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James G. Dimeas
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Domestic Violence...
  • Illinois
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-24 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.

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)
10 Best Attorney 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
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
Legal Answers
27 Questions Answered

Q. Can you be put on probation twice
A: Yes you can. There is no law in Illinois which prohibits it. But without knowing more about your case I cannot let you know if probation is available for what you are being charged with or if you are likely to get probation. Make sure that you talk to your lawyer for a more complete answer.
Q. My exhusband lives in Chicago. Being accused of attempt murder/injury for alleged stabbing his roommate. He's schitzo
A: If his lawyer thinks it's appropriate, he needs to have him evaluated to determine whether he's fit to stand trial. If it is determined that he is unfit to stand trial the case cannot proceed any further unless a determination is made that he is fit to stand trial. Even if he is found fit to stand trial, he should be evaluated to determine his sanity at the time of the alleged offense. You should talk to an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
Q. I thought I pleaded down a class 3 felony down to a misdemeanor, but the felony is still showing on system
A: I think you need to talk to the lawyer that handled your case. You should also look at the court file and see if there's a sentencing order to see what you plead guilty to. If the felony was dismissed, you may be able to expunge or seal the case so that it doesn't appear on a background search but you need to talk to the lawyer who handled your case to find out what happened and if you would be eligible to expunge or seal. You need to get to the bottom of what happened to that felony.
Q. arrested in nov 2015 with domestic violence charges, physical abuse/bodily harm, later and before trial,
A: You need to consult with an Immigration Lawyer. This is something that an Immigration Lawyer can answer.
Q. Does successful completion of tasc probation count as a conviction
A: 1. If you successfully complete your TASC Probation, you will not be convicted in the case you received TASC Probation. 2. You can file a Petition to Expunge 5 years after you successfully complete your TASC Probation. You may be required to take, and pass, a drug test. But you must otherwise be eligible to expunge, otherwise you may have to file a Petition to Seal, or do neither if you pick up another case during the 5 years. 3. The criminal case is not vacated. Your guilty plea is vacated if you appear at your termination hearing and the Court finds that you successfully completed your TASC Probation.
Q. What is 720 ILCS 5.0/12-3 12-30
A: Looks like you are being charged with Violation of an Order of Protection. Most Violation of an Order of Protection cases are misdemeanors, which carry a maximum penalty of up to one year in County Jail and a fine up to $2,500. If you have previously been convicted of a Violation of an Order of Protection or if you have been convicted of certain felonies, you could be facing a Class 4 felony which carries a possible prison sentence of between 1 to 3 years.
Q. I was doing 40 over on my way to OHare, I live in Wisconsin and they want me to show up in court in 2 weeks.
A: Driving 35 mph or more over the speed limit is not just a simple speeding ticket in Illinois. It is a Class A Misdemeanor which carries a possible jail sentence of up to one year and a fine up to $2,500. If you do not appear a warrant for your arrest will be issued and it's possible that your license will be revoked or suspended. You should hire a lawyer to represent you for this.
Q. I recieved two tickets for excessive speeding and and driving with an invalid license. What penalties are applicable?
A: If you are speeding 35 mph over the speed limit, you should be facing a Class A misdemeanor which carries a maximum penalty of up to one year in jail and a maximum fine of $2,500. Prior to 2014 the threshold for a Class A Misdemeanor was 40 mph. Depending on the facts of your case, your criminal record, and your driving record, it may be possible to get the prosecutor to reduce the charges so you could get a better outcome. You should consult and hire an experienced attorney who knows how to negotiate with the state and present an effective mitigation packet so that the state can reduce the charges.
Q. If I was pulled over 13 years ago for suspended registration, can I still be charged?
A: If you are talking about being charged for being pulled over 13 years ago for no registration, then the answer is no. You cannot be charged for something that happened 13 years ago.
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James G. Dimeas & Associates-Main Office
120 W Golf Rd
Suite 110
Schaumburg, IL 60195-3618
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