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Sami Ziad Azhari

Sami Ziad Azhari

A Chicago & Rolling Meadows Criminal Defense Attorney Who Cares about Your R
  • Criminal Law, Domestic Violence, DUI & DWI ...
  • California, Illinois
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Jennifer Wirth
Jennifer Wirth April 12, 2024
Rating: 10 Lawyer Rating - 10 out of 10
Sami is a dedicated advocate for his clients. He is approachable, but a fierce opponent in court. He is not afraid to go to trial if it has merit. I regularly refer clients to him and he does an exceptional job.
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Sami Azhari focuses his practice on criminal defense in state and federal courts. His primary areas of practice include felonies such as drug possession, drug trafficking, assault and battery, weapons charges, and white collar crime, as well as misdemeanors and traffic violations. He has litigated numerous cases in state and federal courts, and has actively participated in all aspects of the litigation and trial process, including taking and defending depositions of lay and expert witnesses, conducting fact and expert discovery, briefing and arguing substantive motions, and conducting bench and jury trials with first chair experience. His first chair jury trial experience allowed him the opportunity to perform jury selection, conduct opening statements, direct examinations, cross examinations of lay and expert witnesses as well as closing arguments. As a criminal defense attorney, he has handled numerous types of misdemeanors and felonies and appeared regularly in all Cook County courts as well as surrounding counties such as DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will. His experience has given him the ability to analyze all the evidence and determine the best course of action. He has been successful in having evidence suppressed, negotiating lesser charges, and getting alternative sentencing. Sami currently serves as a court appointed bar attorney through the Northwest Suburban Bar Association. He also volunteers to represent indigent defendants in Statutory Summary Suspension hearings in Chicago. In a recent felony jury trial while defending a client on obstruction of justice charges, Sami noticed the jury instructions did not reflect the new case law. So Sami drafted and submitted a pattern jury instructions to the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Instructions in Criminal Cases.

Practice Areas
Criminal Law
Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
White Collar Crime
Juvenile Law
Municipal Law
Traffic Tickets
Suspended License
Additional Practice Areas
  • Sex Crimes
  • Theft Crimes
  • Federal Crimes
  • Probation Violations
  • Expungement / Criminal Record Sealing
  • Drug Crimes
  • Robbery
  • Burglary
  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Felonies
  • Murder
  • Fraud
  • Retail Theft / Shoplifting
  • Weapons Crimes
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Michigan State University
J.D. (2007) | Law
Honors: Honors: Certificate in Intellectual Property Law Honors: Moot Court and Advocacy Board
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Purdue University - Purdue University
B.S. (2004) | Electrical Engineering
Honors: Honors: Deans List Honors: Semester Honors
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Contact & Map
Skokie Office
633 Skokie Blvd
Northbrook, IL 60062
Telephone: (847) 655-1702
Rolling Meadows
3601 Algonquin Road
Suite 716
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
Telephone: (847) 255-2100
Fax: (847) 255-5655
Chicago Office
30 N. LaSalle Street
Suite 2140
Chicago, IL 60602
Telephone: (312) 626-2871
Fax: (312) 626-2872
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