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William Wolf

William Wolf

The Law Office of William Wolf, LLC
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Domestic Violence...
  • Illinois
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Summary

William Wolf has been a criminal defense lawyer for 25 years. He has an extensive amount of experience handling all kinds of cases ranging from homicide to sex crimes to narcotics.

Mr. Wolf excels in strategic thinking which has helped him serve thousands of people to win at trial or get the best deal possible. He has vast experience in jury trials, bench trials, and motion hearings to protect his clients from overzealous law enforcement and prosecutors.

He has been published in the State of Illinois and nationally on topics including defending homicide cases, cross-examining expert witnesses, and Confrontation Clause litigation. Mr. Wolf also has lectured nationwide on these and other topics at seminars given for fellow criminal defense lawyers.

Mr. Wolf is active in both the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers where he serves on their Board of Directors and the Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers where he is a Past-President. He has worked on a large number of projects in both groups. His most recent project is a "Carpenter blog" which is an ongoing discussion of the effects of the Supreme Court's recent decision of Carpenter v. United States, the recent Fourth Amendment case that discussed searches of cell site location information.

Mr. Wolf has a long track record of success in litigation and plea-negotiations that is due not just to effective strategic thinking, but also a lot of hard work. The bottom line is that a defense case that's not well thought out is not going to succeed. While no lawyer can guarantee success for a client, the Law Office of William Wolf can guarantee a well thought out strategy, coupled with hard work to maximize that client's chances of success.

Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • DUI & DWI
  • Domestic Violence
  • Juvenile Law
  • White Collar Crime
  • Cannabis & Marijuana Law
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    I give free initial consultations for all prospective clients. Nobody gets billed until a retainer agreement is signed. My Office also has a policy that there is never any billing for time spent discussing and clarifying fees for the client.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    My current retainer fee schedule is based on hourly rates of $350.00 per hour for time spent on the case and $125.00 per hour for travel time.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Illinois
7th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
Professional Experience
Attorney, Assistant Public Defender
Cook County Public Defender's Office
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I spent over 11 years in the Office's Homicide Task Force defending First Degree Murder cases at the trial level. This included defending death penalty cases until the State of Illinois abolished the death penalty. I also spent years defending a large variety of other kinds of felony cases and supervised lawyers who handled trials, appeals, and post-conviction cases until I left the Office.
Education
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
J.D. (1993) | Law
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Worked with a 711 Student Law License under the supervision of attorneys at the Cook County Public Defender's Office during plea negotiations and hearings, motion hearings, bench trials, jury trials, and sentencing hearings.
Activities: Worked at the Law Offices of Chicago-Kent College of Law in the Criminal Defense Clinic under the supervision of Professor Richard Kling. Worked at an externship with the Cook County Public Defender's Office at the Felony Trial Division at 26th and California.
University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
B.A. (1990) | Political Science
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Double Minor in History and Philosophy
Awards
Presidential Commendation
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Presidential Commendation
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Presidential Commendation
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Presidential Service Appreciation Award
llinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Presidential Commendation
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Presidential Commendation
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Professional Associations
State Bar of Illinois # 6217067
Member
Current
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Member of Board of Directors
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Activities: I have also previously served on their Board of Directors from 2002-2007 and from 2010-2016.
Chicago Bar Association
Member
- Current
Women's Criminal Defense Bar Association
Member
- Current
Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Past-President
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Activities: I served as President of the Organization for 2 years after previously having served as First Vice President, Second Vice President, and as a member of their Board of Directors. I previously served as Chair of their CLE committee where I started IACDL's popular Annual Defending Violent Crimes Seminar held every year in November in Chicago. In 2017, I co-authored an amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court for IACDL in United States v. Rod Blagojevich.
Publications
Articles & Publications
A Tale of Two Counties and Two Very Different Outcomes
The Champion Magazine
Response to the Threat of His Client’s Loss of Counsel (Gideon’s Champions).
The Champion Magazine
Minor Crimes, Massive Waste: The Terrible Toll of America’s Broken Misdemeanor Courts
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Defining ‘Testimonial’ and other trends in the wake of Crawford and Confrontation in Illinois
Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
The 48 Hour Rule: What’s Left to Argue When Suspects Are Held Indefinitely?
Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Preparing to Cross-Examine an Expert Witness, Part 2
The Champion Magazine
Preparing to Cross-Examine an Expert Witness, Part 1
The Champion Magazine
v. Washington: Confronting the 6th Amendment roots out the evils of hearsay
Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Speaking Engagements
Building a Defense Case, CCPD's Three Days in a Nutshell, Oakbrook, IL
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Preparing to Cross-Examine the Homicide Detective, NACDL's Annual Meeting and Seminar, San Francisco, CA
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Preparing to Cross-Examine an Expert Witness, BCPD In-House Training, St. Joseph, MI
Berrien County Public Defender's Office
Preparation for Winning Videotaped Confession Cases, BCPD In-House Training, St. Joseph, MI
Berrien County Public Defender's Office
Ethics, the A.B.A. Guidelines and You, UACDL Death Penalty Conference, Salt Lake City, UT
Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Taking the Record off of Life Support, UACDL Death Penalty Conference, Salt Lake City, UT
Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Preparing to Cross-Examine an Expert Witness, NACDL/GPDC Southwestern Regional Public Defense Training, Macon, GA
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers/Georgia Public Defense Council
Preparation for Winning Videotaped Confession Cases, CCPD “Three Days in a Nutshell”, Oakbrook, IL
Cook County Public Defender's Office
Preparing to Cross-Examine an Expert Witness, Gideon’s Promise Summer Institute, Oxford, MS
Gideon's Promise
Presented twice on July 29 and July 30.
Building a Defense Case, KCPD In-House Office Training, St. Charles, IL
Gideon's Promise
Preparing to Win Murder Cases, CCPD Legal Resources Division In-House Office Training, Chicago, IL
Cook County Public Defender's Office
Preparing to Cross-Examine an Expert Witness, IACDL Midwinter Seminar and Meeting, East St. Louis, IL
Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Working With Experts, CCPD Civil Division In-House Training, Chicago, IL
Cook County Public Defender's Office
Preparation for Cross-Examination of the Forensic Pathologist: Shaping the Storyline for Acquittals, WSPD 2015 Annual Criminal Defense Conference, Milwaukee, WI
Cook County Public Defender's Office
Law and Science behind DNA Exoneration Part I, CCPD Legal Resources Division In-House Office Training, Chicago, IL
Cook County Public Defender's Office
I served as a panelist during this presentation.
Preparation for Winning Videotaped Confession Cases, CCPD “Three Days in a Nutshell”, Oakbrook, IL
Cook County Public Defender's Office
How to Challenge Videotaped Statements of Your Client, UACDL Criminal Defense Conference, St. George, UT
Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Preparing to Cross-Examine an Expert Witness, NACDL Midwinter Meeting and Seminar, New Orleans, LA
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
How to Respond Professionally to Prosecutorial and Judicial Misconduct, IACDL Semi-Annual Meeting and Seminar, Rock Island, IL
Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Building a Defense Case, CCPD Civil Division In-House Training, Chicago, IL
Cook County Public Defender's Office
How to Challenge Videotaped Statements of Your Client, AACDL's 2013 All-Stars Conference, Girdwood, AK
Alaska Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Preparing to Cross-Examine an Expert Witness, AACDL's 2013 All-Stars Conference, Girdwood, AK
Alaska Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Emotionally Charged! How to React Professionally to Misconduct Committed by Judges, Prosecutors, and Investigators in Sensitive Cases, IACDL Midwinter Seminar and Meeting, Springfield, IL
Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
I served as a panelist during this presentation.
Funding an Expert for Indigent Defense, NACDL Midwinter Meeting and Seminar, Washington, DC
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
I served as a panelist during this lunchtime presentation.
Taking the Record off of Life Support, NACDL's Making the Case for Life Seminar, Atlanta, GA
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Prosecutorial Misconduct: Eliminating it and Answering it, CCPD's Three Days in a Nutshell, Oakbrook, IL
Cook County Public Defender's Office
I served as a co-presenter.
Closing Argument Presentation on False Confessions, OSAD Seminar on Confession Cases, Springfield, IL
Office of the State Appellate Defender
Law and Strategy of the Statement Case: Miranda-Voluntariness-Completeness-Foundation, OSAD Seminar on Confession Cases, Springfield, IL
Office of the State Appellate Defender
I served as a panelist for this presentation.
Preparing to Cross-Examine an Expert Witness, KCPD In-House Office Training, St. Charles, IL
Kane County Public Defender's Office
Preparing to Cross-Examine an Expert Witness, Death Penalty Certification Seminar, Perrysburg, OH
Preparing to Cross-Examine an Expert Witness, MCPD In-House Office Training, Bloomington, IL
McLean County Public Defender's Office
Prosecutorial Misconduct: Eliminating it and Answering it, OSAD Seminar on Confession Cases, Chicago, IL
Office of the State Appellate Defender
Miranda v. Arizona-Defending the Statement Case, OSAD Seminar on Confession Cases, Chicago, IL
Office of the State Appellate Defender
I was a panelist for this presentation.
Ethics, the A.B.A. Guidelines and You, ACDLA Death Penalty Seminar, Birmingham, AL
Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers' Association
Preparing to Cross-Examine an Expert Witness, DCPD In-House Office Training, Wheaton, IL
DuPage County Public Defender's Office
Taking the Record off of Life Support, NACDL's Making the Case for Life Seminar, Charleston, SC
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Preparing to Cross-Examine an Expert Witness, IPDA Fall Seminar, Springfield, IL
Illinois Public Defender Association
Preserving Relationships Between Trial, Appellate, and Post-Conviction Counsel, NACDL Death Penalty Seminar, Birmingham, AL
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
I was a panelist for this presentation.
Preserving Issues for Appeal through Motion Practice, NACDL Death Penalty Seminar, Birmingham, AL
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Murder’s Mayhem on the Fourth Amendment, Lorman Education Group Seminar, Chicago, IL
Lorman Education Group
The Use of Davis v. Washington in the Defense of Domestic Violence Cases, IACDL Fall Seminar, Champaign, IL
Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Developing Forensic Theories in Criminal Cases, NDIA Annual Conference, Chicago, IL
National Defender Investigation Association
Ethical Issues for the Criminal Defense Specialist, NDIA Annual Conference, Chicago, IL
National Defender Investigation Association
I was a panelist for this presentation.
Preparing to Cross-Examine an Expert Witness, MSPD Annual Training Conference, Branson, MO
Missouri State Public Defender's Office
Websites & Blogs
Website
Website for the Law Office of William Wolf, LLC.
Blog
The Wolf Carpenter Blog
Blog
Forensic Science in Criminal Defense
Legal Answers
57 Questions Answered

Q. 17 year old forged his fathers name and traded me vehicles across state lines. Parents want to trade back or report
A: I am not sure what your question is. If you're asking, does the 17 year old need a criminal defense lawyer for any investigation regarding his conduct? Yes. This is a State and a federal offense. If you're asking, do you need a criminal defense lawyer? If you're under investigation for allegedly knowingly doing the transaction knowing this was the kid and not the parents and you took the signature anyway? Then yes. If not, then no.
Q. After possession of alcohol in school and a run away attempt, am I legally aloud to leave the house as a minor alone?
A: You have to follow your parents rules. You're lucky that the police are settling things with your parents and not taking this matter to juvenile court. You don't want to have to deal with a juvenile court judge.
Q. Spouse/victim domestic assualt. Can I refuse to work with PO and claim spousal privilege? Will they have to drop charges
A: Your husband needs a lawyer. You don't have to speak to anyone you don't want to speak to, but............ It is not your charge to proceed with or to drop. The prosecutors get to decide that. By prosecutors, I mean the County State's Attorney's Office for whichever county where this incident supposedly happened. You can't make the State's Attorney's Office drop the charges if they don't want to. While you don't have to talk to anyone you don't want to talk to, including police officers or prosecutors, it's possible that you could get served with a subpoena. A subpoena is a court order directing you to go to a particular courtroom (unless it's a Grand Jury subpoena) on a specific date or time. If you're served with a subpoena, you have to appear. It's not optional. It is contempt of court, punishable by fine and/or jail to willfully refuse to obey a court order. Once you're there, you could be called as a witness by either side. You can be forced to answer questions under oath about what happened, and, unless you believe you are going to incriminate yourself, you must answer the questions truthfully. If you are served with a subpoena, and you're needing advice about how to handle answering questions or whether you have a right to refuse to answer questions, you have every right to get a lawyer yourself. That lawyer must be someone other than your husband's lawyer (or lawyer in the same law firm). I hope this helps.
Q. Would we end up going to jail?
A: Yes. You could go to jail. I would see a lawyer right away if you're concerned about getting arrested. Many criminal defense lawyers offer free consultations so you can talk privately and freely and get a sense about cost so you can then hire the lawyer that you believe to be the best fit for you. You don't want to wait to make your choice until after you're arrested. If you get arrested before picking a lawyer, other than telling them truthfully your name and remaining calm, tell them in response to any other question that you want to invoke your right to remain silent and that you want to have a lawyer present during any questioning. That should be your response to every question from law enforcement except "What's your name?" Hope this helps.
Q. I am seeking legal council for an order of protection.
A: There are plenty of lawyers who do this kind of work. Technically, this is not a criminal case, but lots of criminal defense lawyers engage in this kind of work...... in part because these orders are often sought privately during a criminal investigation or a violation of these kinds of orders brings someone a criminal case. Hope this helps. I would look for several lawyers that offer free consultations. I would ask for meetings and then hire the lawyer you think is the best fit for you.
Q. How long will my license be suspended? How can I avoid jail time and public record ?
A: There are countries where people are forced to represent themselves, tried in kangaroo courts, summarily found guilty and punished. The Founding Fathers of our Constitution put the Sixth Amendment Right to Counsel language in our Constitution because they realized some petty politician in the future would try to take lawyers away from the unpopular accused if given the chance to do so. Get a lawyer. Don't take your freedom for granted. Don't take your right to counsel away from yourself.
Q. I'm on the run trying to better my life and provide for my family. I need help asap please.
A: There is very little information here but the answer is straightforward. You need to get a criminal defense lawyer licensed in the State where you have your warrant to make arrangements to turn yourself in and then defend this case for you to limit the exposure you're facing. Many criminal defense lawyers offer free consultations. Make appointments with several lawyers so you can choose the one that's best for you. Good luck to you.
Q. What happens if a 17 year old is caught with an ounce of marijuana
A: That depends. Simple possession of that amount of marijuana is a misdemeanor offense. Possession with the intent to deliver that amount is a felony. This will almost certainly be handled in juvenile court. The possible consequences are court probation (or perhaps supervision), time spent being locked up in the juvenile detention center, or, depending on your record, being sentenced to the juvenile department of corrections (unlikely, but possible). You need a lawyer.
Q. Is there precedent in Illinois for an undercover detective charging someone for obstruction of identification w/o ID?
A: I am positive that your account of events is not how it's going to read in the police reports. You're assuming that the police officer is going to agree with you about how this happened. You need to hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer ASAP.
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