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

-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
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    All major credit cards
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Fees depend on the case. Call for a free and confidential consultation.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Illinois
7th Circuit
Federal Circuit
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Greek: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Principal
- 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.
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Senior Partner
The Chicago Lawyers Group, P.C.
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Associate
Palivos Law Firm, P.C.
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Education
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
J.D. (1992)
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Loyola University Chicago
B.A. (1989)
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Awards
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
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Top 20 Criminal Defense Lawyer in Chicago
Expertise
Best DWI Attorney
Best DWI Attorney
Top 75 Criminal Law Blogs for Criminal Lawyers
Feedspot
Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers
The National Trial Lawyers
The Expired Meter Hero of the Month.
The Expired Meter.com
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
Member
- Current
American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
Member
- Current
Activities: 10 Best Attorney for Client Satisfaction
The DuPage County Bar Association
- Current
The National Trial Lawyers-Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Current
Certifications
Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers
The National Trial Lawyers
Federal Trial Bar
United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Legal Answers
36 Questions Answered

Q. I work at a pizza restaurant as a delivery driver. I have been accused of altering credit card tips on the receipt.
A: The bottom line is that if the police and prosecutors believe that they have enough evidence to convince a judge or a jury that you are guilty of a crime then they might charge you with a crime and arrest you. Since you don't know what the police are doing and what evidence they may have, if the police want to talk to you, you should immediately demand that they get you a lawyer. Do not talk to the police or sign any statements without having a lawyer present. Once you demand a lawyer, all questioning must stop. If you are being charged with a crime you should immediately talk to an experienced criminal defense attorney.
Q. How do i compute my days in regards to 160 day speedy trial law in illinois criminal cases
A: The right to a speedy trial is guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution and codified under Illinois law in 725 ILCS 5/103-5. The clock on a speedy trial demand starts when you make a written demand. If you are not in custody, once you make a speedy trial demand in writing, you must be brought to trial within 160 days. If you are in custody, you must be brought to trial within 120 days. You cannot agree to any delays during the period of time following your demand for a speedy trial. If a delay is caused by you, the clock is tolled.
Q. If summons to court if I no longer wish to press charges do I have to testify against husband?
A: If you received a subpoena, then you must appear or else you could be held in contempt of court and arrested. When you go to court you should talk to the prosecutor and make your wishes known. The ultimate decision on whether to proceed with the Domestic Battery will be made by the prosecutor since they filed the charges. If he is also being charged with another crime, your opinion may not matter to the state. Talk to the prosecutor when you go to court.
Q. What kind of charges would constitute the police showing up in Illinois to serve a warrant from South Dakota?
A: You should contact a lawyer in South Dakota for any questions you may have regarding South Dakota laws. Maybe the lawyer can find what criminal charges you may be facing in that state.
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.
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James G. Dimeas & Associates-Main Office
120 W Golf Road
Suite 110
Schaumburg, IL 60195-3618
USA
Telephone: (847) 807-7405
Cell: (312) 593-1769
Fax: (847) 654-6827