ticket. In response the Village of Palatine forced to call a special meeting of the Village Board to change the red light camera ordinance.
Professional Associations
Northwest Suburban Bar Association
- Current
American Bar Association
- Current
Illinois State Bar Association
- Current
The National Academy Of Criminal Defense Attorneys
- Current
Chicago Bar Association # 46076
- Current
American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
- Current
Activities: 10 Best Attorney for Client Satisfaction
The DuPage County Bar Association
- Current
The National Trial Lawyers-Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Current
Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers
The National Trial Lawyers
Federal Trial Bar
United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Websites & Blogs
James G. Dimeas' James G. Dimeas & Associates Website Profile
James G. Dimeas & Associates Website
Chicago Criminal Lawyer Blog
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Legal Answers
54 Questions Answered

Q. Is there any way I can get them to drop the charges
A: The ultimate decision about what will happen with his case will be made by the prosecutor. But you can go to Court and talk to the prosecutor and make your wishes known.
Q. I have a warrant in Rock island, il. I want to clear up the matter but I do not want to go to jail
A: The warrant has to be executed, meaning you have to turn yourself in and be processed, and then be taken before a Judge. This means that you will be in custody for a short time while you are processed, assuming that you will be released after you appear in Court. You can always turn yourself in and post the bond for the warrant and be given a court date.
Q. Can I find criminal cases by defendant name, and follow the docket entries of the case ?
A: In most counties yes. In Cook County there is no online access. You must go to a local courthouse and use a computer in the Clerk's office.
Q. Hi. I would like to know if a felony burglary case from back in 1978 can be sealed/expunged in Will county, Illinois.
A: Unfortunately, you cannot seal or expunge a felony Burglary case in Illinois.
Q. Would we end up going to jail?
A: It sounds like you are charged with a Battery. If you are charged with a Battery you are looking at a maximum punishment of up to one year in jail. Without knowing more about the case and about you and your background, all I can tell you is that since you are facing a possible jail sentence, you will need the services of a lawyer to represent you in Court.
Q. if i have a warrant can the police break my window and pull me from the car?
A: If there is a valid warrant for your arrest and the police know it's you, they can take all necessary steps to take you into custody.
Q. How long will my license be suspended? How can I avoid jail time and public record ?
A: Driving 26 to 34 over the speed limit is a Class B Misdemeanor in Illinois which carries a possible jail sentence of up to 6 months. Since it's an actual crime that carries a possible jail sentence, you will have a lawyer. If you can't afford one a Public Defender will be appointed for you.
Q. If I hire a Chicago Criminal Law Attorney, can they dismiss a Case in North Carolina providing they are licensed there?
A: As long as the lawyer is licensed to practice law in North Carolina, they can handle cases in North Carolina if they practice law in North Carolina.
Q. What's the situation for a fight at club if both people were drunk? Can we file charges?
A: You can call the police, or go to the police station and file a police report. Ultimately, the police will investigate and file charges if they think they are appropriate. I would caution you to be careful about making any statements to the police because those statements may be used against you in court if you are ever charged. You should talk to an experienced criminal defense attorney to discuss whether you should make any statements to the police.
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James G. Dimeas & Associates-Main Office
120 W Golf Road
Suite 110
Schaumburg, IL 60195-3618
Telephone: (847) 807-7405
Cell: (312) 593-1769
Fax: (847) 654-6827