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Since 1990, We've successfully represented more than 20,000 satisfied clients in Chicago, cook county and other counties all across Illinois. We strive everyday to obtain superior results and give 100% effort to each case.

You may have been arrested, ticketed or charged with a crime and facing any number of accusations ranging from driving while under the influence to assault with a deadly weapon. If this is the first time that you've been involved with police or the Illinois legal system, you're likely wondering what comes next. For those who have had previous encounters with law enforcement officials, you may already have a good idea of what comes next. But regardless of your experience in these matters, it's normal to be worried about what this might mean for you, your family, and your future.

Depending upon your criminal history and circumstances surrounding your arrest or ticket, you may be looking at a wide range og potential personal and legal troubles. So, it's OK to be nervous. But right now, the most important thing that you can do is to remain calm and keep in mind that help is only a phone call away

For over two decades, the Chicago criminal defense attorney team at Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC has represented people just like you. No matter what the state accused you of, our experienced attorneys are here to ensure your rights are preserved.

It's been said that the best defense is a superior offense. That means the sooner that you contact our law offices and speak with a criminal defense lawyer, the greater your odds will be of avoiding serious difficulties.

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Mitchell S. Sexner - Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney in CHicago

Our firm law office’s founder, Attorney Mitchell S. Sexner, is highly regarded in the Illinois legal community and holds an “AV Preeminent” rating from the nearly 150-year-old nationwide legal rating service Martindale-Hubbell. He has been recognized by “Who’s Who” in American Law, named to The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Attorneys, and has secured admission to the U.S. District Courts in Illinois, Hawaii, Texas, and Wisconsin. Mr. Sexner has also appeared on television as a legal commentator.

Before founding his own firm in 1990, Mr. Sexner aggressively prosecuted criminal cases in Chicago as an Assistant State’s Attorney. He now leads the law office at Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC and remains dedicated to providing the highest levels of effective legal representation to his clients during every step of legal process. Wheter vigorously defending clients charged with misdemeanor and felony crimes at a criminal trial, or fighting insurance companies on behalf of injured families, he and his team of legal professionals leave no stone unturned in their pursuit of justice

Our Success Stories

Fist Not Guilty Aggravated Assault

Despite multiple witnesses testifying our client had pulled a knife on a family member, we were able to convince the Judge to find our client not guilty.

Indecency Icon Reduced Charge Felony Public Indecency

Registered sex offender previously faced mandatory lifetime registration if convicted. Prosecutor agreed to reduce the felony charge to a misdemeanor.

cannabis Icon Dismissed Felony Cannabis Possession

Our client was arrested for a felony amount of cannabis. We filed a motion to suppress and quash arrest and were successful in winning the case.

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Client Champion Gold 2022
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Best Business of 2019 Three Best Rated
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The Criminal defense legal team at Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC represents those charged with a wide variety of criminal offenses ranging from misdemeanors such as retail theft to the most serious of felony cases including murder. Since 1990, our experienced attorneys have successfully defended virtually every type of offense while representing clients in Chicago and across the state, including those charged with:

These are just a few of the many criminal and traffic cases that we handle, so don’t hesitate to call us today. Our experienced and knowledgeable team of criminal defense lawyers in Chicago can help you protect your rights. Your consultation is always free. Call us now at (312) 644-0444.

Our Chicago Criminal Defense Law Firm Gets Results

Thousands of highly satisfied criminal and traffic clients in the Chicago area have been helped by the experienced attorneys of Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC. How has our law firm consistently obtained successful results for our clients since 1990?

Straight Talk

Starting with your first free consultation, our attorneys will give it to you straight. Things look good? We'll tell you. Things look not so good? We're going to tell you that too. So if you're looking for a lawyer that's just going to tell you what you want to hear, please look elsewhere! Our attorneys only want the best for our clients and we've found that in order to accomplish that, we need our clients to be true partners in this process and proceed with eyes wide open. After more than 30 years in business, our legal team knows what needs to be done to get you where you need to be. So come to us with your questions and we'll be happy to give you the straight answers you need to succeed.

Team Effort

When facing traffic charges in the Chicago area, it's important to have a skilled criminal defense attorney on your side, but at Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC we take that idea one step even further. Wheter your offense is a minor driving ticket or a major felony charge, we consider every case to be serious, because every case is important to you and to your future. So, once you've chosen to hire us, your file will be immediately assigned to one of our knowledgable lawyers with many years of experience. Then, your attorney will work closely with Mr. Sexner and our other highly qualified attorneys to provide you with the highest levels of service and help you navigate through the criminal justice system. Our focus on team effort is just one of the things that seperates the best from the rest.

Hard Work

Our attorneys know that nothing beats hard work. So, to obtain the very best outcome for our clients, the legal team at Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC works hard in between court dates as well as when at court. We’ll review all the police reports, videos, photographs and available evidence. We may travel to view the actual crime scene location in the Chicago area, contact potential witnesses or engage in ongoing negotiations with the prosecutor. Your attorney may conduct legal research on your case, draft motions and have them filed with the court as well. All along, we’ll keep in constant contact with you to make sure you’re updated on important case developments. We’ll do what it takes to bring you the best results possible.


It's a fair question. After all, there are plenty of attorneys out there willing to represent you. Maybe you’ve already received a mailbox full of letters from lawyers. Or your Uncle’s cousin says he knows someone. Or you’ve done a quick Google search on the internet and found what appear to be hundreds of qualified lawyers in your area. How do you decide?

First, understand that any lawyer can call themselves an “experienced criminal defense attorney”, even those with little to no relevant history. Whether the lawyer is a recent law school graduate or someone who primarily handles other types of cases, there’s no law against claiming to be something you’re not. So, if your case is important to you and you’re looking to find the best representation, allow us to explain why the legal team at Sexner & Associates LLC is “the real deal”:

  • Members of our legal team include only former prosecutors and life-long defense attorneys who have spent their careers handling traffic & criminal cases
  • Our lawyers have over 20 years of experience and have handled thousands of criminal & traffic cases on average
  • Each attorney has a proven track record of successful results including winning trial verdicts in Chicago and multiple Illinois counties
  • Superior levels of understanding, compassion and dedication given to each case
  • Numerous awards for excellence and customer service received since the first of our offices opened in 1990
  • Competitive flat fees with flexible, reasonable payment plans available
  • Open lines of communication and weekly status phone calls
  • Over 20,000 highly satisfied clients from 44 States across America
  • Over 500 5-Star reviews online at Google

For over 30 years, Sexner & Associates LLC has helped clients successfully navigate the court system in Chicago and surrounding areas. Call now for straight talk about your case and to speak with one of our knowledgeable attorneys free of charge. You can reach our live hotline 24 hours a day at (800) 996-4824.

Our Clients


Mitchell was very helpful in explaining the pros and cons of hiring an attorney for this case without pushing into either direction. Mary Baccam was my attorney and she was very competent in explaining all the options and subsequent outcomes of the case. She patiently went over in explaining why ' to plea not guilty' was the best course of action and how to best represent my case. And it was a success! She was welcoming and humane in her representation and yet highly professional and competent.

“Life Saver!”

Best experience of my life !!!! My license was suspended and I was in all sorts of trouble. The law office I called before I called them said there was NOTHING that could be done. However, when I called Mitchell, he was so happy to try to help me get my license back. And they did !! Him and Mary helped my get my license within days of my consultation. Amazing experience. With their many areas of speciality, they are now my go-to law office for ANY problem I may run into. Everyone at the office is so kind. I consider it a blessing that I found them.

“A Grateful Client”

I had a consultation with Mr. Sexner which I was very satisfied with. I was assigned Mr. Ari Trubitt to represent me in traffic court. His confidence and knowledge was greatly appreciated by me, and I am sincerely thankful for his efforts on my behalf (my case was dismissed).

“Wonderful Service”

Since my first interview with Mitchell I felt like they took my case personal. He always made sure everything was in order. On court day I was represented by Mr.Owen. He did such an amazing job. I am very pleased with this companies services and would 100% recommend Mr.Sexner and Associates to everyone.

“Best lawyer I've ever came to contact with”

I learned about Mr. Sexner when his office sent me a mail after I got arrested for driving on a suspended license and driving while using an electronic device. I honestly thought this was the end of my life because I'm an international student here and something like that could mean disaster for my future...

I remembered Mr. Sexner's name so I called his office and set up an appointment for the next day (one day before my court date). Only thing I wish is that I should have called him before. He not only accommodated me on such short notice and at a very reasonable price, he was extremely thorough, very professional, knowledgeable, and humble...

I could not be happier and I highly recommend that you meet him if you have any traffic related problems.

“The Best”

I had a suspended license and Mr. Sexner assured me that i would be taken cared of. I was hesitant and very nervous but with his politeness and vast knowledge he took care of every question i had and day of the court his co-worker showed up at the time she said she would and we faced the judge and i was in and out like a new man, i would 100% recommend to all family and friends

“Excellent Service”

Mitch went above and beyond in order to help with my case. I was driving under a suspended license and his team was able to convey my duty to pay my balance (reason I was suspended) to the judge and have everything dropped. I walked away unscathed and I also have a huge weight lifted off my shoulders with his unwavering support.

“Insightful and Helpful”

Mitch personally helped me with a difficult case, and one with few options. He gave me pragmatic advice, and a useful strategy. It is expert advise like this that people depend on... not gaming the system that lawyers are allowed to do that makes his honesty and integrity so valuable.

“Great Legal Practice”

We are very satisfied with Sexner & Associates. Our attorney Ari was very diligent in representing us in our action. We won our case due to his experience and legal acumen.

“Came in With a DUI”

Got a DUI and got my license suspended for 6 months. I called Sexner and Associates, they called me in and told me we will take care of you. Guess what now i have no suspension, can drive with no problem, no community service. And I'm free.

Will recommend them to anyone and everyone. They are the best at their field. Thank you Sexner and Associates.

“Happy With My Result”

When I appeared in Court on the 1st of Feb. I expected the worst and after talking with the Lawyer I hired to represent me. I discussed what happened and why I was appearing again for a two year old case. She talked with the State Attorney and came back to me with the offer of a lower fee and supervision I was so happy that I wouldn't have to worry any longer about this.

“Amazing Law Firm”

I can't even begin to explain what an amazing law firm this is. My family and I have been using their services for over 10 years now. They have successfully helped us with bankruptcies and criminal cases. We currently have a criminal case going on and the support and help Ari has provided is unbelievable. He is smart, kind and supportive. It's the only attorneys office I know that isn't money hungry! Thank you Mitch and Ari!

“Wonderful Law Firm”

Sexner and Associates was the second office that I consulted regarding my case and within the first 10 minutes I knew that this was the firm for me... They made sure I understood what all my options were as well as the consequences of each option... Though everyone's case is different I was very lucky to get the deal offered given my situation and I have Sexner and Associates to thank for that... They do free consultations and have reasonable prices. I would definitely recommend contacting them for a consultation and see what they can do for you 🙂

“Fantastic Lawyer”

Michell Sexner & Associates have an amazing group of people. I called last minute (a day before my case) and they provided me with everything that I needed. I worked with Ari, and he is such a kind gentlemen and really helped me a lot. I was confused at how to deal with my case, but Ari assured me everything will work out. He handled my speeding situation so simply and effectively. Definitely recommend!

“Great Job!”

Mitchell Sexner and Owen are the best !

They help me a lot. They advised me what to do and dismissed the case. Excellence, Professionalism. Experienced at what they do. I recommend them. Great job!

-Nina P.
“Excellent and Efficient”

Very excellent and efficient job. From the moment I contacted the lawyer they started working with me. They worked with me on the consultation. Due to my busy schedule I had to do the conversion over the phone, even though, the respond from them was great. Kept up with information and call backs just like they said. The small meeting before the court with the lawyer was excellent as well. The lawyer listened to all our concerns and explained every posible choice we had, as well as the results that may come with. Everything that got done was to our benefit and our choice and the court file was great results. From start to finish great service, they showed they care, great ethics, and a job well done.

“Outstanding Service”

My experience with Mitch Sexner and associates are awesome, helping me in a major time if need and I'm recommending my lawyer, Mitch Sexner and his team to all my friends & family because he cares.

“Worked Miracles!”

Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates recently represented me for a Class A Misdemeanor which going into didn't have favorable odds. I was looking at a misdemeanor conviction, a possible 1 year jail sentence and a $2,500.00 fine. My lawyer was able to work with the prosecuting attorney to lessen my offense... I received 6 months of supervision and a $400 fine with driving school. This was the most amazing outcome I could have ever asked for!!! I would recommend Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates to anyone in need of legal representation.

“Above and Beyond”

I had the pleasure of working with Mitchell and Owen on a recent set of traffic tickets. Not only did the tickets get thrown out but it was handled in one court appearance. I HIGHLY recommend that you consider using this law firm. They are straight forward and honest to work with and will do everything they can to help you out.

“A Satisfied Client”

Excellence, professionalism, and experienced at what they do. Keep up the great representation Mr. M. Sexner and Mr. S. Monroe..!


When I called Mr. Mitchell Sexner, it was (the) weekend and I had to leave town by Monday. He arranged to meet me over the weekend and assured me he will take care of everything. He kept in contact and did just as promised.


Fantastic experience. Extremely knowledgable, easy to talk to, answered all our questions. Really put us at ease. Would definitely call and use this law firm again!!

“Very Professional and Caring Lawyers”

I had some legal problems recently and didn't know what to do. I received a few mailers and called a few of them. Mitchell called me right back. He told me the worst that could happen and the best. His staff of attorneys worked hard to get me the best outcome. At all times I felt very protected by them. He also worked with me on payments and for that I am appreciative. I would highly recommend Mitchel and his staff

“Responsive, Informative and Effective!”

Completely satisfied with their counsel during an extremely stressful moment in my life. From their extensive education on my options and evolutions concerning my case, to the outcome. The glowing reviews were well founded. No high energy sales pitch and grandiose chest thumping. Straightforward, intelligent, professional counsel you can rely on.

“Mitchell Sexner is the Best!”

I've used Mitch Sexner and his law firm for more years than I can count and he's the best I've ever found. He's helped me with countless traffic matters and also helped my husband with his medical malpractice/products liability lawsuit as well (resulting in very large settlement). I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for experienced legal advice and successful results.

“Excellent Representation”

I had my misdemeanor case handled my Mr. Sexner and his associates. They were considerate, knowledgeable, and professional. I felt very much taken care of on my court date, which was important to me.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The cost of hiring an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Chicago can vary widely depending on the complexity of the case, the attorney's experience and reputation, and the amount of time and effort required to mount a strong defense. Some criminal defense attorneys charge a flat fee, while others charge by the hour. It's important to discuss fees and payment arrangements with your attorney before hiring them to ensure that you are comfortable with the costs and that there are no surprises down the road. It’s also always important to make sure that the attorney you hire has a written contract setting out these fees, and that you receive a copy of it for your records.

A good Chicago criminal defense lawyer should have extensive experience in criminal law, including a thorough understanding of the laws of Illinois as they relate to criminal charges and the justice system. They should also have strong communication and negotiation skills and the ability to develop effective defense strategies while they work collaboratively with clients. Good Chicago criminal lawyers are also ethical and professional, committed to providing high-quality legal representation to those they defend.

Finding the best Chicago criminal lawyer can be a daunting task, but there are several steps you can take to find the right criminal attorney for your case. First, start by looking online and reading reviews that other actual clients have written, such as those found in Google reviews, AVVO, and from the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Note whether the attorney has been awarded or rated by well-respected services such as Super Lawyers or The National Trial Lawyers. You can also ask friends, family members, or colleagues for referrals to get a sense of their approach and expertise before making a decision. Lastly, hiring a lawyer who is a member of a legal team (rather than a lawyer who practices by themselves) is often a wise decision as well, as it affords your lawyer the opportunity to consult with other experienced attorneys when crafting the best defense for you.

The process of hiring a criminal defense lawyer typically begins with an initial consultation, during which you will discuss your case and legal options with the attorney. This initial consultation is usually free. A good lawyer will answer any questions that you have and ask you pertinent questions to gain a proper understanding of your case during this meeting. If you decide to hire the lawyer, you will then sign an attorney agreement and work out how the fees will be paid and if a payment plan is available. From there, your Chicago criminal lawyer will work with you to develop a strong defense strategy, then begin negotiations with the prosecutor, appear in court on all required dates and later represent you at a trial if necessary.

When looking for a Chicago criminal defense attorney, it's crucial to find someone with experience in the type of case you are facing. Look for a lawyer with a track record of success in similar cases, who can communicate effectively with you about your case, and preferably an attorney who works as part of a legal team. It's also essential to find a lawyer who is responsive, accessible, and who is willing to work with you to develop a strong defense strategy.

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