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James G. Dimeas
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Domestic Violence...
  • Illinois
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-25 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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    Fees depend on the case. Call for a free and confidential consultation.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
7th Circuit
Federal Circuit
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Greek: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
- 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
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
Legal Answers
32 Questions Answered

Q. In DuPage Illinois will, after court supervision, the charge be removed from public or still show plea guilty?
A: If you receive Court Supervision for a criminal case, the fact that you received Court Supervision will be a part of the public record. If anybody ever performs a background search, the fact that you received Court Supervision will appear in a background search. The only way to remove something from the public record is to expunge or seal the case. Whether you are able to expunge or seal depends on a variety of factors. You may have to wait 2 to 5 years before filing a Petition to Expunge or a Petition to Seal. To see whether you can file a Petition to Seal or Expunge, and how long you will have to wait, you should talk to an attorney.
Q. Hey i got a criminal summons issued on me what does that mean
A: A criminal summons means that you are being charged with a crime. Someone is claiming that you committed a crime and you are being summoned to go to court and answer to the charges. If you do not appear, a warrant for your arrest may be issued. You should talk to an experienced criminal defense attorney so you can have representation in Court.
Q. Domestic victim failure to show up in court - what is the law versus the reality in Cook county?
A: I've been practicing law for over 25 years and I must have handled hundreds, if not thousands of Domestic Battery cases. I've never seen a complaining witness (victim) be arrested for not appearing in court in Cook County.
Q. What can happen if I wasn't read my Miranda Rights?
A: The only time this matters is if the prosecution is seeking to use a statement you made to the police after you were in custody. It only applies to custodial interrogations. So if you were in custody and made a statement to the police, and the state wants to use that statement against you in court, your lawyer can try to get the court to not allow the statement to be used against you if your lawyer can show that you were not advised of your Miranda rights or if you did not waive your rights. It's something you should discuss with your attorney to determine if Miranda applies to your case.
Q. Have you taken cases involving agg battery
A: I have represented many people charged with Aggravated Battery.
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.
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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