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.



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.

Legal Victories

  • 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 Illinois Department of Financial Professional Regulation that licenses nurses. There was a lot […]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 »
  • Theft Charges Dismissed in DuPage County

    Our client was charged with theft in DuPage County.  The state was claiming that our client, who was working at a bank, transferred money from a bank account that belonged to a family friend into another account that he had control over and withdrew the money without the permission of the family friend.  The state […]Read More »
  • Probation for Aggravated DUI Terminated Early in Kane County

    Our client was placed on 48 months of felony probation for an Aggravated DUI in Kane County.  His probation was scheduled to terminate in November of this year.  Our client had obtained a good job in Colorado and was able to have his probation transferred to Colorado. However, in order to continue to work in […]Read More »
  • First Time Retail Theft Felony Offender Gets Deferred Prosecution Program

    Our 19 year old client was working as a cashier at a major retailer just outside of Chicago.  His employer noticed that he was under-ringing items at the cash register.  The amount of the items was almost $1,000 making the Retail Theft case a Class 4 felony.  The client was arrested and had to appear […]Read More »

RSS Legal News

  • 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 […]
  • Do You Have To Be Driving Your Vehicle To Be Guilty of a DUI in Illinois?
    The short answer to the question presented in the title to this post is no.  Let me explain.In my 23 years of practicing law, I have seen it all and have been asked every question that you could imagine.  One of the most common areas in which I get asked questions has to do with […]
  • Transporting a Gun in Illinois Law
    Under Illinois law, you need to have a valid FOID card to possess a gun if you are a resident of Illinois. A FOID card is a Firearm Owner's Identification card issued by the Illinois State Police after a background check. However, if you possess a loaded gun outside your home or business, you can […]