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Criminal charges can leave you confused and hopeless, but a consultation with a Chicago criminal defense lawyer from our legal team can give you the encouragement you need to take action and begin building a defense.
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Meet our nationally recognized team

When you've been arrested, you need more than average in your corner. At Okabe & Haushalter, we've been honored nationwide, including being named as Newsweek Leading Criminal Defence Attorneys in 2012.

Our impressive track record demonstrates a tradition of success. We never settle for less than the best and will fight tirelessly for the outcome your case deserves. Criminal charges can leave you confused and hopeless, but a consultation with a lawyer from our legal team can give you the encouragement you need to take action and begin building a defense. We utilize unique strategies in each of our clients’ cases to maximize their defense and to present the strongest argument on their behalf. Our attorneys also know how to study the details to add further strength to each defense. Contact our firm today to learn how we can handle any type of criminal defense case.

Our Firm’s Practice Areas

Call today if you are facing charges of a drug crime. Our attorneys can defend you from accusations of possession, trafficking, or cultivating drugs of any kind. We also handle cases involving prescription drug crimes, such as forged or fraudulent prescriptions. These offenses can lead to a felony with aggravated penalties, such as 60 years in prison instead of 30, so make sure to retain an aggressive lawyer right away.

Our firm can also defend you from sex crime charges. These offenses are some of the worst and most seriously penalized of all crimes, such as criminal sexual assault and child prostitution. We also handle cases involving aggravated criminal sexual assault, indecent exposure, child molestation, luring of a minor, and prostitution. Other violent offense cases we represent include domestic violence, manslaughter, and murder. The latter of these can be a Class X felony that could result in a natural life sentence in prison.

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Drinking and Driving Charges

Perhaps you have been arrested for driving under the influence. Our team has a thorough understanding of state laws and can fight your charges, even after failing a breath or blood test, or a field sobriety test. These tests are not perfect and our lawyers can investigate to determine whether or not police misconduct or a laboratory mistake was involved in your test results. We can provide aggressive representation for a first-time DUI, multiple DUI charges, a felony DUI, or a Secretary of State hearing. Keep in mind that your license will be subjected to statutory summary suspension, so speak with an attorney right away to request a hearing and protect your right to drive.

Group Arrests, White Collar Crimes, and Record Expungement

Okabe & Haushalter represents clients in countless other defense cases. Have you been arrested at Lollapalooza? We have experience in music festival arrests and can defend you in the event that you were mixed up in a group arrest or were wrongfully charged with a crime. We also handle charges of computer crimes, hate crimes, and white collar crimes, such as fraud, bribery, and embezzlement. Economic crimes such as these are often handled by the federal government, which is why you should be sure to retain experienced defense.

Already convicted of a crime? Speak with a member of our team today to see if you are eligible to have your record sealed or expunged. With our qualified guidance and representation, you could have charges of grand theft and other offenses erased from your record under very strict circumstances. Our legal team is here for you, so call today to set up an appointment to discuss your legal options.

After an Arrest

If you are arrested for a criminal offense, you need to remember one thing: You have the right to remain silent.

What should you do if you’re arrested? First of all, remember that you have the right to remain silent. The attorneys at Okabe & Haushalter encourage individuals to use that right, because anything they say or do can be held against them. It is very rare if not impossible to talk your way out of criminal charges. You also have the right to legal representation, so be sure to contact Okabe & Haushalter.

Contact a Chicago Criminal Defense Lawyer

Chicago is a great city, but crime is always an issue, and false accusations are common. Our legal team has received numerous awards and extensive recognition for its service and results. We can fight for a dismissal of your criminal charges. From 2005 to 2011, we were selected for inclusion in the Super Lawyers® list of Rising Stars™, and our peers and clients have given Ryan Okabe a 9.3 Superb Avvo Rating and a 10.0 Superb rating to Mark J. Haushalter. These accolades are awarded to a very small percentage of the state’s practicing attorneys and are only a small selection of the awards we have received. Contact our firm to engage in a case evaluation and learn more about our track record and excellent legal service. We will fight until the best possible outcome has been won for your case.

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News & Updates

Aug 2016

Attorney Mark J. Haushalter of Okabe & Haushalter was named among the best criminal defense lawyers in Chicago by Expertise. Expertise, LLC strives to be a credible resource where qualified experts can connect with other ...READ MORE

Sep 2013

The preliminary hearing is often referred to as the evidentiary hearing. Criminal procedure can be complicated, but to put it simply, the criminal process is as follows: Arrest Booking Preliminary examination Bail hearing Arr...READ MORE

Aug 2013

Possession of a controlled substance is illegal in the state of Illinois as detailed in 720 ILCS 570 (The Controlled Substances Act). If you have been arrested or charged for drug possession, possession with intent, possessi...READ MORE