Lori Levin

Lori Levin

Experienced criminal and juvenile lawyer
  • Criminal Law, Domestic Violence, DUI & DWI...
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Summary

For more than 30 years, Lori G. Levin has been a well-respected and successful litigator handling cases in the Illinois criminal and juvenile justice systems. She is a forceful, yet compassionate, advocate. Let her experience work for you.

Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • Domestic Violence
  • DUI & DWI
  • Juvenile Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • Drug Offense Defense
  • Felony and misdemeanor defense
  • Robbery and Property Crime Defense
  • White Collar Crime Defense
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Professional Experience
Lori G. Levin, Attorney at Law
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Experienced attorney handling criminal and juvenile defense. Also experienced in civil and criminal mental health as well as guardianship issues. In addition to hands-on legal experience, numerous speaking engagements on criminal and juvenile justice, women's, elder law, and mental health topics.
Executive Director
Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority
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Directed state agency dedicated to improving criminal justice and oversaw a budget of more than $100 million in criminal justice grants and justice research. Chaired Illinois Integrated Justice Information Systems Implementation Board and served on various boards including Illinois Violence Prevention Authority, Illinois Family Violence Coordinating Council, ReDeploy Illinois (Juvenile Justice), and Governor’s Community Safety and Re-Entry Working Group
Supervisor, Seniors and Persons with Disabilities Division
Cook County State'a Attorney's Office
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Former Supervisor, Seniors and Persons with Disabilties Division of the Cook County State's Attorney's Office. Directed prosecution and investigation of white collar financial exploitation, violent crimes, abuse and neglect cases in the community and in long-term care facilitities. Supervised civil commitment and forced treatment of mentally ill persons in crisis. Over course of 20+ years at Cook County State's Attorney's Office tried more than 50 felony and civil jury trials. Have appeared in numerous divisions within the Circuit Court of Cook County including Criminal, Juvenile Justice, Child Protection, First Municipal, County, Probate and various suburban districts.
Education
Georgetown University Law Center
J.D.
Activities: Georgetown Criminal Justice Clinic.
University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
B.S. / Journalism
Awards
Super Lawyer
Super Lawyer
Leading Lawyer
Leading Lawyer
Matthew Maloney Tradition of Excellence
Illinois State Bar Association
This award is given to an attorney who is in solo or small firm practice for zealous advocacy and service to the profession and bar.
Professional Associations
Criminal Law Committee Member
Chicago Bar Association
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Member
Womens Criminal Defense Bar Association
- Current
Standing Committee on Women and the Law Member
Illinois State Bar Association
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Activities: Helped coordinate and moderate continuing legal education programs on women and girls in the criminal and juvenile justice systems. Contributor to newsletter.
Criminal Justice Section Council Member
Illinois State Bar Association
- Current
Activities: Contributor to newsletter.
Board of Managers
Decalogue Society of Lawyers
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Chair, Standing Committee on Continuing Legal Education
Illinois State Bar Association
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Activities: Chair of committee that coordinates the continuing legal education programs for the Illinois State Bar Association.
Co-Chair, Legal Problems of the Elderly Committee, Criminal Justice Section
American Bar Association
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Strategic Planning Committee Member
Chicago Bar Association
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Chair/Co-Chair, Women in the Criminal Justice Community Committee
American Bar Association
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President
Women's Bar Association of Illinois
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Liaison from Criminal Justice Section to ABA Commission on Women
American Bar Association
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Co-Chair
American Bar Association/American Psychological Association Symposium on Psychology and Criminal Law, Washington, DC
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Vice-Chair for Professional Development/Continuing Legal Education, Criminal Justice Section
American Bar Association
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Assistant Secretary, Criminal Justice Section
American Bar Association
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Websites & Blogs
Blog
Website
Legal Answers
41 Questions Answered

Q. I live in Illinois and I was arrested for dui. I took a fst but did not take a breath and I hadn't drank what can I do
A: Please contact an experienced Illinois criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. You are not only facing a misdemeanor charge but may have issues with your driving privileges. It is important to deal with the situation directly and quickly. Lori G. Levin Attorney at Law 180 N. LaSalle, Suite 3700 Chicago, IL 60601 312-972-3756 levin@lorilevinlaw.com www.lorilevinlaw.com
Q. Can a statement be thrown out?
A: Although a defendant's statement may be challenged by the filing of a motion to suppress statements, there is no guarantee that the court will, in fact, suppress the statement. There are a number of legal grounds that may be detailed in such a motion to determine whether or not Miranda rights were given and freely waived and whether or not the statement was voluntarily given. Please contact an experienced defense attorney to determine whether or not there is a viable motion to suppress and whether the strategy of your case would make pursuing such a motion a good idea. This posting is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice nor establish an attorney-client relationship between the parties. Lori G. Levin Attorney at Law 180 N. LaSalle, Suite 3700 Chicago, IL 60601 312-972-3756 levin@lorilevinlaw.com www.lorilevinlaw.com www.facebook.com/chicagodefense
Q. How should I prepare for my preliminary hearing regarding a drug felony charge in Illinois?
A: A person who is charged with a felony in Illinois is entitled to a determination of probable cause, by a judge through the process of a preliminary hearing or by a grand jury. It is up to the prosecutor to determine whether the state proceeds via preliminary hearing or grand jury. At a preliminary hearing, the state must call witnesses who are subjected to some cross-examination by defense counsel. The grand jury also hears testimony, which is NOT subject to cross-examination, and votes to return a true bill (finding of probable cause) or no bill. There are also some times where if there is a finding of no probable cause at the preliminary hearing and the case is dismissed, that the prosecutor can seek a true bill from the grand jury. Although the standard of proof before the preliminary hearing judge or grand jury is probable cause, which is a much lower standard that after trial, there are times when a case is won at the preliminary hearing level. If you are facing felony charges, you should contact an experienced defense attorney immediately. This posting is for informational purposes only and should not be considered legal advice nor the establishment of an attorney-client relationship between the parties. Lori G. Levin Attorney at Law 180 N. LaSalle, Suite 3700 Chicago, IL 60601 312-972-3756 levin@lorilevinlaw.com www.lorilevinlaw.com www.facebook.com/chicagodefense @LoriLevin (Twitter)
Q. WHY IS IT THAT WHEN A WOMAN SAYS U HIT HER THATS WHAT THE COURTS BELIEVE IF THAT ISNT THE TRUTH
A: If a criminal charge of domestic battery is filed against someone, there can be a trial to determine whether or not the charged is proved beyond a reasonable doubt. On the civil side, if certain relationship connections are alleged, a person may apply for an ex parte emergency order of protection, without the other person present. If granted, the case is continued to determine if the order will remain in place for a finite period of time. If you are facing either of these situations, please contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. This posting should not be considered legal advice nor the establishment of an attorney-client relationship between the parties. Lori G. Levin Attorney at Law 180 N. LaSalle, Suite 3700 Chicago, IL 60601 312-972-3756 levin@lorilevinlaw.com www.lorilevinlaw.com
Q. He is being charged with a possession of a firearm. The gun was not his. he was shot he's being charged. what can he do?
A: A question such as this is difficult to answer without having access to the police reports, interviewing the person charged as well as reviewing other evidence. The person charged should contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. That person will be able to evaluate the case after conferring with him, and be able to render full and competent advise. This posting is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advise nor establish an attorney-client relationship between the parties. Lori G. Levin Attorney at Law 180 N. LaSalle, Suite 3700 Chicago, IL 60601 312-972-3756 levin@lorilevinlaw.com www.lorilevinlaw.com
Q. What regulations must you follow in a trial?
A: This is a complicated question. Attorneys spend three years in law school learning many of the requirements necessary to know when conducting themselves in a court of law. Should you need legal assistance, it is always best to retain counsel rather than attempting to represent oneself. This posting is for informational purposes only and should not be considered legal advice nor the establishment of an attorney-client relationship. Lori G. Levin Attorney at Law 180 N. LaSalle, Suite 3700 Chicago, IL 60601 312-972-3756 levin@lorilevinlaw.com www.lorilevinlaw.com
Q. My boyfriend was falsely arrested and charged with robbery,the situation had nothing to do with robbery please help?!
A: Your boyfriend should contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Once retained, that lawyer, after speaking with your boyfriend, reviewing the charges, and reviewing the evidence can best advise him. This answer is merely for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice for establish an attorney-client relationship. Lori G. Levin Attorney at Law 180 N. LaSalle, Suite 3700 Chicago, IL 60601 312-972-3756 levin@lorilevinlaw.com www.lorilevinlaw.com
Q. What if there was no probable cause and the police came and raided someone's home?
A: Depending on the facts and circumstances, a criminal defense attorney may file a motion to suppress the search. If you have been charged pursuant to such a search, please contact an experienced defense attorney as soon as possible. Lori G. Levin Attorney at Law 180 N. LaSalle, Suite 3700 Chicago, IL 60601 312-972-3756 levin@lorilevinlaw.com www.lorilevinlaw.com
Q. Im on probation and i had a court date for possessing a replica firearm and i missed it what are the options
A: Please contact your lawyer, or if you do not have one an experienced defense attorney, immediately. It is possible that warrants may have been issued for your arrest, both for the probation violation as well as for the new underlying case. This posting is for informational purposes only and is not legal advice and does not constitute the inception of an attorney-client relationship. Lori G. Levin Attorney at Law 180 N. LaSalle, Suite 3700 Chicago, IL 60601 312-972-3756 levin@lorilevinlaw.com www.lorilevinlaw.com Twitter: @LoriLevin
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Attorney at Law
180 North LaSalle
Suite 3700
Chicago, IL 60606
USA
Telephone: (312) 972-3756