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Criminal Defense Lawyer in Chicago, Illinois

Criminal, Expungement, and DUI Defense Attorney

Whether you need your record expunged for a fresh start or have been charged requiring an aggressive and effective criminal defense, I promise swift, decisive action to defend your rights and strive for the best possible outcome.
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Vincent J Pagano.
Choosing the Right Criminal Defense Attorney Matters

With 25 years of criminal law experience, I understand the ins and outs of the Cook County Courts. Starting as a prosecutor and transitioning to the defense side in 2003, I've litigated hundreds of criminal and DUI trials, and successfully expunged/sealed the criminal records of hundreds more.

Common Issues for Those Charged with a Crime in Cook County

Being charged with a crime, whether it's a misdemeanor, or a felony, brings a host of challenges. My role is to honestly and aggressively defend you while explaining each step so you feel comfortable and understand what is happening. Time is of the essence and moving quickly can be critical to mounting an effective defense. I offer free consultations and affordable rates to help.

About my experience

A Personalized Defense Strategy Tailored to Your Case

What sets me apart as a criminal attorney is not just my track record but my commitment to my clients. I believe in a client-centered approach, recognizing that at the heart of each case is a unique person, not just a set of charges.

You’ll receive personalized attention that large law firms often cannot deliver, ensuring that you are not just another case number. The approach will be tailored to your unique situation, utilizing a wide range of defense strategies from challenging forensic evidence to questioning the conduct of police officers and the validity of the prosecution’s case.

If you have been arrested, charged, or are under investigation, contact me right away. Additionally, I can access your eligibility to have your criminal records expunged or sealed. I offer free consultations by phone or in person. I will assess your options, and if you retain me, appear in court to fight for you!

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24/7 Accessibility

I'm Here When You Need Me Most

As any experienced attorney knows, legal challenges don’t adhere to a 9-to-5 schedule. That’s why I provide 24/7 availability to my clients. Whether it’s a late-night update or an urgent legal issue, I am there when you need me most, going the extra mile to ensure your peace of mind and a tenacious defense.

Legal Services

With a deep understanding of the complexities of the criminal and expungement process, you’ll receive a robust legal representation aimed at achieving the best possible outcomes.


Erase the past and start fresh with my comprehensive expungement services. I will guide you through the process of clearing your criminal record, helping to remove barriers to employment, housing, and educational opportunities.

DUI Defense

Driving under the influence, more commonly referred to as drunk driving, and other traffic-related offenses can have severe legal consequences on your driving privileges and personal life. I will challenge evidence, negotiate with prosecutors, and fight for reduced penalties or case dismissals.

Gun Defense

Charges involving firearms demand a strong defense. I handle cases from unlawful possession to aggravated discharge, ensuring your constitutional rights are protected every step of the way.

Domestic Violence

Allegations of domestic battery or related offenses are sensitive and carry significant social and legal implications. I provide a discreet yet assertive defense, aiming to safeguard your reputation and personal relationships.

Drug Offenses

From simple drug possession to complex trafficking charges, I will dissect the prosecution’s case, challenge the legality of police conduct, and advocate for alternatives to jail time.

Violent Crimes and Murder

Facing charges of violent crimes, including assault, battery, or homicide, requires a vigorous legal defense. I have a proven track record of handling high-stakes cases, focusing on strategic defense strategies and thorough investigations.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Navigating the legal system can be complex and overwhelming. Below is a list of the most frequently asked questions to help clarify your concerns and provide immediate answers.

If arrested, exercise your right to remain silent, and request an attorney immediately. Do not discuss your case with police officers or anyone else until you have consulted with a criminal defense lawyer who can guide you through the process and help protect your rights.

Every case is unique, but defense strategies may include challenging the legality of a traffic stop, disputing the evidence presented by prosecutors, arguing for the exclusion of tainted evidence, or negotiating plea deals. I will develop a strategy based on the specifics of your case and my extensive legal experience.

Consequences can range from fines, probation, and community service to jail time, prison sentences, and a permanent criminal record. The impact can extend to your personal life, affecting your employment, housing, and driving privileges. My goal is to minimize these potential penalties or avoid them altogether.

I handle a variety of criminal cases, including but not limited to DUI, Traffic Violations, Gun Offenses, Personal Injury Claims, Identity Theft, Violent Crimes, Sex Crimes, Drug Crimes, Aggravated Battery, Theft Crimes, White-collar Crimes, and Exunging/Sealing of criminal records. No matter the charge, I can provide a strong and zealous defense.

Thank you so much , Vince! Handled my DUI with the utmost care. thanks, again.

Adam L.

Excellent communication and follow-up.

David L.


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