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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.
-Awarded the "Top 10 Attorney Award for the State of Illinois" by The National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys.

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)
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
American Bar Association
- Current
Illinois State Bar Association
- Current
The National Academy Of Criminal Defense Attorneys
- Current
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
Websites & Blogs
James G. Dimeas' James G. Dimeas & Associates Website Profile
James G. Dimeas & Associates Website
Chicago Criminal Lawyer Blog
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Legal Answers
47 Questions Answered

Q. What's the situation for a fight at club if both people were drunk? Can we file charges?
A: You can call the police, or go to the police station and file a police report. Ultimately, the police will investigate and file charges if they think they are appropriate. I would caution you to be careful about making any statements to the police because those statements may be used against you in court if you are ever charged. You should talk to an experienced criminal defense attorney to discuss whether you should make any statements to the police.
Q. A police officer working with a C.I. stops a man driving a car. No probable cause, no ticket, but arrested!
A: It's entirely possible that the Court would suppress the evidence seized in a search or even suppress the arrest if no probable cause existed. An experienced lawyer would need to review all the evidence and file a Motion to Suppress. Only after the Court conducts a hearing will the evidence or the arrest be suppressed.
Q. My cousin got charged with unlawful possession of a firearm how much time will he serve and can he get parole?
A: Generally, a UUW is a Class 4 Felony in Illinois that carries a potential jail sentence of between 1 to 3 years, however, probation is a possibility. Depending on the specific facts of his case, he may be looking at additional penalties. Therefore, it is very important that your cousin talk to an experienced criminal defense attorney to talk about his case.
Q. Can a personal injury lawyer respresent a criminal case
A: Yes. As long as the lawyer is licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois, they can handle a criminal case. However, you should make sure that the lawyer is experienced in handling criminal cases, especially the type of case you are facing.
Q. If I hire a Chicago Criminal Law Attorney, can they dismiss a Case in North Carolina providing they are licensed there?
A: As long as the lawyer is licensed to practice law in North Carolina, they can handle cases in North Carolina if they practice law in North Carolina.
Q. Can a be police officer question or interigate my 14 year old daughter without me or a lawyer in the room with he
A: The law was changed in 2016 to require that an attorney be present during the questioning of a minor that is being questioned for sex case or murder case up to the age of 15. For minors under the age of 15 the police must read them a simplified version of their Miranda rights which stresses their right to ask for a lawyer. The new law requires that the interrogation of any minor under the age of 18 who is facing a felony must be videotaped. If the confession is not videotaped it cannot be used in court against the minor. However, there is no law in Illinois which requires that a parent be present during the questioning of a minor.
Q. definition of aggravated robbery
A: What makes it an Aggravated Robbery is that it was not a real weapon and that you took possession of the property. There is no requirement that you actually get away. Once you take possession of the property it's considered a Robbery.
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.
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James G. Dimeas & Associates-Main Office
120 W Golf Road
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Schaumburg, IL 60195-3618
Telephone: (847) 807-7405
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