The Legal Defenders, P.C.

Chicago Criminal Defense Attorneys

You Have Been Arrested – Your Future Is On the Line

Nothing is more important than your freedom and your future when you are facing criminal charges.

The State is looking to send you to prison and label you a criminal.

>The Police Officer that arrested you is being paid by the State.

>The Prosecutor that is trying to convict you is being paid by the State.

>The Judge that is presiding over your case is being paid by the State.

>Even the Jury, the people that are going to decide whether you are guilty   or innocent, are being paid by the State.


This is why it is critical that you hire an attorney who is experienced and is not afraid to fight for you and take on the system to preserve your freedom and protect your future.  You deserve the best criminal justice attorney that has a proven track record of winning cases that other attorneys would be afraid to take.  An attorney that will do all it takes to fight for you, because your case is all that matters to you.


We Fight Criminal Cases In Cook County!


James Dimeas is a 23-year veteran litigator with extensive trial experience who works on complex criminal cases.  James has the unique distinction of never having lost a case in DuPage County.

James represents clients in cases involving serious state and federal charges, has been featured on WGN News, the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune and numerous other publications.

James is licensed to practice in all Illinois courts, the 7th Federal Circuit Court, is a member of the Federal Trial Bar having appeared in Federal Courts as far away as Las Vegas, Nevada.

James is also a published author having written Chapter 1 of a book published by West Publishing that helps teach attorneys how to represent defendants charged with Identity Theft crimes.


Ioakimidis_100x100With over 21 years of experience, attorney John Ioakimidis has helped thousands of people avoid criminal convictions.  John has appeared on local TV and radio shows, referenced to in newspaper articles, was the featured speaker at Mayor Daley’s Kid Start Program and has served as a Cook County Arbitrator on numerous cases.

In addition to earning his law degree from the Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, John has a Bachelor’s Degree in American Government and a Master’s Degree in International Relations.

John is licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the 7th Federal Circuit and all Illinois Courts.

The Legal Defenders, P.C.

The experienced attorneys at Legal Defenders, P.C., have many decades of experience taking on the police and prosecutors and helping thousands of people throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs to avoid jail and criminal convictions.

The Legal Defenders, P.C., have the knowledge and experience to fight your case and help you preserve your freedom and your future.

We will be on your side and will be there to protect you and will do everything we can to win your case.

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Our Law Firm Offers

High Success Rates

We have helped thousands of people avoid jail, fines or both. In criminal cases winning is not just everything, it’s the only thing that matters!

Experienced Attorneys

We have almost 45 years of experience with criminal cases defending people – we have never worked for the State.  We spend our days in Court — we are aware of changes to the laws and local courts. We know what we are doing!

Flat Fees

Our fees are very reasonable.  We do not bill by the hour.  We evaluate your case and quote you a reasonable flat fee.  Straight talk and fair fees!

Attorney Access

We give you our email and personal cell phone number so you can have direct access to us whenever you have any questions.  We are here to help you!


We only take criminal cases. Beware of attorneys who want to take  your criminal case who are really real estate attorneys or divorce attorneys.  You need a criminal defense attorney when your freedom is on the line not an attorney that does a little bit of everything.  Our attorneys spend 100% of our time handling criminal cases!

Important Relationships

We have almost 45 years of experience with criminal cases — we’ve developed professional relationships with prosecutors and judges which we will use to help you.

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Legal Victories

  • Our client had plead guilty and received probation for approximately 7 cases.   4 of the cases involved Burglaries to Autos in the northwest suburbs.  The cases received media attention.  The other 3 cases involved Thefts at a local grocery store that occurred while the client was on bond for the Burglary to Auto cases. […]Read More »
  • Criminal Trespass Charges Dismissed in Cook County

    Our client was at a bar near Wrigley Field at the end of the baseball season and was asked to leave by a bouncer after he got into an argument with another patron of the bar.  Our client refused to leave after being repeatedly asked to leave.  The police were called and arrested our client […]Read More »
  • First Time Retail Theft Offender Gets Deferred Prosecution in Cook County

    Our client had gone through a messy divorce about 5 years ago.  She had custody of 2 high school age children and her ex-husband was ordered to pay monthly child support for both children.  After several years of living in apartment buildings, our client was able to save enough money and buy her first home. […]Read More »
  • Retail Theft Case Dismissed for Green Card immigrant

    Our client who is a licensed Illinois nurse and living in the US on a green card was arrested for Retail Theft.  A conviction for Retail Theft could trigger deportation or other immigration consequences.  Further, a conviction could raise licensing issues with the Illinois Department of Financial Professional Regulation that licenses nurses.  There was a […]Read More »
  • 2006 Misdemeanor Unlawful Use of Weapon Conviction Vacated

    On September 11, 2015, the attorneys, James Dimeas and John Ioakimidis, were successful in vacating a conviction for a Misdemeanor Unlawful Use of Weapon (UUW) conviction from 2006 at the Skokie Courthouse in the Circuit Court of Cook County.                 On August 27, 2005, our client was pulled over by the Chicago Police for a […]Read More »
  • Client Released From Kane County Jail in Violation of Order of Protection Case

    Our client, a resident of Wisconsin, was pulled over by the Illinois State Police for speeding in Kane County Illinois with his ex-wife in the front passenger seat and their 2 minor children in the back seat.  My client and his ex-wife were taking the children to the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.  When the trooper […]Read More »

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    Defending gun cases in Cook County is not easy in light of all the shooting violence in Chicago. The Cook County State's Attorney's Office pursues gun cases very aggressively. It is virtually impossible to reach any agreement with the State's Attorney's office unless the agreement involves the defendant agreeing to serving jail time.  However, I […]
  • Vacating UUW Convictions in Illinois
    Today I appeared before Judge Haberkorn in the Circuit Court of Cook County - 2nd Municipal District and vacated my clients Unlawful Use of A Weapon (UUW) conviction from August 22, 2006. My client, a family man and an electrical engineer by trade, was arrested for a DUI and the officer found a loaded gun […]
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