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Skokie, Illinois Criminal Defense Attorney

A Criminal Defense Attorney Who Understands Skokie Charges

Cook County Courthouse

“The World’s Largest Village” brings its residents and visitors a slower pace and more relaxed atmosphere after leaving Chicago’s city limits. It’s a nice place to live: people move to the area for high-quality education, the tons of great locations to eat and drink, and simply to enjoy suburban life.

Skokie also serves as a safe haven for Cook County residents when compared to the big city of Chicago. Crime still happens in the area, of course, but overall Skokie’s crime rates are 20 percent lower than the national average.

As anyone who has ever been arrested for a crime in Skokie can attest to, though, that same “safe, small town” atmosphere has a flip side. If you or someone you love does end up facing charges, you have a far greater chance of finding yourself in the spotlight – even for relatively minor offenses. Moreover, law enforcement officials may be more inclined to punish you severely to send a message to others who might consider engaging in criminal activity.

What can you do to protect your reputation and your future? Work with an experienced Skokie criminal attorney like Sami Azhari. He believes wholeheartedly that everyone has a right to the strongest defense possible, and will make it his mission to get your charges reduced, dropped, or dismissed. In fact, one of Mr. Azhari’s specialties is getting cases dropped before charges are ever even filed.

Skokie Criminal Charges That Sami Azhari Can Help You With

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Mr. Azhari is a hands-on defense attorney who knows the ins and outs of the criminal process and dedicates his time to working with his clients on each and every step. He understands that this process can be confusing and works hard to help clients understand what is happening and what their options are.

A big part of the reason for his success is that he makes criminal law his focus, dedicating himself to understanding everything there is to know about the Illinois Criminal Justice System.

He has represented countless clients charged with a wide variety of crimes, including:

Aggravated Battery

Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse and Assault

Assault and Battery


CDL Violations

Criminal Sexual Abuse and Assault

Criminal Trespass

Disorderly Conduct

Domestic Battery and Domestic Violence

Driver’s License Reinstatement

Drug Crimes

Drug Possession

DUI Defense

DUI Misdemeanor vs. Felony

DUI Monitoring Device Driving Permit


Federal Crimes




Possession of Marijuana/Cannabis


Public Indecency

Retail Theft/Shoplifting

Sex Crimes

Theft Crimes

Traffic Violations

Violent Crimes

Weapons Charges/Gun Crimes

White Collar Crimes

Mr. Azhari has also worked on cases at the federal level, and has been nationally recognized for his work in federal defense. If you find yourself up against the federal government, it’s an entirely different ballgame, and you have to have someone on your team who has been there and done it before to have any chance of success.

Why Sami Azhari Should Be Skokie Residents’ First Choice for Criminal Lawyer

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When Sami Azhari started Azhari LLC in 2013, he already had six years of experience in criminal defense under his belt. Pairing his understanding of the law with his experience and dedication to his community has made Mr. Azhari a top choice for criminal defense in Chicago, Skokie, and surrounding areas.

His experiences around Chicago and elsewhere in Cook County have provided him with an in-depth look into how our criminal justice system works for all different types of trials. Knowing how cases are tried and how evidence is used and argued by prosecutors in the area allows Mr. Azhari to weigh all possible outcomes and present his clients with the best course of action.

Couple this with his never-ending efforts to educate himself on the law and his dedication to ferreting out all helpful evidence and it has helped Sami Azhari to put together an impressive resume. It is something recognized by clients, peers, and legal organizations alike, and he has received quite a bit of recognition, such as:

The National Trial Lawyers – Top 100 Trial Lawyers

The National Trial Lawyers – Top 40 Under 40 – Superb Rating

Avvo – Clients’ Choice Award in Criminal Defense and Federal Crime

Avvo – 10.0 Superb Rating, Top Attorney Criminal Defense

Beyond awards, Mr. Azhari has also been mentioned in a number of media outlets, including:


Chicago Daily Law Bulletin


Chicago Tribune

FOX32 Chicago

NBC5 Chicago

Univision Chicago

In a world of 24-hour news cycles where everyone is trying to get people to tune in with lascivious details and fearmongering when it comes to criminal acts, you need someone on your side who understands how to deal with the media and protect your image in public.

Finally, he has been asked to speak at numerous legal associations and conferences happy to have him share his knowledge and experiences, including the Chicago Bar Association and the Northwest Suburban Bar Association.

The Defense Attorney Who Won’t Wait to Start Fighting Your Skokie Charges

After getting charged, you may feel trapped and frustrated. Your trial is looming, but what can you do?

This is how the prosecution wants you to feel. Like there is nothing you can do. That they hold all the cards and you are just waiting to be sentenced.

If you do nothing, you will be turning these fears into a reality. In fact, the longer you wait to get in contact with a lawyer and start crafting your defense, the harder it will be to achieve a positive outcome.

The opposite is true as well, though. As mentioned above, Sami Azhari has sometimes been able to get clients’ cases dropped before any formal charges are even filed. Simply put, the earlier you start working with a knowledgeable Skokie criminal attorney, the more likely you are to get your charges reduced, dropped, or dismissed.

Getting started is easy. All you have to do to set up a free initial consultation with Mr. Azhari is reach out via email at, by filling out our online case evaluation form, or by calling one of our offices:


(312) 626-2871

Rolling Meadows:

(847) 255-2100


(847) 655-1702