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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.

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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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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.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Hiring a Criminal Defense Lawyer

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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